Steve Doench, Head of Sustainable Agronomy

Steve Doench

Technical Sales Agronomist

Steve Doench is a professional agronomist with over 20 years of global work experience. Steve has a B.S. in Agricultural Mechanization and a M.S. in Crop Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Steve has been a certified crop advisor (CCA) since 2001 and is also a Sustainability Specialist (SSp). Steve’s background involves being an agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, a global crop supply analyst, an agronomic advisor at Louis Dreyfus Company and the Director of Business Development at a successful agricultural technology start-up Agrible that was acquired by Nutrien.  Steve is supporting Exacto’s customers with agronomic insights to help them achieve their sustainability goals within the agricultural supply chain. 

Read Steve's blog posts:

US Crop Update – May 3, 2022

With the cool and wet weather planting has been delayed in many areas. The winter wheat has its lowest crop condition ratings in 20 years. Read to learn more about the current state of the US Crop and the forecast for May 2022.

Facing supply shortages and exponentially higher glyphosate prices in 2022, finding alternatives for spring burndown applications is becoming relevant. For no-till farms, effective burndown applications are key to a good start to the season.

Burndown Alternatives to Glyphosate

Facing supply shortages and exponentially higher glyphosate prices in 2022, finding alternatives for spring burndown applications is becoming relevant. For no-till farms, effective burndown applications are key to a good start to the season.

End of harvest

2021 US Crop Season Review

The 2021 US corn and soybean crop season saw a return to farming profitability as a bull market for agricultural commodities was established ahead of reactive land and input cost price increases by the end of the harvest. Farming is a cyclical business with lots of unknowns; the cycles seem to change faster and faster as the global economy can create surplus and shortage situations on a very short time scale.

Planning For 2022 Input Cost Increases

Planning For 2022 Input Cost Increase

Costs of crop inputs have increased sharply over the past 6 months and have set up a more challenging path to profitability for the 2022 crop season. This segment will focus on fertilizer cost increases and some ideas for managing costs without overly penalizing yield goals.