Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe is the Associate Research Editor of Farm Equipment and Ag Equipment Intelligence. He joined Lessiter Media in 2019 after 1 year working with the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers. He graduated with a writing degree from Carroll University.

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Geringhoff XDC Corn Head Row Unit

The new XDC row unit from Gerringhoff is, according to Product Manager Hendrik Schneider, designed to “cut corn straw to the optimal size to create the best decomposition.” It is a two-knife roller unit based on Geringhoff’s current Northstar unit. 


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AGI BCX3 Field Loader

The new BCX3 Field Loader includes a redesigned S-Drive, increased belt take-up, new wider hopper and a whole new ergonomic command center. The BCX3 also debuts the IBEX Mover Kit with better traction, drop and go wheel system and built-in braking system.


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How Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners Operates its E-Commerce Store

Manager Shawn Miederhoff discusses Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners’ e-commerce location in Moscow Mills, Mo., and explains how they operate.
As part of Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners’ plan to diversify its operations and succeed in the aftermarket segment, CEO Ted Briscoe explains the company is looking for “break out opportunities,” including its e-commerce site in Moscow Mills, Mo.
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2021 Equipment Dealers Assn. Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey

Claas, Branson Top EDA Dealer-Manufacturer Survey

Claas dethrones Deere as the top-rated full-line manufacturer, while Branson maintains its first place spot from 2020.
The Equipment Dealers Assn. (EDA) has released the results of its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. The survey, which enables equipment dealers throughout North America to rate the manufacturer lines they carry in key operational categories, was open from Feb. 4 through March 4, 2021.


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Livingston Machinery CEO Talks Private Investment, Ending ESOP Program

After receiving a private investment, President and CEO of Livingston Machinery Shawn Skaggs talks new opportunities, details of the investment and ending their ESOP program.
In April 2021, 4-store AGCO dealer Livingston Machinery and 5-store applicator dealer Ag Solutions Group received investment from private equity firm Ag Solutions Group Holding Co. Specifically, Midwest Growth Partners partnered with co-investors Summit Equity Group, Northcreek Mezzanine and company management to capitalize Ag Solutions Group Holding Co. for the acquisitions.
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Business Technology Special Report

Finding the Parts Inventory System That’s Right for You

Shoppa’s Farm Supply’s Aftermarket Manager and Parts Inventory Managers break down how they chose their current system and recommend how other dealers make the decision.
Technology in the parts department plays an integral role in the efficiency of a dealership’s aftermarket services. Considering how crucial the ability to quickly and easily understand parts inventory is, the search for the right parts inventory system can be daunting.
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