TITLE: Director of Agronomy and Operations
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Agriculture Engineering or related field and 10 to 15 years of experience as Agronomist or in Agriculture Operations position, or equivalent, specifically in blueberry farming including Irrigation / Nutrition Farming Systems and Substrate Production System methods.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Any suitable combination of training or experience is acceptable.
JOB DUTIES: To implement farming operations in a coordinated and timely manner, while ensuring plants get to their highest genetic potential through physiological, chemical, biological research. Conduct research in physiology, production, yield and management of blueberry crops, their growth in soils and control of pests. Research and study the chemical, physical, biological, mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth to achieve yield quality results. Classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity in expansion areas. Detailed Breakdown of General Duties (Including estimates of percentage time the holder will engage in each specific task.). Crop Nutrition (25%) – Collect Samples, Perform Laboratory Analysis; Assess root and foliar nutrition options with reference to xylem and phloem tissues; Analysis and Develop Program based on foregoing. Irrigation/Nutrition Farming Systems Implementation and Management (Software and Hardware) (5%) Maintain current knowledge of evolving agricultural software used by the Company by attending courses and maintaining certifications. Placement of Hardware tools in the field in connection with above-referenced Systems. Substrate Production Systems (10%) – Daily monitoring of moisture levels; implementing “tray system” to determine precise amounts of nutrients for maximum production. Integrated Pest and Disease Management (5%) – Maintain current knowledge about constantly evolving pests and diseases by monitoring publications and attending courses. Develop and implement strategies to manage based on evolving threats and developing intervention methods. Cultural Management (5%) – Work with machinery supervisor to recommend appropriate methods to maintain environment immediately around the crop plants, via herbicides and fallowing and physical methods. Maintain knowledge of herbicides via publications and presentations. Develop Daily and Weekly Irrigation Plan (10%) – Utilize weather station data and historical databases to develop plan. Coordinate data and soil measurements to achieve appropriate oxygenation. Pollination processes (5%) – Determines desired harvest date, based on research of numerous location-specific factors, and determine optimum pollination date. Select appropriate type of pollinator (specific variety of bees); procure appropriate pollinators. Agriculture Business Issues (15%) a.Participate in weekly and ad hoc meetings with President to review progress of work plans, plant growth, new plantings and other specializes activities performed by the holder of the position. Specify improvement to mechanized equipment and tools to shorten labor inputs. Supervise, Teach and Develop Agronomist Staff (generally six professional agronomists) to enhance Company Agronomy Development. Engage with Consultants where appropriate to enhance maximization of crop yields. Ensure that field personnel act in compliance with Federal, state and local regulations. Supervise office manager to ensure timely and efficient operations. Consult with management and ownership on strategic and business issues. Follow, implement, enforce all human and food safety policies and practices with employees, including GlobalGap and HACCP, while meeting all internal and customer quality standards. Breeding New Crop Varieties (5%) – Carry out breeding of new varieties of berries based on local experience + analysis of university and other technical research. Daily Hand and Machine Harvest to Develop Projections (5%) – Selectively harvest samples; measure and assess relevant plant elements (internodes + leaves) to report daily growth and determine vegetative development and their impact on harvest projections. Regular publication of reports based on statistical and technical knowledge (10%) -Harvest, Breeding, Production, Field Test Analysis Reports.
CONTACT: Send resume Attn: HR,
401 Walters Road,
Moxee, WA 98936.
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