A list of 39 competency statements was developed in order to survey what 210 graduates with bachelor degrees in agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the decade of 1971-81 perceived relevant to their performance in present employment situations. Of the 210 graduates, 159 responded. Current employers (152 in number) of those graduates were also surveyed to evaluate the graduates' competencies and the importance of having those competencies. The four competencies ranked among the top five by both graduates and their employers were identify major row crops, recognize causes of the variability in yield for a given crop, identify major weeds in field crops, and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of tillage practices.
agronomy, soils, agronomy graduates