About DAR

Dakota Ag Research was founded in 2023 by long-time colleagues and friends Travis Miller and Tate Colwell.  

Located in Brandon, South Dakota, DAR offers corn breeding and yield trial services. Their services feature an irrigated breeding nursery near Brandon and multiple yield trial locations throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

With over 30 years of combined experience dedicated to corn research, Tate and Travis are committed to providing their clients with outstanding service and top quality data.  


Travis graduated from South Dakota State University in 1998 with a degree in Agronomy. He worked for 15 years as a corn research associate for Garst and BASF Plant Science. In 2013, he was hired by CRD Advisors to establish and manage a new research station in Sleepy Eye, MN. Six years later, Farmers Business Network (FBN) purchased CRD Advisors and moved operations, along with its testing footprint, further west to Brandon, SD.

Tate attended North Dakota State University working in the plant sciences department. He later graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2017 with a degree in Agronomy. After graduating, he interned with Pioneer Hi-Bred Research in Janesville, WI. Shortly thereafter, in the fall of 2017, he began working for CRD Advisors/Farmers Business Network (FBN). 

Both Tate and Travis have dedicated their entire careers to corn research. Each had internships in ag research, started their careers in the industry, and fully understand the importance of data integrity.

Travis Miller

Tate Colwell



Travis and Tate handled the nursery and yield trial activities for the corn breeding program I was in charge of during the last two years. Both the quality and timeliness of their work were excellent. They showed great organizational skills and were meticulous in planning and executing all activities. As I was not located in Brandon, it was important for me to be able to rely on their expertise. I could always trust that they were going to take excellent care of the nursery and yield trial plots without my direct involvement. They made sure the way in which things were handled and notes that were collected were tailored to my needs and consistently showed a very high level of professionalism. I very much hope I will have the opportunity to use their services again in the future.

Yielding Results

Jon Popi

Corn Breeder

Farmers Business Network

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