Managing custom application for Federated’s Rush City service area gives Jake Hansen (pictured) a unique perspective for the other part of his job, being a Federated Agronomist. He uses custom application* as the door through which he helps growers figure out what crop protection chemicals they should use, when to use them, and how to apply them.
*(Custom application covers all the herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides applied by Federated. In Rush City, Matt Kurtz manages fertilizer application.)
While Federated Agronomists spend a good deal of time interacting with growers, Hansen said he gets “one-on-one activity with a lot more growers than I would see [otherwise].” He said he truly enjoys the chance to build relationships and make sure growers get the attention and service they need.
Spring is late but, said Hansen, “it isn’t too late to put together a plan before the spring rush hits.” It really helps, he noted, when growers place their orders and let Federated know ahead of time what custom application services will be needed.
As the season begins, “even just letting us know what crop is going where, and the number of acres that will be in soybeans and corn, helps us know what we need to have on site for chemistry,” he said.
Hansen grew up on an organic farm – “interestingly,” he said – that produced beef, chicken, turkey, and pork. After graduating in Dec. 2015 with a major in ag business and a crop science minor from UW-River Falls, he followed the “path life led me on,” and has been with Federated since March of 2017. Previous to coming on board with Federated, Jake worked full time as a field rep for Seneca Foods in Cumberland, WI.
With the start of his second growing season at the Co-op – the first for his wife of less than a year – he knows what’s coming and he hopes growers will communicate with their agronomists to “help us know what to prepare for and how busy it will be.”
And everyone knows that the later spring gets, the busier the season will be. “The planting windows for corn and soybeans are going to be on top of each other, again,” said Hansen.
Hansen and his wife, a school teacher, know that spring will soon arrive and with it the challenges that agriculture and education offer. But, Hansen has dedicated his career to agriculture with a commitment to helping growers, and he’s ready to get the sprayers in the field.
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