Mike Wiles is a contributing writer for Farm Equipment and Rural Lifestyle Dealer magazines. He has been in the retail and wholesale equipment business for over 20 years. He co-owns EDMforsales.com, which develops websites for dealers and hosts asktractormike.com to educate new tractor customers.
Vermeer Corp.’s history of product development has impacted two different industries. In agriculture, it literally revolutionized hay production with the introduction of the first large round baler, the product for which it’s most widely known.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when precision agriculture began, but a significant event occurred just over 25 years ago: a new invention enabled farmers to utilize technology to find substantial yield variations in different sections of their fields.
When Worksaver Inc. first entered the equipment business, its focus was much different than it is today. After building implements and attachments under its own brand and for farm and home stores, a decade ago it abandoned the latter market and sacrificed 50% of its business to pursue a more lucrative niche.
Farm Equipment has spoken to dealers who feverously transported equipment to high ground, moved parts inventory to upper shelves in anticipation of internal flooding, and removed all computer and electronic equipment from their buildings.
Landoll Corp. is a unique success story in American manufacturing. Their portfolio of products includes heavy trailers for the towing and recovery industry, aircraft de-icers for the military and Swingmast forklifts for warehouse applications, but their foundation is agricultural equipment. Founder Don Landoll’s success is the result of seizing every opportunity to turn metal into finished products, regardless of the end use, while leveraging diversity in the product portfolio as a way to spread risk and acquire the latest in manufacturing equipment and technology.
Built on 90 years of expertise, Yetter Farm Equipment leads the agriculture industry in designing effective and innovative equipment for residue management, seedbed preparation, precision fertilizer placement, harvest attachments, strip-tillage, and more.
Machinery Scope offers premier risk management tools for farm equipment. We provide timely, personalized, and flexible solutions to protect more farm equipment investments than anyone in the industry. We add value and peace of mind when you are buying, selling, or managing your farm equipment by offering extended warranty plans.