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Case Study: Ceres Solutions

The Problem.

Ceres Solutions is a 100% farmer owned Co-Op in Central Indiana and surrounding areas with a reputation in precision agriculture, and building their authority as a trusted advisor to their growers. In order to maintain control in their soil sampling and fertility management program, Ceres decided to move all their soil sampling in-house several years back. 

Ceres prides itself on their accuracy and adoption of precision agriculture, and made the investment several years ago to purchase Kubota RTVs and a mixture of auger probes and Wintex style probes for different soil types. They wanted to maintain the control of sampling by keeping their soil sampling in-house and providing greater accountability to their fertilizer management program. 

Unfortunately, Ceres struggled to find the part-time labor to accurately and reliably pull soil cores season after season. “We were always struggling to find part time labor. 90% of the time, the labor we found was new to soil sampling. The result was less accuracy and confidence in our soil sampling due to the inexperienced seasonal help, said Matt Clark, Ag Technology Manager at Ceres.

This gap came with a cost, since most of their sampling is done in the fall, and they were not able to find the quality help during their busy season. 


The Solution.

In order to supplement their full-time soil sampling force and rely less on seasonal workers, Ceres reached out to Rogo to handle their soil sampling in the fall 2019 season. Clark expressed “ The initial attraction to Rogo was that we were having a hard time finding part time labor. When we did find labor, we had concerns about accuracy. Rogo came in and filled that void that we have.” 


Fall of 2019 was the first major season working with an external vendor, Rogo. As a result, Ceres did not have to hire any part time employees. “We were able to manage the full time soil sampling needs and then augment the rest with Rogo. The first fall we were able to have better turnaround time in years because the supplemental labor was not the most reliable.” 


The biggest value that Rogo provides to Ceres is accuracy and reliability. “We supplement with our own full-time staff, and Rogo was able to fill that void and have quality soil sampling in the process”. The reliability has been there with Rogo and it has been a reliable source to add to our CORE Agronomics  program. “


“We’ve been using Rogo’s services for three seasons now. We have not been disappointed yet. Rogo handled 100% of our soil sampling last spring. It was one of the better spring sampling  seasons we had. We even looked for additional fields to move from fall to spring.” 


“The reliability has been there with Rogo and it has been a reliable source to add to our CORE Agronomics program.” 


The Results. 

Accountability at Each Core. 

One of the benefits of working with Rogo is a piece of mind in knowing how the fields will be sampled. “With Rogo we are given the data to the exact core. It’s proven accuracy with the data. We can turn in acres to Rogo and we know it will be done right.”

“We took a chance with Rogo, we had some initial reservations since we pride ourselves in the quality of our precision-ag program. Giving up that initial control was difficult, but Rogo has been very accurate and reliable and are able to back that up with data. The reliability has been there with Rogo and it has been a reliable source to add to our core agronomics program” . 


“Our growers have been impressed by the technology, when they attended the Knowledge events last fall. Our customers were able to walk around it (the machine), and were very attracted to that. It’s an advancement in technology that is attractive to our growers.” 


Ceres as a Trusted Advisor. 

Like many farm service providers, Ceres positions Rogo’s technology as another tool to be the trusted advisor to their growers and retain and grow their clientele. “We pride ourselves in being on the forefront of technology and this is just another tool to add to our portfolio of agronomic technology to be a trusted advisor to our growers.”

The growers that have been exposed to Rogo’s technology have been very receptive and know that by working with Ceres Solutions, they are staying at the forefront of technology. There have been some growers that have even requested specifically to have Rogo sample their fields due to the confidence in the data. 

Efficiency and Reliability

The reason Ceres keeps coming back is the labor sourcing. “We have been leery of outside labor due to the lack of control, and bad experiences with external vendors. “However, it has definitely improved our efficiency. We were even able to get caught up in the Spring and go out and shifted some fall acres to spring since we were ahead of schedule.”



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