Effective Agronomists’ Habits

If you have a natural passion for science and want to contribute to efforts to improve the supply of high-quality food, feed, fiber, fuel, and even medications while also protecting and conserving the environment, agronomy might be the profession for you.

What is Agronomy?

Agronomy is a science and a practice that looks at agriculture from an integrated, holistic perspective. In agronomy, it’s important to understand the properties of the soil and how the soil interacts with the growing crop. Understanding what nutrients the crop needs and when and how to apply these nutrients are also crucial. 

What is Agronomy
What is Agronomy

What does an Agronomist do?

Agronomists undertake research to find the most effective techniques for improving crop quality and yield. Agronomists work with farmers to help them grow the greatest crops possible, such as maize, cotton, and wheat, based on their research. Chemistry, biology, economics, earth science, ecology, and genetics are all areas in which they excel.

What does an Agronomist do
What does an Agronomist do

An agronomist spends time in the lab going over the data that has been collected to find out how to improve the next generation. They have to think critically and solve problems concerning the planting, harvesting, and cultivation of crops. They also develop methods for protecting the crops from weeds, pests, and harsh climates.

How to become a successful agronomist 

Be proactive 

Being in a reactive state no matter the situation typically puts us at a disadvantageAlways devise a strategy to assist not just yourself, but also the farmer in achieving the best possible results. A strategy doesn’t guarantee you won’t have to respond at times, but it will help you remain ahead of the game and avoid costly mistakes or oversights. 

Make a start with the goal in mind

A highly effective agronomist is always working to understand what a farmer’s yield and profitability targets are. From there you always have the ability to develop a plan to optimize for these targets.

An agronomist
An agronomist

As an agronomic, you’re constantly curious about the farmer’s objectives and targets. Without them, it makes being effective a much more difficult task. Identifying possibilities for farmers and developing ideas for them can only benefit your cause. 

Start with the basics

There are many different components to agronomy and farming that can distract from some of the foundations of a strong, profitable crop. There are also essential variables that can assist a farmer in growing a good crop, but if these features aren’t maximized, any other tools, such as extra fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, biostimulants,… will be much more difficult to use.

Comprehend first

Always try to grasp the core cause of an issue in the field, rather than merely the consequence. This entails getting to the bottom of each and every circumstance that arises in a field. Always double-check that you know what the underlying cause is by using the resources at your disposal to validate what’s going on.