BioSTL's EAGIC (Early Adopter Grower Innovation Community) program hosted a TableTalk session during the AgTech NEXT virtual conference (agtechnext.org) with three growers, who are respected in their communities and are big supporters of EAGIC. The conversation on “Farmers Finding AgTech Solutions” was moderated by Quentin Rund, BioSTL's EAGIC Lead.
The farmers on the panel with Quentin are each evaluating an innovation that they requested and EAGIC sourced, diligenced, and brought to them from our global innovation sourcing platform, GlobalSTL:
Jake Perino, Perino’s County Line Cattle, Deer Grove, IL
Jake farms in Whiteside County in northern Illinois between interstates 80 and 88. He raises corn, soybean, wheat and cattle. Jake is involved in the Illinois Beef Association. He also is involved in seed production for Bayer-Asgrow, Bayer-Dekalb, Corteva, and AgReliant Genetics. He is taking a look at the SCiO corn moisture sensing tool for both seed and feed grade corn.
Blake Hurst, Hurst Greenery, Westboro, MO
Blake farms in northwest Missouri in Atchison County very near the Iowa-Missouri line. In addition to corn and soybean, Blake has a wholesale greenhouse business as part of his operation. Blake is the current President of the Missouri Farm Bureau. He is piloting an Ace Air grain condition sensor from Amber Ag in one of his on-farm storage bins.
Ken Dalenberg, Scattered Acres, Mansfield, IL
Ken farms in Piatt County in east central Illinois. Ken raises corn and soybean and has been involved at high levels of the Illinois Soybean Board and USB. I have known Ken since 1994 when I did some pilot work on remote sensing in his fields. He is always trying new things. Ken had the SoilOptix gamma ray sensor out in his field this spring and we are working on comparing this sensor to conventional soil sampling for fertility management.