Agronomists are plant and soil scientists who specialize in improving crop yield and quality. Based on field conditions and crop requirements, agronomists research and recommend plant varieties, plant spacing, water and chemical application, and other techniques to improve output. Agronomists also track and analyze annual production to determine the most effective ways to plant, cultivate and harvest crops.
- Check soil quality and recommend fertilizer and other treatments.
- Provide input to farm manager on seed selection and planting, pest and disease identification and management, crop nutrition, and harvesting and storage.
- Track plant growth and document growth stages.
- Monitor soil moisture and work with irrigator to refine irrigation schedule.
- Scout fields for diseased plants, weed issues and insect problems on a frequent basis and recommend treatments or adjustments.
- Conduct research on key production issues, including disease control, seed storage, seed spacing, irrigation frequency and fertilizer use.
- Keep current with research findings and best practices in crop management.
Education & Experience
- Four-year bachelor’s degree in agronomy or related field required; master’s degree preferred.
- Two to three years irrigated crop experience required; experience with grower’s crops preferred.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
- Recommended certification(s): Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS), Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (CAIS), state pesticide application certification, state fertilizer application license or certification.