Midyear 2014 US Ag Equipment Exports Drop

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Dealers, Equipment, Machinery

U.S. agricultural equipment exports dropped 27 percent during the first half of 2014 compared to midyear 2013; $4.77 billion in exports were shipped to global markets compared to $6.53 billion at first-half 2013, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group produces global trends reports using U.S. Commerce Dept. information to assist members’ … Read More

Equipment Dealer Groups to Merge

Cindy ZimmermanDealers, Equipment

The joint membership of SouthWestern Association (SWA) and Canada West Equipment Dealers Association (CWEDA) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger to form the new Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA). “We appreciate the overwhelming level of support that we have been given by our members,” stated Bruce Coleman, SWA President. “Now that our members have ratified the merger resolutions, … Read More

Farm Progress Show Will Reap International Business

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Agribusiness, Dealers, Equipment, Events, Exports, Farm Progress Show, Government

The nation’s largest outdoor farm show, Farm Progress Show, has been selected to participate in the 2014 International Buyer Program (IBP). This year’s event takes place in Boone, IA, August 26-28. The IBP is an export program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It brings thousands of international buyers to the U.S. for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. companies exhibiting … Read More

Center-Pivot Discbine Mower-Conditioners

Jamie JohansenAudio, Beef, Dairy, Dealers, Equipment, Hay, New Holland

One of the six checkpoints we traveled through during New Holland Agriculture’s First in the Field Media Event was on their new discbines. New Holland has taken discbines to a whole new level with even more durability and functionality with their two new center-pivot models. Discbine 313 and 316 are designed for cleaner cutting, more efficient crop flow and smoother, … Read More

What’s New in Data Management at Raven?

Jamie JohansenAudio, Dealers, Raven, Wireless

Data management was one of the buzz words during the recent Raven Innovation Summit. Raven Industries hosted dealers and growers from around the world as they made public their latest and greatest precision ag technologies. When is comes to data management Slingshot has revolutionized the cab. When you bring together Slingshot and Raven hardware you can view and support the … Read More

Raven Makes Big Announcements at RIS

Jamie JohansenAudio, Dealers, Raven, technology

The 2013 Raven Innovation Summit wrapped up last night with an awards banquet honoring Raven Industries dealers from across the world. The two-day event consisted of the announcement of brand new innovative technologies, a trade show and educational break-out sessions where dealers got all their questions answered about the new product launches. During the opening session general manager and vice … Read More

Precision Farming Hardware Training Builds Happy Customers

Kurt LawtonAg Leader, Dealers, Displays, Education, Insights Weekly, Retailers

During the hundreds of interviews I’ve conducted with farmers over the years for stories on precision farming tools, I’d have to say that every one of them has touched on the value of their local dealer. Without their set up, training and troubleshooting expertise, adoption of this technology would not be where it is today. To that end, I spoke … Read More

Dealer Goes Mobile With Precision Farming Education

Kurt LawtonDealers, Education, Events, Retailers

Educating growers on efficient use of precision agriculture technology was the idea behind a mobile classroom that is hitting the road for Hoober farm equipment dealership, according to a recent story in Lancaster Farming. Hoober Inc., a farm equipment dealer with stores in Pennsylvania and Delaware, recently completed work on a precision ag training center that will go on the … Read More