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Servi-Tech in the News

Good afternoon!

Pete Kruse, Servi-Tech’s director of operations, was quoted in a story in the Dodge City Daily Globe this week.

Here’s the story!

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Amarillo Lab takes part in 24 Hours in the Canyon

Servi-Tech teamed up with a local flower shop in Amarillo and participated in 24 Hours in the Canyon, the only simultaneous road and mountain bike event in the country.

24 Hours in the Canyon is sponsored by Harrington Cancer Center, a non-profit cancer treatment center in Amarillo. All of funds raised goes to patient treatment. Harrington gives away millions in free treatment every year.

  • It is held in Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US.
  • There are over 650 entries competing in 6, 12 and 24 hour races as individuals or teams as well as non-competitive teams.
  • Servi-Tech paired up with a local Flower Shop, Budding Art and owner, Kerry Smith, who was in their third year of participating.
  • Budding Art/MP² raised just over $10,000 and placed second in fundraising.
  • Budding Art/MP² also had 30 participating entries earning an award for the largest team.

For more information:

24 Hours in the Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon


Team members:
Servi-Tech Crew
Brian Cappilla
Mary Crist
Sarah Crist (Mary’s daughter)
Jordan Hurd
Shane Moore
Ashleigh Richeson
Casey Walden
Brianna Wacura
Todd Whatley


Budding Art Crew
Kerry Smith
Chris Bruckner
Brian Edwards
Vaavia Edwards
Bryson Edwards
Bo Edwards
Billy Emert
Blake Milam
Mark Smith
Troy Vaughn
Betsy Weaver
Walt Weaver
Cody Aduddell
Jeff Wieck
Cole Camp

Mobile App Available for TheProfiler

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?

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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.

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Google Play (for Android devices)

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App Store (for iPhones and iPads)


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For more information about STEPS or TheProfiler, go to or contact our office at 1-800-557-7509.

A special thanks to our partners for helping to make the planet more productive: Servi-TechAgSense, McCrometer, and MP2.

Servi-Tech in the News

Good afternoon!

Servi-Tech has a couple of mentions in the current issue of Ag Professional magazine.

Here’s a PDF of the stories.

And here are the photos:

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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.

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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.

Finally, some rain

Good afternoon!

We’ve been blessed with several rain showers in recent weeks at Servi-Tech’s headquarters in Dodge City, Kan.


Last night, the heavens opened and dropped almost 3.5 inches in the Dodge City area. (Photo courtesy Servi-Tech’s Director of Operations Pete Kruse)

The National Weather Service in Dodge City said on its Facebook page that Dodge City’s precipitation is .29″ above normal for the year. The weather service has measured more than 15 inches of rain this year in Dodge; we’ve received 6.78 inches of rain in August alone.

This is a big deal to people who live in southwest Kansas (and Nebraska, Colorado, and other states) because of the drought that has lasted for years. The U.S. Drought Monitor has much of western Kansas listed in exceptional drought (it’s updated every Thursday, so this information is from last week).

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A flooded field that one of our Kansas agronomists checks.

We’re thankful for whatever moisture we get – although it’s kind of weird to see photos of flash flooding in western Kansas.

Here are some links to weather stories in our region:

From The Garden City Telegram (Kansas): Recent rainfall across state shatters records, could ease drought (Aug. 12, 2013)

From (Nebraska): Rain, hail impacts Broken Bow (Aug. 12, 2013)

From The Grand Island Independent (Nebraska): Rain helps crops, but cool weather slowing development (Aug. 12, 2013)

From The Garden City Telegram (Kansas): Cleanup in progress after Wednesday torrent (Aug. 2, 2013)

Kansas cuts 25th billionth bushel of wheat

Good morning!

Here’s a great story from The Hutchinson News (in Hutchinson, Kan):

The 25th billionth bushel of wheat in a century of Kansas wheat production was harvested earlier this month.

Farmer Mike Brown ceremoniously caught grain in a bushel basket on his farm near Colby to mark the achievement, as his son Tanner unloaded the combine into a grain cart.

Kansas Wheat reported the 25th billionth bushel cut last week. According to the association, 25 billion bushels equals more than 1 trillion commercial loaves of bread.

While an amazing feat, it’s not surprising considering Kansas’ rich history as the nation’s breadbasket, producing nearly one-fifth of all the wheat grown in the United States.

Read the rest here.

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Wheat is cut near Dodge City in southwest Kansas in June.

3i Show

Good afternoon!

We wanted to let everyone know that we’re at the 3i Show in Dodge City, Kan. this week.

If you’re around, stop by the Servi-Tech booth, which is booth 160 inside. Come get rain gauges, calculators, and  key chains! We also have TheProfiler set up, and we’re ready to answer any questions about it.

We’re also ready to talk about our purpose, which is making the planet more productive (MP2). Come see us if you want to know more!

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Brent Schinstock and Fred Vocasek at the 3i Show in Dodge City.