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Canola Research Agronomist

Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada

Key Business Accountabilities

1. Manage day-to-day operations of the local facility and field testing sites

2. Identify needs and priorities of the canola yield testing program with direction from the Testing Operations Manager

3. Plan, establish, maintain, collect accurate agronomic data from, and harvest canola trials in a professional and timely manner

4. Provide the Hybrid Development canola breeders with agronomic and quality data to develop a range of new canola hybrids with superior yield, disease, and quality attributes

5. Recruit, train, supervise and support the growth and development of temporary employees including Summer Research Assistants, seasonal labor and contract field operations as needed throughout the season

6. Implement ESH procedures and programs for safe operation of the research program

7. Acquire and maintain adequate facilities and equipment for effective and efficient program operation

8. Establish long-term relationships with cooperators to locate and rent appropriate yield trial land on an annual basis

9. Represent Monsanto and the Canola Breeding group on field tours, industry seminars, etc.

10. Work closely with Monsanto Technology Development Representatives and Dekalb Agronomists to become a key source of knowledge with respect to canola agronomics and the development and testing of new canola hybrids

Scope of the Job

1. Ensure safe and efficient operation of a yield testing program with an annual operating budget of approximately $400,000. Manage the site ESH program as it applies to Canola Breeding

2. Select, prepare and maintain multiple (4-5) field sites to accommodate a total of up to 20,000 yield and disease testing plots per year. Requires safe driving with annual mileage of 30-50 thousand kilometers, including frequent trailer use (>10,000 lbs), pre-trip inspections and use of logbooks

3. Plays a vital role in seed setup and trial preparation – sorting and verifying correct field placement of several thousand individual hybrids at multiple field sites

4. Plan, map, plant and maintain canola trials, keeping them free from weeds, insects and disease. Identification of key weeds, insects and disease problems is critical, as is timely and accurate implementation of control measures

5. Operation and maintenance of field research equipment including GPS-equipped tractors, planters, sprayers, and combines with on-board electronic weight and sampling systems. Training of summer and/or seasonal staff in the safe operation of such equipment

6. With the use of handheld electronic equipment and Monsanto proprietary software (ex. FTS), collect notes on various agronomic traits (e.g. emergence uniformity, flowering date, lodging, height, maturity, shattering resistance) in a timely manner throughout the growing season

7. Harvest plots and collect samples for quality analysis, and ensure harvest data is submitted to the Testing Operations Data Coordinator on a daily basis. The goal is to have as much or all of the harvest data by September 20 to aid in product advancement decisions

8. Develop, maintain and implement the use of controlled SOP documents, QMS procedures and investigative protocols

9. Regular interaction with the other Research Agronomists, Nursery Agronomists, Testing Operations Manager and Data Coordinator is expected in order to facilitate efficient trial planning and placement, sharing of ideas and techniques and quick response to issues that may arise (e.g. weather or pests affecting trials)

10. Work closely with the Hybrid Development plant breeders and research associates to fully understand the multiple stages of canola hybrid development and the importance of each step involved

11. Take the knowledge gained within the Canola Breeding group and from managing the trials and be available to share it with the Technology Development Representatives and Dekalb Agronomists

12. Represent Monsanto and the Canola Breeding group by speaking at plot tours or other events where farmers, retailers or other industry stakeholders are present

Core Business/Functional Skills and Education

1. M.Sc. or B.Sc. in Agriculture or related field with 3 years agricultural research experience; or Agricultural diploma and 5+ years agricultural research experience

2. Broad knowledge of Canadian crop production and farming practices, including canola agronomy, plant breeding and precision agriculture applications

3. Operation and maintenance of agricultural research equipment

4. Effective team leadership qualities including excellent organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping and attention to detail

5. Strong verbal and written communication skills

6. Knowledge of basic statistical analysis and experimental design principles

7. Computer skills related to data acquisition and analysis, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and precision agriculture technology

8. Appropriate provincial drivers license (e.g. Saskatchewan Class 1-G CDL or Manitoba/Alberta Class 3) for medium vehicle operation (>10,000 lbs GCWR)

9. First Aid certification, provincial pesticide application license and TDG certification where required

10. Ability to work long hours and manage seasonal OT of full and part-time staff in accordance with applicable provincial regulations

Job ID: 00PTR

Location Information

Yorkton, SK

About Research and Development

The job of research and development at Monsanto is to continue our leadership in innovation. As part of this team, you’ll help develop cutting-edge technology that has one purpose – helping farmers around the world produce more while also conserving more. To maintain our position as a world leader in agriculture and biotechnology, Monsanto invests over $2.6 million a day into research, and this creates exceptional research and development careers. We’re creating new approaches to solve the challenges that farmers have faced for centuries. This is where your career belongs.

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