Agronomy In Practice Course

Agronomy in Practice is designed to improve the knowledge and skill of advisers in the fertiliser industry.

The Agronomy in Practice course is a leading course in best practice soil, plant tissue and water sampling, testing, interpreting analysis results and making fertiliser recommendations.

This course is presented by Incitec Pivot Fertilisers experienced agronomy team, using an interactive and engaging program with hands-on activities and assessments.

Participants will develop skills in effective nutrient programs for their clients and with the highest level of industry recognition.

Successful completion of Agronomy in Practice is rewarded by:

  • Recognition as a Fertcare Accredited Advisor
  • Fertcare Level C accreditation
  • Full access to Nutrient Advantage software and tools



Key areas of learning

  • Understanding soil chemical, physical and biological properties.
  • Recognising salinity, acidity, alkalinity and sodicity problems and providing solutions.
  • A focus on each macro and micro nutrient.
  • Soil, plant tissue and water sampling techniques.
  • Interpreting soil and plant tissue analysis results.
  • Developing nutrient programs based on the principles of 5Rs (Right Product, Rate, Time, Place, Agronomy).
  • Fertiliser logistics and regulations.
  • Environmental, food safety and other stewardship issues.
  • Managing samples through the Nutrient Advantage laboratory.
  • Best use of the current Nutrient Advantage software for generating effective nutrient programs and creating reports


Commitments required

  • Prior to the workshop, participants are provided with materials to support their pre-workshop activities.
  • Participants need to complete an online questionnaire and collect and submit a soil sample to the Nutrient Advantage laboratory at Werribee.
  • It is a requirement that both these activities be completed before the workshop.
  • Participants are provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day and all training materials.
  • Where required, accommodation, breakfast and evening meals are the responsibility of the participants.
  • While formal qualifications are not a requirement to attend Agronomy in Practice, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of their district farming practices and industry dynamics.


Meet the trainer 



Originally joining IPF in 2020 as a broadacre Technical Agronomist, today James Stewart manages and delivers IPF’s industry-leading Agronomy in Practice training and Fertcare Level C accreditation course across the Eastern Seaboard. 



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For more information contact or call Marcia Pearson on 0438 671 766.