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Plant Scientist / Field Agronomist

 

Overview:

Plant Scientists/Field Agronomists plan, budget, establish, preform and document research trials and projects as they relate to agronomic crops.

Plant Scientists/Field Agronomists are responsible for coordinating, budgeting, executing, performing, and reportring on agronomic crop research trials.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Responsible for making agronomic related decisions regarding production activities
  • Develop, conduct and evaluate tolerance for species at seedling stage of growth
  • Understand the farmland ( ground conditions, farming challenges, pest issues)
  • Evaluate products, collect data on performance in different locations, and make recommendations to management on new releases, and position hybrids in their most favorable environment
  • Relay agronomy information to Sales Reps, DMs, dealers and key accounts through written materials, presentations, and one on one
  • Regularly communicate with relevant industry sectors and educational institutions to initiate well targeted research projects
  • Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products and problems
  • Prepare documented proposals and successfully establish research trials
  • Manage trial establishment and collection of data
  • Budget for research work and provide management reporting in regard to trial/research progress

 

What education and training is required?

A master’s degree or PhD in plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, agronomy, crop science, soil science, biology or a related field is preferred to become a plant scientist/field agronomist.  A bachelor’s degree in similar fields may be considered with some companies.

 

To pursue a career as a Plant Scientist/Field Agronomist:

The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Employed by seed companies, crop protection companies, research firms, governmental organizations, environmental organizations, and colleges or universities.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

For those with advanced degrees the current and future job market for plant scientist/field agronomist can be considered good.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Committee for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Society of Plant Biologist