Robot-operated tractors scurrying around doing all the laborious farm work has been a pipe dream for equipment makers for many years, if not decades. But for the first time, manufacturers may actually be on the cusp of commercializing autonomous systems for various farm functions.
Just as important as hiring the right person, dealers and sales managers interested in improving the overall performance of their sales department would be wise to scrutinize certain individuals whose potential for long-term success has proven to be somewhat problematic.
Goodbye direct payments. Considering current budgetary issues, Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois professor of agricultural economics, says to expect some changes in programs farmers have grown accustom to.
For years the sprayer industry has had a one-tracked agenda, reducing spray drift. But sprayer research and technology is set to diverge from that track, bringing smarter, more precise application options to the table, says Ken Giles, Univ. of California-Davis professor of agricultural engineering.
In today’s newscast, AGCO reveals its Ideal combine to North America — the first “clean-sheet” design of an axial combine in the industry in decades. In this week’s Technology Corner segment, we take a look at the challenges dealers face in recruiting and retaining precision service technicians. We also take a look at how large ag equipment sales rebounded in May and how Deere’s retail sales compared to the industry average, the changes in machinery values on Illinois farms over the last 10 years and a deterioration of European dealer sentiment in June.
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