Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program. Ferrie applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois.
A graduate of Illinois State University, Ferrie credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ferrie had learned in books and "brought it to life." A native of northeast Iowa, Ferrie has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, maintenance manager over three elevators, coop manager and company agronomist.
Ferrie is one of only a few completely independent agronomists in the United States. He is not an employee of any agribusiness company (including Farm Journal), and he doesn't sell anything, accept any commissions or have any hidden agendas.