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Agronomy looking forward, thinking broadly.

Titmarsh, I.J. and Doughton, J. and Woods, E. (2010) Agronomy looking forward, thinking broadly. Crop and Pasture Science, 61 (7). pp. 522-527.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CP09203

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

Global trends in human population and agriculture dictate that future calls made on the resources (physical, human, financial) and systems involved in producing food will be increasingly more demanding and complex. Both plant breeding and improved agronomy lift the potential yield of crops, a key component in progressing farm yield, so society can reasonably expect both agronomy as a science and agronomists as practitioners to contribute to the successful delivery of necessary change. By reflecting on current trends in agricultural production (diversification, intensification, integration, industrialisation, automation) and deconstructing a futuristic scenario of attempting agricultural production on Mars, it seems the skills agronomists will require involve not only the mandatory elements of their discipline but also additional skills that enable engagement with, even leadership of, teams who integrate (in sum or part) engineering, (agri-)business, economics and operational management, and build the social capital required to create and maintain a diverse array of enhanced and new ethical production systems and achieve increasing efficiencies within them.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© CSIRO.
Keywords:Agricultural production; agronomy; crop production; forecasts; job skills; management skills; scientists; trends.
Subjects:Science > Science (General)
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Deposited On:09 Nov 2010 07:35
Last Modified:21 Apr 2011 06:14

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