New members join the Bailey sales team
Bailey Nurseries, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with operations in Oregon, Washington, Illinois and Georgia, recently announced the addition of three new members to its sales team, according to a news release. Mike Hoban joins as territory sales representative, and Tiffany Koester and Deanna Suzor both will work as inside sales representatives.
Hoban, who will work with customers in the New England area, has previous experience within consumer goods companies and the wholesale nursery industry. “His experiences provide exciting growth opportunities for both Bailey and our customers,” said James Kuon, Bailey Nurseries sales manager. “With his fresh approach, we are looking forward to providing our customers with quality Bailey plants and outstanding customer service.”
Koester joined Bailey over 10 years ago and will work with customers in southern Wisconsin and the Midwest. “Tiffany’s knowledge that she has gained from working in container inventory, paired with her attention to detail, which is second to none, will be a tremendous resource to the sales team as well as to her customers,” said Tiffany Nohl, inside sales manager.
Suzor will provide support to customers in New England, New York and Ontario, Canada. She holds a degree in environmental horticulture. “I have always admired the beautiful, high-quality plants from Bailey and am thrilled at the opportunity to work for such a highly regarded company in the industry,” said Suzor. “I look forward to developing my relationships with the team and customers.”
For more information, go to: baileynurseries.com.
Ceres, Soiltech partner on water management tech
Ceres Imaging recently announced a long-term partnership with Soiltech Wireless, according to a news release. Under the agreement, Soiltech Wireless will deliver technology for the Ceres platform to deliver unique water optimization and irrigation insights to customers.
“We are excited to partner with Ceres to continue to build a powerful suite of imagery solutions to help customers cover more ground, make the most of resources and focus time and attention where it is most needed,” said Ehsan Soltan, CEO of Soiltech Wireless. “Similarly, our team at Soiltech Wireless has repeatedly demonstrated that farmer success is the keystone to unlocking economic value throughout the agricultural supply chain and enabling the enhancement of economic drivers from seed to shelf. We are proud to be teamed with Ceres to deliver value for growers.”
Powered by high-resolution aerial imagery and advanced analytics, the Ceres platform is built to optimize irrigation strategies and improve crop health.
“The integration with Soiltech Wireless will help improve the grower experience, increase sustainability and help protect farm profits,” said Ashwin Madgavkar, founder at Ceres Imaging.
Gonçalves joins University of California extension team
New advisor Clebson Gonçalves has joined the University of California Cooperative Extension team and is in the process of assuming responsibility for horticultural research and extension in the state’s Lake and Mendocino counties, according to a notice from retiring extension advisor Rachel Elkins. Gonçalves began work on July 1 and has been learning about the agriculture industry, meeting growers and assisting with research trial harvests in the Kelseyville area and in Hopland.
Elkins will continue to work through the spring and will then transition to full emeritus status. She will continue to work with local pear and walnut growers, work on statewide pear matters and assist Gonçalves and Cindy Kron, integrated pest management advisor, as needed.
For more information, go to: celake.ucanr.edu.
Sym-Agro names new Southeast sales manager
Sym-Agro recently announced Dominique Depaz joined the company as Southeast sales manager, according to a news release. Depaz will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s biopesticide products as well as expanding and stewarding the Sym-Agro product line through distribution partners.
Depaz has over 18 years of experience in the Florida agriculture market, as a grower and manufacturer’s representative. He brings new supplier and grower relationships, and a deep understanding of the Florida and Southeastern markets.
“We’re excited to add Dominque to our sales team. His extensive experience with the full spectrum of biopesticide crop protection products, and technical expertise, makes him an ideal choice to represent Sym-Agro in these markets,” said Peter Bierma, president and CEO. “Dominque fills a much-needed role in our organization to expand into the Eastern markets to further growth and provide local service for our product line. We are grateful to have a person of his caliber join our organization.”
For more information, go to: sym-agro.com.
GUSS releases autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer
GUSS Automation recently announced the release of its cutting-edge autonomous herbicide sprayer, according to a news release. Herbicide GUSS removes the driver from the tractor to save labor and eliminate exposure to the chemicals being sprayed. A single operator can monitor any combination of up to eight GUSS, mini GUSS and Herbicide GUSS sprayers from a single location.
“Our growers have been asking for an autonomous herbicide machine,” said Gary Thompson, chief operating officer at GUSS Automation. “We took that concept to the next level by implementing weed detection technology to give the grower a machine that provides immense value. Lower chemical usage helps the grower reduce costs and is a benefit to the environment.”
Herbicide GUSS is 23.5 feet long, 6.5 feet tall and ranges from 8.3 to 19 feet wide depending on the boom extension. The hydraulically controlled, height-adjustable booms accommodate 18- to 22-foot row spacing and tilt for varying berm sizes. The breakaway booms prevent damage to trees and crops. This autonomous herbicide sprayer is designed to decrease labor and material costs while increasing efficiency, precision and safety for growers worldwide.
For more information, go to: GUSSag.com.
Vive Crop Protection expands sales team
Vive Crop Protection recently announced the additions of four new agricultural professionals to its U.S. sales team, according to a news release. They include: Meggie Gilbert, key account manager; Sarah Savage, Southeast sales manager; Jeremy Watts, Delta regional sales manager; and Victoria Marsh, Western technical sales agronomist.
Gilbert has worked in the crop protection industry for 14 years with Syngenta, BASF, Simplot and Blue Diamond Growers. Savage, based in Florida, comes from Always Fresh Farms, where she worked as a sales associate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Watts, based in Mississippi, has worked in the agriculture industry for 17 years and has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural information science. Marsh comes from Tessenderlo Kerley, where she worked as a regional agronomist. She has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and crop science and master’s in soil science.
For more information, go to: vivecrop.com.