Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe

Ben Thorpe is the Associate Research Editor of Farm Equipment and Ag Equipment Intelligence. He joined Lessiter Media in 2019 after 1 year working with the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers. He graduated with a writing degree from Carroll University.

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Precision Farming Dealer Summit 2022 Recap

Turning Data Into Efficiency to Boost Your Precision Business

Precision Farming Specialist Jason Pennycook and Precision Ag Manager Layne Richins talk about their success in using data to improve their precision business.

Farmers using precision technology generate valuable data about their farming operations. Dealerships often have access to it. But how do you ensure both the dealer and the farmer are making the best use of that data? And how can you segue that efficient use of data into revenue opportunities?


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John Crumbaugh Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners
Day in the Cab

Using Education, Specialization to Advance Your Precision Business

Who is Combine Specialist John Crumbaugh, and how is he helping spearhead Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners’ plans for the future of precision technology service?
I step carefully out of the passenger side of our rental car and into the humid 80-degree weather. We’re at Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners’ St. Charles, Mo., location, one of their 27 John Deere stores across Missouri and Illinois.
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[Technology Corner] Dealers Optimistic on Precision Farming Revenue Growth

The results of the ninth annual Precision Farming Dealer benchmark study — with contributions from dozens of farm equipment dealers, input retailers and independent precision companies — show that nearly three-fourths of dealers are forecasting revenue growth from precision to be up at least 2% in 2021, despite inventory challenges.
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Precision Farming Dealer Summit 2021 Recap

Preparing Your Dealership to Sell & Service Autonomous Equipment

Two dealers provide insight into how dealerships should plan for the future and an autonomous equipment fleet.

Autonomy is on the horizon for the ag equipment industry. Between John Deere’s 2019 driverless tractor concept and Raven Industries accepting preorders for its Autonomous AutoCart, the reality of farmers purchasing and utilizing autonomous equipment is only growing.


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2020 BENCHMARK STUDY

Precision Outlook: Dealers Shift Focus to Application Hardware, Maintain Need for Training

Training for staff and customers as well as application technology hardware came in as dealers’ top priorities for the future of their businesses
The Precision Farming Dealer 2020 Benchmark Study showed several shifts in dealers’ expectations for their future revenue. Topping the list of revenue sources considered important for growth was application technology hardware, reversing its 3-year downward trend.
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2019 BENCHMARK STUDY

Part 4: Dealer Priorities Trending Toward Data Management & Staff Training

Data analysis, staff retention and avenues to navigate the ag economy topped the list for dealer focuses in 2019 and beyond.
This year has shown interesting new developments in market sentiments, with dealers continuing to slowly move away from hardware and steer sharply toward data management for future revenue, according to the seventh annual Precision Farming Dealer Benchmark Study.
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