For the fifth year,the PrecisionAg Institute presented its PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence to four worthy recipients who have made significant contributions to their organizations, and ag at large.
In accepting the Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award, Dave Nerpel of Wilbur-Ellis urged the crowd to focus on the challenges ahead. “I don’t need to tell you that I have great respect for this group, and I am honored by the recognition,” said Nerpel.
Legacy Award recipient Dr. Nyle Wollenhaupt, plant scientist now working for AGCO Corp., recalled precision agriculture’s humble beginnings.
“I can remember going out with Harold Reetz back in 1986 with a couple of 300-foot tape measure and soil probes to the Bootheel of Missouri to try to figure out if there was variability in the soil, and if so, what we could do to manage it,” he recalled. Now here we are, 25 years later, and look what we have been able to accomplish.”
Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Superior Hybrids and the Educator/Researcher Award winner, said that his accomplishments as leader of programs to develop best precision practices for grower-customers was a team effort. “We work as a team to bring the education to our farmer-customers, and I am very appreciative of this award,” he said.
Farmer Award recipient Dan Forgey of Cronin Farms in Gettysburg, SD, thanked Cheryl Reece from South Dakota State University and the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium for working closely with farmers.
“Cheryl Reece has the patience of a saint, and UMAC is a tremendous organization that really helped me get to where I am now.”