“So much of what we use now wasn’t available even five years ago. Technology as a whole is continuously pushing boundaries and I think that is going to carry over into this industry more and more”
- Ashley Schmeling, Precision Ag Specialist
When Ashley Schmeling started working three years ago at Central Valley Cooperative, she was working with four growers with variable rate planting. Now, Schmenling deals with as many as 16 growers.
“It is a big investment for growers,” Schmeling said.
Schmeling, 25, has been a precision ag specialist and handling agronomy sales for Central Valley Cooperative in Blooming Prairie since 2010.
“The best part for me is being able to get the grower comfortable enough with their technology and able to make sense of their data to the point where they are coming up with ideas and things to try,” she said. ”I’m bringing what I can to them, but it is always exciting when they start sharing what they are really interested in and what’s important to them.”
She notes that every grower has the same goals – to grow more corn and soybeans and to take care of the land while doing it.
“They all have a different approach to it and if I can help them with that, then it is awesome,” she said.