About Crop-Tech Consulting

Crop-Tech Consulting’s focus is integrating a systems approach to farming. In addition to soil testing and recommendations, Crop-Tech Consulting offers services pertaining to yield mapping, variable rating, insect and disease monitoring, bug clinics, thermal imagery and technical support for most of the top brands of both equipment and software.

Crop-Tech also helps farmers with seedbed, residue, and manure Management. Crop-Tech Consulting conducts over 150 test plots every year and works in conjunction with Farm Journal to gather research data on the industry’s equipment, practices, and technology.

Crop-Tech Agronomists travel around the country giving presentations on how to implement a systems approach as well as sharing their knowledge in Farm Journal articles and on Corn College TV.

Crop-Tech Consulting Staff

In 1991 Ken, with his wife Jeanenne, started Crop-Tech Consulting in Heyworth, IL. As an independent consultant Ken works with farmer clients and fertilizer dealers providing agronomic services and directions.

Ken is a native of Cresco, Iowa and grew up working on his family farm, tending hogs, cattle and a dairy herd. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and agricultural business from Illinois State University. He also holds an associate degree in agricultural business from Ellsworth Community College. Much of his leading-edge agronomic training was received as an apprentice under Dr. Everett Dennis, private agronomist from Manhattan, KS.

Jeanenne is a native of Ridgeway, IA and grew up on her family farm milking cows. Jeanenne has an accounting degree from Hamilton Business College and is the office manager for Crop-Tech.

Ken and Jeanenne have four children. Isaac, Katie, and Zach work at Crop-Tech Consulting full time. Chelsea is an Iowa State University graduate that works on special projects for Crop-Tech.

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Isaac Ferrie

Director of Research, Agronomist

Isaac is a Certified Crop Adviser and the GIS Project Manager, he graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville earning a Bachelors Degree in Geography, specializing in Geographic Information Systems. Isaac also received a Master of Professional Studies from Northeastern University in Geographic Information Technology. He has been working “hands on” since 2003 helping to coordinate and implement many of the test plots that CTC has a hand in each year. Isaac, his wife Abbi, and their three children live in Heyworth. In his free time Isaac enjoys hunting and fishing.

Katie Ferrie

Director of Operations

Katie is a graduate of Quincy University with a degree in Community Relations and a Masters in Business Administration. Katie came on full time in 2010 to manage office logistics and events. She has become the Director of Operations and has taken over managing the soil testing and office aspects of the business. Katie has a passion for education and helps Crop-Tech further their educational outreach.

Zachary Ferrie

Director of IT

Zachary is a graduate of Illinois State University, with a degree in Computer Systems and Technology and a minor in Agriculture. He joined Crop-Tech Consulting Inc. full time after graduating Illinois State University in 2016, and has taken charge of the Technology and Web Operations. Zachary enjoys both fishing and golfing when not working.

Kevin Mohrman

Field Operations Manager

Kevin is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Agriculture. He has been with Crop-Tech Consulting since 1994 and has been the operations manager for over 20 years overseeing soil testing and taking an active part in writing recommendations. Kevin grew up on a farm in Quincy, Illinois and has been married to his wife for 30 years and they have two children. Kevin and his wife currently reside in Normal and he is a trustee of the Heartland Community Church.

Thomas Zerebny

Soil Health and Soil Testing Specialist

Thomas is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in Geography and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and joined the Crop-Tech staff in 2009. Thomas is very passionate about soil and weather and handles a large portion of the weather data management and soil health collection for CTC. Thomas also plays a large role in the mapping segment of CTC. Thomas originates from the Rockford area and enjoys out-fishing everyone at the office.

Nicholas Sherman

GIS Specialist

Nicholas is a graduate of Illinois State University, where he majored in Traditional Geography. Within the geography discipline he prefers to focus on geospatial statistics and GIS applications. He relocated to the central Illinois area from a small town in rural Southern Illinois.

Miles McDevitt

GIS and Soil Testing Specialist

Miles is originally from Sullivan, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a degree in Geography. He lives in LeRoy, Illinois, with his wife Holly, son Mason, and two dogs, Lexi and Hemi. In his free time, he enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting.

Mike Carl

Maintenance Manager

Mike Carl joined the Crop-Tech Staff in 2016. Mike has lived in Heyworth all his life and grew up farming with his dad and grandpa. He graduated from Heyworth schools in 1981 and has worked at Carter Distribution Center (North of Heyworth) and worked 27 years at Mitsubishi Motors in Normal Illinois before coming to work at Crop-Tech. Mike is the Facility Manager at Crop-Tech, keeping all buildings, grounds, and vehicles in good working condition. Mike’s hobbies include: playing pool, working on computers, and being outdoors.

Matthew Duesterhaus

Research Agronomist

Matt is from Mendon, IL and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelors in Agronomy. When not working at Crop-Tech Matt spends his time as a partner on his family farm.

Eli Sloneker

Research Lead

Eli is from Danvers, Illinois. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Outside of the office he enjoys hunting, fishing, as well as following both football and baseball.

Crop-Tech Consulting Interns

Jade Allen

GIS Intern

Jade is a senior at Illinois State University studying Geography with a minor in environmental studies. She is originally from Springfield, IL. At school, she is the Vice President of the Geography club, where she enjoys traveling, hiking, and volunteering opportunities. This summer, she is pursuing an advanced scuba diving certification.

Jared Bergan

Field Intern

Jared is currently attending Iowa State University majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in agronomy. Jared grew up on a hobby farm in Ridgeway, a small town in Northeast Iowa. When not working at Crop-Tech, Jared works on the farm with his father Bergie and uncle Alan. In his free-time, he enjoys canoeing/kayaking/cow tanking down the Upper Iowa River with a cold drink in his hand. Also, he enjoys listening to the weekly “Boots in the Field Report” from Ken Ferrie.

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Skip Riddle

Field Intern

Skip Riddle is from Downs, Illinois and will be attending Illinois State University this fall where he will be studying Crop and Soil Science. Skip also enjoys working with his uncle on his family farm and spending time with his friends and family.

Matt Gilmore

Field Intern

Matt Gilmore grew up in a small town outside of Bloomington IL, in Downs. He is a sophomore at Parkland College in Champaign, IL studying Ag Business. Some of his favorite things to do are riding dirt bikes and working with cattle.