Seed Production Agronomist

Seed Production Agronomist

Seed production agronomists are responsible for the management and execution of all phases of seed production. They are different from field agronomists in that they work specifically toward the creation of high quality seeds. Additionally, they complete administrative duties such as signing grower contracts and collecting and inputting data for reports.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Contract required production acres with seed growers to maximize yield
  • Develop and maintain a grower evaluation system to drive increased yields and quality
  • Understand seed species and varieties, seed quality standards, and crop delivery requirements
  • Develop and implement programs regarding agronomic issues in production fields
  • Conduct and manage field productions of seed as required
  • Perform and coordinate seed logistics activities to ensure accurate records and movement of seed
  • Complete administrative duties such as signing grower contracts, collecting and inputting data for reports
  • Remain current with latest production technology to support seed growers
  • Maintain relationships with growers, contractors and the local farming community
  • Satisfy internal production standards within quality, timeliness and financial objectives
  • Propose improvements to the field operations production program
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 a seed production agronomist.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Seed production agronomists typically work for medium- to large-scale seed producers.
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: 
$56,000
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