Apex Alumni: Denny Bell
Denny Bell is a 1979 Purdue University graduate of the Department of Agricultural Economics where he majored in Farm Management. He managed his family farm in Parke County, Indiana, until his entrepreneurial spirit led him into design and development of innovative farming products. He is a man of many companies, patents, inventions and honors:
- 1986, Protech Weed Weapon, a ridge-till cultivator, which was later sold to Landoll Farm Equipment.
- 1988, Agri-Logic Solution Systems, an agricultural software company.
- In 1990, Farm Industry News named Denny's Instant Survey Mapping software Product of the Year.
- Instant Yield Maps, a yield mapping software, which he later licensed to Ag Leader.
- 1995, Denny sells Agri-Logic to FPI - Fluid Power Industries, which later sells to Case-International Harvester.
- Pocket Survey was one of the first GPS mapping software progams to run on a handheld. This was offered as part of Microsoft's initial Windows CE (compact edition).
- 1997, Denny starts Soil-Max Manufacturing marketing Gold Digger tile plows.
- Denny starts Gradient and develops Intellislope, a revolutionary way to use RTK CPS to easily tile fields and optimize the tile grade and depth.
- 2011, Soil-Max Stealth tile plow, which greatly reduced tractor drag and improve grrade control. Denny sells Gradient and Soil-Max companies to Ag Leader technology.
- 2013, Top Producer named Denny Bell as one of 30 Leaders Who Made a Difference in production agriculture during the past three decades.
Currently Denny continues to farm, experimenting with sustainable farm practives, cover crops and organic fertilizer.