Agronomy is the science and technology for producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. It encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science.
What does an Agronomist do?
Agronomists may perform the following tasks:
- collect and analyse data and samples of produce, feed and soil, and study other factors affecting production
- advise farmers and farm managers about techniques for improving the production of crops and livestock
- advise farmers about issues such as livestock and crop disease, control of pests and weeds, soil improvement, animal husbandry and feeding programs
- study environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
- study the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
- develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production.
What personal requirements will you need?
- proficient computer skills - Microsoft Office software, email, internet, spread sheets
- good diagnostic and decision making skills
- proven ability to effectively communicate – verbal & written skills
- ability to work independently or in a team
- desire to serve farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry
- desire to remain updated with new agricultural trends and technology.
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