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Agronomists – Simon Watson

Simon Watson

Agriculture has been an interest of mine since receiving a model of a Massey Ferguson 760 Combine Harvester as a six-year-old.  Not coming from a farming background, I spent my childhood building a 50 square foot mixed dairy and arable farm in the attic!

After leaving school I went on to spend the next decade in academia collecting a Higher National Diploma and Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biology and Environmental Science respectively.   Still feeling drawn towards agriculture, I subsequently read for a PhD and undertook post-doctoral studies specialising in weed population dynamics in arable farming systems at the University of Reading.

An opportunity then arose for me to work and advise within the specialist sports turf sector as an independent agronomist in Scotland.  This role was to provide good grounding for my future career. I was then offered a technical role working for Syngenta advising clients within its turf and landscape business, which allowed me to travel the world and included four-years living in Singapore.

My love for the agriculture has never waned and being offered a job with Indigro has allowed me to fulfil my lifetime ambition to be an independent agronomist within this great industry.

I have achieved professional qualifications BASIS Amenity Horticulture Turf, BASIS Crop Protection Agriculture and am a FACTS Qualified Advisor.