Innovation Connector Summer23

The Landus Innovation Connector brings the future of agriculture to Landus farmer-owners. The Innovation Connector, located in Des Moines, is a hub of emerging technologies to showcase how the field of agriculture is propelling into the future. This space is meant to bring together farmers, community, educators, legislators, and more to promote the importance of agriculture and reveal the fascinating advancements on the horizon.

If you or a group you are a part of have an interest and would like to visit the Landus Innovation Connector, we’d be happy to host you. Please send your inquiry to

Innovation Connector Partners

We rotate our Innovation Connector partners annually. Check out our list of innovation partners.

Innovation Connector Farmer Events

We welcome Landus farmers to join our leaders and industry innovation partners for a series of educational and entertaining social events at our Des Moines Innovation Connector.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity for direct access to Landus leadership, including President and CEO, Matt Carstens, as well as Landus experts from our grain and agronomy teams. Innovation partner representatives will be in attendance to discuss their advancing technologies and how farmers can take advantage of evolving offerings. Guests will also enjoy delicious food, drinks, entertainment, and connection.

Parking: Our Des Moines office has a parking lot that offers easy and free parking onsite for our guests.

The day's event will include:

  • 2:30 p.m.: Registration opens
  • 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. : Happy hour with Connector partners Grain and Agronomy team
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks by President and CEO Matt Carstens
    • Otegrity and LandWerx
  • 4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m,: Breakout Session 1 - Choose one:

    • 2nd-floor Auditorium West to hear from our Financing Program
    • 2nd-floor Auditorium East to hear from Health Insurance
    • 2nd-floor LandWerx office for Small Business fair
    • 3rd floor for Innovation Connector
      • LandWerx / GROW Solutions / Sustainability
    • 5:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.: RYSE Manned Drone presentation in Landus Parking
    • 5:50 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.: Breakout Session 2
    • 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.: Breakout Session 3
    • 6:50 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Dinner served (Buffet style, will dismiss by tables)
    • 7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: President and CEO, Matt Carstens, closing comments and introduce Keynote speaker
    • 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.: Keynote Speaker / Tesseract Ventures
    • 8:30 p.m. - Rooftop drinks and networking with the Landus Team

    Spouses/Guests: During the meeting portion, spouses/guests will have an opportunity to participate in the meeting or an optional on-site entertainment activity.

    Landus will offer a complimentary hotel room for those wishing to stay overnight. Completed online registration required.

    Questions: Please contact your local account team or email

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Summer Event Series

That's a wrap on this year's summer events! Thank you to all our partners, customers, and guests who helped make this year's events a success.

Winter dates and a new agenda coming soon!

Innovation Connector Partners

We are proud to share our Innovation Connector Partners for the 2023 season. These companies represent the importance of innovation and technology when it comes to farming operations. It’s a pleasure to share their offerings with Landus farmer-owners, industry peers, legislative representatives, and students looking for a career in agriculture. 

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Fractal brings the best of farmland investing, climate & soil science, and agricultural services together to create a new model of investment that can drive impact for farmers, investors, and the planet.

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Grain Weevil

Grain Weevil is a grain bin safety and management robot that directly engages the surface of the grain. Grain bins are dirty, dangerous workplaces.

Grain Weevil robots keep that farmer with a shovel out of the bin by leveling, breaking crusts, doing inspections and feeding grain into the extraction augers.

Learn more about Grain Weevil

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Haber Technologies

Haber Technologies is a fast-growing company servicing the greater Midwest, dedicated to helping producers improve their harvest and drying operations.

Haber was founded in 2019 by Iowa State University graduates Dillon Hurd and Eric Harweger, who developed the DRI-Stack® system to speed up the grain drying process, reduce energy use, and ultimately improve grain quality.

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Indigo is leveraging science and technology to help improve the sustainability and profitability of the agriculture industry.

They’ve developed an integrated business platform that enables farmers and other ag industry participants to adopt and profit from sustainability opportunities. Indigo’s core biological and digital products within this platform – Carbon, biotrinsic®, and Market+™ – integrate across the supply chain to optimize how the world’s essential crops are produced, sourced, and distributed.

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John Deere

John Deere relies on more than 180 years of experience and terabytes of precision data to know customers and their businesses better than anyone else.

John Deere’s easy-to-use technology helps deliver results customers see in the field, on the job site, and on the balance sheet. John Deere ensures seamless access to parts, services, and performance upgrades from take-home to trade-in by providing world-class support throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, with productivity and sustainability always in mind.

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The LANDWERX innovation hub will open new doors to civilian innovation, granting farmers unprecedented access to problem solvers and solutions within the DEFENSEWERX ecosystem, and bring together nontraditional collaborators to more rapidly address the biggest on-farm challenges, including everything from finding new, autonomous ways to address labor shortages to improving equipment and infrastructure deficiencies.

In addition to helping farmers address day-to-day needs, LANDWERX brings access to robust funding opportunities earmarked to advance rural vitality initiatives, addressing a wide variety of rural and farmer-voiced concerns industry shortfalls, sustainability, and more.

Learn more about LANDWERX

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Since their founding in 1926 by the Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide® has had a special bond with American farmers and ranchers.

Nationwide protects the financial security of farms, families and futures with extraordinary care. Nationwide is focused on helping you protect your farm for generations to come through the farm-safety technology they endorse.

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Ostara is today’s best-in-class global innovator and producer of the most efficient phosphate fertilizers on the market. Our products release nutrients naturally in response to plant demand for unmatched nutrient availability and environmental benefits.

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Planet embodies the philosophy of agile aerospace, a concept that advocates for the use of low-cost, lean electronics to innovate more rapidly in the fields of aerospace and aviation.

In 10 years, Planet has flown on 30 successful launches and deployed 452 satellites—10 times that of any competitor. Planet has over 150 satellites in orbit collecting over 350 million square kilometers of imagery daily, with an unprecedented dataset of on average 1,300 images of every location on Earth’s landmass.

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In 2018, PowerPollen successfully proved its pollen collection, preservation and application process, then scaled field operations using custom designed machinery across in-field production on twenty-two customer fields at eight different seed production centers across Iowa, Indiana and Illinois.

The company continues to attract top talent, including scientists, agronomists, engineers and marketers, and expanded its operations in Iowa, Texas and Puerto Rico. In 2019, the Puerto Rico corn research capability was fully operational year-round thereby accelerating in-field testing capabilities beyond the Midwest.

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RYSE Aero Technologies is a pioneering, pre-revenue developer and manufacturer of electric ultralight vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.

Founded in 2021 and headquartered in Mason, Ohio, the company aims to revolutionize personal air transportation with its innovative eVTOL aircraft. The company's flagship product, the RECON, is an ultralight eVTOL that can take off and land on both land and water, providing unparalleled accessibility and versatility. With advanced artificial intelligence assistance and a user-friendly design, the RECON is designed for easy operation, making it accessible to a broader range of customers.

Learn more about RYSE Aero Technologies

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Headquartered in Ames, Iowa, the mecca of where engineering meets agriculture, Salin247 blends these two areas of study into intuitive projects for farmers. Salin247’s flagship product is their autonomous, modular, light-weight, electric, 4-row planter.

This solution offers a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional pull-behind equipment. Collaborating with several industry partners, Salin247 has the backing of some of the largest players in the field.

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As the planet is entering an agriculture turning point, global leaders in digital intelligence will be required to succeed in helping the farmers of the future. Solinftec’s mission is to give each farm a sustainable future by promoting the use of technologies by producers.

Their ALICE AI Platform is an AI companion for field management, logistics, traceability, agronomy, and robotics. By taking all of these factors into consideration, ALICE AI provides detailed choices that are unique to your operation.

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Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated manufacturer of grain storage, drying and handling equipment, and steel structures.

The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa – and covers one million square feet of office, manufacturing, and warehouse space.

The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are active in the business.

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SUL4R-PLUS® is a patented calcium sulfate based dry fertilizer engineered to enhance yield for a variety of crops. Manufactured to highest quality standards, SUL4R-PLUS is uniform in size and density, as well as dust-free, putting you in control of the application process. It’s also low salt and contains fulvic acid to improve soil and plant health.

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Ammonia is a critical raw material in fertilizers and fertilizer applications. But there’s a cheaper, cleaner alternative: Green Ammonia.

Talusag Renewables takes the traditional ammonia that’s present in most fertilizers and redesigns the process to create it with responsible practices that make the remote-operated and modular system small enough to be installed on-site at a commercial farm or factory — all while lowering carbon emissions.

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Taranis is the world’s leading AI-powered crop intelligence platform, 100% focused on helping Ag advisors demonstrate value to their growers and build better relationships through full-service, leaf-level data capture.

Taranis’ insights allow them to accelerate decision making, simplify management, and improve their bottom line. Since its founding in 2015, Taranis has worked with the world’s top agricultural retailers and crop protection companies, serving millions of acres.

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TerraClear imagines, designs, and builds solutions that control costs, automate crop production, and free farmers to focus on the high value aspects of farm production and management.

TerraClear is developing a solution to an age-old problem – an automated agricultural implement that clears rocks out of fields in order to enable today's farmer to focus on high value production and management activities. TerraClear integrates advanced technologies such as aerial sensing, machine vision, high-accuracy GPS, and advanced robotics into our end-to-end rock picking solution.

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The DIRTT Project, by Transition Point Business Advisors

The DIRTT Project gives the American Farmer full control of their succession plan from beginning to end.

The DIRTT Project is an all-inclusive succession plan that eases the burden of planning for the future while trying to make sense of the unknowns. Their 5-step program cuts through the confusion of the planning process. By offering an asynchronous program, landowners can move through the project at their own pace, making the best decisions for their farming operation.

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Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet.

To meet these commitments, Yara has taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and works closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions.

Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with around 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. In 2020, Yara reported revenues of USD 11.6 billion.

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