Session
Title: PA Business Engagements
Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Jacob Maurer
Practical Application of Precision Technology

This presentation will highlight ways Ag Partners works with growers to collect and fully utilize agronomic data.  We’ll take a quick look at everything from benchmarking basics, to break even cost analysis to more advanced enhanced learning blocks and progressive nitrogen recommendations. 

Clint Sires (speaker)
Precision Ag Data Systems Leader
Ag Partners, Albert City Iowa
Hartley, IA 51346
US
Clint Sires leads the crop data management aspect of precision ag services at Ag Partners which is based in Albert City, Iowa. Clint manages Ag Partners’ exclusive “InSiteCDM” program (which includes mapping and comparative analysis for area producers’ field characteristics), Winfield’s R7 program and the Climate Field View platform for Ag Partners. Clint also helps operate the family farm with his Dad near Fenton, Iowa. He and his wife have three children and reside near Milford, IA.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Precision Agriculture System

I like to think of precision agriculture as a system more than just soil sampling or variable rate technology.  In a system there are moving parts that interact and play off one other, this makes the whole bigger and better than any one part.  Included in this system is the ability to be flexible with your fertility.  The days of applying a few hundred pounds of 6-15-40 over every acre once a year is over.  We need to be precise on what an individual area needs and be able to provide unique solutions to unique problems.  By combining the right knowledge, talent, and equipment you can satisfy your precision agriculture client.

David Dyson (speaker)
Regional Agronomist
The Andersons
Macy, IN 46951
US
Dave Dyson is a regional agronomist for The Andersons’ Farm Centers which are located throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He is an Indiana native and grew up on a dairy farm in Miami County. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Crop & Soil Science, Dave has a deep knowledge of various agronomic topics and is committed to helping growers improve their crops.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Helping Farmers Succeed

This presentation will show a different approach for helping a customer succeed. Service providers often overlook the most important things when talking precision technologies with growers. Learn more about our approach to Precision Farming, customer engagement, and creating lasting relationships with customers and prospects.  

Craig Rogers (speaker)
Precision Farming Lead
Beck's Hybrids
Atlanta, IN 46064
US
Craig Rogers is the Precision Farming Lead at Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States. As precision Farming Lead at Beck’s, Craig’s main responsibilities include leading the company’s precision farming efforts, heading up the direction of Beck’s precision farming platform, FARMserver™ and utilizing the information and data gathered from progressive customers to help farmers succeed. Craig thrives on innovation and helping farmers visualize and understand their data to solve problems. Craig is from Pendleton, Indiana and attended Ball State University where he received a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping. He worked as a Precision Ag Data Analyst in the CO-OP system before joining Beck’s family of employees eight years ago.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
How We Market Precision Agronomy to Customers

We over 2 decades of a robust precision agriculture program Jeff will talk about what they offer to the customer and why.  What he has experienced over the years as the best way to build the relationship with the grower and to best fit their needs.  Jeff will speak about examples of the ‘good and bad’ of ways to bring precision agronomy to customers.  At FVC they utilize grid and zone soil sampling, Veris data, grower information, data analysis and imagery to provide a robust offering to the grower and the reason for these to provide the best value for the customer. 

Jeff Wessels (speaker)
Acre+ Precision Ag Manager
Frenchman Valley Coop
Grant, NE, NA
US
Jeff has been leading a precision agriculture program for 20+ years, first at Cargill when they were in crop inputs, and now restructuring and building the Acre+ program at Frenchman Valley Coop. Over the years Jeff was one of the first individuals to work with growers on grid soil sampling and variable rate fertility, then to have variable yield zones for fertility and then progress to variable rate seeding. He has always strived to provide what is the best program for the grower to receive the most benefit.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
PA Business Panel

The four session speakers will sit as a panel to answer questions about the business of precision agriculture. 

Clint Sires (speaker)
Precision Ag Data Systems Leader
Ag Partners, Albert City Iowa
Hartley, IA 51346
US
Clint Sires leads the crop data management aspect of precision ag services at Ag Partners which is based in Albert City, Iowa. Clint manages Ag Partners’ exclusive “InSiteCDM” program (which includes mapping and comparative analysis for area producers’ field characteristics), Winfield’s R7 program and the Climate Field View platform for Ag Partners. Clint also helps operate the family farm with his Dad near Fenton, Iowa. He and his wife have three children and reside near Milford, IA.
David Dyson (speaker)
Regional Agronomist
The Andersons
Macy, IN 46951
US
Dave Dyson is a regional agronomist for The Andersons’ Farm Centers which are located throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He is an Indiana native and grew up on a dairy farm in Miami County. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Crop & Soil Science, Dave has a deep knowledge of various agronomic topics and is committed to helping growers improve their crops.
Craig Rogers (speaker)
Precision Farming Lead
Beck's Hybrids
Atlanta, IN 46064
US
Craig Rogers is the Precision Farming Lead at Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States. As precision Farming Lead at Beck’s, Craig’s main responsibilities include leading the company’s precision farming efforts, heading up the direction of Beck’s precision farming platform, FARMserver™ and utilizing the information and data gathered from progressive customers to help farmers succeed. Craig thrives on innovation and helping farmers visualize and understand their data to solve problems. Craig is from Pendleton, Indiana and attended Ball State University where he received a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping. He worked as a Precision Ag Data Analyst in the CO-OP system before joining Beck’s family of employees eight years ago.
Jeff Wessels (speaker)
Acre+ Precision Ag Manager
Frenchman Valley Coop
Grant, NE, NA
US
Jeff has been leading a precision agriculture program for 20+ years, first at Cargill when they were in crop inputs, and now restructuring and building the Acre+ program at Frenchman Valley Coop. Over the years Jeff was one of the first individuals to work with growers on grid soil sampling and variable rate fertility, then to have variable yield zones for fertility and then progress to variable rate seeding. He has always strived to provide what is the best program for the grower to receive the most benefit.
Length (approx): 40 min