Crop Advisor

Crop Advisor

Crop advisors are knowledgeable about plants and soil. They maintain a close relationship with their client and scout their fields for problems that may arise during the growing season. They make recommendations on things ranging from seed to fertilizer and from pest management to disease treatment. Additionally, they keep agronomic and financial records of customer accounts.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Scout crops for pests and diseases that may arise during various parts of the growing season
  • Build relationships with growers 
  • Collaborate with other advisors in order to understand disease and pest outbreaks in the area
  • Keep agronomic and financial records of customer accounts
  • Work with the marketing manager to develop marketing plans and pricing strategies
  • Make recommendations to growers on actions that may need to be taken when problems arise
  • Provide training to area growers
  • Identify potential weed problems and offer suggestions on products
  • Utilize knowledge and understanding of weeds and herbicide modes of action to determine best suitable treatment.
  • Suggest crops and seeds to be used in the next growing season
  • Supervise chemical and fertilizer applications
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, math, statistics and accounting.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agronomy, soils, plant or crop science. Pest control advisor license preferred, along with being a Certified Crop Advisor.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Being a crop advisor you have the potential to have a lot of flexibility. Some people work as a crop advisor part-time or work full-time and are self-employed. You can work for agriculture retailers or consulting firms.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$68,000
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