Servi-Tech: Preseason Planning for ROI
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vince Lombardi
Those words of wisdom could easily apply to the off-season blueprint followed by Dodge City, KS-based agronomy provider Servi-Tech, a 200-plus employee outfit that annually services 50 million acres of High Plains wheat, 30 million acres of corn, and six million acres of soybeans across seven states, writes Matthew Grassi on PrecisionAg.com.
Ryan Meister, who’s been at Servi-Tech since January of 2004 after graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003, is currently the outfit’s Director of Technology Development. Meister says the winter months provide Servi-Tech with a much needed respite from day-to-day grower dealings, allowing the company’s agronomists to prepare themselves for a successful spring.
“We take seriously our role of advisor to growers and want to be sure we have the best understanding of products and services which go into producing a crop,” Meister says. “We participate in internal training events, as well as events produced by industry, to learn about the latest and greatest products on the market.”
Although the winter months are certainly important from a training standpoint, Meister adds that “training is really a 12-month out of the year process” but that opportunities “really tend to ramp up” around the change of the calendar and into the new year.
Setting Up for Spring
According to Meister, agronomists at Servi-Tech generally spend the first two months of the season finalizing plans for spring planting.
“At that point most of the inputs have been purchased or spoken for,” he explains. “Now we put together a plan to make sure that all of them are applied correctly when the time comes this spring. We want to make sure all the questions about which product is to be applied in what location, are answered.”