Wilgenbusch at home in Southwest Iowa
Dean Adkins - Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:14:01 CDT
(Malvern)---So often we hear of young people who grow up in KMAland but look forward to moving to another area of the country when the opportunity arises after high school or college. Not so with Ryan Wilgenbusch of Glenwood. As a matter of fact, he's a young person who chose to come to southwest Iowa after college graduation.
Wilgenbusch, originally from Victor, Iowa in the eastern part of the state, now makes his home in Glenwood and is employed as Operations Manager with Dupont Pioneer at Hill Crest Sales just north of Malvern. Ryan and his wife, Melanie, have twin girls, Jadyn and Jordyn. Ryan is the son of Loras "Duke" and Susan Wilgenbusch. Ryan's dad is a retired veterinarian.
As for how Ryan and Melanie got together, well fate was definitely with the young couple as they originally met by chance on an airplane and literally got acquainted at 30,000 feet! Melanie works for the American Heart Association.
A graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in agronomy, Ryan has really put his degree to the test in a drought year like this as numerous questions have been coming in from customers and prospective customers about decisions that need to be made because of the dry, hot weather of 2012.
In some areas Ryan says spring tillage passes actually hurt overall yields whereas in some years yields have been enhanced by tillage. Areas of bottom ground, with usually more dependable high-yielding soil performed more poorly in some areas because of the intense heat and dry conditions as opposed to hill ground which was able to receive more air flow and thus, performed better in some spots.
Working with owner Denny Schroeder, Ryan has learned that a person in his position now finds himself in a year-round job as seed/crop plans are made more on a local basis, 365 days- a year, farm-to-farm, with the intent to advance products on a more local level.
When not focusing on his career Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, running, and because he was an avid 4Her growing up, he is very involved as a board member of the Mills County Fair.
If you'd like to visit with Ryan give him a call at 712-624-8522.