Profession agronomist

Agronomists provide consulting services to companies, agricultural cooperatives, agronomical crop growers and horticultural crop growers on the cultivation of food crops. They study the science, technology and business related to growing plants. They examine crops and perform experiments in order to improve crop yields and farms' production. Agronomists also examine the most effective ways to harvest and cultivate plants.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry

    Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

  • Consultation methods

    Techniques used to facilitate clear and open communication and the provision of advice between individuals, communities or the government, such as discussion groups or one-on-one interviews.

  • Budgetary principles

    Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

  • Crop production principles

    Principles in growing crops, the natural cycle, nursing of nature, growth conditions and principles of organic and sustainable production. Quality criterias and requirements of seeds, plants and crop.

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

  • Plant propagation

    Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

  • Horticulture principles

    The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Pesticides

    Types of chemical characteristics of pesticides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • European pesticide legislation

    The EU framework for community action which promotes the sustainable use of pesticides.

  • Agronomy

    The study of combining agriculture production and protection and regeneration of natural environment. Includes the principles and methods of critical selection and adequate application methods for sustainability in agriculture.

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Plant harvest methods

    The various methods, timing and equipment involved in harvesting different crops and plants.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Irrigation systems

    The methods and systems management in irrigation.

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

Skills

  • Manage nutrients

    Collect and process samples of soil and plant tissue. Supervise application of lime and fertilisers.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Manage livestock

    Manage production programmes, birth plans, sales, feed purchase orders, materials, equipment, housing, location and stock management. Manage the destruction of relevant animals in humane manner and in accordance with national legislation. Follow businesses requirements and integration into qualitative research and knowledge transfer.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Consult with business clients

    Communicate with clients of a business or business project in order to introduce new ideas, obtain feedback, and find solutions to problems.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Apply horticultural standards and practices

    Establishes and maintains high horticultural standards and practices; providing direction, training and motivation for the horticultural staff, interns and volunteers.

  • Use agricultural information systems and databases

    Use relevant information systems and databases to plan, manage and operate agricultural enterprise and production.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Research improvement of crop yields

    Study crop production in order to discover the best way to plant, gather, and cultivate crops to increase productivity.

Optional knowledge and skills

create crop protection plans use communication techniques archive scientific documentation biological chemistry types of storage facilities fertilisation principles assess crop damage monitor crops supervise laboratory operations write scientific papers develop scientific theories comply with agricultural code of practice develop irrigation strategies keep task records manage farm supplies molecular biology microbiology-bacteriology make decisions regarding plant propagation develop personal skills agricultural equipment organic farming maintain plants' growth manage agricultural staff soil structure create solutions to problems pollution prevention communicate with customers ecology supervise crop production advise on the causes of crop disorders accept own accountability advise on soil and water protection liaise with crop growers genetic engineering advise on fertiliser and herbicide write technical reports quality criteria for storage facilities livestock feeding write research proposals collect samples for analysis develop scientific research protocols prevent crop disorders use a computer

Common job titles

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