Ag-Chem Operator Of Year Finalists Chosen

Four custom applicators are vying to win a new Harley Davidson at the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) annual convention, where this year’s Ag-Chem Operator of the Year will be announced.

 

Professional applicators provide an important piece of the puzzle in the crop production cycle. Whether spreading fertilizer to replace nutrients or spraying to protect crops from weeds, insects, and fungus, growers rely on applicators to maintain their fields and help make them money from season to season.

Recognizing the importance of honoring the unsung contributors in a successful application business, the Ag-Chem Operator of the Year program was introduced in 2006. This program acknowledges that one of the most difficult things for an ag retail business is finding good operators, and seeks to recognize the top professionals in the field.

The four finalists for the 2008 Ag-Chem Operator of the Year program have been chosen: Donald Suflow, Cargill Inc., Maynard, MN; Kyle Jones, Heartland Coop, Slater, IA; Randy Archer, Bollmeyer Inc., Hinton, IA; and Michael Grube, Valley Agronomics LLC, Ashton, ID. All will attend the 2008 ARA Conference and Expo on Dec. 2-4 in Austin, TX, where the grand prize winner will drive away on a new Harley Davidson motorcycle. Visit Ag-Chem Operator of the Year program to view videos of the four finalists.

Donald Suflow, Cargill Inc.
A 25-year veteran of custom application, Donald Suflow is the go-to guy at Cargill’s Gluek and Maynard, MN, locations. He believes a good custom applicator is one who treats every field as he would his own.

Suflow was nominated by Doug Hanen, production supervisor, and Jeff Morris, FSC Operations Lead at the Maynard and Gluek Cargill locations. Morris says that Suflow’s work ethic, job performance in the field, and the fact that he keeps the environment in mind at all times are qualities that make him a good candidate for Operator of the Year. “Our customers say that Don is the best applicator they’ve had, and they know that the job will be done to their satisfaction every time,” he says.

Kyle Jones, Heartland Coop
Each field is different, and a good custom applicator will know each waterway, terrace, and wet spot in all the fields he applies. Kyle Jones, who has been spraying for Heartland Coop in Slater, IA, for almost 22 years, handles each field as a unique piece of land. “Whether it’s a square 100 acres, or a rough, terraced farm, he makes that field his top priority,” says nominator Brad Essick, location manager at Heartland Coop.

Essick says he nominated Jones for the Operator of the Year because of his reliability. “Kyle gets his work done in a timely manner, and when I say timely, I also mean that he gets the field work done efficiently and the way it should be done,” he adds. “This past year he sprayed 44,000 acres and I didn’t have one customer complaint. To me that epitomizes a quality applicator.”

Randy Archer, Bollmeyer Inc.
His pursuit of perfection, exceptional customer service, and willingness to help are the qualities that put Randy Archer into the elite group of finalists for Ag-Chem Operator of the Year.

Archer began at Bollmeyer Inc., a small business of four employees, in Hinton, IA, 15 years ago. Crystal Jauer, office manager, says, “It’s Randy’s experience and customer service that set us apart from the competition. He’s energetic and people love to be around him.”

Archer sprays 25,000 acres per year of custom application as if each acre were his own. “It’s important to do the job right,” Archer says. “I try not to destroy any more crop than necessary to get the job done.”

Michael Grube, Valley Agronomics LLC
Understanding the individual needs of each producer allows top custom applicators to stand out from the crowd. And, sometimes the best way to get this type of understanding is to walk a mile in their shoes. That’s how Michael Grube, a former farmer and lifelong resident of Ashton, ID, helps the team at Valley Agronomics LLC stay ahead of the competition.

“Michael is more than just an operator. Being a farmer once himself, he is very conscientious of the concerns growers have and does all he can to meet those needs,” says Bryan Miller, who nominated Grube. “He is always accurate and focused on doing a great job for each farmer.”

Grube’s mechanical mind, or farmer mentality as some would say, has been quite useful at Valley Agronomics. When issues arise, Grube can usually fix them himself and keep on moving with the job at hand.

Visit www.agchem.com for more information about the Operator of the Year program and the Ag-Chem line of equipment.

Leave a Reply

Equipment Stories

Equipment2014 Product Of The Year Voting
September 19, 2014
Many new products were introduced to the ag retail marketplace this year. From this group, CropLife IRON and its consulting partners have selected five finalists for the Product of the Year award. Please cast your vote today to help us determine the winner. Read More
Precision AgPrecision Agriculture: Finding The Payback
September 6, 2014
Profitability in precision ag is not about any one technology, but the result of employing technology in a total system approach that is agronomically sound. Read More
MAGIE 2014 ShowStopper
EquipmentJohn Deere Again Wins MAGIE ShowStopper Award
August 25, 2014
For the second consecutive year, John Deere was honored at the Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) for its new R4045 sprayer. Read More
EquipmentDeere Announces Factory Layoffs
August 18, 2014
Deere & Co. has announced it will reduce the size of its manufacturing workforce at some agricultural equipment factories in response to current market demand for its products. Read More

Trending Articles

Equipment2014 Product Of The Year Voting
September 19, 2014
Many new products were introduced to the ag retail marketplace this year. From this group, CropLife IRON and its consulting partners have selected five finalists for the Product of the Year award. Please cast your vote today to help us determine the winner. Read More
FertilizerFall Fertility 2014: Forecasting Fertilizer Use
September 7, 2014
Great crops this year have tapped the soil, and fall work is definitely called for, but how challenging will that get? Read More
CropLife 100CHS To Build $3 Billion Fertilizer Plant In North Dakota
September 5, 2014
The fertilizer plant in Spiritwood will be the single largest investment in CHS history, as well as the single largest private investment project ever undertaken in North Dakota. Read More
EquipmentNew Holland Acquires Miller-St. Nazianz
September 3, 2014
The assets of Miller acquired as part of the transaction will become part of New Holland Agriculture, a CNH Industrial brand, building on a successful four-year partnership between the two companies. Read More
CropLife 100Pinnacle Acquires East Kansas Chemical
September 2, 2014
Ranked 82nd on the CropLife 100, East Kansas Chemical will operate as part of Pinnacle's Performance Agriculture brand. Read More
MAGIE 2014 ShowStopper
EquipmentJohn Deere Again Wins MAGIE ShowStopper Award
August 25, 2014
For the second consecutive year, John Deere was honored at the Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) for its new R4045 sprayer. Read More

Latest News

Syngenta
Crop InputsSyngenta Launches Plant Breeding Academy
October 1, 2014
Syngenta announces the release of its Breeding Academy, a global initiative designed to enable the continued development of scientists at Syngenta and beyond. Read More
FertilizerFertilizer Outlook And Technology Conference Set For No…
September 30, 2014
Conference participants can expect to gain perspective on the outlook for agriculture and major fertilizer materials and inputs from industry experts. Read More
MicronutrientsVerdesian Acquires Micronutrient Supplier
September 30, 2014
Verdesian Life Sciences has acquired QC Corp., a producer and supplier of granular and dry micronutrients and ferrous sulfate products. Read More
Eric SfiligojHearing From Young Ag Voices
September 30, 2014
Potential future leaders in ag retail had the chance to shine at the recent Mid America CropLife Association meeting. Read More
WebinarsUpcoming Webinars
September 30, 2014
Register for one of our upcoming Webinars or access our archive of past Webinars to view recordings of presentations that may be of interest to you. Read More
Crop InputsSyngenta Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
September 29, 2014
Jon Parr will succeed retiring COO John Atkin at the end of the year. Read More
CropLife 100South Dakota Wheat Growers To Add Grain-Agronomy Facili…
September 26, 2014
Planned to be constructed in Kennebec, the facility will be located along the soon-to-be rehabilitated line of heavy-rail service from Chamberlain to Presho. Read More
CropLife 100GROWMARK Announces Vice President Appointments
September 25, 2014
Two individuals have been appointed Vice President positions on the GROWMARK executive team. Read More
FertilizerFertilizer Industry Organizations Join Global Alliance …
September 25, 2014
The Fertilizer Institute, the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the International Fertilizer Industry Association are encouraging the industry to promote the proper use of fertilizer products to minimize their environmental impact. Read More
Precision AgARA Organized Precision Forum Hits Capitol Hill
September 24, 2014
The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) hosted its inaugural Precision Ag Forum, Sept. 18, in Washington, D.C. Read More
FertilizerFactors To Consider When Placing Fertilizer With Seed
September 24, 2014
The type of crop, fertilizer source, row spacing and soil environment all affect how much fertilizer can be safely applied with seed. Read More
FertilizerSidedressing Manure Into Corn Has Promising Results
September 24, 2014
Applying manure to growing crops can boost yields, reduce nutrient losses and give livestock producers another window of time to apply manure to farm fields. Read More
FertilizerWhen To Sample Manure For Analysis
September 24, 2014
Because the goal is to collect a sample that represents the manure actually being applied, the best time to sample is during loading or field application. Here's why. Read More
Syngenta
Seed/BiotechSyngenta Faces Second Lawsuit Over Agrisure Viptera Cor…
September 23, 2014
A second company has sued Syngenta AG over sales of genetically modified corn seed not approved by China. Read More
StewardshipCover Crops Field Guide For Farmers Expanded
September 23, 2014
Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the second edition of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. Read More
HerbicidesArysta LifeScience Launches Contest For Wheat Growers
September 23, 2014
The Flush after Flush Photo Finish contest encourages farmers across the U.S. to participate through Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FlushAfterFlush. Read More
FertilizerCF Industries Confirms Merger Of Equals Discussions Wit…
September 23, 2014
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has confirmed that it is in preliminary discussions with Yara International regarding a potential merger of equals transaction. Read More
StewardshipProgram To Examine Ag-Related Practices, Policies To Pr…
September 22, 2014
A panel discussion on October 14 will include a significant discussion on key issues and solutions related to all aspects of harmful algal blooms. Read More