Agronomist

Agronomist

An agronomist is knowledgeable about the production of field crops, including all the variables involved such as soil and land management, nutrient and water needs, pest control and minimizing environmental impact. An agronomist provides knowledge and leadership to growers in their assigned market while performing job duties such as field scouting, soil management and market analysis.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Ensure accurate knowledge or reliable referrals to make recommendations to growers
  • Soil sample fields using the most appropriate method for the field and its proposed use
  • Manage field trials, plant physiology and irrigation practices
  • Scout customer fields for weed, insects, disease and nutrition issues
  • Ensure that application of seed, fertilizer and pesticide occurs when weather conditions are optimal
  • Gather, compile, analyze and interpret test results and prepare progress reports
  • Analyze crop claim issues as necessary
  • Document field evaluation of seed, chemical, specialty products and fertilizers
  • Provide agronomic training for staff responsible for sales and marketing
  • Assist with agronomic budgeting and cost monitoring
  • Interact with suppliers, applicators and agronomy laboratories
  • Remain up-to-date on crop nutrition and protection technology
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, computer skills and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in agronomy or a related field is required to become an agronomist. It is also advised that you receive and maintain your Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Agronomists work for medium- to large-scale farms, crop and seed production companies, crop protection companies, government agencies, research firms, environmental organizations and colleges or universities.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Society of Plant Biologist
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$59,000
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