Crowell Bowers

Unpaid Emeritus

  • Patterson Hall NA

Crowell G. Bowers retired from the faculty April, 2007. He is currently an emeritus professor of the department after 27 years of teaching and research. He is a triple graduate of the department who began teaching and researching in the department after earning his PhD.

Bowers has researched improvements to farm machinery continuing the long tradition of mechanization research for which the department is well known. Bowers focused on systems and controls for accuracy in the application of fertilizers, irrigation and pesticides. He developed a good relationship with the cotton industry and they supported much of his research with grants. He also received awards for a number of ASABE papers on the subject of agricultural mechanization.

Bowers most important contribution to the department has been his ability to relate to students especially undergraduate students. He taught courses in the agricultural engineering concentration area imparting his expertise of mechanical systems and controls. He advised several student organizations through the years and assisted with the ASABE 1/4 scale tractor competitions the students are involved with.

Bowers became the undergraduate coordinator for the department in 1995 and served as coordinator for 10 years connecting with many students and alumni. He has been the recipient of a number of esteemed teaching awards through the years. The awards have ranged from university level awards to simple gestures of appreciation by students.


Ph.D. 1982

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

NC State University

M.S. 1970

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

NC State University

B.S. 1966

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

NC State University


Low soil moisture planting of cotton for optimum emergence
Bowers, C. G., Collins, C. A., & Harris, E. P. (2006), Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 22(6), 801–808.
Instantaneous multiple-depth soil mechanical impedance sensing from a moving vehicle
Chukwu, E., & Bowers, C. G. (2005), Transactions of the ASAE, 48(3), 885–894.
Automatic depth control of a seed planter based on soil drying front sensing
, (1997). Transactions of the ASAE, 40(2), 295–305.
Tillage draft and energy measurements for twelve southeastern soil series
Bowers, C. G. (1989), Transactions of the ASAE, 32(5), 1492.

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Precision Agriculture for Cotton Production in North Carolina
Cotton, Inc. (No pre-award costs/accounts allowed)(1/01/07 - 12/31/07)