|What is Agronomy?|
Agronomy is the science, economics, and application of soil and plant production with a strong emphasis in land management. It is the application of a combination of sciences such as biology, chemistry, ecology, earth science, and genetics and typically focuses on agriculture and its processes.
An Agronomy Consultant will provide a full range of agronomic and farm consultancy services, whilst simultaneously ensuring that clients are kept aware of the most up to date technology and new techniques.
It is imperative that an Agronomist understands, manages and protects the Earth’s vital resources and, in particular, manages the environmental impact of agriculture by carefully using a combination of science and natural resources to sustain food and crop supplies.
The primary areas an Agronomist works in include:
Environmental Soil and Landscape Processes
Plant Genetics and Breeding
Soil and Crop Management
Cropping Systems and Plant Nutrition
Genetic Improvement on Economic Crops
Turf and Urban Interface
Expanding further, an Agronomist will also deal in the following:
Agro-Micrometeorology – the study of solar radiation and their components in relation to crop and tree canopies.
Crop Management – the study of individual crop management such as canola, corn, soybean, alfalfa, etc…
Crop Physiology – the study of understanding the influence of genotype and environment on processes influencing crop plant performance.
Soil Fertility – the study of understanding soil nutrient availability and crop nutrient requirements.
Soil Physical Properties – the study of fluid flow and chemical transport in relation to natural resource management, site remediation, and surface and groundwater quality.
Spatial Technologies – the study of gathering, analysing, storing, and delivering information obtained from natural resource areas and agricultural fields.
Frequently, Agronomists will specialise in particular areas such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and insect and pest control.
“Agronomy - the science of utilising plants for food, fuel, feed, and fibre”