Agronomy is the science of crop production and developing managing practice of the soil. To bring crops to harvest there are all types of different challenges that come into play. The role of the agronomist is to manage those challenges.
Agronomists plan, budget, establish, preform and document research trials and projects as they relate to agronomic crops. Agronomists are responsible for coordinating, budgeting, executing, performing, and reportring on agronomic crop research trials
What responsibilities will I have?
- Responsible for making agronomic related decisions regarding production activities
- Develop, conduct and evaluate tolerance for species at seedling stage of growth
- Understand the farmland ( ground conditions, farming challenges, pest issues)
- Evaluate products, collect data on performance in different locations, and make recommendations to management on new releases, and position hybrids in their most favorable environment
- Relay agronomy information to Sales Reps, DMs, dealers and key accounts through written materials, presentations, and one on one
- Regularly communicate with relevant industry sectors and educational institutions to initiate well targeted research projects
- Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems
- Prepare documented proposals and successfully establish research trials
- Manage trial establishment and collection of data
- Budget for research work and provide management reporting in regard to trial/research progress
What education and training is required?
A master’s degree or PhD in plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, agronomy, crop science, soil science, biology or a related field is preferred to become an agronomist. A bachelor’s degree in similar fields may be considered with some companies.
To pursue a career as a Agronomist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
Employed by seed companies, crop protection companies, research firms, governmental organizations, environmental organizations, and colleges or universities.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
For those with advanced degrees the current and future job market for agronomist can be considered good.
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