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Research Specialist

JOB TITLE: Research Specialist I

REPORTS TO:  Research Director

DURATION: 40 hours / week



PURPOSE/SCOPE    To act as research technician to Peterson Farms Seed through the organizing, packaging, planting and maintenance of research and demonstration plots during the growing season.



1.Planning and Preparation of Research plots

    • Assist with seed counting efforts, order supplies as needed.
    • Assist and fill planter boxes.
    • Help with calibrating all equipment to include planter, sprayer, scales, combine.


2. Planting, note taking, and plot maintenance

    • Load, Transport and Unload equipment.
    • Plant plots in timely manner.
    • Label testing blocks according to test.
    • Take notes including emergence, stand, flowering, height, & maturity.
    • Spray/Hand weed as needed.
    • Provide plot maintenance to include tillage, weeding, etc..
    • Erect plot signs.


3. Harvest

    • Load, transport, and unload equipment.
    • Harvest plots in timely manner.
    • Provide basic maintenance on planter, sprayer, combine, tractor.


4. Winter Warehouse work

    • Forklift/warehouse duties
    • Seed conditioning plant help
    • Seed deliveries if CDL


5. Other duties as required.



  • S. in Agronomy / Crop Production or equivalent experience
  • High School diploma



  • Farm equipment experience, including tractor and combine
  • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds
  • General knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word



  • CDL



  • Ability to quickly learn new tasks
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Willingness to work long hours as needed
  • The ability to demonstrate through action, Peterson Farms Seed’s Core Tenets:
    • Integrity
    • Team Contribution
    • Excellence
    • Positive Attitude
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Tested toughness
75K85 had great emergence in difficult spring conditions. It handles cold, wet soils better than any hybrid in this maturity. Top-end yield is phenomenal for an 85-day, and yielded 30 bushels higher than the previous record on my farm.
Justin Grinde, Portland, ND