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I grew up locally in Butler County, graduated from Aplington-Parkersburg High School, then attended Hawkeye Community College before continuing my education at Iowa State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Horticulture.
I have over 20 years of professional experience in landscape and turfgrass management and came to Hawkeye with extensive "real-world" experience from various segments of the industry such as:
I've been teaching in the Landscape and Turf Management program at Hawkeye since 2015. My teaching style includes hands-on learning activities whenever possible, highlighting the fundamentals of a subject and explaining the “why” behind each topic, and encouraging the consideration of innovative new practices being experimented with in the industry. I enjoy making connections with each student, discussing their individual career goals, advising on employment/internship opportunities, and helping them gain confidence in their earned knowledge and technical skills.
The industry as a whole is becoming more and more technological.
The adoption of GPS and GIS enabled equipment and tools is increasing rapidly. GPS enabled sprayers and spreaders ensure products are applied as accurately as possible while saving money and protecting natural resources.
Autonomous (driverless) mowers have moved past the concept stage and can now be found on athletic fields, golf courses, and even residential properties. Even the task of painting and repainting the lines on athletic fields can be done with robotic controlled equipment ensuring consistency and saving on labor and materials.
Cloud-based systems that are available to track and manage a long list of agronomic metrics, including but not limited to: