GROWMARK’s FS Simulator Makes Training Fun

Jamie Johansen

GROWMARK’s FS applicator simulator was on display for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills. “To the best of my knowledge, this simulator is the first of its kind in agriculture being used for training,” said Erik Wilcox, …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Leading in Nutrient Loss Reduction

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK and the FS System have been leaders in the state of Illinois when it comes to helping farmers adopt best management practices to reduce nutrient losses, contributing to the success of the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. At the Farm Progress Show this week, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey visited the GROWMARK FS tent to learn what he can …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK

The GROWMARK Endure Initiative Grows

Chuck Zimmerman

The GROWMARK Endure sustainability initiative is enduring. For the second year GROWMARK has announced winners of the Endure 4R Advocate award. They are: Adam Dexter – West Central FS – Williamsfield, Illinois Don Jones – GROWMARK FS – New York/Pennsylvania Jay Matthews – AgVantage FS – Charles City, Iowa John Musser – Stephenson Service Company – Stockton, Illinois Nicole Weber …

AgWired Precision, FS System, GROWMARK, Sustainability

GROWMARK and FS Support Pollinator Literacy in Illinois

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) programs are buzzing with an increased emphasis on pollinators, thanks to GROWMARK and its FS member cooperatives. At the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) annual meeting this week, GROWMARK Corporate Relations and Foundation Manager Amy Bradford announced new collaborative efforts focused on activities and education related to the importance of pollinators. “We place a high …

Audio, Bees, FS System, GROWMARK, pollinators

GROWMARK Makes Energy Investments

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK announced two major energy-related investments last month that provide benefits for the members of the Illinois-based agricultural cooperative. First, GROWMARK acquired a propane terminal in Plattsburg, Missouri which is connected to the ONEOK pipeline, has 270,000 gallons of storage and the capability to load out two trucks at once. “It gives us another asset and access to propane,” said …

Audio, Energy, FS System, GROWMARK, Propane

#FarmProgressShow Powered by @FSServices Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

There are lots of vehicles and farm equipment on the grounds at the Farm Progress Show and it’s GROWMARK FS and STAR Energy that keep them all running. “Not only do we offer the fuel for the field demonstrations, we also do all the generators, the air conditioning and power in the tents, but also during the set up,” says …

Audio, Energy, Farm Progress Show, FS System, GROWMARK

4R Approach is Good Agronomy to Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Rick Klevze is the location manager at the GROWMARK FS Bloomsbury, New Jersey location and was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. Klevze, who has over 35 years of experience and has been a Certified Crop Adviser since 1994, believes the 4R approach is a sensible way …

Agronomy, Audio, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

4R Approach is Personal to Ontario Crop Advisor

Cindy Zimmerman

For Chris Snip of Agris Co-operative in Ontario, Canada, the 4R approach to nutrient management is personal. Snip has been a Certified Crop Advisor for 16 years and was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. “My family and I spend a lot of time in Lake Erie, …

Agronomy, Audio, Environment, FS System, GROWMARK, Soil

4R is Right for @GROWMARK Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Jason Wesslund, area manager for the eastern half of Heritage FS in central Illinois, was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. Wesslund supervises four agronomy locations and four energy territories and also leads education and training of sustainable best management practices at Heritage FS. Wesslund uses the …

Agronomy, Audio, Award, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

Endure 4R Advocate Award Program from @GROWMARK

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has instituted a new award program to recognize the efforts of crop specialists who excel in engaging farmers by using sustainable, best-management practices. The GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award was just given to five crop specialists in the FS System for working with farmers to increase their use of the 4R approach; applying fertilizers at the right source, right …

Audio, FS System, GROWMARK, Sustainability