Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Welcome New Field Agronomists

Two new Field Agronomists, Chris Brown and Dana Harder, joined the Burrus team this past August. Field Agronomist responsibilities include agronomic training of the sales staff, customer service for Burrus growers across our selling footprint, and product testing and research.

Chase, Tina, Cade & Chris Brown.
Chris Brown joins the team with a solid agronomic background in both product development and sales. In addition, Chris holds a Certified Crop Advisor license. A Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduate, Chris now resides in Lacon, IL with his wife Tina, and their two children Chase and Cade. Chris serves the northeast region of our selling footprint.

Candi & Dana Harder with son Owen and daughters Madison & Cambell.

Dana Harder brings both practical and research experience to Burrus Seed. Dana especially enjoys helping growers set up and analyze their own on-farm testing. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree, Dana received a master's from Michigan State University. Edina, MO is home for Dana, his wife Candi, and their three children Owen, Madison, and Cambell. Dana serves growers in southern Illinois and Missouri. 

We are pleased to add such well-respected agronomists who possess hands-on experience to the Burrus team. Please feel free to contact them with your corn and soybean growing questions.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Year in Review by Todd Burrus

Tribute page to Tom in 2017 Burrus Harvest Report
Last year's Harvest Report was a tribute to my brother, Tom. It is easy for me to look back and smile as I think about the times Tom and I enjoyed in our 50 years of working together. Tom was my supervisor my first day of detasselling. It is also easy to reflect back on the whirlwind of the last year and appreciate all that we have learned. 

First, I recall sitting down with family members making up our ownership team a week after Tom passed. We wrote on the whiteboard everything we knew he did. As with any family operation, we redistributed the load. Five of us each took part of the list. I think I can speak for all of us when I say, Tom always had a lot going on and we all miss him! He really did an amazing job of helping us to be prepared.

Second, he truly had his house in order. This fact has made it significantly easier on his family. I am told a low percentage of people have an estate plan and have communicated their plan with those close to them. Do your family and yourself a favor, get a plan!

Tim Greene stepped us as President. I can see growth in him and in his confidence to lead. Tim worked side-by-side with Tom for 21 years and learned well. I am proud to be a source of encouragement to him.

This spring helped affirm the value of seed quality and PowerShield® seed treatment. It was one of the lowest replant seasons ever. Growers continue to enjoy the benefits. Post-emerge spray season affirmed off-target chemical drift. It is a continued concern. We are pleased that we not only offer choice but can truly help growers consider all the factors necessary to make good decisions.

Reviewing interview footage with the RFD-TV video team
A few days of heat during pollination hurt a few of our seed fields. I suspect it also helped create some surprises for customers. This is continued confirmation that planting a package of Burrus products provides the best tool to manage future weather patterns. Martha thinks I have been a broken record on this topic for at least 40 years and she has not even turned 40 yet!

The opportunity to tell the Burrus story on RFD-TV was an unexpected lift. It was a positive message about the value of independent seed companies. It also provided a chance to see and hear what sets Burrus apart. 

The announcement of the DONMARIO™ brand was another big step. This allows us to introduce a global source of soybean genetics to the American farmer. More importantly, it connects two family seed businesses with similar values and goals. Customer reaction has been very positive as they search for a new source that is founded on genetics and not on traits. 

Dave Hughes, Martha Krohe, Todd Burrus, Ignacio Bartolome, & Tim Greene

The Burrus reputation for seed quality remains. Kevin Burrus has put another high-quality seed crop in the bin. Listening to Burrus harvest successes has been very encouraging. It has also been a privilege to walk alongside the customers who have experienced weather adversity. Knowing your seed supplier knows and cares has value!

Growers put their trust in us, our information, and our products. We take that responsibility seriously. We look forward to serving you for many years to come!

This article was originally printed in the 2018 Burrus Harvest Report.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Meet Our 2018 Summer Interns

Another growing season is drawing to a close, and it's time to recognize and thank our outstanding 2018 summer interns! Burrus Seed representatives attend college career fairs across our footprint each fall seeking interns for the following summer. We have been lucky to always have a large pool of students interested in joining our team to learn while traveling with sales team members, calling on customers, and erecting field signs.

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 summer internships and will be attending several college career fairs across our footprint this fall. If you are interested in an internship with Burrus Seed, visit our website or email us at burrus.seed@burrusseed.com.

2018 Burrus Seed Summer Interns

Zach Edwards
Zach is from Godfrey, IL and will be returning to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall as a senior. Zach is pursuing a dual major in Agribusiness Economics and Crop, Soil & Environmental Management. With these degrees, Zach hopes for a  future career in seed or crop protection sales. Zach's hobbies include hunting and being an active member of Farm House fraternity.

Mason Gardner
Mason is from Mendon, MO and will be a senior this fall at Northwest Missouri State University. Mason's experiences from growing up on his family's farm with row crops and cattle prepared him well for this summer. Mason is working towards a double major in Ag Business and Agronomy. In his free time, Mason enjoys track and field, hunting, fishing, and farming.

Wade Prough
Wade is from Carrollton, IL and was our Agronomy Intern this summer, working with our agronomic research team. Wade will be a junior at Western Illinois University in the fall and is pursuing a major in Ag Science with a minor in Agronomy. When he's not in a field, Wade's hobbies include old cars, motorcycles, and semis. 

Nicholas Simpson
Nicholas is from Lanark, IL and spent the summer working alongside the Hughes sales team members. This fall, Nicholas will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Nicholas is pursuing a major in Soil and Crop Science with an Ag Business minor. Nicholas stays busy in his free time being a volunteer firefighter, as well as hunting, fishing, boating and snowmobiling.

Aaron Slack
Aaron is from Paxton, IL and will be a senior this year at the University of Illinois. Aaron's major is Agriculture Science Education and he hopes to one day be an ag teacher. A background of FFA, 4-H, and working on the family farm prepared Aaron for his summer with the Burrus team. Aaron's hobbies include hunting, guiding hunts with his yellow lab, golfing, and fishing.  

Justen Woods
Justen is from Ipava, IL and assisted Pete George's sales team in Territory B this summer. Justen will be starting his senior year at Western Illinois University in the fall with a major in Ag Science. Justen enjoys the outdoors spending his free time farming, working with cattle, hunting, fishing, and riding four-wheelers.

Our sales team could not get through the growing season without help from our interns, and we are all grateful for this year's group. We wish them all the best on their future plans and hope they all find rewarding careers one day in the ag industry.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Celebrating Our Sales Team

The Burrus Seed sales team recently held their annual sales season kick-off meeting. The group met in Branson, Missouri for a weekend of training, discussion, collaboration and fun. Following an afternoon of meetings introducing and reviewing various topics, the sales team, management team, and their families met for a dinner and awards banquet.

The awards portion of the evening is always looked forward to, where the hard work put in over the past year is recognized and admired. We are proud of the efforts our staff put forth each day to advance the success and profitability of our growers.

Two new awards were introduced this year. The Burrus Seed Breakout Performer of the Year recognizes the sales team member who focuses on expanding their business. The 2018 Breakout Performer of the Year was awarded to Colby Reilson of Highland, IL. 

2018 Burrus Seed Breakout Performer of the Year Colby Reilson and Tim Greene

In memory of Tom Burrus, a new award was introduced to recognize the team member who demonstrates outstanding effort to help the customers and company win. Jordan Watson of Shelbina, MO was awarded the 2018 Tom Burrus Award. A perpetual plaque listing annual winners of the award will be on display in the Jacksonville office.

2018 Tom Burrus Award recipient Jordan Watson with (left to right) Tim Greene, wife Maggie Watson, Lori Greene and Marcy Burrus

We have an outstanding sales team and enjoyed the time spent together as a group. Here's to the start of a successful new sales season! 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Percent Corn and Soybeans Planted in Burrus Footprint - 5/4/18

It is amazing how much planting can get done in a week; however, we still have some more work to accomplish, especially with soybeans.  About half of the Burrus territory appears to be finished or very, close to being done with corn planting.  Soybeans appear to only be about half planted.  This recent rain gave most, but not all of the Burrus footprint, a rest. Many are starting to be able to row corn and soybeans this week.  No worries as of yet, we still have time to finish planting before mid-May without losing yield potential.  The planting date only accounts for about 11 percent of total yield potential of corn.

Some have commented recently that the April 21st planted corn (and soybeans) emerged quicker than corn planted on April 13th.  This has everything to do with Growing degree days (GDDs) or heat units.  It takes approximately 100-120 GDD's for corn to emerge and soybeans can emerge with 90 GDD's.  The 8 days between the April 13th and April 21st planting date only differed around 50 GDD's in Springfield IL and Chillicothe, MO.  In DeKalb, IL, there was only around 10 GDD difference!  Sorry, Southern Illinois, I was not able to find a good example of total recorded GDD's for you.

Planting date GDDs to date 8 day Difference
Springfield, IL 4/13/2018 224  
  4/21/2018 176 48
Chillicothe, MO 4/13/2018 221  
  4/21/2018 177 44
DeKalb, IL 4/13/2018 150  
  4/21/2018 139 11

Percent corn planted as of 5/4/18

Percent soybeans planted as of 5/4/18

Friday, April 27, 2018

Percent Planting Completed in the Burrus Territory - 4/27/18

We recently polled the Burrus Account Managers and had them give us their best estimate of percent planting of corn that has been completed in the Burrus territory.  Below, you can see of those that reported, the highest percent of planting appears to be in the west.  This area, of course has been a bit warmer, but also missed some rains, which allowed for a broader planting window.  On the other hand, planting has just begun in the last couple of days to the north.  Many are also still concerned about the possible freeze warning over the weekend, especially as you move north.  There could be a lot of field work completed between now and the middle of next week, when rain is in the forecast.   
Map created by Michelle Sandman
As for percent soybeans planted, here what was reported:
Randy McCaskill:  25%
Ross Brockhouse:  20%
Riley Young:  10%
Corey Rimbey: 10%
Ted Ballard:  10%
Zach Whitehille:  10%
Jim Allen:  5%
Colby Reilson:  5%
Quinn Moller:  5%
Erin Holbert:  5%
Joe Fletcher:  5%
Mathias Hoffman:  5%
Brian Bredeson:  5%
Brent Angelo:  5%
Jeff Hyde:  5%
Donny Marnin:  5%
Jordan Watson:  5%
Ross Kleinsteiber:  5%
Rick Urish:  5%
Rob Church:  5%
Jeff Seckler:  1%
Brad Kufalk:  1%

Be safe out there! 
Stephanie and Jamie

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Prepping for #Plant18 Success

Every year, growers across the country begin preparing for planting season. We’re all familiar with the usual pre-plant chores. However, this article isn't meant to discuss things such as soil preparation or fertility.  No, the purpose of this article is to address the essential preparation of your equipment and technology that every grower needs prior to dropping the planter down in a field.

This time of year, everyone is anxious to get started planting and the recent weather pattern hasn’t helped relieve this anxiety. Instead, the energy just builds until everyone is about to come unglued. But all this pent-up energy can quickly turn to frustration if you end up experiencing problems with your equipment or discover too late that your precision data is not ready.

That’s why it’s always important to plan for success by ensuring your equipment and precision data are ready well in advance of planting season. This is the best way to guarantee success when it is time to put the seed in the ground. You’ve got too much at risk to not take the steps necessary to get this #Plant18 right. Here are some thoughts for you as you prepare for planting:

1. First and foremost, get yourself and your operation organized. Prioritize tasks and identify ones with which you need to enlist help on. If you have tasks that need others' assistance, be sure to get them set up as soon as possible.  If you need their help, it’s a good bet that others do too. So, don’t wait to the last minute.

2. Ensure you have a properly leveled toolbar - it's essential to the function of your row units.

3. Differences in soil as you move across a field make checking your down pressure imperative. This is of course something that isn’t set-it and forget-it. You should evaluate your down pressure all planting season, field by field to ensure proper seed placement.

4. Check and adjust your seeding depth.  Every year, you should make a zero adjustment to your press wheels.

5. Ensure your row cleaners are set properly. Remember, their purpose is to remove trash and residue from the front of the row unit. 

6. To ensure optimum seed-to-soil contact is obtained, check and adjust your seed firmers and see that close wheels are aligned behind the row unit properly. 

7. Check that your starter or two-by-two pumps are in working order. 

8. Don’t forget to make sure that your field data is loaded and ready to go on your monitor.

9. Verify all these adjustments are at the speed you normally plant. Varying planting speed can adversely impact your hard work. Doing this will ensure consistency in your planting.

10. Lastly, pay attention to soil conditions. 

After planting is completed, it’s important to validate that your equipment performed as you had expected.  Monitor crop progress throughout the year and document your findings to ensure you met prescription, planning and profit objectives.  With the uncertainty of today’s market, you need to extract every drop of value from every acre and every input. Managing each acre independently is imperative to your operation's success. Capturing data on soil type, soil texture, fertility, soil moisture, planting conditions, populations, product placement and yield history are all integral pieces of the puzzle that is ROI. Your Burrus team is here to partner with you to ensure that you achieve success year after year and build profitable operations for generations to come.

Troy Horton
Burrus Seed Precision Planting Specialist

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cover Crop Termination Tips

The calendar says it is the second week in April, but recent weather conditions suggest otherwise.  Cool, wet soils have halted field work throughout the Burrus footprint, but we are hopeful we will be able to get into the field soon to plant, apply fertilizer, apply a burndown, etc.  For growers with cover crops, there is also an additional step – terminating that cover crop.  Being able to adequately terminate your cover crop is essential to the success of your cash crop.  Most commonly, a herbicide program is used to control the cover crop. Helpful tips to ensure success are below.

1. Herbicide selection
Herbicide selection can be dependent on which cover crop you used.  It is important to know what species you have in your mix to get the most control.  For instance, a dense stand of cereal ryegrass will not be controlled with 2,4-D products. Glyphosate is a commonly used active ingredient which is non-selective.  For added broadleaf control of possible broadleaf cover crops or broadleaf weeds, the addition of a growth regulator type herbicide can give added control.  If you are applying the herbicide prior to planting the cash crop, know plant back restrictions (see chart below).  If you are applying the herbicide in-crop, know which herbicide tolerance your crop has.

Purdue University Extension

2. Cover crop growth stage
Although we know there are numerous benefits to using cover crops, when it comes to termination, we must think of them as a weed.  By this I mean we want to apply the herbicide when we would apply it to weeds, therefore follow height and growth stage restrictions or adjust rates accordingly.  Plants that are jointing or bolting are more difficult to kill. Therefore, other means of termination may be warranted.

3. Weather conditions
For the best herbicide efficacy, the plant needs to be actively growing otherwise you will not get adequate control.  For the plant to be actively growing we typically recommend temperatures greater than 50 degrees.  This does not mean one day above 50 degrees, but multiple days to have the plant active and therefore taking up the herbicide.  Timing becomes important here because as we start warming up, the cover crop will begin actively growing and will rapidly gain size, making the herbicide possibly less effective. 

With the delay of planting, growers are going to be rushing around trying to get field work completed in a timely fashion.  If you do have cover crops, make sure that you are prepared to properly terminate them to prevent weeds in your cash crop.  As always, if you have any questions about cover crop termination reach out to your Burrus Sales Agronomist.

Jamie Long, CCA-RMS
Burrus Sales Agronomist

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Soil Health Class: Can we meet in the middle?

Several months ago, my former junior college, LLCC ag teacher (Dick Lyons), nominated me for a second round of “soil health training”.  A month later, I received the email saying, “Thank you for applying to participate in the upcoming Advanced Soil Health Training, sponsored by IL Corn Growers, Ag Conservation Solutions, and The Nature Conservancy.  We are excited to welcome you to join us this year! Your application showed dedication to advancing soil health systems in Illinois, and we look forward to having your unique expertise and perspective in the group.” 

Everywhere I turn, “soil health” seems to be the new buzz word.  When I arrived to my first classroom experience, I did not know what to expect, but I soon learned that the agenda was packed full of positives of no-till and cover crops for the soil and ecosystem.  There is nothing wrong with this, but the training took on what I would call a “sales approach” and with my University Extension background, I was hoping for more of an unbiased training.  Our room was filled with instructors from the USDA, NRCS and American Farmland Trust as well as farmers, agronomists, ecologists, biologists, and conservationists.  There were video cameras everywhere!

It did not take long until I got this strange feeling in the pit of my stomach.  It was the same feeling I got a long time ago when I was in graduate school.  I was studying plant pathology (study of plant diseases).  Back then, I loved microbiology and my microscope, so I was really excited to take Mycology (study of fungi) with some of the other Crop Science students.  A few days into the mycology course, I realized 2 things: our professor was brilliant and the mycology students shunned the crop science students.  They labeled us as “fungi killers.”  I had never really thought of myself as a killer before.  Heck, I was just trying to feed the world.  But, it did give me a whole new fungal perspective, which was good.

Barry Fisher, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) taught us some visual ways to show the positive aspects of long-term no-tilled soil (left) showing no sediment compared to conventional tilled soil (right), which produced sediment after a "big rain." No-till is one tool to help keep our soil (and some nutrients) in place.
 Barry Fisher, NRCS shows us by pouring water (heavy rain event) and letting it infiltrate conventionally tilled soil, it creates cloudy water in the glass on the right.  This is erosion or sediment is what can change our landscape.  Soil health is the continued capacity of a soil to function as a vital, living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans.   

A positive perspective on cover crops and how they relate to soil health is just what I needed after being called out on many “negative” field calls last year. It is obvious more farmers than ever are trying their hand at cover crops.  Many have been successful but others have given up too easily when things don’t go their way.  The truth of the matter is that not every farmer manages their farm in the same way.  Many farmers may not be utilizing cover crops, but are implementing many other different strategies to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss.  So far, I have learned a lot, especially from actual farmers, and continue to keep an open mind.  I hope to share with you my thoughts on what I would label as “farmer, pesticide, and nutrient misconceptions” as well as some agronomic red flags. And yes, my hope, after much thought, is that we can meet in the middle.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Stephanie Porter

Burrus Sales Agronomist Stephanie Porter, CCA

As National Women's Month continues, get to know Burrus Sales Agronomist Stephanie Porter, CCA!

What's your position at Burrus Seed?
Sales Agronomist covering southern WI; western IN; and northern, eastern, and southern IL

Share some of your awards and certifications.
Orville Bentley Undergraduate Research Award; several state, regional, and national Illinois Extension Agricultural Association (IEAA) Communication Awards; previously active within IEAA organization, National Plant Diagnostic Training and Education Committee, IL Arborist Association Board, ILSOY Envoy; 2017 Illinois CCA Soybean Master Adviser

Where do you call home?
Taylorville, IL
Stephanie and husband Greg are devoted Illini fans
Lincoln Land Community College, Agriculture Associates in Science; University of Illinois, Bachelor in Crop Science, Integrated Pest Management; University of Illinois, Master’s in Crop Science, Plant Pathology, Plant Diagnostics

Where did you work before joining the Burrus team?
Crop Consulting, Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District Resource Conservationist, Montgomery County Natural Resources Educator, and University of Illinois Plant Clinic Diagnostician/Outreach Specialist

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't in a field?
I enjoy traveling, wineries, Amazon shopping, Netflix on my couch, and Agvocating!

What made you want to work in the ag industry?  
Even though a school guidance counselor tried to detour me from working in the agricultural industry, I knew that was what I wanted to pursue after participating in FFA activities. 

What was your exposure to agriculture growing up? 
Stephanie spends a lot of time traveling across the Burrus footprint with sales team members
I grew up on a farm, with a farm family, and was active in FFA. 

What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
I enjoy helping farmers to increase their yields and return on investment, while promoting sustainable and environmental friendly practices to keep the future of farming prosperous for upcoming generations. 

Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
Linda Johnston (my Mom), Nancy Pataky, Becky Doyle, Colleen Callahan, Pam Smith, Dr. Jennifer Riggs, and Dr. Temple Gradin to name a few. 

What is your favorite part of being a Sales Agronomist at Burrus Seed?  
I enjoy solving problems, outreach, and participating in the product selection process. 

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture?  
My advice would be to experience as many internships or job shadowing opportunities as possible when deciding on an agricultural career. 

To keep up with Stephanie in and out of the field, be sure to follow her on Twitter @skporter!

Monday, March 12, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Erin Holbert

Erin Holbert, Burrus Account Manager

Continuing our celebration of National Women's Month, meet Burrus Seed Account Manager Erin Holbert!

What's your position at Burrus Seed?
Account Manager covering a multi-county territory covering southeast IL and southwest IN

Where do you call home?
Dana, IN

Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Crop Science from Purdue University

Where did you work before joining the Burrus team? 
Sales Agronomist at Cargill in southwest Michigan

What do you enjoy doing with your free time? 
Spending time with friends and family, reading, and working on the family farm

What made you want to work in the ag industry? Agriculture is something that I’ve always loved and have grown more passionate about as I grew up.  I love the opportunity to work with the people who grow our food, fuel, and fiber and feel very blessed that I’m a small part of the industry.

Did you have a lot of exposure to agriculture growing up? 
Yes, I grew up on a family farm and was a ten year 4-Her.  My school didn’t have FFA, but my mother is the 4-H extension educator in our county, so I was heavily involved in my 4-H club, Jr. Leaders, and the livestock and forestry judging teams.   

Having grown up in the ag industry, Erin still enjoys spending free time working on the family farm.

What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
It’s definitely a biased opinion, but I believe the people in the ag industry are some of the best people out there and are always willing to help each other out.

Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
No one person in particular

What is your favorite part of being an Account Manager at Burrus Seed? 
The best part of being an Account Manager is building a relationship with farmers and being a small part of helping them to be successful. 

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture?
Personally, I was very blessed to grow up in a family and farming community where it didn’t matter that I was a girl.  My dad always expected me to do my fair share of the work.  I didn’t realize until I went to Purdue and then graduated and moved on to my career that there were people who saw a difference between men and women in the industry.  My advice would be that there are plenty of people who are more than willing to treat you as an equal, and if there’s someone who doesn’t, then it’s not worth wasting your time on them. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Jamie Long

Jamie Long, CCA-RMS Burrus Seed Sales Agronomist

In honor of National Women's month, we are spotlighting some female members of our Burrus Seed team. First, get to know Jamie Long! 

What's your position at Burrus Seed? 
Sales Agronomist covering Missouri and western Illinois territory

Share some of your awards and certifications. 
Certified Crop Adviser with Resistance Management Specialty, Illinois Pesticide Applicator License, multiple awards at North Central Weed Science Society

Jamie with boyfriend, Brad and dog, Gauge
Where do you call home? 
I grew up in Ellis Grove, IL but I'm currently living in Carlinville, IL.

A.S. Southwestern Illinois College, 2012.  B.S. Plant and Soil Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014. M.S. Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, 2017.

Where did you work before joining the Burrus team? 
I was a Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue University, an Agronomic Research Intern with BASF, and an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't in a field? 
I like hunting, attending concerts, spending time with my black lab (and people too).

What made you want to work in the ag industry? 
During my childhood, my mom was an extension educator. I wanted to be like her and help farmers raise the best yields. 

What was your exposure to agriculture growing up? 
I was raised on our family farm outside of Ellis Grove and both my dad and stepdad farmed.

Hunting is a favorite hobby of Jamie's
What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
I enjoy the comradery.  I have met so many great people through agriculture; it’s really a close knit industry.

Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
Every woman in agriculture inspires me! The list could go on and on!

What is your favorite part of being a Sales Agronomist at Burrus Seed? 
I really enjoy the diversity within my job.  I’m fortunate enough to work directly with the entire company, including growers, account managers, the research team, owners, and external suppliers.

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture? 
Do it! If you have a passion for agriculture, nothing should hold you back.

To keep up with Jamie in and out of the field, be sure to follow her on Twitter @jamieatburrus!