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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Life as a precision technician during the winter months may yield fewer calls from distressed customers over the course of a week, but the unpredictable nature of the job can still call for a demanding day with hundreds of miles on the road.
While the Yield Force agronomic service team was already in year 7 with Sinclair Tractor when agronomic consultant Ethan Smidt joined as the third member in 2015, the late arrival didn’t mean the service provider was well established across the eastern-Iowa landscape.
Last week, CNH and Farmers Edge, a Canadian-based decision ag developer, announced an exclusive strategic partnership to expand data management and agronomic solutions for Case IH and New Holland dealers. The agreement gives dealers access to the Farmers Edge FarmCommand platform.
Among the more unique editorial stops I’ve made in recent months was a visit to Sinclair Tractor — an 11-store John Deere dealership across eastern Iowa — to sit down with Ethan Smidt, an agronomic consultant and member of Sinclair’s agronomic service division, Yield Force.
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.
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.
Last week, data servicer Farmobile acquired the assets of Prime Meridian, a precision agriculture data management company out of Nevada, Mo. The move aims to utilize Prime Meridian’s advisors in data analysis and agronomy for Farmobile’s new data stewardship offering, DataServices.
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.
As the ag industry trends toward broader integration of equipment automation and machine learning, companies are looking for skilled talent to lead the evolution. While traditional avenues for recruiting and retention of tech-savvy talent still produce quality hires, a broader search can attract and develop an alternative pipeline of talent.
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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.
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