CENTROL STAFF

Staff


Bryan Smith, Manager

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Bryan Smith is the manager of Centrol Crop Consulting. He grew up on a farm near Chandler, MN and began working for 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 (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). 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.”

Bryan Smith

Josh Brusven, Operations Manager/Consultant

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Josh Brusven began working with Centrol in 2006 as a scout and became a full-time employee in May of 2010. He was born in Olivia, MN and grew up in Hanley Falls, MN. Josh received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Southwest Minnesota State University and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Josh and his wife, Nicole, have 2 children and reside near Wood Lake, MN. He enjoys hunting, fishing, grilling, and playing softball in his spare time.

“I believe that being with the Centrol organization is of great value because I can help my growers get the best yields they can and give them an unbiased opinion. I also believe that having the ability to network with other consultants helps us to understand the industry better and give our growers the best advice possible.”

Josh Brusven

Ashley Wendorff, Accountant

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Ashley Wendorff started working at Centrol in August of 2019.  She grew up in Tracy, MN and 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 2 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, Human Resources/Payroll

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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 (CPA) and 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 2 sons, Brayden and Braxden. She also has 2 older stepsons, Jordan and Tyler. Her family is very important to her and she enjoys spending quality time with them doing various activities.

Lori Crowley, Office Manager

lcrowley@centrol.com

Lori Crowley started working for Centrol in August of 2021. She grew up in Minneota, MN and has a degree in Graphics/Computer Art and a Dental assisting degree. Prior to Centrol, Lori worked in different office roles in the business world and most recently the FSA office. Lori and her husband, Andy, live on a farm near Ghent, MN with their 4 children. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, playing volleyball, golfing, ice fishing and attending her kids activities.

Precision Ag


Ben Prusa, Director of Precision Ag Technology

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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 2 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.

“Developing new programs and finding ways to maximize Precision Ag uses for growers is both a challenging and rewarding career.”

Ben Prusa

Jeremy Labat, Precision Ag Supervisor

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Jeremy Labat started for Centrol in 2012 as an intern, became a full-time employee as a technician in 2014, and is now the Precision Ag Supervisor. He is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University where he met his wife, Maria. They live in Cottonwood, MN with their 2 sons. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and taking in sporting events.

“From working as a consultant technician and now in the Precision Ag Department, I have seen the value we bring to each grower firsthand. We have so many resources at our disposal, and it is so wonderful to be apart of a company that is a growing leader in the industry.”

Jeremy Labat

Anthony Bossuyt, Precision Ag Specialist

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Anthony interned for Centrol for 2 summers, was then hired full-time as a technician, and in 2018, switched roles to a Precision Ag Specialist. He grew up on a farm near Cottonwood, MN and received an Associate’s degree from Mitchell Technical College in Precision Ag Technology. Anthony lives in Cottonwood, MN and enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends in his spare time.

“I enjoy 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.”

Anthony Bossuyt

Environmental Services


Ian Olson, Environmental Services Manager

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Ian Olson started working with Centrol in 2013. He grew up near Granite Falls, MN and 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, where he worked primarily on wildlife and agricultural conservation programs. Ian is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Ian and his wife, Kendall, live in Marshall, MN with their 2 children. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, playing softball, watching Nebraska Cornhusker football, and spending time with family.

“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 apart of a fast paced company with an extensive network of knowledge is very exciting.”

Ian Olson

Jay Murphy, Environmental Services Specialist

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Jay Murphy started working for Centrol in May of 2015. He grew up in Adrian, MN and received an 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 2 children. In his spare time, Jay enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. 

“I enjoy the opportunity to work with the progressive and knowledgeable staff that Centrol offers to supply superior, unbiased agronomic decisions to its clients.”

Jay Murphy

Ben Trochlil, Environmental Services Specialist

btrochlil@centrol.com

Ben Trochlil started working for 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 2 years as a District Technician at the Renville County SWCD, where he worked with the county feedlot program as well as several conservation programs. Ben and his wife, Susan, live in Redwood Falls, MN. 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. 

Austin Domeier, Environmental Services Specialist

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Austin Domeier started working with Centrol in June of 2022. He grew up in Appleton, MN. Austin has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Environmental Science from Southwest Minnesota State University as well as a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences with a Natural Resource Management Specialization from South Dakota State University. Prior to Centrol, he worked as a conservation intern at Lac qui Parle County SWCD where he helped with the native seeding program. In his spare time, Austin enjoys bow hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

“I’m excited to work with the experienced agronomic staff at Centrol and have the opportunity to provide unbiased recommendations to producers to meet their operation goals while maximizing their efficiency and profitability.”

Austin Domeier

Brooke Buysse, Environmental Services Admin

bbuysse@centrol.com

Brooke Buysse began working for Centrol in 2020. She grew up on a small dairy farm in Lakefield, MN and attended Southwest Minnesota State University where she played volleyball and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Prior to working for Centrol, she worked with feedlots and conservation programs at the county level and she is also a Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS) Inspector. Brooke and her husband, Nathan, live on a farm outside of Ghent, MN with their 2 children. When not working, Brooke can be found spending time with family, riding horse, visiting friends or traveling.

Engineering


Elliot De Jongh, Senior Agricultural Engineer

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Elliot De Jongh is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and Technical Service Provider (TSP). Raised on a farm near Pipestone, MN, Elliot obtained degrees in Environmental Science from Dordt College and Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Centrol in 2017, he worked for 10 years 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 five kids, and working on classic cars.

“I enjoy working at Centrol because it allows me to work directly with producers to help solve regulatory issues and to engineer facilities to maximize their potential.”

Elliot De Jongh

Brent Louwagie, Agricultural/Civil Engineer

blouwagie@centrol.com

Brent Louwagie is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. He grew up on a farm near Clarkfield, MN and attended North Dakota State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining Centrol, Brent spent 2 years working as a technician, with various experiences in construction materials testing, surveying, and assisting engineers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico and Texas. Brent and his wife, Shelbie, live on a farm near Minneota, MN. 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.

“I enjoy making engineering recommendations to family farm producers that are sustainable and profitable for today’s regulations that can be passed on to future generations.”

Brent Louwagie

Jarrett Louwagie, Agricultural/Civil Engineer Trainee

jlouwagie@centrol.com

Jarrett Louwagie is an engineer in training working towards getting his professional engineering license. He grew up on a farm near Clarkfield, MN and attended North Dakota State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining Centrol, Jarrett spent 4 years working as a technician, with various experiences in construction materials testing, surveying, and assisting engineers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jarrett lives in Cottonwood, MN and enjoys helping on the family farm, spending time with his family and doing outside activities in his spare time.

“I enjoy working with family farm producers to help create and bring life to their vision for the future.”

Jarrett Louwagie

CROP insurance


Brian Velde, Regional Manager & Crop Insurance Agent

bvelde@centrol.com

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 and 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 Cottonwood Co-op Oil Co. for 5 years. In his free time, he enjoys playing softball, golfing, farming, hunting and spending time with friends. He currently lives near Hanley Falls with his wife, Heather, and their 2 children.

“I’m honored to work for Centrol Crop Consulting. I enjoy working with the farmers and helping them make the best management decisions to become the most profitable. Independence is nice because it allows us to make the best possible recommendation.”

Brian Velde

Matt Weller, Consultant & Crop Insurance Agent

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Matt Weller has been with Centrol since 2004. He grew up on a dairy farm outside of Brooten, MN. 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 (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Matt and his wife, MacKenzie, live near Marshall, MN with their 4 kids – Klayton, Brenden, Emry and Ava. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, golfing and outdoor activities.

“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.”

Matt Weller

Consultants


Ken Franzky, Agronomy Services Manager & Consultant

kfranzky@centrol.com

Ken Franzky joined Centrol in July of 2015. Prior to joining Centrol, Ken worked for 21 years in the agriculture industry with some time in ag retail and the majority spent 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 North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. He is a proud alumni of the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). 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!

“Centrol’s broad based and diverse agricultural knowledge, vast networking capabilities, commitment to excellence, and intense, unbiased focus are a few areas that attracted me to join the Centrol team.”

Ken Franzky

Rick Ancel, Consultant

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Rick Ancel started with Centrol in December of 2020. He grew up in Savage, MN. Rick has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Agricultural Industries and Marketing and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Agronomy through Iowa State. Rick and his wife, Kaitlin, live in Elko New Market, MN. In his spare time, Rick enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and any outdoor activities.

“I really enjoy the team aspect that Centrol provides. We all work together to ensure our producers are getting the most unbiased and best recommendations available, while providing an agronomic knowledge base that is unmatched.”

Rick Ancel

Kevin Banken, Consultant

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Kevin Banken started with Centrol in April of 1997. He grew up in Appleton, MN on a small family farm. Kevin is a South Dakota State University graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Masters degree in Agronomy/Plant Science. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), a Technical Service Provider (TSP), and a Certified Nutrient Management Planner in South Dakota. He and his wife, Leanne, live in Brookings, SD. 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, and new challenges. But most of all, I enjoy working closely with growers to help them grow and succeed.”

Kevin Banken

Adam Deppe, Consultant

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Adam Deppe started with Centrol in December of 2015. He grew up in a small town south of Des Moines, IA, called Martensdale. After earning an Associate’s degree in Ag Business from Iowa Lakes Community College, he attended South Dakota State University and 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.”

Adam Deppe

Matt Eich, Consultant

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Matt Eich started with Centrol in 2008. He was born in Rapid City, SD and grew up in Eagan, MN. Matt received his B.S. in Agronomy and a minor in Pest Management from South Dakota State University in 1999. He has been a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) since 2001. Matt and his wife, Beth, have 3 children. He enjoys woodworking and hunting in his spare time. 

“I enjoy having the ability to help growers become more profitable and efficient in their operations. I believe that the greatest value of being with Centrol is that we have 40+ consultants to call on and the professionalism of the group.”

Matt Eich

Dusty Escher, Consultant

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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 Ortonville, MN. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and any outdoor sports.

“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.”

Dusty Escher

Brad Farrell, Consultant

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Brad Farrell started with Centrol in January of 2021 as a consultant in the Garretson, SD area. He grew up in northwest Iowa and graduated from SDSU with an Agronomy degree in 2011. He started his career as a sales agronomist in Garretson after internships with Extension, Rivers Edge Coop in Flandreau SD, and SDSU Plant Science. He lives with his family in Garretson, and enjoys reading, kayaking, golfing, or riding motorcycle in his spare time.

“I appreciate the network of knowledgeable staff at Centrol and enjoy working with clients to improve profitability and bring solutions to their operations.”

Brad Farrell

Jessie Fischer, Consultant

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Jessie Fischer started with Centrol in September of 2019. Jessie grew up in Wakonda, SD. She graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in Agricultural Business, Agronomy, and Animal Science. Jessie lives in Wakonda, SD with her 3 children and enjoys hunting, spending time with her family and coaching her kids’ sports.

“I enjoy getting to be side-by-side with farmers to help them grow their profit margins. Being able to give unbiased recommendations to growers and working outside all summer long are just a few reasons why I love working for Centrol.”

Jessie Fischer

Jason Fussy, Consultant

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Jason Fussy has been working with Centrol since 1998. He grew up in Royalton, MN. Jason is a North Dakota State University alumnus and holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences. He and his wife, Sadie, live near Willmar, MN and have 3 children. In his free time, Jason enjoys golfing, hunting, yard work, landscaping and spending time with his family.

“I enjoy bringing my knowledge in the form of unbiased information to benefit my clients and a diverse experience with Precision Ag. I value working with my clients, the Centrol network, and working in the great outdoors.”

Jason Fussy

Alex Genereux, Consultant

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Alex Genereux started with Centrol in 2015. He grew up Crookston, MN. Alex holds a B.S. in Agronomy with a minor in Ag Business from the University of Minnesota Crookston and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Alex lives in the Elbow Lake area with his wife, Mikayla, and their daughter. In Alex’s free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake.

“I like 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.”

Alex Genereux

Edward Gruenes, Consultant

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Edward Gruenes started with Centrol in 2002. He grew up on a family farm near Eden Valley, MN. 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 (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Ed and his wife, Sarah, have 2 children. Ed enjoys hunting, fishing and following professional sports in his free time.

“I value the chance to be outdoors, 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.”

Edward Gruenes

Justin Hamann, Consultant

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Justin Hamann interned as a summer scout from 2012-2014 in different locations throughout eastern South Dakota before joining Centrol full-time 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 in Brookings, SD with their son. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time. 

“I enjoy 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.”

Justin Hamann

Caleb Hanson, Consultant

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Caleb Hanson started with Centrol as a crop scout in 2011 before joining Centrol full-time as a consultant. He grew up in Raymond, MN, and graduated in May of 2014 from University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Business and a Crops minor. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Caleb lives in Raymond, MN with his wife, Kimberly. He enjoys water skiing, snowmobiling, and watching sports.

Joel Harrison, Consultant

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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, MN and graduated 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.

“I really enjoy having the network reliability that Centrol offers, it provides our growers with the best possible recommendations for their farm.”

Joel Harrison

Dan Haubrich, Consultant

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Dan Haubrich started with Centrol in the fall of 2011. He grew up on his family farm near Danube, MN. Dan graduated from South Dakota State University 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 2.5 years to further his knowledge in the ag sector before coming back to Minnesota to join the Centrol team. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and was named the 2021 NAICC Consultant of the Year. Dan lives near Renville, MN with his wife, Abby, and their son. Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle and spending time with family and friends. 

“I hold certification as a Crop Advisor and merit working with producers for the profitability of their operation, along with fellow consultant networking.”

Dan Haubrich

Andy Karssen, Consultant

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Andy Karssen has been with Centrol since 2004. He grew up in Chandler, MN. 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 also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). He and his wife, Katie, live near Brandon, SD and have 3 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.”

Andy Karssen

Kody Kirsh, Consultant

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Kody Kirsh started working for Centrol as a scout in 2012 before joining Centrol full-time as a crop consultant. He grew up on a farm near Milroy, MN and currently lives in Tracy, MN with his wife, Jamie, and their daughter. 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.

“I enjoy working with my clients to give them unbiased recommendations to increase their return on investment.”

Kody Kirsh

Jeff Kranz, Consultant

jkranz@centrol.com

Jeff Kranz has been with Centrol since 1996. He grew up in Kranzburg, SD and graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Agronomy. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and values the trust and respect that he has earned with the producers he works with. Jeff and his wife, Vicky, have 4 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.”

Jeff Kranz

Parker Kretsch, Consultant

pkretsch@centrol.com

Parker started with Centrol in February of 2018 as a crop consultant in South Dakota. He graduated from SDSU in Brookings, SD with a degree in Ag Systems Technology in December of 2015 and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Parker lives in Aurora, SD with his wife, Heidi, and their son. In his spare time, Parker enjoys hunting, fishing, anything outdoors and socializing with friends and family.

“This team is second to none when it comes to agronomic knowledge and experience in the agriculture industry. Having the vast network of consultants, precision ag specialists, and regulatory specialists available for support is one of my favorite aspects of the job.”

Parker Kretsch

Derek LeClair, Consultant

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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 also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Before joining Centrol, he worked as a sales agronomist at an agronomy retail location. Derek and his wife, Jolene, live in Alexandria, MN with their daughter, Mattea. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, softball and golf.

“I appreciate the knowledge of my fellow Centrol consultants and the ability to network between one another. I also value the opportunity to work directly with growers, giving them unbiased opinions to help them maximize their productivity and I feel that my success is based on the success of the growers.”

Derek LeClair

Travis Longhenry, Consultant

tlonghenry@centrol.com

Travis Longhenry started with Centrol in 2021. He grew up on small farm by Porter, MN and graduated high school in Canby, MN. Travis is a graduate of SDSU where he obtained a major in Agronomy and minor in Ag Business. Travis and his wife, Chelsea, met at SDSU and have 2 beautiful daughters, Saylor and Halston. His family resides in Marshall, MN. Travis enjoys spending time with family, hunting, smoking meats, being outdoors and farming with his dad. 

“I enjoy being able to get to work with and know each of my customers and help them to make the best and most informed decisions possible for their operations. I love being able to build relationships without having it being tied to a purchase of a product. Centrol has something that very few businesses can say they have, truly unbiased agronomists and information. So much information today comes with a “slant” that always benefits the person presenting the info, and Centrol doesn’t have to pass on, or believe in the hype until it has proven itself. If something doesn’t provide positive ROI to our customers, we don’t have to recommend it, we actually have a duty NOT to and the opposite holds true as well.”

Travis Longhenry

Kevin Louwagie, Consultant

klouwagie@centrol.com

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 B.S. in General Agriculture and minored in Crop and Weed Sciences. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a member of the NAICC. Kevin and his wife, Kalli, live near Cottonwood, MN, with their daughter. In Kevin’s free time, he enjoy hunting, riding motorcycle and doing carpentry work.

“I 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.”

Kevin Louwagie

Chad Luze, Consultant

cluze@centrol.com

Chad Luze began working with Centrol in 2002. Chad graduated from South Dakota State University in December of 2001 with a B.S. in Agronomy and a minor in Ag Business. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Chad lives in Redwood Falls, MN with his 3 children. Chad enjoys sports, spending time with his family and any outdoor activity. 

“I value working and interacting with my clients to help them optimize profits and efficiency. I also appreciate being able to work outdoors and welcome the challenges that I face on a day-to-day basis.”

Chad Luze

Austin Magnuson, Consultant

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Austin Magnuson started with Centrol in 2005. He grew up on a farm near Sunburg, MN. 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 (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Austin and his wife, Joanna, live near Benson, MN with their 5 children. In his free time, Austin enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, downhill-skiing, water-skiing, racing, softball, basketball and golf.

“I value the fact that no corporate politics dictate what products we recommend. We only recommend what is best for the farmer. I also enjoy the people that I work with, both clients and colleagues, and I value the Centrol network, as it helps everyone keep up with the industry and one another.”

Austin Magnuson

Mark Moeller, Consultant

mmoeller@centrol.com

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 (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). He and his wife, Tammy, have 3 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.

“I enjoy working with some of the best producers in the area. I believe that each day presents a different set of challenges and this keeps me on my toes. I also enjoy that as a consultant, I get 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.”

Mark Moeller

Tim Moline, Consultant

tmoline@centrol.com

Tim Moline began working with Centrol in 2000. He grew up on a farm near Slayton, MN. 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 (CCA), a Technical Service Provider (TSP) and a member of the NAICC and CPCC-I . Tim and his wife, Erin, live in Marshall, MN with their 2 children. He enjoys hunting, fishing and shooting skeet and sporting clays. 

“I value providing producers with my knowledge and experience, and find their successes are my own. The independent advice we bring producers is of high importance. We are in business for the producer, if he is successful, we are.”

Tim Moline

Karl Nesse, Consultant

knesse@centrol.com

Karl Nesse started with Centrol in August of 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. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Karl lives near Brownton, MN with his wife, Whitney, and their 5 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 consultants’ years of experience and hands-on agronomy.”

Karl Nesse

Ross Olson, Consultant Trainee

rolson@centrol.com

Ross Olson started working for Centrol as crop scout in the summer of 2020 and joined Centrol full-time in May of 2022 as a consultant trainee. He grew up on a farm near Madison, MN and resides in Madison today. Ross has a Bachelor’s degree in Precision Ag and minors in Agronomy and Ag Business from South Dakota State University. In his free time, Ross enjoys waterfowl hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

“I appreciate having the ability to work independently and providing unbiased information to the farmer. The network of people at Centrol is also a great part of the job. I value the fact that we aren’t trying to sell a product. We are simply giving our agronomic knowledge to the farmer to make his or her operation successful.”

Ross Olson

Dave Opsahl, Consultant

dopsahl@centrol.com

Dave Opsahl started with Centrol in 1995. He grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN and graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. Dave and his wife, Melissa, live near Detroit Lakes with their children. In his free time, he enjoys snowmobiling and hunting.

“I like the flexibility of my job and being able to work outdoors. I also enjoy working with growers for success. I think what sets our business apart from the rest is our independent recommendations and decisions.”

Dave Opsahl

Jake Otto, Consultant

jotto@centrol.com

Jake grew up on his family farm near Lucan, MN. Jake started working with Centrol in 2018 as an intern, before being hired full-time in May of 2020. Jake graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Jake and his wife, Gabby, live in Slayton, MN. He loves pretty much anything outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and golfing.

“I enjoy working with Centrol because of the great network of coworkers who are willing to help you whenever it is needed.”

Jake Otto

Matt Otto, Consultant

motto@centrol.com

Matt started with Centrol in 2015 as an intern for 3 summers before becoming a full-time employee in 2018. Matt grew up on his family farm near Lucan, MN. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Agronomy. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Matt and his wife, Ashley, live in Walnut Grove, MN. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, sports and spending time with family and friends.

“Working at Centrol has given me the chance to expand my knowledge on agriculture and help growers maximize their profitability on the farm with unbiased agronomic recommendations.”

Matt Otto

Mike Peeters, Consultant

mpeeters@centrol.com

Mike Peeters started with Centrol in 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 2 girls and 1 boy together, and reside near Menahga. In Mike’s free time, he enjoys farming, hunting and fishing with family and friends. 

“My favorite part about my job is 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.”

Mike Peeters

Nick Pieske, Consultant

npieske@centrol.com

Nick Pieske began working with Centrol in 2005. He grew up on a farm north of Slayton, MN. 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 as well as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Nick and his wife, Jill, live in Hadley, MN with their 3 children. Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, riding motorcycle, camping, insect collecting and flying in his free time.

“I value 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.”

Nick Pieske

Steven Rohlik, Consultant

srohlik@centrol.com

Steven Rohlik interned with Centrol for 3 summers before being hired full-time in May of 2015. Steven grew up on a farm near Wabasso, MN. He graduated from Wabasso High School and then went on to receive his B.S. in Agronomy with an emphasis in Crop Management at Southwest Minnesota State University. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Steven and his wife, Kayla, live in Lucan, MN with their daughter. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything sports related in his free time. 

“I enjoy having the opportunity to provide unbiased information to my growers and continuing to expand my agronomic knowledge.”

Steven Rohlik

Matt Salentiny, Consultant

msalentiny@centrol.com

Matt Salentiny started with Centrol in 2010. He grew up on a farm near Dundee, MN. Matt is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy and is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Matt and his wife, Jayne, live near Tyler, MN with their 2 children. He enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, fishing and working on the farm in his spare time. 

“I enjoy the one-on-one interaction between producers and the challenges of each growing year. I feel that as an unbiased consultant at Centrol, I take pride in our excellent network and the broad services that we offer all farming operations.”

Matt Salentiny

Clint Schindler, Consultant

cschindler@centrol.com

Clint Schindler started with Centrol as a summer scout in 2008 and then joined Centrol full-time as a consultant in May 2011. Clint grew up in Lake Benton, MN and graduated from 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 2 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. I believe that Centrol is set apart from the rest due to our unbiased stance and sole purpose to maximize grower profitability with solid, agronomic information.”

Clint Schindler

Jake Schwendemann, Consultant

jschwendemann@centrol.com

Jake Schwendemann started with Centrol in 2015 as a sampler/scout and became a full-time employee in 2018. He grew up on the family farm near DeGraff, MN and graduated from Benson High School in 2013. He attended North Dakota State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Crop and Weed Science in 2017. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Jake and his wife, Brittney, live in Benson, MN with their son, Jaxon. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family at the lake.

“Working for Centrol Crop Consulting allows me to work with growers to increase their profits and better their entire operation.”

Jake Schwendemann

Jake Sharkey, Consultant

jsharkey@centrol.com

Jake Sharkey began working with Centrol in the fall of 2012 and worked as a scout/soil sampling intern for 4 seasons, before being hired on as a technician in the spring of 2016. Then in the fall of 2017, Jake became a consultant. Jake grew up on a grain farm west of Hanley Falls, MN and graduated from Yellow Medicine East High School. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. Degree in General Agriculture and a minor in Crop and Weed Sciences. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Jake and his wife, Kayla, live near Granite Falls, MN. In his free time, Jake enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, riding four-wheeler and working around the farm.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to expand my agronomic knowledge and to have the ability to work right with farmers on their operations all while providing unbiased information to help improve their business.”

Jake Sharkey

Cory Skauge, Consultant

cskauge@centrol.com

Cory Skauge started with Centrol in 2010 as a summer scout for 3 summers, before joining Centrol as a full-time consultant in November of 2017. Cory grew up in the Barnesville, MN area and graduated from Barnesville High School in 2008. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Cory and his wife, Christa, live in Hartford, SD with their 2 children. In Cory’s free time, he enjoys spending time with family and doing outdoor activities like bowhunting, snowmobiling and ice-fishing.

“The best part about my job is representing each grower and having their best interest in mind while caring for each acre, which is a rewarding feeling. By making sound economic decisions, we have the ability to maximize profits, which will have a long-term impact. Centrol has a big network of agronomists with vast experience, which is a great value.”

Cory Skauge

Spencer Smith, Consultant Trainee

ssmith@centrol.com

Spencer Smith started with Centrol in 2017 as a scout/soil sampling intern for 4 seasons, before being hired full-time as a consultant trainee in May of 2021. He grew up in Balaton, MN and graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy and a minor in Precision Agriculture. Spencer lives in Marshall, MN and enjoys hunting, fishing, sports and spending time with family and friends.

“Centrol has many consultants with different backgrounds in many fields allowing us to work together to provide the best recommendations on each farm.”

Spencer Smith

Randy Vancura, Consultant

rvancura@centrol.com

Randy Vancura started with Centrol in 1992. He grew up in Lakefield, MN. Randy is a University of Minnesota-St. Paul alumnus and holds a B.S. in Agronomy. He also earned an Associate’s degree in Diversified Ag Science from the University of Minnesota-Waseca. Randy is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Technical Service Provider (TSP). He and his wife, Shawna, have 4 children. You can find Randy woodworking, collecting mini-tractors and restoring mini-tractors in his free time.

“I value working side-by-side with producers to find solutions to the challenges that come with production agriculture. I believe that my success comes from the success of my 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.”

Randy Vancura

Griffin Vlietstra, Consultant

gvlietstra@centrol.com

Griffin Vlietstra started with Centrol in 1997. He grew up in Orange City, IA. 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, is a Technical Service Provider (TSP), and a Certified Nutrient Management Planner. Griffin and his wife, Summer, have 3 children. He enjoys camping, golfing, outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

 “I enjoy providing unbiased advice to increase profits for my clients. I value working with my clients to achieve success.”

Griffin Vlietstra

Shane Weller, Consultant

sweller@centrol.com

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 and Weed Science and Agribusiness. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Shane and his wife, Heidi, live in Glenwood, MN with their 2 children. In his free time, Shane enjoys hunting, fishing, and helping on the family dairy farm. 

“I enjoy working at Centrol because it gives me the opportunity to provide farmers with unbiased agronomic advice with the sole purpose of increasing their profit. Centrol has a network of 40+ consultants that work together to provide the best possible recommendations for each farm.”

Shane Weller

Jeremy Wermers, Consultant

jwermers@centrol.com

Jeremy Wermers started as a full-time consultant in August of 2019. Jeremy grew up on a farm near Dimock, SD and graduated from Parkston High School in 2006. Jeremy then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Business, with a minor in Ag Marketing from South Dakota State University. Jeremy and his wife, Brandi, live in Parkston, SD with their 2 children – Braxton and Bristyl. In Jeremy’s free time, he enjoys being around family and friends, but also the farm, whether it is working with the crops and ground or doing something with the cattle or pigs. Jeremy and his wife own 2, 2,400-head swine nursery facilities located around the Dimock area, along with around 30 head of cattle. Taking his boy Braxton to the farm and letting him drive the side by side and tractors has really been a big joy of his, because that was the way he was brought up. 

“The best part about my job is being able to have a group of knowledgeable guys to bounce ideas and questions around. Having that in my back pocket allows me to become a very well-rounded consultant. Being able to take that experience and incorporating it into helping farmers care for their crops, land, and profitability is a rewarding feeling at the end of the day.”

Jeremy Wermers

Brent Werven, Consultant

bwerven@centrol.com

Brent Werven started with Centrol in 1991. He grew up in Cavalier, ND. Brent attended North Dakota State University and holds a B.S. in Soil Science and is a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Brent and his wife, Chris, have 2 children. He enjoys outdoor activities, target shooting, pheasant hunting, camping and spending time with his children. 

“I work with a great group of farmers who make my 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.”

Brent Werven

Technicians


Cole Arceneau, Technician

Cole Arceneau grew up on his family dairy farm near Elrosa, MN. He graduated from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School in 2015. Cole interned with Centrol from 2016 to 2018 as a sampler/scout before being hired full-time as a technician in May of 2019. Cole graduated from North Dakota State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Crop and Weed Science. Cole lives in Greenwald, MN and enjoys hunting, fishing and helping do anything that needs to be done on the farm in his free time.

Adam Becker, Technician

Adam Becker began working with Centrol in the winter of 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 3 years working in ag retail. Although he didn’t grow up on a farm, he spent over 6 years employed on a dairy farm through college. Adam and his wife, Ashley, have one child and currently reside near Freeport, MN. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and spending time with his family. 

Ruslan “RJ” Dykema, Technician

RJ began working with Centrol in 2017 as a summer soil sampler/crop scout before being hired full-time as a technician for Derek LeClair in May of 2022. He grew up in the Osakis, MN area and enjoyed his summer experiences with Centrol so much that he decided to pursue a career in agronomy. He received his Bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in the Crop and Weed Science program in 2020. RJ also has experience on the retail side of the industry, working at co-op’s as well. In his spare time, he enjoys all the summer outdoor activities – everything from fishing, to biking or golfing.

Dylan Johnson, Technician

Dylan Johnson worked for Centrol as a soil sampler in the summers of 2016 and 2018 before joining Centrol full-time as a technician for Jason Fussy in August of 2018. He grew up on a farm near Clarkfield, MN and graduated from South Dakota State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Systems Technology. Dylan and his wife, Kelly, live in Clara City, MN. In his free time, Dylan enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Jacob Louwagie, Technician

Jacob grew up on a farm outside of Cottonwood, MN. After graduating from Lakeview in 2013, he attended South Dakota State University where he obtained a B.S. in Agricultural Business and minors in Marketing and Ag Marketing. After graduating in 2016, he worked for Cottonwood Co-op Oil Company until the winter of 2019, when he was hired as a technician under Kevin Louwagie. Jacob also works in the mapping center in the fall. Jacob spends his winters working on planters with his dad, who is a Precision Planting Dealer. Jacob and his wife, Kailey, live on a farm outside of Green Valley, MN with their son. In his free time, he enjoys farming, hunting and spending time with family and friends.

Nathan Seehafer, Technician

Nathan Seehafer began working for Centrol in May 2021 as a seasonal soil sampler and joined Centrol full-time as a technician for Travis Longhenry in May of 2022. He grew up in Winthrop, MN and graduated from SMSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. Nathan lives in Marshall, MN and loves hunting ducks and geese in his free time. He also enjoys both ice fishing and summer fishing or anything he can do outdoors.

Nick Siemonsma, Technician

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 he also helps his dad farm. During his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports along with working on the farm.

Zach Stricherz, Technician

Coming soon!

Cordell “CJ” Windschitl, Technician

CJ Windschitl started working with Centrol in 2019 as a technician for Chad Luze, before switching areas and becoming Randy Vancura’s technician in 2022. CJ grew up on a small farm south of Sleepy Eye, MN where his love of agriculture began. After high school he attained a degree in Agribusiness from South Central College and a degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 2016. Before starting with Centrol, CJ had worked in the research and retail portions of the ag industry and he is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). CJ and his wife, Kally, live in Trimont, MN. In his free time, CJ enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and doing anything outdoors.

Jon Wyffels, Technician

Jon Wyffels started working for Centrol in May of 2018 as a soil sampler for 2 seasons and then as a crop scout for 2 seasons before joining Centrol full-time in May of 2022 as a technician for Chad Luze. He grew up on a farm north of Minneota and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from SMSU in the spring of 2022. Jon has 3 older brothers and enjoys farming, hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake with friends and family.