Farmer Stories From Across The Network

Dan Zook

Apr 01, 2015

Farmers FirstSM is not a slogan, it’s our whole philosophy. Farmers First means we put you, the farmer, at the center of our universe. Everything we build must be for your benefit and help you thrive. Many of our employees grew up on farms, in farming families or have had careers in agriculture.   

We don’t make money by selling your data to other people. FBN analyzes data for the benefit of you, the grower, as your independent and unbiased partner. We're honored to have the opportunity to work with farmers from across the United States to help improve their bottom lines. Here are some of their stories...

John and Dean Werries operate a third generation family farm in Chapin, Illinois. Through a strong commitment to their land, community, and new technology, Werries Farms has been on the cutting edge of agriculture since 1936.

Ken Dalenberg farms corn and soybeans near Mansfield, IL and has been a pioneer of precision ag since its earliest days. He's now using aggregated farm analytics to give his operation a broader view than limited plot data on seeds and practices.

Audie Brorson farms on a 3rd generation family farm, roughly 3,500 acres of barley, corn, sunflowers, and sugar beets. He says that, "margins will continue to get tighter, so we have to continue farming smarter to keep up with the rest of the world."

Cole Pestorious is a 6th generation farmer from Albert Lea, Minnesota, where his family raises corn and soybeans. The Pestorious family was recently named a 2015 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

Cole is passionate about pushing the envelope of his operation. Early adopters of variable rate technology, yield monitoring, and now UAVs, they've seen the benefits of effective precision management, yet have struggled integrating data from the multiple systems their farm runs.

Doug Schemmer worked for 21 years in agribusiness while helping his dad on the family farm as much as he could. In 2012, he took over the operation full-time and has challenged himself to increase his farm's profitability through the use of technology.

FBN member and precision ag pioneer Steve Pitstick from Maple Park, IL talks about the power of farmers aggregating their data.

Chris and Mike Zenker operate a 5th generation 6,000 acre farm near Gackle, North Dakota with a corn, soybean, and barley rotation. They've gone from "no technology at all, to everything being chain driven to pushing a button on the monitor to change everything you're doing on the fly."

Dan Zook

Apr 01, 2015