James DeGraff

James DeGraff

James DeGraff is an Associate Editor for Precision Farming Dealer. A journalism graduate of UW-Madison, he was an intern for Farm Equipment prior to joining Lessiter Media full time in July 2017. Contact: jdegraff@lessitermedia.com

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Expanding Precision Services Through an Agronomic Outlet

The Yield Force agronomic service team brings a fresh perspective to soil performance, planter assessments and customer service capabilities for Sinclair Tractor.
While the Yield Force agronomic service team was already in year 7 with Sinclair Tractor when agronomic consultant Ethan Smidt joined as the fourth member in 2015, the late arrival didn’t mean the service provider was established across the eastern-Iowa landscape.
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Expanding ROI Through Test Plot Practices

Test plots serve as a platform for dealers to conduct experimental research, equipment demonstrations and employee training opportunities: pillars for which ROI can be better proven to customers.
Some dealers are portraying value in the form of test plot investments: A field (or series of fields) under dealership control where experiments or customer showcases are conducted with equipment and services.
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[Technology Corner] Leadership for SeedMaster Mfg. and Dot Technology Corp. Reflect Commitment to Autonomous Expansion

Over the past few months, Seedmaster Mfg. and sister company Dot Technology Corp. finalized the hiring process for new corporate leadership. Leah Olsen, who also serves as president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, will serve as CEO, while Jeffery Bourasa will bring 15 years of Saskatchewan-based finance and leadership experience into the CFO role.
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Precision Farming Dealer Editors Compile Key Takeaways from InfoAg 2018

Data Management, agronomy and ROI considerations reflected as significant trends through product and service announcements at the St. Louis event.
Here are the top precision products and trends discovered by Precision Farming Dealer editors at InfoAg 2018, hosted at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., this week.
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[Technology Corner] Service Tech Recruitment an Ongoing Precision Predicament

Last month, I stopped by Nebraska Equipment, a Case IH dealer based in Seward, Neb., to discuss hiring in the precision industry with sales manager Kenny Pekarek. The timing of the visit was fitting, as the dealership was just one week into hiring its first precision intern, not coincidentally during the heart of planting season.
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Compatibility Conversation: Setting Aside Competitive Differences to Achieve Plug & Play Outcomes

Tech engineering veterans trade cautionary tales and share optimism that the transition to high-speed ISOBUS connectivity can improve applied prescriptions, data logging and cost-effective controls on farm machinery.
Taking a break from the rigors of round-robin compatibility testing at the Agricultural Electronics Foundation (AEF) Plugfest in Lincoln, Neb., this spring (also referred to fondly as “speed dating for ag nerds” by one attendee), AGCO software engineer Mike Schmidt and Dave Smart, staff systems engineer for John Deere and team leader for AEF’s high-speed ISOBUS Project, discussed the progression of compatibility over the years through AEF conformance testing, the simplification of equipment connectivity for farmers of all brands and expectations for ag functionality with high-speed ISOBUS network capabilities on the horizon.
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