Nutrient Management Planning Experts

Expertise to serve your needs

Scott Fleming, Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management Specialist and Soil Sampling CoordinatorScott Fleming, CCA, TSP

Nutrient Management Specialist and Soil Sampling Director
Hailing from Elkhorn, Wis., Scott Fleming first sprouted his love of agriculture while working on a small beef and pulling horse farm in high school. Along with custom baling service work, this experience nurtured his desire to seek a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil and Land Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. An internship with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) further solidified his decision to pursue a career in the soil and land conservation field, after graduating in 2004. Fleming’s vast field knowledge draws from previous roles in the agriculture retail industry, applying fertilizer and pesticides, sampling soil and tissues and nutrient management planning (NMP), which he still performs today. He joined the Rock River Laboratory team in 2008, specializing in site-specific soil sampling (grid sampling) and VRT applications. Read More He and his family raise Berkshire hogs and grow cash crops, in addition to his role as the official Rock River Laboratory pig roaster. When he isn’t reviewing farms for plans or soil sampling, Fleming can be found restoring antique tractors, fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. 

Scott can be reached at: scott_fleming@rockriverlab.com

Matt Luther, CCA, TSPMatt Luther, Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management Specialist

Nutrient Management Specialist
Growing up in Colby, Wis., Matt Luther sprouted his experience in agriculture at a young age through work on a local, small dairy farm, where he worked from grade school through his college years. Luther followed his agriculture roots and passions to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1995. After several years gaining vast field experience as a crop production specialist for various cooperatives, Luther joined Rock River Laboratory as a Nutrient Management Specialist in 2006. Luther is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) with special proficiency in USDA programs and county ordinances, crop diagnostics, soil test recommendations, crop budgets, pesticide and fertilizer recommendations, and inventory management - Read More offering customers added value and expert insights for their Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs). When he isn’t on-farm reviewing operations for conservation planning, Matt can be found spending time with his family, running, fishing, and cooking. 

Matt can be reached at: matt_luther@rockriverlab.com

Jen Walton, Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management SpecialistJen Walton, CCA, TSP

Nutrient Management Specialist
Jen Walton grew up helping on her family’s beef farm outside of Hastings, Minn. Her passion for the agriculture industry spurred her on to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2000.  She has previous work experience at the Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership as the Program Coordinator, as well as holding Precision Ag Coordinator and Agronomist positions with an agriculture retailer before joining the Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) team in 2010. Jen is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Certified Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planner (CNMP), and certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) with experience in GPS soil sampling, variable rate fertilizer recommendations, and GPS equipment, including planting and yield monitors, guidance, and clutch and boom control. Read More Walton’s interest in new technology, including software, apps, and gadgets drives her to continuous improvement of work and life management.  When she isn’t busy reviewing farm operations to develop Nutrient Management Plans, Walton enjoys the outdoors, walking, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, riding motorcycle, and spending time with her family. 

Jen can be reached at: jen_walton@rockriverlab.com

Josh Noble, CCAJosh Noble, Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management Specialist

Nutrient Management Specialist
Growing up on his family’s beef and swine farm near Platteville, Wis., Josh Noble was immersed in agriculture at a young age. After attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, where he earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Agronomy in 2000, Noble went on to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. There he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 2004. Throughout his pursuit of higher education, Noble took on agriculture internships, focusing on custom harvesting, research, and agronomic retail, further solidifying his career path. After gaining experience in agronomy sales and Nutrient Management Planning, and earning his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) accreditation, Noble joined Rock River Laboratory as a Nutrient Management Specialist in 2018. When he isn’t writing plans, you can find Josh spending time with his family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, gardening, and helping run his family’s no-till grain farm.
 

Josh can be reached at: josh_noble@rockriverlab.com

Gus Parkhurst, Rock River Laboratory Nutrient Management and Soil Sampling SpecialistGus Parkhurst

Nutrient Management and Soil Sampling Specialist
Born and raised near Loganville, Wis., Gus Parkhurst discovered his enjoyment of agriculture early in life while helping and working on family friends’ farms. After years of milking cows and managing day to day operations on a dairy farm, Parkhurst went on to pursue a degree in natural resource management and soil science at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. Before graduating, Parkhurst traveled abroad to Kenya, Africa as part of permaculture design certification course and worked on various farm types from industrial coffee production in the tropics to family and community subsistence farms in the semi-arid regions of the county. In his current role at Rock River Laboratory, Parkhurst specializes in writing 590 standard nutrient management plans READ MORE in addition to site-specific soil sampling (grid sampling) and plant tissue sampling. When he isn’t writing or out in the field, you can find Gus hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or enjoying any other outdoor Wisconsin activity!


Gus can be reached at: gus_parkhurst@rockriverlab.com


Zach SutterZach Sutter, Nutrient Management and Soil Sampling Specialist

Nutrient Management and Soil Sampling Specialist
Growing up near Luxemburg, Wis., Zach Sutter was submersed in agriculture while spending many summers helping on his uncle’s farm. As the son of a University of Wisconsin Extension Agent and farm trainer at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Sutter’s time as a youth at the county fair and in farm meetings and tours proved to guide his future career. After earning his Bachelor of the Arts degree in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sutter pursued further paralegal training at Madison Area Technical College. While there, he had an internship at the DNR where he learned about the permitting process for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, which captured his interest in Nutrient Management Planning. In 2016, Sutter earned a degree in Agronomy and Agribusiness from Fox Valley Technical College. Before joining Rock River Laboratory in 2018, READ MORE Sutter earned his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) accreditation and spent time as an agronomist and nutrient management planning specialist at an ag retailer. In his current role, Sutter specializes in writing 590 standard nutrient management plans in addition to site-specific soil sampling (grid sampling) and plant tissue sampling. When Sutter isn’t writing plans, you can find him hiking, reading, cooking, attending live music events, and sampling at craft breweries.

Zach can be reached at: zach_sutter@rockriverlab.com

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