About Us

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Technology Will Change Weed Control From Chemistry to Application.
Contact us for more information about crop.zone’s disruptive technology.
To be a great place to work, we need great people to work with us. Everything we do, every day, in more ways than one, helps to make a unique contribution to a healthy environment.
Join our Team to develop disruptive solutions for a world with cleaner agriculture.

Our Fantastic Team.

With over two decades and 100 years combined experience in the industry our expertise is unparalleled.

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Why you should work with us

Our Purpose

Develop innovative technologies and farming practices that help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of natural resources—water, land, and energy—necessary to meet the world’s food, fuel, and fiber needs.

Our Vision

Modern agriculture is driven by continuous improvements in digital tools and data, as well as collaborations among farmers and researchers across the public and private sectors.
Also will Weed Control change from Chemistry to Application.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the environmental quality of modern agriculture by partnering with area businesses, community leaders and farmers to work together to develop and build solutions for a cleaner and safer world to live and work for future generations.

Our Management-Team

Dirk Vandenhirtz

CEO

Serial AG-Tech entrepreneur.
A unique way to think out of the box and create new ideas, and at the same time establish a constructive environment that encourages highly effective cross-functional work.

Fabian Effey

CTO

passionate mechanical engineer | team lead development | certified machinery safety expert

Nils Gerber

CIO

professional IT-nerd | Software Team Lead|  data expert | “if it were easy everybody would do it.” | Business Intelligence Solutions

Matthias Eberius

CSO

technical and biological developmen| biology-expert | Head of field trials |  Application development| “if it were easy everybody would do it.” | Business Intelligence Solutions

Our Advisory Board

Hugo Schweers

Hugo Schweers holds a diploma degree in Agriculture from the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Schweers counts with a successful global career both in agriculture, as well as pharmaceutical space. Grown up on a farm, he is an insider in farming reality. In different roles Mr. Schweers has worked on the innovation and manufacturing side as well as marketing and distribution for international crop protection companies. In his last role he set up the European, African and Middle East business for Nufarm Europe in Düsseldorf, including major company and portfolio acquisitions. Mr. Schweers also has intimate experience with the inputs distribution channel, serving as an executive board member for Agravis.

Prof. Dr. Herbert Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Herbert Schmidt built his distinguished career in the financial sector. He held leadership positions at Dresdner Bank and Sparkasse Düren. At Sparkasse Düren Prof. Schmidt held the role of Member/Chairman of the Board for over 20 years. In 2008 , Prof. Schmidt was appointed as honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen. Currently Prof. Schmidt runs an advisory firm, focused on supporting medium size enterprises in the area of strategy and financing.

Michael Feitknecht

Head of Plant Production and member of the Board of Management at fenaco, accepted to take a seat on the Advisory Board of CROP.ZONE. Mr. Feitknecht holds an Agricultural Economics degree from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland. Mr. Feitknecht grew up on a farm in the south of Switzerland and has over 15 years of experience working in Global agriculture, previously in various roles at Syngenta, and currently leading the plant production department of fenaco.

Michiel de Jongh

Michiel holds an M.Sc. degree in lndustrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

While he grew up in the Netherlands, Michiel spent the last 15 years living abroad in Spain, the US, Argentina, Korea, Ukraine and Canada, working for a leading Fortune-500 agriculture company. During that time, he held a variety of roles, from Human Resources to Sales and Operations, and for the last eight years was heading businesses for the last 10 years in an executive capacity.

Earlier in his career, Michiel worked in business, consulting and in an entrepreneurial role as co-founder of a business incubator.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to join the Board of Advisors for crop.zone and support its strategic planning and execution in the marketplace.

crop.zone offers the next generation of hybrid herbicide and the team has the expertise and experience to make a big impact in this transforming market segment.”

Michiel De Jongh

Impressed? We’d love to work with you!

To be a great place to work, we need great people to work with us. Everything we do, every day, in more ways than one, helps to make a unique contribution to a healthy environment.