The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 22, 2012

Thomas crop adviser receives state honor

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Rodney Wilson, Wheeler Brothers Grain Co., was honored as 2012 Oklahoma Certified Crop Adviser of the Year at the Oklahoma Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) annual meeting at Oklahoma State University on Dec. 11.

This award was based on 16 years of crop advising experience. Wilson was recognized as a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is innovative, is a leader in his field and has contributed to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry, according to award presenters.

Wilson consults for farmer-growers in the Thomas area. He scouts about 45,000 acres of wheat, 15,000 acres of canola, 15,000 acres of summer crops and 10,000 acres of improved grass.

Wilson is instrumental in putting out nitrogen-rich strips for customers and was instrumental in starting grid sampling and verbal-rate-application of lime and fertilizer for Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. He also started the company’s infrared photo imaging of crops.

Wilson is active in educating farmers on best management practices. He holds many grower meetings for his customers to educate them on new products he feels will benefit them in their farming program, along with training for Wheeler Brothers Grain certified crop advisers and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry’s continuing education program.

Wilson is a commercial pilot who volunteers many hours of time to the Angel Flight program taking people to hospitals for different treatments. He also does volunteer work at the Thomas annual fly-in and air show and is a guest speaker for students at Thomas-Fay schools.

The award was sponsored by Bayer CropScience, Helena Chemical Company, Monsanto, Oklahoma Genetics Inc., Okla-homa Soybean Board, Syngenta, Wheeler Brothers Grain and Winfield Solutions.

The Oklahoma Certified Crop Adviser program was formed in 1992 to validate the credentials of professional crop advisers by establishing standards for knowledge, experience, ethics and continuing education. To obtain this certification, an individual must pass international and state CCA exams, work as a crop adviser and provide documentation of professional competence. As a CCA an individual must sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics. This means always focusing on grower profitability while optimizing and protecting natural resources.

To maintain certification, an individual must earn 40 hours of approved continuing education units every two years. Topics include nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, crop management and professional development. Research scientists at land grant universities provide much of this cutting-edge training.

Michael Marlow, of Mason City, Iowa, was recognized as a 20-year member of the Oklahoma CCA program. Oklahomans with 20 years of CCA membership are: Francis Beling, of Edmond; Michael Johnson, of Edmond; Pam Worrell, of Eldorado; L.J. McCray, of Manchester; and Kim Metcalf, of Nash.

Also recognized were those individuals achieving certification in 2012: Robert E. Dietrick, of Tyrone; Robert Steven Anderson, of Greenfield; and Matthew Wayne Rieckhoff, of Coweta.

The Certified Crop Adviser Program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy in Madison, Wis. Since 1992, only 13,500 individuals in the U.S. and Canada have earned and maintained their CCA designation. Oklahomans hold 88 of these certifications.