Jacob Ness is the Geospatial Data Analyst for the Soil Health Partnership. His primary responsibility is analyzing spatial data collected from SHP farmers and developing spatial files from collected data. He also analyzes and interprets spatial data for SHP farmer reports. Spatial data is any data that can be mapped such as soil sample data, yield data, or the layout of a plot.
Jacob is a graduate of South Dakota State University, majoring in plant science with an emphasis in soil science and geographic information science. A Certified Crop Advisor, Jacob has been one of the first CCAs to complete both the 4R Nutrient Management Specialty and Sustainability Specialty certifications.
Jacob has a strong agronomic background, most recently working as a Certified Crop Specialist and Nutrient Management Specialist at AgVantage FS in southeast Iowa. Jacob has also worked in agronomy and precision agriculture for Cargill and conducted primarily corn research for Monsanto, now Bayer. Originally from Brookings, South Dakota, he now lives in McCallsburg, Iowa with his wife, Krystle and their three children.