Centrol Consultants & Staff


Kip Rowe Andy Karssen Griffen Vlietstra Matt Eich Kevin Banken Matt Salentiny Mark Moeller Nick Pieske Randy Vancura Matt Weller Karl Nesse Chad Estebo Tim Moline Brian Velde Chad Luze Larry Braem Josh Brusven Jason Fussy Edward Gruenes Brent Werven Austin Magnuson Dave Opsahl Derek LeClair John Mahoney Paul Groeneberg Dan Haubrich Dusty Escher Jeff Kranz Clint Schindler


Kevin Banken started with Centrol in April 1997. He grew up in Appleton, Minnesota on a small family farm. Kevin is a South Dakota State University graduate and holds a Bachelors Degree, as well as a Masters Degree in Agronomy/Plant Science. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, a Technical Service Provider, and a Certified Nutrient Management Planner in South Dakota. He and his wife, Leanne, live in Brookings. He has been a member of the Brookings Volunteer Fire Department since 2001. He is also active in his church and a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Working for Centrol has many benefits including: independence, being part of a large consultant network, diverse agronomy, new technology, new challenges. But most of all, Kevin enjoys working closely with growers to help them grow and succeed

Larry Braem started with Centrol Crop Consulting, as one of the first consultants, in 1984. He grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Larry attended college in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he earned a four year degree. He and his wife, Dianna, live in Sacred Heart. They have three children and 10 grandchildren. Larry enjoys woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren in his free time. He values working with farmers and managing his own work. "Our company is the leader in the industry because of the top-notch people and our network with each other."

Josh Brusven began with Centrol in 2006 as a scout and is a full time consultant as of May 2010. He was born in Olivia, Minnesota and grew up in Hanley Falls, Minnesota. Josh received his B.S. Degree in Environmental Science from Southwest Minnesota State University. Josh and his wife, Nicole, have one child. He enjoys hunting, fishing, grilling, and playing softball in his spare time. Josh believes that being with the Centrol organization is of great value because, "he can help his growers get the best yields they can and give them an unbiased opinion." The ability to network with other consultants helps to understand the industry better and can give our growers the best advice possible.

Matt Eich started with Centrol in 2008. He was born in Rapid City, SD and grew up in Eagan, MN. Matt received his BS in Agronomy and a minor in Pest Management from South Dakota State University in 1999. He has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 2001. Matt and his wife, Beth, have 3 children. He enjoys woodworking and hunts in his spare time. Matt likes "the ability to help growers become more profitable and efficient in their operations." Matt believes that the greatest value being with Centrol is that he "has 36 other consultants to call on and the professionalism of the group."

Dusty Escher began working for Centrol in January of 2013. He grew up on a farm near Dumont MN. Dusty has a degree from North Dakota State University in Crop Production and Computer Networking. He will be married in 2014 to Tracy Martig. Hunting, fishing, and any outdoor sports are Dusty’s hobbies. He likes being able to work outdoors working with clients to help maximize each acre’s potential. Dusty says that, "Working with Centrol consultants gives each client access to years of gathered information and knowledge from a group of consultants with over 300 years of experience".

Chad Estebo began with Centrol in November 2008. He grew up on a farm near Clear Lake, SD and received his BS Degree in Agronomy from South Dakota State University. Chad and his wife Joan have one son, Evan, and live in Marshall, MN. He enjoys traveling, walking, lifting weights, and spending time with his family. In the past, Chad was a member of the SD National Guard serving in Desert Storm. He worked in sales and as an Agronomist before joining the Centrol team. He likes working with growers, helping them solve problems and planning for success. Working at Centrol, Chad feels he has, "an excellent communication network with other consultants, giving the growers unbiased opinions on what will work best for their farming operation."

Jason Fussy has been working with Centrol since 1998. He grew up in Royalton, Minnesota. Jason is a North Dakota State University alumnus and holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences. He and his wife, Sadie, live in Willmar, Minnesota and have three children.. In his free time, Jason enjoys golfing, hunting, yard work, landscaping, and spending time with his family. He brings his knowledge in the form of unbiased information to benefit his clients and a diverse experience with Precision Ag. Jason values working with his clients, the Centrol Crop Consulting network, and working in the great outdoors

Paul Groneberg started with Centrol in 1979. He grew up on a farm near Hoffman, Minnesota. Paul is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a B.S. in Forestry. He is also holds a Masters Degree in Agriculture and in Pest Management. Paul is a Certified Professional Crop Consultant-Independent (CPCC-I) by the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants Association. He has worked for the Minnesota Extension service for 5 years. Prior to his work with Centrol Crop Consulting, Paul earned valuable industry experience in various job positions, such as: University Plot Supervisor, Wholesale Nursery Department Foreman, Technical Supervisor for a major Ag product distributor, and Assistant Weed Control Specialist at the University of Minnesota. In his business, Paul is committed to helping his clients become successful. He values the relationships that he has built with his clients over the years. Paul enjoys the variety of work that comes with every season and getting together with other consultants to share ideas. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children. Some interesting insights into Paul Groneberg's character are: 1. He still lives on a farm. 2. Paul once ran 18 miles in the dark on a mountain road. 3. Paul has faith in Christ, which he says cuts down on worry time.

Edward Gruenes started with Centrol in 2002. He grew up on a family farm near Eden Valley, Minnesota. Ed holds a B.S. Degree in Broad Area Management, with a Minor in Agronomy from the University of River Falls, Wisconsin. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. Ed and his wife, Sarah have 2 children. Ed enjoys hunting, fishing, and following professional sports in his free time. Ed voices what he values: "The chance to be out doors, working with people I grew up with...farmers. I really enjoy working with progressive farmers who are continually looking for ways to farm better than the way they farmed the day before."

Dan Haubrich started with Centrol in the fall of 2011. He grew up on a family farm near Danube, MN. Dan became a South Dakota State University Alumnus upon his completion in 2009 with a B.S. Degree in Agronomy and a Minor in Ag Business. After graduation Dan worked as a retail agronomist in central South Dakota for two and a half years to further his knowledge in the Ag sector before coming back to Minnesota to join the Centrol team. Dan currently resides in Benson, MN and enjoys hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle, and spending time with family and friends. He holds certification as a Crop Advisor and merits working with producers for the profitability of their operation, along with fellow consultant networking.

Andy Karssen Andy Karssen has been with Centrol since 2004. He grew up in Chandler, Minnesota. Andy graduated from South Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Agronomy as well as a Minor in Integrated Pest Management. Andy is a Certified Crop Advisor. He and his wife, Katie, live near Hartford, SD and have three children. In his free time Andy enjoys fishing, boating, and sports. "We work for the farmer, which means our job is to improve their yields and profits. We accomplish this from our hard work, knowledge, education, and the other consultants on staff."

Jeff Kranz has been with Centrol since 1996. He grew up in Kranzburg, South Dakota. Jeff is a graduate of South Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and values the trust and respect that he has earned with the producers he works with. Jeff and his wife, Vicky, have four children. In his free time, Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family. "I like the team concept at Centrol, we can all help each other."

Derek LeClair started with Centrol in March of 2010, covering the Traverse and Grant county areas. He grew up near Chokio, MN. Derek is a graduate of North Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Plant Science with a Minor in Agribusiness. He is a Certified Crop Advisor. Before joining Centrol, he worked as a sales agronomist at an agronomy retail location. Derek and his wife Jolene have a daughter, Mattea. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, softball, and golf. Derek appreciates the knowledge of his fellow CENTROL consultants and the ability to network between one another. He values the opportunity to work directly with growers, giving them unbiased opinions to help them maximize their productivity and feels his success is based on the success of the growers.

Chad Luze began working with Centrol in 2002. Chad graduated from South Dakota State University in December 2001 with a BS in Agronomy and a minor in Ag Business. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. Chad lives in Redwood Falls, MN with his three children. Chad enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and any outdoor activity. He values working and interacting with his clients to help them optimize profits and efficiency. Chad appreciates being able to work outdoors and he welcomes the challenges he faces on a day to day basis.

Austin Magnuson began his business in 2001, and started with Centrol in 2005. He grew up on a farm near Sunburg, Minnesota. Austin is a South Dakota State University alumnus, holding a B.S. in Ag Business and a Master of Science in Agronomy. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. Austin and his wife, Joanna, live in Montivideo with their two children. In his free time, Austin enjoys: hunting, snowmobiling, downhill-skiing, water-skiing, racing, softball, basketball, and golf. His values include, "No corporate politics dictating what products we recommend. We only recommend what is best for the farmer." Austin likes the people he works with, both clients and colleagues. He values the Centrol network, as it helps everyone keep up with the industry and one another.

John Mahoney began working with Centrol in 1998. He grew up in Morris, Minnesota. John attended North Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. He is involved with the local Corn Growers and the Barnes-Aastad group supporting Ag research. John and his wife, Kitty, have three children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and outdoor activities in his free time. John likes his job because it is the closest occupation to farming. He values the large group of professionals that make up Centrol, and the sharing of ideas and experience that enrich the whole network.

Mark Moeller started with Centrol in 1988. He was raised on a farm in northwest Iowa. Mark attended Iowa State University and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children. In his spare time Mark enjoys practicing the martial arts and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also enjoys most outdoor activities as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren. In his job with Centrol, Mark enjoys working with some of the best producers in the area. He believes that each day presents a different set of challenges and this keeps him on his toes. He also enjoys that as a consultant, he gets to wear shorts in the summer. "I truly believe the strength of Centrol is the quality of our staff. We have a wide range of ages and experiences. In the ever-changing world of agriculture, this knowledge base is priceless."

Tim Moline began working with Centrol in 2000. He grew up on a farm near Slayton, Minnesota. Tim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a B.S. in Crops and Soils Resource Management. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. Tim has a wife, Erin, two children, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting skeet and sporting clays. He values providing producers with his knowledge and experience, and finds their successes are his. Tim voices what is most important: "The independent advice we bring producers. We are in business for the producer, if he is successful we are."

Karl Nesse started with Centrol in August 2012. Karl began his career with a local cooperative in 2010 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a B.S. in Agriculture Business, minoring in Plant Science. Karl lives near Brownton, MN with his wife Whitney and 3 children. In his spare time, Karl enjoys: boating, hunting, feeding cattle, and being outdoors. "I enjoy being able to partner with my growers to provide unbiased, independent agronomic recommendations with the backing and support of the other Centrol consultant's years of experience and hands-on agronomy."

Dave Opsahl started with Centrol in 1995. He grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Dave is a graduate of North Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Agriculture. He enjoys snowmobiling and hunting in his free time. Dave and his wife Melissa live near Detroit Lakes with their children. He likes the flexibility of his job and being able to work outdoors. Dave enjoys working with growers for success. When asked what sets his business apart from the rest, Dave states, "Independent recommendations and decisions."

Nick Pieske began working with Centrol in 2005. He grew up on a farm north of Slayton, Minnesota. Nick is a Southwest State University alumnus and holds a B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Environmental Sciences. He is a licensed private pilot. Nick and his wife, Jill, live in Hadley with their two children. Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, riding motorcycle, camping, insect collecting, and flying in his free time. He values having a key role in the success of farms, as well as working outdoors. "We represent an unbiased source of proven information whose only goal is to maximize the yield potential for our growers."

Kip Rowe started with Centrol in 2007, after receiving his BS degree in Agronomy from South Dakota State University. His territory is South and West of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born in Gregory, SD and grew up near Winner, SD. Kip and his wife, Lea, live near Sioux Falls with their two children. He enjoys golfing in his spare time. The reason he likes working for Centrol is, "I have always wanted to be a consultant and work closely with producers to increase their productivity. Working for Centrol gives me the opportunity for networking among professional agronomists."

Matt Salentiny started with Centrol in 2010. He grew up on a farm near Dundee, Minnesota. Matt is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy. Matt and his wife Jayne currently live near Tyler, and have one child. He enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, and working on the farm in his spare time. He enjoys the one on one interaction between producers and the challenges of each growing year. Matt feels that "As an unbiased consultant of Centrol, I take pride on our excellent network and broad services that we offer all farming operations."

Clint Schindler started as a full-time consultant in May 2011. He interned as a summer scout from 2008-2010. Clint grew up in Lake Benton, MN and is a graduate of Lake Benton High School in 2007. Clint then earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agronomy and a minor in Pest Management from South Dakota State University. Clint and his wife Alisha live in Dawson, MN and have two children. In Clint’s free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, snowmobiling, and following sports. The best part about my job is being able to work independently providing knowledge to farmers for continual success. Clint believes: "Centrol is set apart from the rest due to our unbiased stance and sole purpose to maximize grower profitability with solid, agronomic information."

Bryan Smith is the manager of Centrol Crop Consulting. He grew up on a farm near Chandler, MN and began working with Centrol in 1995. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. Bryan is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. He and his wife, Debbie, have 3 children and reside near Balaton, MN. Bryan enjoys hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family in his free time. He values the fact that every season and year is different, each bringing new challenges to overcome and learn from. "Our sole job is to help our customers do better and maximize profits, nothing more, nothing less. We accomplish this through our education, training, hard work, and networking with the other consultants on staff."

Randy Vancura started with Centrol in 1992. He grew up in Lakefield, Minnesota. Randy is a University of Minnesota-St. Paul alumnus and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. He also earned an Associates Degree in Diversified Ag Science from the University of Minnesota-Waseca. Randy is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. He and his wife, Shawna, have four children. You can find Randy woodworking, collecting mini-tractors, and restoring mini-tractors in his free time. He values working side-by-side with producers to find solutions to the challenges that come with production agriculture. Randy finds that his success comes from the success of his clients. "We pay close attention to details and possess a very good understanding of most agro-economic issues. Our staff is powered with the knowledge and experience that runs throughout our network of qualified professionals."

Brian Velde started with Centrol in September of 2006, working between Granite Falls and Marshall. After graduating from high school in Granite Falls, he majored in Agronomy & Ag Business at SDSU in Brookings, SD. He spent a year working on the East Coast for Aventis CropScience as a chemical representative. After that excellent experience, he came back home and worked as an agronomist at the Cottonwood Coop Oil for 5 years. In his free time he enjoys playing softball, golf, farming, hunting and spending time with friends. He currently lives near Hanley Falls with his wife Heather and two children. "I'm honored to work for Centrol Crop Consulting. I enjoy working with the farmers, helping them make the best management decisions to become most profitable. Independence is nice because it allows us to make the best possible recommendation."

Griffin Vlietstra started with Centrol in 1997. He grew up in Orange City, Iowa. Griffin is a graduate of South Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Ag Business. He is a member of NAICC and CPCC-I, a Technical Service Provider, and a Certified Nutrient Management Planner. Griffin and his wife, Summer, have three children. He enjoys camping, golfing, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family. In his business, Griffin provides unbiased advice to increase profits for his clients. He values working with clients to achieve success.

Matt Weller has been with Centrol since 2004. He grew up on a dairy farm outside of Brooten, Minnesota. Matt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a B.S. in Ag Industries and Marketing. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and a Technical Service Provider. Matt and his wife, MacKenzie, have four kids: Klayton, Brenden, Emry, and Ava. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, golfing, and outdoor activities. Matt helps his clients increase their profits with unbiased recommendations. "Our large network of consultants is priceless when it comes to making these recommendations. It is like having all of our consultants working on every farm."

Brent Werven started with Centrol in 1991. He grew up in Cavalier, North Dakota. Brent attended North Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Soil Science. He is a Technical Service Provider. Brent and his wife, Chris, have two children. He enjoys outdoor activities, target shooting, pheasant hunting, camping, and spending time with his children. Brent provides his clients with unbiased opinions and recommendations to increase their profits and yields. He works with a great group of farmers who make his job very enjoyable. "We do not sell product, we only sell advice; that is one of the great things I like about working at Centrol. Having as many consultants as we have on staff, I think this helps all our growers in that we get to share a lot of information on new hybrids, chemicals, precision Ag, and other problems that arise."

Belynda Metz started working for CENTROL in 2000. Belynda graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. She lives in Marshall, MN with her husband Gary and their two children Mariah & Connor.

Ben Prusa began working for Centrol in February of 2013. He was born in Columbia, MI and grew up north of Ames, Iowa. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. and M.S. in Geography. His focus was on GIS, Remote Sensing, and GPS. Ben attended several trainings for on-farm GPS Equipment (Trimble, Case IH, Ag Leader and John Deere). Ben and his wife Jenna live in Marshall, and have one child. His hobbies are fishing, working out and cooking. Being on the cutting edge of precision Ag Technology is an important part of Ben’s work with CENTROL. Ben likes being able to give an unbiased recommendation without any pressure to sell a specific product. Ben states that, "Developing new programs and finding ways to maximize Precision Ag uses for growers is both a challenging and rewarding career".

Cory Koster began working for Centrol in July of 2013. Cory was born in Newton, Kansas and raised in Beloit, KS. Cory spent eight years as an Engineering Technician/Structural Steel Technician before earning an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in GIS/GPS Technology at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit, KS. Cory loves to fish and hunt and nearly anything to do with the outdoors. Family and friends are very important to Cory. Cory likes to help others any way possible, and helping producers achieve their goals is his favorite part of his career. Centrol's commitment to excellence is what Cory believes sets Centrol apart from other crop consultants.

Ian Olson started working with Centrol in 2013. He grew up near Granite Falls, MN. Ian attended the University of Minnesota Morris where he had the opportunity to play baseball. Ian graduated in May of 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. After college, Ian spent 2 years working as a technician for 2 soil and water conservation districts working primarily on wildlife and agricultural conservation programs. Ian and his wife Kendall currently live in Clarkfield, MN with their chocolate lab Saddie. In his spare time, Ian enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, playing softball, watching Nebraska Cornhusker football, and spending time with family. Ian says this about his position with Centrol: "The most rewarding part of my job is being able to provide assistance to both our customers and our consultants in order to maximize efficiency. The satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to a fast paced company and an ever changing industry is very exciting." The knowledge that Centrol has as a company sets us apart from any other company that I have been involved with. Knowledge that spans a wide timeframe and a large geographical area. Everyone is willing to share that knowledge with one another which allows each person in the company access to instantaneous, firsthand experience that otherwise may not be learned through the course of an entire career.

Lance Dorschner joined the team at Centrol as an intern under Matt Weller in May 2011. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Marketing he became a full time employee in May 2012. Lance is an Iraq War Veteran and a member of the Marshall Fire Department. He enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He is married to Emily, and have two children. Lance appreciates CENTROL's large network of consultants who work together to provide unbiased recommendations tailored to each individual grower in order to increase efficiency and production in the field.

Shane Weller started working for Centrol in 2013. He grew up on a dairy farm near Brooten, MN. Shane attended North Dakota State University and received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Systems Management as well as minors in Crop & Weed Science and Agribusiness. In his free time, Shane enjoys hunting, fishing, and helping on the family dairy farm. Shane likes working at Centrol because it gives him the opportunity to provide farmers with unbiased agronomic advice with the sole purpose of increasing their profit. "Centrol has a network of over 30 consultants that work together to provide the best possible recommendations for each farm".

Jessica Gronli started working with Centrol April 2014. She grew up in Milroy, MN. She graduated from South Central College, North Mankato, MN with an Agribusiness Office Systems Specialist A.A.S. Degree and an Executive Assistant, A.A.S. Degree. Jessica and her husband Josh live on a farm near Wabasso, MN with their daughter Jaelyn. Jessica enjoys being outside, shooting pool, playing volleyball, hanging out with her family and friends, and watching baseball. She loves the flexibility of her job and the laid back environment that goes along with it.

Mike Peeters started with Centrol in early 2014. Before coming to Centrol, Mike worked 6 years in ag retail after graduating from NDSU with a B.S. in Soil Science in 2007. Mike married in 2011 to Amanda and they have two girls together, Emily and Mya, and reside near Menahga. In Mike’s free time he enjoys farming, hunting and fishing with family and friends. What does Mike like best about his job? – "The freedom to bring unbiased and practical agronomic solutions to each individual grower based on their operation's needs… Talking about farming every day is a bonus." Having access to Centrol’s 35+ trained, certified and educated agronomist with 330+ years of experience in the field is what Mike thinks sets his business apart from all others in the area!

Sarah Pfarr started working with Centrol in 2014. She was born in Redwood Falls, MN and grew up on a small farm near Milroy, MN. Sarah attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In May of 2004 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Industries and Marketing with an emphasis in Animal Science and Crops and Soils. Sarah lives in Milroy, MN with her daughter Brenna Jolynn and in her spare time enjoys being outdoors, music, cooking, riding motorcycle and spending quality time with her daughter. She says the best part about her job is that with the continually changing world of agriculture there is a constant need to learn and expand our knowledge to continue to provide the best service possible to our customers. Sarah believes that Centrol’s commitment to quality service, excellence and expertise is what sets Centrol apart from the rest.

Caleb Hanson started with Centrol as a Scout in 2011 and will now be working as a Crop Consultant. He grew up in Raymond, MN. He graduated in May, 2014, from University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Business with a Crops minor. Caleb is currently living in Glencoe, Minnesota. He enjoys water skiing, snowmobiling, and watching sports. Caleb looks forward to providing non-bias agronomic information to his customers.

Kevin Louwagie grew up on a farm just outside of Cottonwood, MN and has always enjoyed being outdoors. After graduating from Lakeview High School, he attended North Dakota State University where he obtained a BS in General Agriculture and minored in Crop and Weed Sciences. In Kevin’s free time he enjoy hunting, riding motorcycle, and doing carpentry work. "He enjoy working with Centrol because it allows us to interact and be more personal with the farmers that we work with. You develop a learning for how they want to run their operation and how you can best maximize their profit."

Mike Hammer started with Centrol in 2012. He grew up in Minneota, MN on a small farm just 4 miles north of Minneota. He is currently a consultant in the Minneota area. Mike is a graduate of South Dakota State University and earned his degree in agronomy. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time at the lake in his free time. He feels that he has a lot to offer his growers by being knowledgeable and giving unbiased information to benefit his growers with reducing cost and maximizing yield potential.

Justin Hamann interned as a summer scout from 2012-2014 in different locations throughout eastern South Dakota before coming on full-time with Centrol in January of 2015. Justin graduated from high school in Willmar, MN in 2009, and went on to obtain his B.S. in Agronomy from South Dakota State University. He is currently building a territory in the Madison, SD area. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time. Justin enjoys being able to work outdoors, overcoming the different hurdles each growing season brings, but most importantly, the satisfaction that comes along with working closely with growers to help increase profit margins on their farms.

Steven Rohlik began working full time with Centrol in May, 2015. He also interned with Centrol for three summers prior to being hired full time. Before his years with Centrol, Steven grew up on a farm near Wabasso, Minnesota. He graduated from Wabasso High School and then went on to receive his BS in Agronomy with an emphasis in crop management at Southwest Minnesota State University. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything sports related in his free time. Steven is excited for the opportunity to be able to provide unbiased information to his growers and continuing to expand his agronomic knowledge.

Jay Murphy started with Centrol in May of 2015. He grew up in Adrian, MN and received Associates of Applied Science degree from Minnesota West in Soil and Water Conservation. Before joining the Centrol team Jay spent 16 years working in the environmental field with various private and government entities. Jay and his wife Angie live in Marshall, and have two children. In his spare time, Jay enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Jay enjoys the opportunity to work with the progressive and knowledgeable staff that Centrol offers to supply superior, unbiased agronomic decisions to its clients.

Ken Franzky joined Centrol Crop Consulting in July of 2015. Ken stated: “Centrol’s broad based and diverse agricultural knowledge, vast networking capabilities, commitment to excellence, and intense, unbiased focus are a few areas that attracted him to join the Centrol team”. Ken will be taking on the position of Agronomy Services Manager; which will align his passion and pride to advance our company in the following areas: Assist to overcome the unique challenges presented each growing season, Training on key agronomy fundamentals which drive crop production while following a common sense approach, Transfer information of value in a timely fashion and provide service that is second to none, Build long lasting grower and client relationships which lead to their return on investment and overall profits Prior to joining Centrol, Ken has enjoyed 21 years in the agriculture industry with some time in ag retail and the majority coming in the seed industry. This experience has allowed him to develop sales, management, and agronomy knowledge while working with teams and acres in parts of ND, SD, IA, and MN. Ken is a proud alumni of the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Crop Advisor. Being western MN natives, Ken and his wife Bobbie enjoy living in the rural Dawson, MN area and raising their family of 4 kids. At times you may find him volunteering, coaching, watching sports, or hobby farming but he’s usually being entertained with family and friend related activities through school, church, and community!

Adam Deppe started with Centrol in December 2015. He grew up in a small town south of Des Moines, Iowa, called Martensdale. After acquiring an Associates degree in Ag Business from Iowa Lakes Community College, he attended South Dakota State University having graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Agronomy. He came to Centrol after having worked in retail ag as a Sales Agronomist for nearly 4.5 years around St. James, MN, where he resides today. I enjoy having the ability to give unbiased and professional advice to help farmers produce the best crops and achieve the highest yields using the network of knowledge from other consultants within Centrol.

Dan Hansen started with Centrol in 2012 as a crop scout and started full time in January 2016. He grew up on his family farm two miles south of Tyler, MN. He graduated in Fall 2015 from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Agronomy. He enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, and hanging out with friends in his free time. Dan is excited to work with growers and provide them with unbiased information to maximize production and profit on their farms.

Alex Genereux started with Centrol in 2015. He grew up Crookston, MN. Alex is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston and holds a B.S. in Agronomy with a Minor in Ag Business. He is a consultant in the Elbow Lake area of Minnesota. In Alex’s free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake. He likes working for Centrol because of their mission. Helping growers maximize their profits by giving them unbiased advice that will give them the best return on their investment.

Crystal Leversedge-Marron started working for Centrol in 2016. She grew up in Balaton, MN. Crystal graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant and had worked in public accounting for 18 years prior to coming to Centrol. Crystal lives in Balaton, MN on her family acreage with her husband Joel and their two small boys, Brayden and Braxden. She also has two older stepsons, Jordan and Tyler. Her family is very important to her and she enjoys spending quality time with them doing various activities.

Jeremy Labat started with Centrol started full time as a Consultant Technician in 2014. He had worked the previous 2 summers as an intern and also helped out in the fall. He is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University where he met his wife Maria. They live in Marshall, MN and have a yellow lab named Waylon. In his free time Jeremy enjoys being outside with their dog, hunting, fishing, and taking in sporting events. "I really like that we are able to give the unbiased opinion of what should be done to best benefit the grower. As a consultant tech it is great for me to learn more on the job from the whole Centrol network and see how big of a benefit our growers get from having us help their operations."

Adam Becker began working with Centrol in winter 2013 as a Technician for Ed Gruenes. He grew up near Long Prairie, MN. Adam has an AAS degree in Agri-business from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. Prior to joining the Centrol team, he spent three years working in Ag retail. Although not growing up on a farm, he spent over six years employed on a Dairy farm through College. Adam along with his wife Ashley have one child and currently resides near Freeport, MN. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and spending time with his family. Adam enjoys working with Centrol because he enjoys working outdoors in agriculture. He also enjoys working in many different aspects of the agricultural business by providing many different services to the customers. "I like working in a business that is unbiased, which helps us provide the greatest value to the customer." "It is great to help increase the profitability on the farm and watch them succeed!"

Ryan Wubben began working with Centrol part time in 2010 and became a technician for Jason Fussy in 2013. He grew up on a farm near Clara City, MN. Ryan graduated from Ridgewater College with an Agricultural business major with a crop/precision Ag emphasis. He enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing along with helping out on the family farm. Ryan is excited to provide unbiased recommendations to help the grower and build a network within Centrol and the Ag community.

Nick Siemonsma started with Centrol in 2012 as an intern. He grew up on a farm near Dell Rapids, SD and attended high school in Dell Rapids and graduated in 2011. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Agronomy. He currently lives near Dell Rapids where I also help my Dad farm. During my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports along with working on the farm.

Kody Kirsh started working for Centrol as a scout in 2012 and is now working as a Crop Consultant. He grew up on a farm near Milroy, MN and is currently living near Dovray, MN. Kody graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Kody enjoys working with his clients to give them unbiased recommendations to increase their return on investment.