Shane Ohlde - Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Shane Ohlde is the CEO of Ohlde Seed Farms, Inc. and VariMax, LLC of Palmer, KS. Shane attended Fort Hays State University majoring in Crop Science. Upon returning to the family farming operation, Shane took over operations of Ohlde Seed Farms in 2003, now doing business in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Oklahoma, currently serving over 1400 farmers and 105 dealerships. In 2017, Shane developed VariMax, LLC and is acting CEO, VariMax does business in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Australia in wheat and corn. In 2019, VariMax started the purchase of Precision Crop Management as an Irrigation software platform.
Shane presently serves as treasurer of Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Linn Willow Creek Dairy board of directors, President of Palmer Ball Association, Linn Lutheran Auction Committee, Linn Lutheran Endowment Fund, and Vice President of AGSECO. Shane was selected as the ASA/DuPont Young Leader in 2007, served as a board member of the Kansas Soybean Association, Independent Professional Seedsman Association, has served on the church council as trustee of St. John Lutheran Church. Shane is married to his wife AnnMarie Ohlde and they have three children together. Dylan is 12 years old, and twin daughters Kyra and Lexie, who are 8 years old.
Dr. Chad Godsey - Founder/Chief Research Officer
Chad Godsey was born and raised on a farm and ranch near Wray in northeastern Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University with his B.S. in Ag Business and Soil and Crop Sciences he went to Kansas State University to get his M.S. and PhD in Agronomy/Soil Fertility. During his M.S., which focused on site-specific management of Fe chlorosis in irrigated corn in SW Kansas, he developed a passion for precision agriculture. He switched focus for his PhD studies which were centered on soil test recommendations and management of no-till acidic soils. He also worked full-time as the KSU Soil Testing Lab Manager during his PhD studies.
After graduation in 2005, he went to work at Oklahoma State University as a Cropping System Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He served as the State Specialist for most of the oilseeds produced in the state. Most of his research and extension efforts were focused on increasing the efficiency of crop production through use of technology, no-tillage, and crop rotation. This appointment gave him a great amount of experience with most crops grown in the Southern Great Plains. Throughout his graduate studies and time at OSU he stayed actively involved with precision ag. research and how to best use the technology in real-world situations.
During his 7 years with OSU he noticed a disconnect between the precision ag industry and past research that had been conducted at Universities around the US. Nobody was offering services centered on the researched and proven technologies from the Universities. If services were being offered they often times were not being used correctly. At this point Godsey Precision Ag was created to better help producers utilize precision ag. technologies to increase their profitability. Dr. Godsey is passionate about using precision ag. technologies to increase the efficiency of crop inputs and reduce the environmental impact of applied fertilizer. His latest efforts include development of an Irrigation Scheduling system that helps producers and consultants improve water use efficiency.
Dr. Ray Asebedo - Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Ray Asebedo is an agronomist from the state of Kansas. He received his bachelor's in agronomy and PhD in soil fertility. Dr Asebedo has extensive experience in the integration of remote sending and agronomic data for crop scouting and generating variable rate fertilizer prescriptions. Dr. Asebedo has focused his work on developing agronomic algorithms to automate agronomic workflows and generate nutrient prescription toolsets for agronomists and farmers. Dr. Asebedo formerly served as the assistant professor of precision agriculture at Kansas State University and currently is the lead for agronomic technology development for VariMax Systems.
Ryan Weber - Director of Sales
Ryan Weber grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, and graduated with a B.A. from Hastings College in 2006. Ryan's current position is Director of Sales for VariMax Systems. In this role, Ryan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales from partnerships and strategies to direct to grower. Ryan is currently entering his second growing season in this position.
Ryan's role with VariMax Systems has allowed him to use his past experiences in irrigation, digital application, and precision ag by combining them all into a succinct service that he and the rest of the VariMax sales team are excited to share with current and potential partners and producers.
Ryan currently lives in Hastings, Nebraska with his wife, Samantha, and their two young boys, Hayden (4) and Pierson (2). In his spare time Ryan enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with his growing family.