Seed Production Agronomist
Seed production agronomists are responsible for the management and execution of all phases of seed production to ensure a high quality, reliable and timely supply is delivered to the facility. They are different from field agronomists in that they work specifically toward the creation of high-quality seeds. Additionally, they complete administrative duties such as signing grower contracts and collecting and inputting data for reports.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Contract required production acres with seed growers to maximize yield
- Maintain proper contracts and administrative duties in relation to production acreage
- Develop and maintain a grower evaluation system to drive increased yields and quality
- Understand seed species, varieties, quality standards and crop delivery requirements
- Manage and execute all phases of seed production to ensure a high-quality, reliable and timely supply is delivered to the facility
- Develop and implement programs regarding agronomic issues in production fields
- Conduct and manage field productions of seed as required
- Perform and coordinate seed logistics activities to ensure accurate records and movement of seed
- Complete administrative duties such as signing grower contracts and collecting and inputting data for reports
- Remain current with latest production technology to support seed growers
- Maintain relationships with growers, contractors and the local farming community
- Satisfy internal production standards within quality, timeliness and financial objectives
- Propose improvements to the field operations production program
- Develop better planting, cultivation and harvesting techniques to improve crop yield and solve problems for stakeholders
- Develop planting, fertigation and irrigation schedules and timelines
- Provide pesticide and agronomic recommendations to optimize quality and yield
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- plant science
- computer skills
A bachelor’s degree in agronomy or a related field is required to become a seed production agronomist. A master’s degree may be required for large-scale companies.