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Dan Crummett
Ahead of the Curve

Field Tests Underway for Electric Planter

Iowa start-up Salin 247 field testing autonomous electric drive unit for planting in Iowa and Tennessee fields. Prototype machine also offers post-emergence capabilities in spraying and side-dressing.

With a lifetime of farming experience and degrees in agronomy and economics, Dave Krog says he’s trying to whittle variable and fixed costs from today’s equipment outlays with an electric, autonomous drive unit aimed squarely at the 24-row planter.


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Early MVP Votes for Service Managers in ‘22

Several times over the years, attendees of our Dealership Minds Summit (DMS) extended high praise to our editors in foreseeing key challenges 6-9 months in advance and hosting a networking venue to prep them before that topic hit code-red. Among them was our “Succession Planning & Next-Generation Management” for the 2015 DMS and “Used Equipment Remarketing” for 2017.
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2022: Late Model & Low-Hour Refined

2021 was uncharted territory that brought one surprise after another! 
Dealing with shortages, delays and uncertainty became the norm for dealers, customers and manufacturers. In addition, interim price increases, steel surcharges and freight increases made the equipment market a challenging place to navigate.


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Leadership Lessons: Building a 2nd Machine Age Dealership

Execute & Innovate Part 1: 5 Tips for Process Improvement

“We sell tractors. We fix them. We collect the money.”
This was the insight I received from a seasoned iron peddler upon my first visit to an equipment dealership more than 20 years ago. Simple and action-oriented, his statement summed up the fundamentals of equipment distribution.


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