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Crop farming is a skilled practice. Farmers will need to have the best expertise when getting the best yield from their crops and preventing the spread of pests or disease. Agronomists offer farmers specialist advice and extra support on many areas of crop production. They have the expertise to both identify and solve problems with farming techniques or crops.
Agronomists work closely with farmers, growers and crop feed producers to gain an extensive knowledge of how crops of all types flourish best. Farmers will call upon agronomists to assist in increasing the production and quality of their crops. Agronomists will have studied different crops and observed what nutrients and care they need in order to to grow. Problems affecting crop production or quality include anything from bacterial diseases and pests, to ineffective irrigation systems or storage areas.
Typical tasks of an agronomist might include:
Agronomists need to know which crops flourish best under which conditions, and may be required to suggest new types of crops for farms to produce. They must keep up-to-date with new developments in the industry, and will build good relationships with seed-manufacturers and plant feed companies. Agronomists will be in-tune with individual farms' needs, and must come up with results.
Agronomists will normally work for farm consultancies or companies that offer support to farms. Only the larger industrial farms are likely to employ their own agronomist. This means that, as well as having industry knowledge, agronomists need to have good marketing and business skills.