How Much Ground Do Agronomists Cover?

Aye up,

Just wondering after 2-3 similar conversations with customers over the last couple of weeks.

One of them has an agronomist that looks after around 6000 acres and told him there is no way anybody could look after more and do it properly, but another says his agronomist looks after nearly treble that area.

These are cereal and OSR growers with maybe a smattering of spuds and AD crops thrown in.

Is agronomy a well paid career?

Cheers, Pete.
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Depends a lot on the crops they do. A cereal agronomist can do quite a large area, especially if big farms.

A potato/veg/fruit agronomist would do much less.

I think mine has about 60 clients/farms.
 
Aye up,

Just wondering after 2-3 similar conversations with customers over the last couple of weeks.

One of them has an agronomist that looks after around 6000 acres and told him there is no way anybody could look after more and do it properly, but another says his agronomist looks after nearly treble that area.

These are cereal and OSR growers with maybe a smattering of spuds and AD crops thrown in.

Is agronomy a well paid career?

Cheers, Pete.

Some serviced agronomists are earning £100,000 + a year mainly down to commission of sales of chemicals farmers don’t need as well as harming the environment and potentially people’s health.
 
Different levels of service also, from fortnightly crop walking to two chats in the office per year.

Yes, I get that, that’s why I put what these farmers are growing. I don’t think any of them grow vegetables or anything a bit unusual.

Seems it might be a touchy subject but I’m only asking out of curiosity.

If you walked cereal ground religiously every fortnight, what could be done?
 
Yes, I get that, that’s why I put what these farmers are growing. I don’t think any of them grow vegetables or anything a bit unusual.

Seems it might be a touchy subject but I’m only asking out of curiosity.

If you walked cereal ground religiously every fortnight, what could be done?


Some take a quad around with them on the back of their pick-up, saves a bit on the walking time :rolleyes:
 

Clive

Staff Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lichfield
its an dying occupation really soon to be replaced by remote sensing, drones, satellites and AI algorithms

still a level of himan intervention required but i think it wont be long before an agronomist “walks” 100’s of thousands of acres
 

colhonk

Member
Location
Darlington
If we had a farming union, perhaps they would be trying to get us glyphosate ready wheat ect, save a fortune in blashing loads of chemicals onto crops,saving the planet.
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
Aye up,

Just wondering after 2-3 similar conversations with customers over the last couple of weeks.

One of them has an agronomist that looks after around 6000 acres and told him there is no way anybody could look after more and do it properly, but another says his agronomist looks after nearly treble that area.

These are cereal and OSR growers with maybe a smattering of spuds and AD crops thrown in.

Is agronomy a well paid career?

Cheers, Pete.
An independent on a full service will be around £5.50/acre approx, so on 6000 acres after paying for a vehicle, insurance and admin costs wouldn’t leave a great return for a highly trained individual
I would imagine the chaps you speak of are distributor Agros to make that area stack up??

In my last job I would walk with the Agro up to 3000 acres in a day, we’d start at 6 and walk for 12 hours with travelling between farms, couldn’t do that every day as it was around 35km a day and then recs have to be written and chem ordered etc but 6000 is on the low side !!
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
I’m not doubting they work hard when the time of year demands it, I’m only asking how much they would cover.

However, and I know very little of crop protection, can 3000 acres be inspected properly in a day?
Yes, that was very thorough but tiring walking that acreage but not typical, it’s big fields and a very keen pair who relished it
Here’s a screen shot of a walk taking in around 1200 acres of walking back in Jan,
I’d also say it’s harder when new to a farm, once you’ve a few years under the belt you know the areas to go to, I use the hours spraying as an extension to walking too
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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