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Field Agronomist – Dalhart, TX

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September 22, 2018
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CSS Farms, a multi-state agricultural business, strives to provide innovative solutions and superior quality and service to our customers. We proudly and relentlessly continue to meet the highest standards of stewardship when it comes to the three things we value most: our land, our employees, and our communities.

We are a team-oriented company with a high trust, entrepreneurial culture. We value our employees' opinions, we have a strong work ethic, and are focused on growing great vegetables and developing our operations profitably. People who are most successful at CSS Farms are energetic, self-directed, and pragmatic.

Summary

The Agronomist role in Dalhart, TX contributes directly to the success of CSS Farms with significant autonomy and responsibility of managing full farm agronomy and ensuring the healthy production of approximately 5,000 acres of chip potatoes and other crops.

Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

  • Be responsible for agronomic growing decisions for a full farm suite including but not limited to potatoes and cover crops.
  • Oversee and conduct scouting and hands-on field work, such as soil and plant tissue sampling and irrigation scheduling.
  • Develop and execute on pest management strategies.
  • Provide quality control oversight on key farm operations such as seed handling, planter spacing, monitor soil moisture and schedule irrigation, and irrigation system uniformity.
  • Assist in supervision of product quality assurance, including in-house laboratory
  • Manage and oversee the coverage and timing of chemical application.
  • Evaluate for plant maturity, including sugar testing in the field and in storage.
  • Assist with chemical inventories and enforcement of food safety policies.
  • Assist with chemical planning, budgeting, ROI evaluation, and fiscal accountability.
  • Supervise storage management and bruise-free handling during harvest.
  • Conduct research and development efforts and provide insight on key production issues, such as:
    • Psyllid, zebra chip, and other disease control.
    • New variety evaluation.
    • Variety specific agronomy (seed spacing, fertility, etc.)
    • Use of VRT to optimize cost per CWT and quality.
    • Maximize water-use and fertilizer-use efficiency.

  • Take on other tasks and responsibilities, as needed.

Physical Demands

This position works closely with the land and spends a large amount of time in the field. This includes:

  • Walking and working outdoors in the elements.
  • Driving between farm sites to move samples and other supplies.
  • Regularly lifting objects (such as potato samples) of up to 40-50 lbs.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Typical daily farm hours of 8 to 10 hours with varying start and end times depending on weather conditions. Typically, Monday through Friday with weekends as required based on season and weather.
  • Harvest and planting seasons are busy and may require longer hours and some weekends.

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