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Kim Schmidt
From the Desk of Kim Schmidt

Recovering from the Shock

With 2020 not pulling any punches, I was ready for some good news. So, it was refreshing to look at the results of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s latest Dealer Sentiments & Business Conditions survey when they came across my desk last week.
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Old Equipment & New Technology

It wasn’t that long ago when we were talking about U.S. farm equipment being younger than it had been in decades. With the ag boom of 2010-14, farm tractors were literally flying off the shelves. North American sales of high horsepower equipment peaked at a little over 50,000 units in 2013.
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Ask the Expert

Step Aside if Emotions are Tied to a Trade

Pillar 1: Centralized Appraisal Process
In my last article, I wrote about the importance of using the used equipment/remarketing manager to understand the current market conditions and outside influencers. Below are the three functions of Pillar One, the Centralized Appraisal Process, that I find most important.
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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Irrigation Tech Puts Sensors on the Pivot

While satellite imaging of farm land and unmanned aerial surveillance of crops capture most of the attention in remote sensing, a young analytics firm and Valley Irrigation have been collaborating over the last couple of years to bring crop monitoring a little closer to the ground with sensors mounted on center pivot sprinklers.
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Kim Schmidt
To the Point

Finding the Opportunity in the Difficult

Spring 2020 is going to be a spring that we remember and one that brought business challenges unlike any we’ve experienced before. But crops still got planted, parts purchased and equipment serviced. There have been challenges indeed, but those challenges have brought opportunities to connect with your customers in different ways and also fine tune some processes.
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