In today’s newscast, we have an update on the North Dakota Dealer Protection law and when we can expect a ruling from the judge, we take a look at the results from Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture’s latest Ag Economy Barometer and what producers are saying about used equipment values, Deere dealers are looking to hire more precision farming techs, and the third quarter earnings reports from Rocky Mountain Dealerships, Cervus Equipment, CNH Industrial, AGCO and Alamo Group.
Mike Van Houweling, CFO of Van Wall Equipment, explains that in order to continue delivering the employee and customer experience necessary to be competitive in the future, the dealership needs to have strong leadership at all levels of the organization. The management team is growing much of those strong leaders from within the organization. Van Wall Equipment earned top honors in Farm Equipment’s 2016 Dealership of the Year program.
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A large number of corporate farms in Kern Machinery’s AOR means knowledge related to how to run new technology on equipment has to be brought all of the way to a number of different operators who may be operating a piece of equipment. Charlie Moe, corporate aftermarket manager with Kern Machinery of Bakersfield, Calif., shares efforts the dealership has made to train all levels of employees at the corporate farms so they are comfortable with the equipment.
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Jack Harrington, product manager for Bush Hog, gives an overview of Bush Hog’s 2800 series of mowers and the upgrades that have been made in the series for 2013-2014. We caught up with Harrington at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.
Caveat emptor is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” While we’re often tempted to write off almost any bad buying experience to this principle, the fact of the matter is it doesn’t apply to fraud. It seems we’ve been hearing more and more about this as the farm equipment industry has experienced an unusually long period of prosperity. Bad guys are crawling out of the woodwork.
Last week I had the opportunity to cover the grand opening of AGCO’s newly expanded manufacturing plant and visitors’ center in Jackson, Minn. I’ve been to many “grand openings” during my publishing career, but this one had a different feel to it.
In today’s newscast, we discuss the improvement in North American dealers forecast for 2018, the best precision bets for 2018, the probability that La Niña could kick start the ag markets, and improved sales for Buhler, Claas and Krone.
In late August, Horsch Anderson broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Mapleton, N.D. At the recent Farm Progress Show, we caught up Luke Thornton, sales manager for Horsch North America, to talk about the new facility and how it’ll help the company accomplish it’s goals.
We just put the final touches on the Ag Equipment Intelligence “2014 Big Dealer” report, and subscribers will be getting their copies in the next several days. Together with George Russell of Currie Management Consultants, we’ve been tracking and analyzing the consolidation of farm equipment dealers since 2009.
Brent Newkirk, director of aftermarket sales for Outback Guidance, discusses new steering system offerings including the Outback eDrive XC, eDrive XD and ESi steering wheel. The products will provide farmers a unified platform of precision tools, keeping the products affordable and easy to use, according to Newkirk.