The Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting award is an accolade given to one Illinois CCA nominated for their excellence in soils consulting within Illinois soybean production systems, named in honor of former CCA Soy Envoy, Dave Rahe.
Rahe was an ISA CCA Soy Envoy in 2019 and was passionate about soil management, having spent the majority of his career specializing in the field. He passed away suddenly in April 2020, but during his year as a CCA Soy Envoy, Dave authored blogs for ILSoyAdvisor covering topics such as soil compaction, micronutrient management, cover crops, and more.
Nominations for the 2025 Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting Award will open in the fall of 2024.
Terry Wyciskalla of Nashville, IL is the owner-operator of Wyciskalla Consulting, LLC., specializing in soil sampling, nutrient management, precision ag management, and soil management. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in soil fertility under Edward Varsa, Ph.D. Wyciskalla started his first soil sampling program part-time in 1994, a program that has grown enormously since then. In 1995, he returned to SIUC and worked as a soil fertility researcher for ten years and then transitioned into a teaching role for the next six years, covering a broad spectrum of soils, crops, and agriculture related courses. In the summer of 2011 Wyciskalla left SIUC and began devoting all his time to crop consulting as his business continued to grow. In 2001, he earned his certifications as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg). He later added the 4R Nutrient Stewardship certification (4R NMS), and was selected as the 2019 Illinois Farm Bureau CCA of the Year. Today, Wyciskalla’s business serves a 15-county region with approximately 150 clients and 100,000 acres. He and his wife, Renee, reside in Nashville, Illinois and have three children.