Friday, May 29, 2015

Meet Burrus Intern Courtney and her Update on NorthWest Missouri Field Conditions

Hello, my name is Courtney Brown. I am honored to be an intern with Burrus Seed this summer. I am currently a senior at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri with a major in Agronomy and a minor in Animal Science.  On campus I am the President of the Sigma Alpha-Alpha Beta sorority, President of Agronomy Club, and a member of Block and Bridle.  I hail from a small community just south of Chillicothe, Missouri known as Tina, Missouri.  There, I was raised on a haying, corn and soybean row crop, Quail habitat, and Angus cattle farming operation.  That’s where my passion for Agriculture began.  I attended Tina-Avalon High school where I was very active in organizations such as FFA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FCA (Future Christian Athletes), basketball, softball, and golf.  I was an active member of Girl Scouts and 4-H, being on the state 4-H council, outside of school.  These organizations gave me leadership skills and allowed me to advocate my passion for agriculture not only in my community but in different states as well. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, shooting, showing cattle, farming, and enjoying nature.

“Farming looks easy when your plow is a pencil and you are a thousand miles from the corn field.”  -Dwight D. Eisenhower

This quote fits well with the conditions that are occurring in Missouri.  While meeting some of the individuals that are passionate about Burrus products as well as farming, I have noticed majority of our growers in Missouri are experiencing tremendous amounts of rain resulting in flooding and unfortunately not being able to not only finish up planting but better yet even getting one kernel of corn in the ground.  This leads to growers becoming very stressed about having to take the preventative planting option with their acres of corn ground.  Not only are we seeing this with corn, but some growers are getting so flustered with mother nature that they are considering it with soybeans as well.  - Courtney Brown

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