Agronomists are crop scientists, specialize in producing and improving food crops through a, but their careers are generally focused on increasing the quality and amount of food produced for the food supply.
They often work in the field, on farms; agronomists can be a graduate diploma holder or an artisan certificate holder with a good experience, although many professionals obtain further degrees.
Agricultural scientists have a high value if incorporated in a production chain as they minimize errors that would otherwise be very expensive to the farmer.
Agronomist duties and responsibilities
Agronomists have varied duties that require them to think critically to solve agriculture-related problems.
These problems may include the improvement of poor crop yields, quality, and breeds.
First and foremost, agronomists test, experiment and plan studies to improve crop yields.
They study a farm’s crop production in order to come up with the best ways to plant, manage, harvest and process the plants, regardless of the climate.
It is also important for agronomists to develop methods to control weeds and pests to keep crops disease-free.
Agronomists often use mathematical and analytical skills in conducting their work and experimentation.
Complex data and information that they develop must be worked into a serviceable format for public consumption.
Agronomists relay their information in written illustrative and verbal form.
A good agronomist is sensitive to issues regarding their findings. Their ultimate goal is to work with the farmer to understand common problems and interpret them scientifically to produce the finest crops, on the most consistent basis that they can in any situation.