Did you know there’s a mobile app you can download for your phone and tablet that lets you view information from TheProfiler in your field?
Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services (STEPS) has been hard at work to put the latest technology into your hands.
This mobile app provides real-time access to soil moisture information that enables agronomists, producers and soil moisture managers to make better use of water through timely irrigation decisions.
The latest version of the app, version 2.5.3, displays the Plant Available Water (PAW) as part of the device overview. The PAW is the water content difference between field capacity and permanent wilting point of your soil at any given depth.
For more information about STEPS or TheProfiler, go to stepspro.com or contact our office at 1-800-557-7509.
Many employees at Servi-Tech are members of local and national professional organizations. Regardless of what the organization is, the purpose of professional development is the same – to enhance the skills that you have while gaining new ones in the process.
This is a blog post from Monica Springer, communications specialist with MP2 Communications (the communications division of Servi-Tech).
I joined the Kansas Professional Communicators group last year, but I’m just now becoming active in it. I became an appointed member of KPC, and I’ll be in charge of quarterly newsletters.
There are university professors in this group, assistants, people who work in marketing and public relations, journalists, and a whole slew of other professionals in the group.
I went to the KPC spring conference earlier this month in Hutchinson. The conference was at the Cosmosphere (I love that place!). At the conference I heard several speakers talk about our profession and saw how hard we all work when awards were given out at the end of the night.
The speakers included Kristen Roderick, mobile and social media editor at The Hutchinson News; Ray Hemman, public information director for the Hutch school district; Rachel Groene, the brand director at Greteman Group in Wichita; and Lori Bower, who owns BowerComm Marketing Communications.
I wanted to share some random notes from the speakers.
- Direct mail still works, because you can’t segregate the 40, 50 or 60-year-old who still picks up the mail, doesn’t own an iPad and who still reads a printed version of the newspaper.
- Print newspapers are going to be around for a while. (Monica’s note: Hooray!)
- Every company needs a social media policy in place.
- I don’t know what Snapchat and Vine are, but I want to play with these things because people keep talking about them.
- The two first place awards that we won, for Servi-Tech’s social media and for The Servi-Tech Cultivator, will advance onto the national competition, which is held in South Carolina in the fall. Kansas Professional Communicators is the local organization of the national organization, which is called the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).
Random other notes and quotes:
- Somebody recommended reading “The Shallows – What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas Carr. I’ll add it to my reading list.
- “Snow days are when the superintendent cannot make a right decision.”
- “People are talking about it, so we might as well join in on the conversation.”
- “Anything you do represents the company you work for.”
- “Facebook just became baby book.”
- “It’s nearly impossible to communicate anything to anyone.”
- “It’s scary for people to commit.”
Here’s a press release about the event, with the awards that MP2 Communications took home:
Winners in the 2014 Kansas Professional Communicators contest were announced today during the organization’s annual spring conference.
North Dakota Professional Communicators judged 90 entries, with 37 entries receiving first-place honors and advancing to the National Federation of Press Women communications contest. Winners in the national contest will be awarded at the national conference Sept. 4 to 6, 2014, in Greenville, S.C.
Based on number of awards, including three first-place finishes, Amy DeVault, assistant professor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, was recognized as the 2014 Sweepstakes Winner.
The state awards were distributed following a day full of education, skill development and interaction with communication professionals in the Hutchinson area.
For more information about KPC, visit www.kansasprofessionalcommunicators.org.
For more information about NFPW, visit www.nfpw.org.
Awards that MP2 Communications received:
Social media campaign/Corporate or for-profit
Newsletters/Corporate or for-profit
“The Servi-Tech Cultivator”
Videos for website/Nonprofit, government or educational
Writing for the Web
Blogs/Corporate or for-profit
Here is a full list of contest winners: Contest Winners
We’re testing out our new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). We’ve taken it on a few test flights on our property at our Dodge City, Kan., office. So far, nice!
Servi-Tech is exploring opportunities with the UAV in the realms of communication as well as aerial photography.
Here’s what the UAV looks like:
Here’s some video of the UAV in the air.
And here’s what the camera on the UAV captures while it’s in the air.
So far, we think it’s pretty cool.
Monday morning, Fred Vocasek, senior lab agronomist, spoke to students in social studies classes in Bucklin (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) about his visit to the Ukraine. Rob Scott is their teacher. The 6th grade class has World History as a topic and had been studying the history of Eastern Europe, including the Ukraine.
The temperature in Bucklin, Kansas. was 36°F and the temperature in Kiyv, Ukraine, was 50°. This is a reversal from “normal”, because Kiyv, Ukraine, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, are on the same northern latitude.
Servi-Tech has a couple of mentions in the current issue of Ag Professional magazine.
And here are the photos:
Caption: Panel and roundtable discussions dominated the annual meeting schedule. Talking to the crowd during the “Precision Ag Implementation in Your Business” consultant panel are (left to right) John Payne, Servi-Tech, Inc., Ransom, Kan.; Blaine Viator, Ph.D., Calvin Viator & Associates, Labadieville, La.; and Matt Weller, Centrol Inc., Marshall, Minn.
Caption: The new president of NAICC, Gary Coukell, stands between the two Crop Consultants of the Year – Tim Moline, left, and Andrew Vrbka- during the presentation of awards in New Orleans.
Jolene Brauer, Customer Service Rep at the Dodge City Lab, participated in a mission trip with her church, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Dodge City, from Dec. 1-11, 2013.
The purpose of this trip was to learn more about a missionary her church supports financially and with prayers. Julie Olson Smude, founder of Deeper Still Ministries, has been in Thailand for 10 years teaching English as a foreign language while bringing people to Christ Jesus.
“We saw first hand the love and dedication Julie has for the Thai people and to Christ,” said Jolene.
Deeper Still Ministries works with Thai Christian college students to conduct outreaches to “unreached people groups.” The ministry and the students go to village hill tribes to do the outreaches in very remote areas. They may do soccer or English outreaches while using the Bible for many of the lessons.
This particular outreach was a Christmas celebration outreach. “We did crafts, games, and lessons with school age children that emphasized Bible lessons and how much Jesus Christ loves us. We went to three villages- two were schools and the third a church. This church was built by the Nazarene Church some years ago and while there are a few Christians in the village, the Thai college students put together this village’s first Christmas service. There was the gospel, singing, and testimonies. There were two highlights of this outreach at the church. First, a young woman dedicated her life to Christ while we were present and second, our American team sang ‘Joy to the World’ with a group of Thai speaking and Lahu speaking Thai during a candlelight service on top of a jungle mountain on the Thai/Myanmar(Burma) border. What a feeling of JOY!”
Thailand is located in southeast Asia, is 12 hours ahead of Kansas, has a population of approximately 67 million, and by most estimates 95 percent Buddhist and 1 percent Christian.
According to Jolene, “The people were respectful, the food was great, the language difficult, and Christ was glorified! It was a very amazing trip.”