Whether selling seed, crop protection products, crop nutrients, or agricultural technology, those involved in this AOR understand crop production practices and have practical problem-solving skills. These Crop and Soil Science positions innovate, conduct research, promote sustainable and alternative soil maintenance and crop production methodologies – either at the farm gate or in positions that support the on-farm recommendations.
Careers often focus on the breeding, physiology, production, yield, or management of soils and crops. From there, they specialize in soil composition as it relates to crop production and yield (including nutrient management) while working on methods to control weeds, eliminate or deter pests or control diseases. They advise on production and farming best practices and develop methods to increase crop yields with sustainability and environmental concerns in mind.
To work in this field, you have a good grasp of science, mathematics, and research best practices.
Post-Secondary education required – with 90% requiring a Bachelor of Science degree. There are some certificate or Associate degrees that provide the general knowledge required for animal and crop education without a specific focus on either.