Each year SureFire Ag Systems opens their doors to summer interns, usually two to three college or high school students. This year we had the pleasure of working with three exceptional interns. They are Ryan Wolters (19 yrs. old) and Marvin Sanchez (19 yrs. old) of Atwood, KS, and Jace Shirley (21 yrs. old) of Oakley, KS. Cedric Green, facilitator of interns, has some kinds words to say about the three collectively. “All of our interns caught on quickly and we were able to accomplish many tasks this summer. It took less explaining from the engineers for them to be productive. This group of interns have a great work ethic and enjoy the “work hard, play hard” culture of SureFire Ag Systems.”
Every Fall, SureFire Ag hits the road to showcase its new products. SureFire will be at several farm shows over the next four weeks. Things start off this week with Farm Progress in Decatur, IL. Farm Progress is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show. More than 600 exhibitors will be showing off their newest designs to producers from the US and around the globe.
SureFire is highlighting several products which include:
- Sentinel ISO Liquid Row Monitor
- NEW Sentinel ISO showing live individual row data uploaded via the Fieldview platform
- NEW Sentinel NH3 Anhydrous Row Monitor
- NEW QuickDraw 3000 & QuickDraw Lite
- ChemBlade, ChemBlade ES & Caddy spray tendering products
Greg Green, Territory Manager of Western US (MT, WY, NV, UT, NM, OK, AK, HI) and Inside Sales Manager of Kansas, Missouri (West of I-49) and Eastern Nebraska (East of Highway 83), is a staple on the sales team at SureFire Ag. He’s been with the team for many years and has won the trust of the team and his customers alike.
We’ve asked Greg a few questions to help you get to know him. Here’s what he had to say:
What is your background? Vo-Tech; Electronics Technology
What is your favorite part of your job? Working with great teammates that are all willing to help you when you need it.
Favorite Food? That is a tossup between ribs and chicken wings.
What is the best advice you were ever given? Don’t ever give up.
What does service mean to you? When someone comes to you for help, that you are able to solve their problem. I’m proud when I am able to help them, but then discouraged when I can’t and that makes me want to learn more about the situation, so I can help someone the next time.
What are you most passionate about? My family come first. I always want to be there for them in whatever they are going through or doing, and support them.
Who is your favorite sports team? Football is my favorite sport, so it’s either Broncos or K-State.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? The first thing I do when I get out of bed, is to thank God for giving me another day on Earth. Then it’s off to whatever I’m wanting/trying to accomplish for that day.
We’re incredibly proud of the fact we’re all committed to creating innovative and valuable solutions for ag producers across the world and supporting our customers and friends throughout the entire process; Greg is no different. He is committed to his customers and the greater SureFire mission. Stay tuned for more SureFire Spotlights on our blog and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any sales or service needs.
John Deere has made significant upgrades in their application control systems with the new JD Rate Controller 2000 and subsequent updates to their system. This new JDRC 2000 allows for control of up to 5 liquid, anhydrous, and dry products, as well as seed rate control for air drills. In total, the JDRC 2000 can control up to 4 products to be documented, and a fifth product for independent control. Other advantages to the JDRC 2000 are the ability to control more implement sections, an easy conversion from Deere’s previous single product rate controller, and an improved user experience.
SureFire Ag application and control systems are fully compatible with the John Deere® Rate control system. We have designed and field tested all of our application systems (liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides) in order to ensure compatibility with the new JDRC 2000.
Come spend the day with SureFire Ag, the experts in complete fertilizer systems for JDRC 2000. In the first year, we have deployed more than 400 systems using this new control platform.
Join us to learn more about how this dual system can increase your or your customers’ efficiency and accuracy. This one-day training, offered on two dates, will include:
- Overview of the JDRC 2000 including SureFire’s own harnessing for this controller.
- System basics and overview.
- Advanced troubleshooting capabilities that make the JDRC 2000 one of the easiest control platforms to work with in the field.
- SureFire ISOBUS Sentinel for individual row flow monitoring directly on your John Deere display.
- SureFire’s many systems compatible with the JDRC 2000 for liquid and NH3 application.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
SureFire Ag – 4 miles North of Atwood, KS on Hwy 25. Click Here for a location. Register by contacting Dora at 785-626-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Raven Rate Control Module (RCM) is an excellent rate control platform paired with the Pro700. The Raven RCM can control up to 5 products and connects to the Pro 700 over the ISOBUS system. SureFire systems are fully compatible with the RCM and SureFire supplies everything (including the RCM) for a complete system in one shipment.
Over the past ten plus years we have established ourselves as the leaders in precision application systems. Our business strategy is to develop strategic relationships with you the dealer and become an extension of your business. There is no one size fits all solution to fertilizer application. We lead you in asking the specific questions necessary to develop a complete solution to fit your customers exact needs. From simple single product applications to more complex multiple product or variable rate systems, our goal is to delight you and your customers. When there is so much at stake it only makes sense to partner with the experts.
SureFire Ag has added a one-day training to educate dealers and customers alike on this perfect match. This training will include:
- Introduction to the Raven RCM including SureFire’s own harnessing for this controller
- RCM compatibility with Ag Leader and Trimble displays your customers may use
- SureFire systems for application of liquids, including PumpRight hydraulically driven diaphragm pumps, Tower electric pump systems, Spartan Injection pumps and more.
- SureFire ISOBUS Sentinel for row flow monitoring directly on the Pro 700
- LiquiShift System for High Speed Planters, Prescription Applications or any other application requiring wide rate ranges
Upcoming Dealer Training Date:
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
9 AM to 4 PM
SureFire Ag – 4 miles North of Atwood, KS on Hwy 25. Click Here for a location link.
Register by contacting Dora at 785-626-3670 or email@example.com.
SureFire Ag Systems will help you or your customer’s needs in fertilizer application. SureFire’s customer support is second to none; call in and talk to a real person quickly when you need help.
Can’t make this training date? No problem! Contact us, we’ll find a time that we can connect to help you or you customers better understand the unmatched power of the RCM combined with SureFire systems.
Help us welcome Levi Felzien! He is the newest member of the SureFire Ag sales team and has recently been named the Inside Sales Manager of Texas. Levi’s background is in telecommunications, an industry where he worked the better part of 15 years; his electronics background will serve him well in his role at SureFire Ag.
We asked Levi a few questions and even though he’s a man of few words, here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite part of your job?
The people I get to work with, both co-workers and customers.
Do you have any hidden talents or something no one knows about you?
I am a troubleshooter extraordinaire; I pride myself on approaching problems and issues with applied logic, it’s a specialty of mine.
What’s your favorite food?
All of the above please.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
There are always at least 2 different ways to view a situation. Never jump to conclusions.
What does service mean to you?
Prompt, fair solutions in a timely manner.
Who is your favorite sports team?
NFL – Raiders
MLB – Yankees
NCAAFB – CU Buffaloes
NCAABB – KU Jayhawks
We are excited to have Levi on the team and we are excited for the energy he will bring to the Texas region. The entire SureFire Ag team is committed to creating innovative and valuable solutions for ag producers across the world and supporting our customers and friends throughout the entire process, Levi is no different. Stay tuned for more SureFire Spotlights on our blog and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any sales or service needs.
This fall, SureFire Ag will be at three farm shows in the next four weeks. Things start off this week with Farm Progress in Decatur, IL. Farm Progress is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show. More than 600 exhibitors will be showing off their newest designs to producers from the US and around the globe. In addition to farm shows, SureFire is also spending time in the field with several producers at grower meetings across the country.
SureFire is highlighting several products which include:
- Sentinel ISO Liquid Row Monitor
- Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection
- QuickDraw Max & QuickDraw Lite
- John Deere Rate Controller 2000 – controlling 3 products
- Case IH Pro 700 with a Raven Rate Controller and Case IH ISO rate controller
- Spartan Direct Injection
- Torpedo Precision NH3
Our farm show schedule is as follows:
|August 29-31, 2017||Farm Progress||Lot 310|
|September 12 – 14, 2017||Husker Harvest Days||Lot 1032|
|September 12 – 14, 2017||Big Iron Farm Show||Lot W18- W20|
|September 19 – 21, 2017||Ohio Farm Science||Lot 361|
Join us for one (or more!) of these exciting farm shows to meet our SureFire team and see the latest in revolutionary agriculture, electronic, and fertilizer technology systems.
Every year, the entire SureFire Ag sales team takes a break from our busy schedules to spend time together – team building, planning, and reflecting in order to be the best we can be for our partners, customers, and community. This year, the SureFire Ag sales team spent a few days in the panhandle of Nebraska at the historic Fort Robinson. The goal of this retreat is to discuss what went well over the last year, as well as what we can all do to make the coming year even better.
On the first day, everyone traveled to the location at Fort Robinson and a shrimp boil was prepared by Rick Heard from Dothan, AL; something we all enjoyed! After dinner, we began the meeting by studying territory reports from each Territory Manager, detailing how the year went and places for improvement. Each Territory Manager also broke down their key accounts and what the SureFire team can do to support them in the upcoming year.
The following morning, the group finished up territory discussions and began a healthy discussion of our different product lines and what they offer. The team was updated on product updates and significant time was spent discussing the new systems and plans coming straight from the engineering team. Everyone is thrilled with what’s coming down the pipeline and we can’t wait to share it with our loyal customers.
That afternoon, we took a break from business for a bit of fun. Most of the group went tubing down the mighty White River. After tubing, the team was served peppercorn roasted beef tenderloin sandwiches by Mark Griffith, Man were they good!
In August 2017, the SureFire Ag team celebrates 10 years in business. What started as a small dream by Blaine and Erin Ginther, Josh and Lisa Wolters, and Matt Wolters has turned into a reality we’re all immensely proud of. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the loyal support of our customers, dealers, and industry partners – we thank you!
SureFire Ag began specializing in providing solutions for the control and application of liquid and dry fertilizer, seed, and chemical the SureFire way. With the support from our amazing customers, our products and services have reached customers across the United States and internationally.
We’ve expanded our offerings to include SureFire Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of SureFire Ag, to design and manufacture wiring harnesses for SureFire Ag Systems. Together, SureFire Ag and SureFire Electronics employs 36 full-time and 7 part-time employees. Blaine Ginther, Co-Founder and National Sales Manager explains why SureFire is proud to be an employee-owned company in a recent blog– which we believe is a huge benefit to our team and customers alike.
From the beginning, our core tenant has always been to find ways to help our customers farm smarter, not harder. From simple, standard, single-product liquid fertilizer application systems, to complex, custom-designed systems, SureFire Ag is committed to helping you farm the way you want. Josh Wolters, SureFire Co-Founder and General Manager, had this to say about the past 10 years:
Here at SureFire, our busy days don’t give us much time to sit back and reflect on the past 10 years. As I take a chance to look back this afternoon, there are a lot of different directions my mind can veer off in. There are great successes. I’ve met great people as co-workers, customers, vendors and other partners. There have been failures large and small along the way. Failure is never fun, but we have learned important lessons from our failures.
SureFire Ag released the Marksman, a custom fertigation and chemigation system, in 2016 with a couple of goals in mind.
First, we wanted to increase accuracy by allowing you to see how much was being applied. With the Marksman, you no longer have to draw a line on your tank, and come back in an hour to see if your tank level dropped the right amount, hoping you have applied the correct rate. Most fertigation pumps rely on a theoretical flow based on a pump stroke setting. The Marksman however is a systems approach with the same reliability SureFire is known for in the mobile application world. With the Marksman, you set it and forget it. Read more…