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    Competition on a Quarter-Scale

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     by Willie Vogt
     on May 26, 2011

    Just Added: I talk about the Q-Scale Competition with Wisconsin Farm Broadcaster Pam Jahnke - use the player below to listen Those who follow this blog know that I've been involved - off and on - with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition (yes it is a mouthful). It's a program that provides agricultural engineering students the change to have a near real-world experience in designing and building an…

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    The Hits Just Keep Coming

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     by Willie Vogt
     on May 20, 2011

    Looks like farmer readers are in a buying mood, at least according to the latest survey of dealers by Henry Kirn, machinery analyst for UBS, the investment house. UBS has been conducting dealer surveys for years, and we've featured the results in this blog from time to time. This latest survey (Part 1 of Survey #28) offers some interesting insight into what dealers are seeing from their customers. I thought I'd share a few of those results with you. The survey was sent to 2,200 John Deere…

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    Above and Beyond, or Just Normal Customer Service?

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     by Willie Vogt
     on May 13, 2011

    During my visit to Agco's Batavia facility, one of the company's key parts supply operations, we got into a discussion about supporting the customer. Some of the folks on the team are relatively new to ag - not new to parts support - but new to our industry. And they've already picked up on one key fact: When you're down you don't have a spare machine around to pick up the slack. Joe DiPietro, senior manager, strategy and performance, tells the story of a farmer from Nebraska who called on a…

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    Pulling it Together

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     by Willie Vogt
     on May 6, 2011

    There's that great scene at the end of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Ark pf the Covenant has been turned over to the Army and they insist it's been put in a safe place. The scene ends with a janitor-like person pushing the crate with the Ark of the Covenant into a super-giant warehouse in amongst thousands more just like it. I always wondered how they'd find it when needed. That same giant-warehouse feel will greet any visitor to a farm equipment maker's parts support…

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