The Farmers Co-op Elevator agronomy team has been honing their precision ag knowledge and investing in new tools and equipment to bring the best ag practices to your farm. Contact our agronomists to put their knowledge and our equipment to work for you.
  Rich Botcher • 507-450-4088 • botcher.r@fce.coop
Rich works jointly with customers to maximize production and profits on every acre. He has been with FCE since 1994 and works out of Houston.   He started bagging feed in high school, drove a feed truck, worked in the mill, and was an applicator before becoming an agronomist. What Rich likes about his job at FCE is that every day is a different challenge — weed pressure, bugs, nutrient deficiencies, compaction, and spring challenges showing up later in the season. Rich says he will only promote what he thinks will bring a customer value and a good return on investment.  He encourages farmers to embrace technology and risk management to help manage volatile commodity prices.
 Erik Dahl  

Erik Dahl • 507-429-5407 • dahl.e@fce.coop
Erik Dahl joined FCE’s Spring Grove agronomy team in June 2016. He really enjoys his job of helping farmers solve their day to day problems and grow the best crop they can. Erik focuses on scouting fields, providing producers with weekly scouting reports that include a plant health update, weed update, overall field condition report, and alternatives if action is needed. AlthoughErik grew up in Bloomington, he knew from a young age he wanted to work in agriculture. Frequent visits and summers working on his family’s farm in Houston County’s Yucatan Valley had sold him on farming and led him to get a bachelor’s degree in agriculture systems technologies from South Dakota State University with a minor in ag business. While in college he worked at Centrol Crop Consulting. He renovated a barn where he lives with his four-year-old yellow lab, Ellie. He’s proud to be living on the farm that has been in his family for six generations. When he’s not busy with work, Erik likes to hunt, fish, ride dirt bikes and rangers.

Dan Miller   Dan Miller • 507-327-9877 • miller.d@fce.coop
Dan joined the FCE agronomy team in 2013 and works out of Rushford. Dan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in ag business and minors in crop science and farm management. He grew up on a small family farm in Mapleton, Minn., and enjoys fishing, spending time with his niece and nephew, and helping on the farm. Dan encourages farmers to prepare for the future by embracing the technological advances today that will increase yield and help them stay profitable. With seed and inputs price volatility farmers need to protect themselves from risk. Smaller farms need to differentiate themselves and concentrate on doing a quality job on the acres they have.