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Field Agronomist

Burlington, WA

About Us

Sakata is committed to providing a workplace free of any and all kinds of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote a culturally diverse workforce. Thanks to our global and multicultural business environment, individuals can meet and work with people from all over the world.

Position Summary

Responsible for the production and development of commercial crops and stockseed production in assigned geographic areas of the Western Washington. Main emphasis and goals are to produce 99% marketable seed, research and explore new techniques of seed production and development, work with Growers on crop maintenance and effective field techniques, and to promote new ideas to reach company goals. Input and maintenance of all information and data regarding crop information into company systems are essential. Other responsibilities and assignments may be asked as well.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for coordinating and controlling the scheduling, contracting, insuring of proper isolations, and oversight of growth through harvest for all production in the assigned area.
  • Work with Breeders in assigned areas to assist in new product productions
  • Aids in sharing and training proper procedures and techniques with the Growers to assure high quality seed production and good Grower relations.
  • Applies for necessary field phytosanitary certificates, working with county and state government agencies to insure timely inspections.
  • Assist both company and grower during transplanting, planting, and harvest periods in his/her geographic area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for rouging crops at the appropriate time and preparing accurate and comprehensive rouging reports.
  • Manage scouting crews and schedules to insure accurate and timely monitoring.
  • Monitor crops for infestation of insects and diseases and contacting Growers and /or PCA's regarding any unusual or unacceptable conditions.
  • Supervise contract labor crews assigned to fields for sowing, planting, weeding, manipulations, or other jobs as needed.
  • Maintain crop records of all fields in a timely manner, including updating crop recipes and grower suggestions annually.
  • Maintain complete records of all crop expenses for budget purposes.
  • Prepare, maintain, observe, and take good notes on trials for production research.
  • Work with the Branch Manager/ Sr. Area Manager to develop annual Budget. Also responsible for maintaining / reviewing budget and area expenses on a monthly basis.
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the Production Manager.

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience in an agricultural field required.
  • Minimum of two years of field work experience within the seed industry preferred.

Knowledge / Skills Required

  • Must have good computer skills, being able to effectively use Excel, Word, and email for correspondence, along with operating other office machines.
  • Must have good communication skills, including both oral and written presentations.
  • Experience in operating various types of farm equipment, including tractor driving with a sound understanding of safe equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Current and valid Driver's license required.
  • Must obtain a Private Applicator Pesticide License within one year.

Education

  • BS Degree in the agricultural field of plant science.
  • Courses in pathology and crop physiology desired.
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