Office Staff

Bryan Smith

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."

Ken Franzky

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 is our 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!

Brian Velde

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."

Josh Brusven

Josh Brusven began with Centrol in 2006 as a scout and became a full time employee May 2010. He is now our Operations Manager and is also a Crop Consultant. 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 two children. 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.

Ashley Wendorff

Ashley Wendorff started working at Centrol in August 2019.  She grew up in Tracy, MN.  She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.  Prior to coming to Centrol, Ashley worked in many different finance roles, including banking, financial analysis and accounting.  Ashley lives on Lake Shetek, MN with her husband, Trevor and two children, Mason and Isabel.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating/being on the lake, shopping and watching youth/high school wrestling.

Crystal Leversedge Marron

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.

Jessica Gronli

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 and son John Thomas. Jessica enjoys being outside, shooting pool, playing volleyball, hanging out with her family and friends, and watching baseball. She loves that Centrol is on the cutting edge of technology and agriculture.

Precision Ag

Ben Prusa

Ben Prusa began working for Centrol in February of 2013. He was born in Columbia, MO 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 near Ames, Iowa and have two children. His hobby is fishing. 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".

Jeremy Labat

Jeremy Labat started with Centrol in 2012 as an intern, became a full time as a Consultant Technician in 2014, and is now our Precision Ag Supervisor. He is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University where he met his wife Maria. They live in Marshall, MN with their son Jack and yellow lab named Waylon. In his free time Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, being outside with their dog, hunting, fishing, and taking in sporting events. Jeremy says " From working as a Consultant Tech and now in the Precision Ag Department, I have seen the value we bring to each grower first hand. We have so many resources at our disposal, and it is so wonderful to be part of a company that is a growing leader in the industry.”

Anthony Bossuyt

Anthony started full time September, 2017. He interned for two summers before being hired full time as a Consultant Technician, and in 2018 became a full time member of our Precision Ag team, as a Precision Ag Specialist. He grew up on a farm by cottonwood, MN, he received an associations degree from Mitchell Tech in Precision Ag Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends. Anthony says " He enjoys working for Centrol because we get to guide farmers in their decision making to maximize the potential of their operation and increase profits by using some of the industry’s best technology paired with our very knowledgeable staff."

Enivronmental Services

Ian Olson

Ian Olson started working with Centrol in 2013. He grew up near Granite Falls, MN. Ian attended the University of Minnesota Morris where he received 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 daughter. 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 our customers and our consultants in order to maximize efficiency. Being part of a fast paced company with and extensive network of knowledge is very exciting."

Elliot De Jongh

Elliot De Jongh, is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) and technical service provider (T.S.P.)  Raised on a farm near Pipestone, MN, Elliot obtained degrees in Environmental Science from Dordt College and Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.  For the last 10 years he has worked as a project engineer in the private sector, serving agricultural clients in Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa by helping them develop solutions, maintain compliance, and mitigate regulatory concerns in agriculture. In addition to his engineering career, Elliot enjoys being back in Southwest Minnesota, helping on the family farm, spending time with his wife and kids, being active in his church, serving on the school board, and tinkering with classic cars.

Jay Murphy

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.

Ben Trochlil

Ben Trochlil started working with Centrol in 2017. Ben grew up on a farm south of Danube, MN and has always enjoyed being outdoors. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015 after earning a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, with an emphasis in Plant Science.  Ben also earned a GIS certificate while attending MSU, Mankato. After college, Ben spent two years as a District Technician at the Renville County SWCD where he worked with the county feedlot program as well as several conservation programs. In his free time, Ben enjoys bow hunting, shed antler hunting, dark house spearing northern pike, attending concerts and coping with the constant agony that comes with being a Twins, Vikings and Wild fan. Ben values being able to work with the closely-knit team at Centrol where he enjoys working with producers one-on-one to maximize their profitability and provide unbiased recommendations.

Brent Louwagie

Brent Louwagie, is an engineer in training working towards getting his professional engineering license. He grew up on a farm near Clarkfield, MN. Brent attended North Dakota State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining Centrol, Brent has spent two years working as a technician, with various experiences in construction materials testing, surveying, and assisting engineers in MN, ND, SD, NM and TX. In his spare time, Brent enjoys helping on the family farm, spending time with his family, and being entertained by his very active dog, Dakota. Brent enjoys making engineering recommendations to family farm producers that are sustainable and profitable for todays regulations that can be passed on to future generations. 

Kevin Banken

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

Adam Deppe

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.

Matt Eich

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 40+ consultants to call on and the professionalism of the group."

Dusty Escher

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. Dusty and his wife Tracy live in Dumont, MN. 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 500 years of experience".

Chad Estebo

Chad Estebo began with Centrol in November 2008. He grew up on a farm near Clear Lake, SD and received his Associates degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca and then a BS Degree in Agronomy from South Dakota State University. Chad and his wife Joan have one son, Evan, and live in Lynd, MN. Chad enjoys traveling, walking, golfing, with his family, visiting the elderly at care centers, and helping others in times of need. Chad was a member of the Army National Guard, 1742 and Transportation Company in Clear Lake, SD . He is a Veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990. Chad has worked in Retail Agronomy sales and as an Agronomist for 27 years. He has gained valuable knowledge working with growers in in KS, NE, SD, IA and MN before joining the Centrol team. Chad likes working with growers, helping them solve problems and planning for success. Working at Centrol, Chad feels he has, “excellent communication network with other consultants, giving the growers unbiased opinions on what will work best for their farming operation.

Jessie Fischer

Jessie Fischer started with Centrol September 2019. Jessie grew up in Wakonda, SD. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Agricultural Business, Agronomy, and Animal Science. Jessie and her husband, Sam, live in Wakonda with their three children. She and her husband farm in the Irene/Wakonda area. Jessie enjoys hunting, spending time with her family and coaching her kids’ sports. Jessie enjoys Centrol because she gets to be side by side with farmers to help them grow their profit margins. Being able to give unbiased recommendations to her growers, and working outside all summer long are just a few of her reasons why she loves working for Centrol.

Jason Fussy

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.

Alex Genereux

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 and lives in the Elbow Lake area with his wife. 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 will give them the best return on their investment.

Ed Gruenes

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 outdoors, working with people I grew up I really enjoy working with progressive farmers who are continually looking for ways to farm better than the way they farmed the day before."

Justin Hamann

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. Justin and his wife Alyssa live near Volga, SD and 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.

Caleb Hanson

Caleb Hanson started with Centrol as a Scout in 2011. He is now a Crop Consultant. He grew up in Raymond, MN, and 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 Clara City, Minnesota. He enjoys water skiing, snowmobiling, and watching sports. Caleb looks forward to providing non-bias agronomic information to his customers.

Joel Harrison

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Joel Harrison started with Centrol in 2014 as an intern and became a full time employee in 2018. He grew up on a farm near Morris, Minnesota.  Joel is a graduate from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in crop and weed science, and a minor in Agribusiness. In his free time Joel enjoys hunting, fishing, and basically anything else involving the outdoors. Joel says “I really enjoy having  the network reliability that Centrol offers, it provides our growers with the best possible recommendations for their farm”

Dan Haubrich

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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.

Andrew 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 Brandon, 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."

Kody Kirsh

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.

Jeff Kranz

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."