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Agronomist Career Overview

What is an Agronomist?

Agronomists have a variety of duties in the field and are considered the link between crop researchers and farmers.

They primarily work with the care of crops used for land reclamation, fuel and food preparation.

They are able to make suggestions for farmers based on scientific research to help keep the crop healthy to harvest.

What does an agronomist do?

To get more specific about the first section, agronomists spend time running experiments to find the best ways of maximizing crop production.

Crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and more. They also spend time analyzing the data from each harvest so the next generation can be even better.

Besides worrying about production, that also means protecting crops from everything that can ruin them.

Things like:

  • Pests
  • Harsh climates
  • Disease
  • Weeds

This means coming up with plans of action based on the data and meeting with farmers. There’s also  different ways that they can specialize further, like working in research, sustainable development, crop production, and soil and water conservation.

Other responsibilities an agronomist can have:

  • Working with budgets related to agronomic costs
  • Analyze crop claim issues
  • Guaranteeing that all applications are done with the right weather conditions
  • Soil sampling fields
  • Document the specialty products and fertilizers, chemicals and seeds for reports
  • Work with labs and suppliers

How to become an agronomist

The best route to becoming an agronomist is for college students to major in agronomy or a related field. The CCA certification listed below is also important to get and keep up to date.

This is enough to get started and learn on the job, but if you plan on doing research a master’s degree is recommended.

Agronomy certifications

  1. Certified Professional Soil Scientist/Classifier (CPSS and CPSC)
  2. Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg)
  3. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)

Work opportunities

Agronomists have a lot of different opportunities when it comes to work choices.

They can work for colleges, environmental organizations, research firms, medium to large farm operations, seed production companies, government agencies, or crop protection companies.

Here are some common job titles for agronomists to have:

  1. Sales Agronomist
  2. Research Associate
  3. Agronomy Custom Applicator
  4. Viticulture Technology Specialist
  5. Crop consultant
  6. Crop manager

Professional Agronomy associations and organizations

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