Bill Preller is president of AGuru Machinery, of Congerville, Ill. Preller started as a crop consultant in the 1980s, working with no-till farmers struggling in heavy poorly drained soils. He then worked in agronomy research, engineering, product development, sales and marketing, and finally corporate management for DMI, Case, CNH and Case IH. For the last 3 years his team has been working to reset the technology of strip-till to eliminate compromise in strip-till systems.
Strip-till and precision farming — nearly the same age, but different stages of development. Think back to when the first yield monitors were going into combines, and when the first fertilizer applicators were being put on even rows to strip-till instead of the odd row configuration legacy from sidedressing.
A week into the new year, one of the carryover lessons learned by precision dealers in 2020 was that they either need to learn how to disrupt the way they do business, or risk being disrupted.
Wrapped around this concept is the question of how dealers will help their customers be more profitable with where and when they invest in ag technology products and services.
The college offers an associate degree in Applied Science in Agriculture (60 credit hours). Students enrolled in this program may specialize in precision farming technology by selecting up to 15 credit hours in this area and agriculture business, sales and agronomy.
The college offers an AAS in Precision Agriculture and customized precision ag- related training for agricultural producers, insurance underwriters, equipment dealer and agricultural cooperative employees and others.
Offering training on Ag Leader, Trimble, Reichhardt, Norac and Integris Systems in twice yearly customer training events (spring/fall). Also offering individual training opportunities on any HTS Ag products and SMS software, year round.