An agronomist helps select the correct nutrients for the crop(s) being grown and manage nutrient distribution. On a day-to-day basis, an agronomist may be required to develop budgets for facilities and available land, conducting inventory tracking of manure, and making sure that plans meet regulatory requirements. They are also responsible for hiring and scheduling, coordinating schedules, conducting quality control, and supervising employees. Agronomists also conduct product testing and evaluations; establish and maintain strong relationships with clients; and handle contracts and insurance issues. Additionally, these professionals must know how to sample soil, scout for crops, diagnose the nutrients that crops need, and determine the effectiveness of a nutrient.
An agronomist mostly works outside on the farm or other agricultural setting, although they may spend an equal amount of time inside doing paperwork or lab work. These professionals may also conduct physical tasks such as bending, squatting, walking, and carrying some heavy equipment from time to time.
The minimum educational requirements for agronomist positions is a bachelor's of science in agronomy or a related field. Because agronomist works with a variety of professionals on a day-to-day basis, strong communication and leadership skills are needed for this position. Several years of relevant experience are needed as well.
Analyze soil, plant, and water samples for various crops, draft agricultural production plans, and estimate yields.
Collect accurate data and create reports to clarify and support agricultural plans.
Consult on problems such as plant disease and adverse crop growing conditions.
Coordinate buying and implementation of new fertilizer and seeds.