Agronomy deals with soil management and the growing of crops. It cover areas such as weed control, soil management, crop rotation, breeding and other crop production activities. Agronomy also overlaps with plant genetics, meteorology and plant physiology. So basically agronomy utilize chemistry, ecology, genetics, economics, earth science and biology to solve problems.
Agronomy is mostly associated with field crops such as corn, sugar cane, wheat, rice, cotton and forage crops. Agronomy is used to produce food, extract energy from plants and address environmental problems. The persons who study agronomy are called Agronomists. Some areas of specialization for agronomist includes irrigation, weed control, insect control, pest control, plant breeding and crop rotation.
The list below show some of the different career areas in agronomy:
- Extension Agent
- Farm Manager
- Crop Consultant
- Crop Production Specialist
- Biotechnology Technician
- Forest Soil Scientist
- Lab technician
- Soil and Water Conservationist
- Research Assistant
- Research Associate
- Environmental Scientist
- Agricultural Climatologist
- Agronomist Sales
- Biological Science Technician
If you are a high school student and you want to become an Agronomist please study the following subjects listed below:
- Physics (it’s a plus)
- Information Technology
- Language (such as English)
- Agriculture Science and/or Plant Science
If you do Agriculture Science or Plant Science, you can remove physics from the list. But you will need two science subject to gain admission into a university or college. You should also do CAPE or SAT to give yourself the opportunity to go to the best university and/or gain a scholarship.
Please go to YouTube and watch videos on agronomy. This will help you to gain more insight into the field.