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What is Agronomy?

July 7, 2016

Agronomy looks at agriculture from a scientific angle by encompassing the disciplines of biology, chemistry, ecology, earth science, and genetics. Because farming is in some form a science, agronomy has to take in a variety of aspects to consider the best practices in agriculture and plant growth. It looks at various aspects of agriculture from soil management to harvesting, determining the best solutions to farmers as their operations continue to grow.

Agronomists look at fields and determine the best way to protect fields from disease and pests that may pose a threat and find ways to ensure that the soil is at an optimal level for crop growth. At the same time, agronomists look to find the means to maintain food and water security while also looking for the most sustainable methods to conserve resources.

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Other Sources

“Agronomist.” Eco Canada. http://www.eco.ca/career-profiles/agronomist/. Accessed July 7, 2016.

American Society of Agronomy. “About Agronomy.” https://www.agronomy.org/about-agronomy. Accessed July 7, 2016.