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An agronomist provides agronomic 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 to achieve efficient crop production
  • Soil sample fields including multiple depth sampling, sampling by geo-reference and multiple site sampling in the event of changes in soil texture
  • Manage field trials, plant physiology and irrigation practices
  • Scout customer fields for weed, insects, disease and nutrition issues
  • Ensure that application of seeding, fertility 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


What education and training is 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. 


To pursue a career as an Agronomist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, computer courses, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

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.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an agronomist will be great over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Society of Plant Biologist
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