Louis Named 2017 Top Crop Adviser

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Louis Named 2017 Top Crop Adviser

CHICAGO — David Louis, from New Athens in St. Clair county, received the 2017 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec. 2-5. 

The Certified Crop Adviser Award is designed to increase awareness that farmers and their crop advisers strive to make economically and environmentally sound cropping decisions. 

Louis, who has nearly 45 years of experience as a crop adviser, works with farmers through St. Clair Service Company in Belleville, servicing 75,000 acres across St. Clair County. As a certified crop adviser, Louis provides advisory services for farmers growing corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and vegetable crops by scouting fields and recommending fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides tailored for each farm.  

“David’s knowledge is not drawn just from his four decades of experience,” said St. Libory farmer Chris Otten in his nomination for Louis. “He continually searches for new ideas through formal training, networking and an enthusiasm for personal research.” 

To help farmers maintain both environmental stewardship and profitability, Louis leads a popular annual meeting with farmers, crop specialists and seed and fertilizer representatives to discuss current challenges, issues and solutions in production agriculture.

“David is always there when you need him,” Otten said. “He has demonstrated a commitment to work with all growers, customers and non-customers. He continually follows up with us to see what we liked and didn’t like, and he’s always eager to pass along new ideas when he thinks it will help our bottom line.” 

Louis volunteers his time with St. Clair County’s Ag in the Classroom program, teaching students about plants and weeds in the test plots he manages. Most recently, Louis volunteered his time and his own family farm as a site for the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Foundation’s Barnyard Golf fundraiser, constructing one of nine unique miniature golf holes, hosting more than 150 golfers and helping the foundation raise more than $7,000. 

As the state’s top crop adviser winner, Louis’ name has been submitted for the international award by the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Board and the Illinois Farm Bureau. 

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