SciMax Solutions Team


Peter Bixel

SciMax Solutions Team Leader

Peter’s priorities are the same as most of the clients he serves – family and farming. His farming and education experience make him the ideal choice to be our SciMax Solutions Advisory Team Leader with our focus on the business of farming.

He grew up on a farm in Ohio with popcorn, field corn, soybeans and wheat production. He even gets in some farming today. Peter graduated from Wilmington College with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Business Administration. He interned with Sygenta, NK Seeds, and Enterprise Rent A Car. Peter spent 5 years with a retail company in Ohio serving as location and sales manager for grain and agronomy.

With a motto of “work hard, play hard,” you’ll find Peter to be an excellent resource as you seek to maximize your precision farming business.


Rodney Legleiter

SciMax Solutions Specialist

Rodney hails from Nevada, Missouri where he grew up on a row crop and livestock farm and was very active in 4-H and FFA. Like the clients he helps, farming stayed in his blood. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Agriculture Economics from the University of Missouri.

He moved to Iowa in 1996 to pursue a career at Broshar Implement, a John Deere dealership in Kanawha, Iowa. He worked in all areas of the dealership with an emphasis in the precision agriculture department.

When he’s not helping clients with strategies to increase their yields, you’ll find Rodney busy with family activities, hunting, fishing, golf and boating.

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Chris Warren

SciMax Solutions Specialist

Chris joined the team in June 2015. He is native of Ringsted, IA and provides solutions in our central area.

He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Chris worked as a financial advisor for 5 years in Minneapolis prior to joining his family’s farming operation two years ago.

Chris most enjoys helping growers implement new technology that benefits their operations.

In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with friends.


Dr. Richard “Rick” Vanden Heuvel

Exclusive Consultant to SciMax Solutions

The scientific and technological advances in precision farming are increasing at an exponential rate. That’s why we teamed up Dr. Rick Vanden Heuvel, a nationally recognized expert in soil-applied and foliar fertilizer products and testing.

Rick founded VH Consulting, Inc in 2003, which provides services in the areas of product development for the fertilizer industry for soil-applied and foliar fertilizer products, variable rate fertilizer algorithms and soil testing services. An area of emphasis has been developing VRT-N algorithms for corn production to optimize N inputs for increased fertilizer efficiency while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. That’s why VH Consulting, Inc entered into an exclusive agreement with SciMax Solutions in 2010 for development of new N management programs.

He earned a B.S. in 1977 in Soil Science from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in Soil Fertility in 1980 from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. and a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility in 1986 from the University of Illinois. He is a former Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Illinois, agronomist at Cenex Land O’ Lakes technical services and manager of AgriSource Laboratories. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Dept. of Soils, Water and Climate. Rick and his wife, Jean, have two grown sons.