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.