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GrowNextGen industry leader

Kelsie Heath

Precision Solutions Specialist at Sunrise Cooperative

Kelsie knows a lot about: grains, soybeans, farm data, soil science

Kelsie Heath is a precision solutions specialist, working with agricultural technology and customers’ planting, fertilizing, and harvest data. She manages the soil sampling orders and crews. Soil sampling is important for the farmers to have done every 3-4 years. That data is used to create variable rate fertilizer recommendations and follow all the 4R guidelines. She also works with harvest data to create a variable rate seeding prescription for the farmers, lowering seed cost and raising yields. She is willing to help teachers by providing background information for lesson content.

What is the benefit of collaboration between industry and education?

Connecting the two allows students to see all the opportunities. Students will gain real-life experiences and knowledge about the industry. It also will provide teachers with knowledge to educate the students.

What do teachers and students need to know about your industry?

We need to make sure we have all the resources to produce enough crops not only for America, but for the world. It all starts with the farmers: if they aren’t having a good growing crop then competition will be greater in other countries. As the world population is growing we need to get creative on how to maximize yields for the farmer. Working in an export facility, it is important to see and understand that as the big picture.

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