Take Five with Case Medlin
Case Medlin welcomes the opportunity to help assist those with the potential to “drastically impact and alter vegetation management practices used today.”
Case's key insights:
1. This is a different structure than you will find in other companies.
2. The tools available for Range and Pasture, Industrial Vegetation Management and Forestry managers have been due for upgrade. It’s exciting to be a part of these changing times, with the constant changing tasks at hand and new issues to be addressed each day.
3. The diversity of backgrounds each Bayer VM Stewardship Team member represents is the core strength of our group and an excellent source of new ideas for old problems. Major changes, new developments and market-altering advancements often stem from out of-the-box thinking, and often come via a “new set of eyes on the subject.” I have responsibilities for development and stewardship of new actives and label expansions for existing products, with an emphasis in the Range and Pasture markets.
4. A typical day in this position is similar to the average rainfall in west Texas… it doesn’t exist. Each day brings new challenges and new direction. It’s what makes this job so enjoyable.
5. A key area of focus for me is the Western Range brush market. We have developed new chemistry that is a great fit for this region’s invasive brush problems, an area that has been sorely lacking for the last several decades. At Bayer, the Stewardship Team is relied upon to develop the best management practices to steward our products in the various markets. In short, the boots on the ground are able to impact the labeling and overall use of our products.
Case's best practices:
1. Always read the label first!
2. Rinse and clean your spray equipment after use.
3. Check calibration before spraying.
4. Scout the spray area to know what species are present and if the product selected is the right one for the job. (Scouting also ensures knowledge of any sensitive species or areas in/near the spray zone.)
5. Always use your PPE!