While the job title might not be as commonly heard as farmer or scientist, agronomists fulfil one of the most important roles in crop production. The somewhat niche job role puts them in a position where they are able to have a significant contribution towards the success of crop production at nearly all stages of the process. If you are still wondering what exactly is it that they do? Fear not, we have got all the important parts covered below.
What Is The Job Of An Agronomist
Agronomists, who sometimes have the nickname of ‘soil doctors’ are tasked with the job of checking, testing, and maintaining healthy crop development. The role they fill is collaborative since they will be working with farmers, crop researchers, and other professionals in the field to guarantee the best outcomes for the crop. These professionals have a specialised understanding of crops and use their knowledge in chemistry, biology, ecology, botany, and genetics to help them determine if a crop is healthy; and what they can do to make it healthier.
There are a couple of ways they can do this. They can go into the site and inspect for themselves the well-being of the crops in person. They can also take samples of the crops and soil to a lab where they are able to undertake different tests to determine how healthy a crop really is. If the crop is not doing well, they will research why this is. There may be many different reasons for this, including unhealthy soil, climate, weather, pests, disease, out-of-control weeds, and many others.
Also, even if the crop is thriving, these professionals will still work towards making the crops even healthier or find ways to make the entire process more sustainable.
What Roles Do They Have?
When one of these professionals works on ensuring that a crop is healthy and doing well, there are many different roles they can fulfil to do so. Some of the most common role specialisations they may undertake include:
Research – when doing a research role most of their time will be spent in the lab
Crop Production and Crop Management – this is usually a large focus on an area, for example, the entire crop harvest process, or maintaining large areas like golf courses
Sustainable Development – these professionals work had to find new methods and technologies to boost sustainable practice in the field
Thoughts From Our Resident Agronomist
Bioweed is thrilled to have our own leading agronomist Nick Sell working with us. Nick has a passion for ensuring that all projects have healthy soil and follow sustainable practices. “Being able to turn overrun areas of invasive species into functioning ecosystems is what drives my passion,” he says, adding that “Although I previously worked in wholesale nurseries, completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Security has pushed my thinking even further.
“On a day to day basis, my work makes a difference through assembling plant systems to be as productive as they can be, without sacrificing sustainability goals and the environment.”
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