Archive | February 2014

Servi-Tech Agronomist Earns National Award

A Servi-Tech agronomist earned national recognition for his achievements in crop consulting in Nebraska.

Andrew Vrbka

Andrew Vrbka of Geneva earned the 2013 Crop Consultant of the Year award through the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants. Vrbka accepted the award in New Orleans with his wife, Jennifer.

Andrew Vrbka received the 2013 Consultant of the Year award from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants. He received the award at NAICC’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 31. The award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, innovation and community involvement by an agricultural consultant.

Vrbka is a technical support agronomist for Servi-Tech. He consults on close to 16,000 acres of mostly corn and soybeans in south central Nebraska. As part of Servi-Tech’s precision agronomy group, Vrbka is involved in variable rate fertilizer and seed applications, data management, yield analysis, and satellite imagery. He lives in Geneva and has worked for Servi-Tech for 10 years.

Rick Runyan, Servi-Tech’s central Nebraska manager, said Vrbka is deserving of the award.

“Andrew has a very strong work ethic,” Runyan said. “He’s very dedicated to providing service and technology to his customers and to Servi-Tech employees.”

The NAICC is a professional society that represents the nation’s crop production and research consultants. Vrbka has been a member of the NAICC for five years and said he’s seen other seasoned Servi-Tech agronomists win the award. Other Servi-Tech award winners include Orvin Bontrager, Jeff Kugler, Clark Poppert, Dave Green, and Bryan Boroughs.

“It was a pretty big surprise,” Vrbka said.

Mitch Counce, CEO of Servi-Tech, also said Vrbka is deserving of the award.

“He has been very active and innovative in working with new technologies that are available for farmers,” Counce said.

Vrbka does crop consulting work for Brian Isernhagen of Stormy Valley Farms in south central Nebraska, including collecting soil samples, bug scouting and precision agriculture. Isernhagen said Vrbka is a reliable consultant he can count on.

“Andrew is very thorough and is very good at his job,” Isernhagen said.

When You Are a Bovine, Brown Is Better Than White…

Lots of curious ice covered faces greet me...

Here’s a wonderful blog post about feedlots and snow storms.

Feed Yard Foodie

Every year I hope for a nice pretty brown Christmas.  It isn’t that I don’t think that snow is beautiful, rather it is that snow storms are hard on my cattle and make my chores more difficult.

Lots of curious ice covered faces greet me... Lots of curious ice covered faces greet me…

I have found over the past 17 years that snow rarely falls in a vertical pattern across the plains of Nebraska.  Instead, it whips viciously and horizontally across the horizon.

It settles in the roadside ditches camouflaging where the road ends and the ditch begins... It settles in the roadside ditches camouflaging where the road ends and the ditch begins…

The snow makes drifts as is blows across the prairie.  There are times that these drifts are taller than I am.  Fortunately, this go round we have only small drifts…

Here you can see the snow drifting and blowing over the feed bunk... Here you can see the snow drifting and blowing over the feed bunk…

We place our cattle on a special feed ration (casserole) to help them stay warm during…

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