As technology drastically changes the agricultural landscape, Servi-Tech is reinvesting in its commitment to high-tech applications in agriculture.
It is with pleasure that Servi-Tech announces that Ryan Meister will be changing his role within Servi-Tech to Director of Technology Development. In this new role, Meister will be responsible for assisting Servi-Tech’s crop service division in technology training, creating consistent technology services throughout the company, working with our software vendors to increase usefulness, helping grow technology based revenue for crop service, and looking for and creating new technology service offerings.
“Ryan will bring consistency and expertise to this role, designed to enhance the overall level of the adoption of technology within Servi-Tech’s agronomy staff,” said Pete Kruse, Servi-Tech Director of Operations. “We are proud to have Ryan on our staff, and look forward to the changes ahead.”
Meister has been the eastern Nebraska territory manager for the past two years, and has been with the company for 11 years.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to bring new technology to our customers,” Meister said. “The rate at which new tools are being made available will provide new opportunities in ag, and I hope to utilize these new tools along with our agronomy expertise for the benefit of our customers.”
This move will make room for a new territory manager in eastern Nebraska. Servi-Tech is currently accepting applications to fill this position.
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10:46 a.m. The booth across the way from us brought their top seller this morning. Here’s her in action.
7:30 a.m. The trollies are lined up and ready to start moving people from the racetrack over to the expo center! Also, my wife and stepson are awesome. They brought me donuts for my Saturday shift.
6:45 a.m. We’re here for the third and final day of the 3i Show! We hope you’ve enjoyed our live blogging of the event with myself and Monica. Crop Service Director Doug Cossey will be in the booth this afternoon. Here’s a nice sunset to start off your Saturday morning in Dodge City.
Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services, LLC, or STEPS, has been working for the past two years on TheProfiler, a comprehensive soil moisture monitoring system.
And here’s the press release:
Contact: Jeff Kugler, Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services, LLC CEO
Phone: (402) 362-9278
TheProfiler now available to the public
Imagine being able to remotely track how much moisture your crops receive and being able to maximize your irrigation dollars.
A new product from Servi-Tech allows producers to do just that.
TheProfiler, a comprehensive soil moisture monitoring system that uses telemetry from AgSense, is available immediately. It can be used throughout the United States
TheProfiler includes three soil moisture sensors that are set up to monitor soil depths of 12, 24, and 36 inches, a telemetry control box with cell modem, solar panel, mounting brackets, and hardware.
TheProfiler was created by Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services, LLC, or STEPS.
Jeff Kugler, STEPS CEO, said TheProfiler was inspired by a few factors. The first, he said, is to do a better job managing irrigation by closely and precisely monitoring soil moisture. Other factors included the increasing cost of irrigation and the decline in the ground water supply.
“Ground water is a limited resource that we need to conserve so that future generations also have this resource,” Kugler said.
It has taken STEPS two years to develop TheProfiler, partnering with Irrometer and AgSense.
TheProfiler works like this:
- TheProfiler takes a Watermark sensor reading, which monitors soil moisture, every 30 minutes.
- Once the readings are taken, the data is uploaded to theprofileronline.com
- The data is viewed in graph form. The user can view the data in a one day up to 30-day time frame, allowing analyzing short and long-term soil moisture trends.
TheProfiler is valued at $1,995.
The price includes all of the equipment, the first year modem subscription, and web access. The solar panel charges the internal battery in the control box, eliminating the need for any additional power source.
There is optional equipment, including a tipping rain bucket and an additional sensor to monitor either 6 inch or 48 inch depth.
TheProfiler is available for the current 2012 growing season. The product can be used throughout the United States. If your area has cell phone coverage, TheProfiler will work.
TheProfiler may be purchased by calling the Servi-Tech office at 800-557-7509 or by contacting Jeff Kugler at 402-362-9278. To learn more about TheProfiler visit theprofileronline.com.
STEPS, LLC was formed in 2009 to pursue technologies that would benefit current and future customers in making their farm operations more profitable.
Servi-Tech was organized in 1975 by three farmer-owned cooperatives to provide technical service for agricultural producers in southwest Kansas. Today, Servi-Tech provides consulting to approximately 2,000 farmers across five states and over 1 million acres.
Servi-Tech Laboratories established its first laboratory in Dodge City in 1977. It has since opened the Hastings, Neb. Laboratory in 1999 and a third laboratory in Amarillo, Texas. The labs test soil, water, feed, plant tissue, fertilizer, manure, and more.
When it comes to keeping the tools that we use safe, Servi-Tech Territory Manager Dave Green has a story to tell and some advice.
An agronomist recently had his personal ATV stolen out of his truck. He said while it unfortunately happens from time to time, there are some ways to deter thieves.
Here are some tips:
- At night park the truck up against a building or another vehicle to make access to the bed harder.
- Lock the tailgate so the potential thieves have to pick the ATV up over the tailgate to get it out (most ATVs weigh more than 500 pounds).
- Chain the ATV to one of the tie downs in the truck.
More from Dave: “We always think it won’t be ours that gets stolen, but I guarantee it will be a bad day if it happens to you. Like most things, if you make it harder for the thieves they may move onto an easier target.”
And speaking of thieves, there’s an interesting story in the Omaha World-Herald today. The story is about a family who installed an alarm system on its center-pivot irrigation systems. When a thief tried to steal copper, the alarm system was triggered, which minimized the loss.
Read the story here.
All of us in food production often throw out the term “precision agriculture,” yet I am not sure we know exactly what we speak of. Yes, of course it does include the eye in the sky steering our equipment but it is much bigger and deeper than that. My first trip of 2012 was to a Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed dairy meeting in the Wisconsin Dells, and one presentation hit me like a ton of bricks.
The presenter stated that the time of day you feed your cows could influence milk production by 20 percent. Yes, one particular dairy herd had a reduction in daily milk production by 20 percent on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Why? Simply because the weekend feeder was feeding the cows two hours earlier than the guy who fed during the week. Who would ever guess that a cow could be that regimented that messing with her precision would affect her production so much? Furthermore, who would ever guess that we could identify the problem and pin-point that simple solution? That is just the tip of iceberg when it comes to today’s “precision agriculture.”
Come to think of it, I believe this is a story that we need to share far and wide and use it to “brand” farmers today. It speaks to the overall efficiency that has been achieved in today’s conversion of natural resources into human consumable products.
Take the time to read the full article for some great information.