Ruth Burke

Ruth Burke is Deer Creek Seed’s newest District Sales Manager covering Iowa and southern Minnesota. She has been with Deer Creek Seed since July of 2017. Ruth is passionate about cover crops, native grasses and forbs, CRP mixes, and food plot and wildlife products.

Before coming to Deer Creek Seed, Ruth received her B.S. in Applied Plant Science and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. in Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University. Her graduate research focused on best agronomic   practices for producing native grass biomass for bioenergy purposes. Apart from field research, Ruth is also an agricultural writer. Her work has been published online and in industry research journals.

While working her way through college and graduate school, Ruth has held a variety of plant-related jobs. She has worked in landscaping, greenhouses, and vegetable farming but the bulk of her professional experience has been research-oriented. She previously worked as a scientist at both the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University. She also has experience teaching agronomy and plant physiology lab courses.

Ruth enjoys working for Deer Creek Seed because of our diversity of seed products. She loves the challenge that is inherent in selling such a multitude of products – in order to be useful and helpful to her customers, she is continually learning and expanding her knowledge base about our seed products!

As a novice hunter, Ruth’s favorite seed products include our food plot mixtures. She started hunting small game in 2015 and has since progressed to bow-hunting deer and turkey. A part of that learning process has included food plot design and wildlife management. Ruth loves Deer Creek Seed’s broad array of food plot products – both in selling them as well as growing them herself!

Outside of work, Ruth loves all things related to the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, bike touring, kayaking, gardening, hunting, and (of course) farming! She also likes to read, volunteer in youth education, and she plays a decent hand of cribbage.

Ruth’s sales territory is southern Minnesota and Iowa. If you have questions for Ruth, please e-mail her at Se habla español.