AJ pushes the envelope in agronomic and field research – identifying new and unique ways to maximize crop yields. His intense in-field observations, combined with his focus on “why” practices or approaches, provide benefit growers through innovative ideas with practical delivery. AJ completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Crop and Weed Sciences and has worked in several technical roles in the crop protection industry. Most recently, he worked with high yield growers across the U.S., while also providing initial research and data for “ultra” early planted soybeans in conjunction with a high management system approach. AJ remains involved in his family farming operation in East Central Illinois and enjoys bringing his inquisitive research concepts back home.