Bringing knowledge and problem solving skills to precision agriculture in Michigan

July 11, 2018

Evan's experience in the Department of Agronomy gave him the knowledge and problem solving skills to successfully transition an entire team to a new precision agriculture, data management software. 

"ISU gave me the knowledge and skills to understand the calculations and rewrite, tweak them so they would work in our new programs format," said Evan. "Through my many experiences at ISU, I was very comfortable presenting, training and educating my agronomy colleagues in their application of the new programs within our business and in support of our customers."

Evan M. is currently an advanced agronomy manager for Cooperative Elevator Company in Sebewaing, Michigan.

He manages the day-to-day operations of the precision agriculture department, including the soil sampling crew and analysis of all of the GPS soil sampling data. In addition, Evan oversees the data management software and building equations for the agronomy team to make variable rate prescriptions.

“I enjoy working with a friendly and experienced agronomy team and with customers to help create a custom fertility program for their operation(s),” said Evan.

His education in soils in the Department of Agronomy aids his ability to verify the data as it comes from to determine if there was any oversight from the lab.

Evan’s not done learning though. He wants to get his master’s degree in plant breeding or a related field before completing the 4R certification to become a Certified Crop Adviser. Something made possible by his education at Iowa State.

“You can truly tailor your adventure at Iowa State any way you want, and I took advantage of that flexibility,” said Evan. “For me, the best part of agronomy is applying your knowledge to solve problems for others.”