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Answer Plot Research Specialist- Sioux Falls, SD at Land O'Lakes, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Imagine what you can do at Land O’Lakes. Our growth relies on extraordinary talent and boundless thinkers who are always looking for a better way and believe anything is possible. Like you, innovation and technology drive us.  

At Land O’Lakes, you will also be part of a community with creative doers and dreamers, who want to make a difference. We work together combining our global perspective and direct access to the source to create practical, new solutions to meet agriculture’s toughest challenges.

Join the team at any Land O’Lakes location or with one of our retail-owners and you’ll sense the optimism, honesty and innovation that goes into everything we do. Together, we strive to feed human progress.

Job Posting Title:

Answer Plot Research Specialist- Sioux Falls, SD

Job Description:

The Research Specialist role is the operating arm of an Answer Plot Team.  The person in this role performs all aspects of operational functions including but not limited to:  farm equipment preparation & operation, seed prep, equipment transport, field operations and GIS applications.  The Research Specialist reports to a Research Manager for his designated territory and assists in planning and executing the Answer Plot objectives for his/her region.  The Research Specialist must be able to communicate effectively, keep detailed records, and follow instruction.  Customer focus is imperative.

Primary Responsibilities:

25% Crop scouting/advising:  Walk Answer Plots to evaluate weed control, insect infestations and disease outbreaks, consulting with Agronomists or Technical Seed Managers on solutions, and planning operations to resolve issues with crop production. 

25% Answer Plot maintenance and preparation:  Prepare sites for training sessions or grower field days.  Grooming plots and planning protocol execution to coincide with these events is paramount.

25% Oversee and coordinate temporary labor needs:  Summer Research Technicians require direction from Research Specialists to complete operational goals.  The Research Specialist develops workflows and task lists and trains Summer Research Technicians on skills necessary to complete the work in a timely manner with exceptional quality.

20% Answer Plot Planning Activities:  Assist Research Manager in a number of planning and organizing tasks such as but not limited to the following:  sourcing sites, developing contracts, site layout, entry lists, database setup, equipment prep, fertilizer and Crop Protectioin Product (CPP) planning, operational plans, and data flow planning

5% Work with the Land O'Lakes safety team to ensure DOT and Safety compliance.  This includes tracking fuel receipts, RAIR compliance; ensuring proper log book procedures are followed.

Experience and Education:


  • College degree in Ag related field or equivalent experience

  • 2 years of small plot or Ag retail experience or 1 year previous Answer Plot Summer Research Technician experience

  • Must have or can obtain a Class A CDL and Pesticide Applicators License within first 60 days of employment

  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Must have a valid drivers license acceptable to company policy in order to operate company vehicle

  • Previous experience operating farm or research equipment would be ideal

  • Role will require daily and overnight travel, as well as extended hours (including weekends) (50% or more)

Other skills: Must have ability to lift 50 lbs, able to climb on and off of farm/research equipment and be able to walk and work in field plots. In addition, should be able to communicate with all levels (verbal and written), as well as concentration, memory and decision making all part of normal job expectations.

Environment: Farm/research equipment can be loud, fields are dusty and dirty, and weather conditions can vary from hot and humid to cold and wet.

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Bachelors degree in Ag related field

  • Has a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in Agronomy, Ag Technology, and Ag Business profession.

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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