Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is pleased to announce the addition of 49 acres to the NCRS. This brings us to 580 tillable acres on 12 farms. Look for more information soon on this new demonstration farm.
North Central Research Station Staff
Tim Brussel, Stephanie Zelinko, Dr. Brian Levene, Tim Duckert, Doug Summer, Ron Davis, Dr. Jerry Wilhm, Phil Dush, Dan Janzen
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers owns and operates a 580 acre research facility
Eight full time staff to prove the performance of our uniquely developed plant nutrition. With scientifically designed replicated plots on a wide range of row crops, fruits, vegetables and trees the North Central Research Station helps answer questions and develops sound recommendations for our products.
Dr. Jerry Wilhm, Senior Research Manager
Jerry joined ACLF in 1992 and started the Research Department at that time. He started the North Central Research Station with Mr. Cook and Mr. Bancroft in 1994 with 30 acres, and has overseen its growth since that time. He also coordinates off-site and contract research. While overseeing the entire Research Department, Jerry works primarily with field crops. He grew up in Oklahoma and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University. He worked in the ag-chemical industry prior to joining LIQUID.
Stephanie Zelinko, Field Agronomy Research Manager
Stephanie started in the spring of 2000 after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Crop and Soil Sciences. Growing up on a cash crop farm in Central Michigan, she has been in agriculture her entire life. Stephanie and husband Ryan also farm in Central Michigan using Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. She focuses on field crop research and data management at the NCRS.
Dr. Brian Levene, Specialty Crop Research Manager
Started in the spring of 2006 to head up specialty crop research for the company. Dr. Brian grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and received his PhD from Iowa State University in 1995. He has had many experiences in the ag industry before coming to Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. His research efforts includes fruits, vegetables, as well as perennials and other specialty crops.
Tim Duckert, Field Agronomy Research Manager
Tim started at the North Central Research Station in March 2012. He comes with many years of experience in field research and an extensive background in large scale farming. Tim has a Crop Production certificate and a bachelors’ degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.
Phil Dush, NCRS Supervisor
Started in 2003 assisting with the daily activities at the North Central Research Station. His past experiences working in local ag business has been an asset to the research operation. Phil also farms part time with his brother, using Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.
Dan Janzen, Agronomy Supervisor
Dan started in March 2011. He grew up on a very diversified fruit/vegetable/cash crop farm in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, received a Bachelor’s in Horticulture and a Masters in Agronomy & Soil Science from Oregon State University. Dan has had many work experiences in agriculture including MSU Agriculture Agent, and consulting in fruit production. He will be assisting the research team.
Tim Brussel, NCRS Assistant
Tim joined the North Central Research Station staff in the spring of 2010 working with Dr. Levene on specialty crop research.
Ron Davis, NCRS Fabrication Assistant
Started in the spring of 2010 to assist with the fabrication operations of the North Central Research Station. Ron will also assist with field work at the NCRS.
Robb Stratton, NCRS Mechanic Assistant
Robb started in the fall 2012 as a mechanic at the NCRS. He is responsible for maintaining equipment at the research station and assisting with field work.
Jeff Brown, NCRS Assistant
Jeff began with AgroLiquid as in intern in the summer of 2011. After graduating from Michigan State University with his Bachelor's degree in Crop and Soil Sciences he worked as an agronomist on a mint farm in Central Michigan. In January of 2013 he started full time at the North Central Research Station where he will help with plot development and daily activities at the station.