Education + Experience + Expertise

Where it counts.

Dr. William Kess Berg


Kess’s area of expertise is bridging the gap between crop growth and development, soil chemical and physical properties and the general agronomic practices of the grower. Geographic Information Systems are used as a tool to understand environmental attributes that impact crop performance, and through that knowledge the impact of these attributes are increasingly understood as well as their ranked weighting of influence on a sub-acre scale. Knowledge of soil mineralogy (specific clay types, chemical, and physical composition), crop physiology (specific nitrogen and carbon pools), and agriculture production is continually utilized and evaluated to develop better understanding of crop management.

  • Ph.D. – Crop Physiology and Mineral Nutrition; Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • M.S. – Crop Physiology; Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • B.S. – Crop Science, The Ohio State University


Jon Fridgen

Senior Vice President and Managing Partner

Jon’s area of expertise is the development of site-specific analyses and process-based models to improve our understanding of product response and the yield generation process across the landscape. Though fluent in several programming languages, Jon primarily uses the R language for analysis and model development. By utilizing the broad spectrum of tools and packages available in R, Jon is able to integrate multiple analysis techniques to provide additional insights into large site-specific and longitudinal agriculture datasets.

  • M.S. Agronomy; Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri
  • B.S. Plant Industries Management – Agronomy; Department of Agronomy, University of Minnesota

Dr. David Isenhour

Senior Scientist

David has over twenty-five years of experience working in the seed industry. He has held various private sector roles including; Director Entomology/Pathology  Lead for International Trait Integration,  and responsibilities for sales technical support. David lead teams in the initial development and commercial launch of Bt-Corn and Roundup Ready Corn, in the US, Argentina, Spain, and the Philippines. David’s teams covered 16 countries worldwide.His academic experiences includes tenured Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He currently is an Adjunct Full Professor of the University of Nebraska. He has directed graduate students at both institutions. David is an author on over sixty referred journal articles and numerous oral/poster presentation. An invited speaker at annual the ESA,  ICE, AAAS, and the ASA

  • Ph.D. – Entomology, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. – Entomology, University of Missouri
  • B.S. – Biology, Eastern Kentucky University


Mitchell Pettit

Research Science Lead

Mitchell’s educational background in meteorology and climatology includes both the analysis and interpretation of past climate data as well as weather forecasting. With respect to GIS, Mitchell’s background includes data collection and dissemination to the public as well as data processing and analysis. At Ag Ingenuity Partners Mitchell is responsible for the collection, organization, and analysis of spatial data, specifically revolving around sub-field research efforts, in such a manner as to make it relevant to the needs of our employees and clients. Mitchell is also integrating his background in meteorology and climatology to help better understand how past, current, and future environmental conditions can affect production and output at the sub-field level.

  • B.S. – Meteorology and Climatology; Geographic Information Systems, Ball State University: 2016