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Welcome to the Machinery Pete Podcast hosted by Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete. For over 30 years, Greg has been a trusted source of knowledge in the farming equipment industry. Starting with a gut feeling, Greg set off to bring more and better data to the agriculture space. He’s been a voice you can trust, no matter where you’re listening or reading. In this podcast, Greg will be sharing stories and conversations from around the industry. The kinds of conversations t ...
 
Inside Agri-Turf speaks to those at the sharp-end of the farm and grass machinery industry which ranges from powerful 500hp farm tractors to lawnmowers for the home, via equipment used in the upkeep of golf courses, cricket and football grounds, parks and open spaces, forests and the care of the countryside. As new technology and robotics come increasingly on-stream, we will talk to manufacturers, dealers, industry representatives and end-users in order to report on this fast-moving, innovat ...
 
The Gun Room is a podcast dedicated to the sporting firearms we carry in pursuit of game. A base-level knowledge of firearms and their workings is synonymous with hunting. By its very nature, the pursuit of game demands the user become familiar, if not proficient with a weapon of their choosing. TGR will dive headlong into all things surrounding the incredible diversity of sporting firearms we used in the field today. We will examine the history and technology in the development of modern sp ...
 
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Machinery Pete talks with Thad Shively, Dir. of Pre-Owned Inventory for C&B Operations, a 37-store John Deere dealership with stores in MN, IA, SD, WY, MT and ID. Shively is retiring in April '21 after a lifetime in the farm equipment dealer biz. Thad and Pete talk about the current farm equipment market, trends and cycles over the decades, where t…
 
In this podcast we take a look at AEM's recent survey of manufacturers on their outlook for business in 2021. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses precision farming dealers' revenue outlook for the year ahead. Also in this episode, a closer look at AgJunction and Raven's latest earnings reports and an update on ag credit conditions.…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from Dan Jansen, Vice President of Product Support at Miller Bradford, to learn how they use their 5-in-5 inspection method to generate a significant amount of parts and service revenue each year. The goal of their inspection method is to find 5 things in 5 minutes on every machine they have eyes on, using a completely …
 
After he was mentioned by two of my recent podcast guests (Jeremy Gibbs Ep 24 and Graham Thompson Ep 26 ) as providing valuable mentoring advice at different stages of their careers, I’m delighted to be joined by Peter Leech for his views on the value of mentoring. Peter spent more than 40 years in senior technical and training roles with John Deer…
 
In this week’s program we take a look at a recent countersuit filed by Kinze and Ag Leader against Deere & Co. in response to a patent infringement lawsuit Deer brought against the two in late 2020. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka shares how 21st Century Equipment is mainstreaming its precision department. We also take a look at both Titan …
 
As machinery manager for Glendale, a leading management company maintaining substantial areas of green open spaces, forestry and sports facilities, Neal Harper is responsible for the purchase, upkeep and use of over 5000 pieces of equipment and vehicles. In this podcast, he talks to Chris Biddle about his route into the agri-turf machinery industry…
 
Episode 1: Guy Bignell and the Boss Flight Guy Bignell, former president of Griffin and Howe joins us to discuss a 16 gun 'flight' of Boss shotguns, perhaps the only one in existence. About The Gun Room A base-level knowledge of firearms and their workings is synonymous with hunting. By its very nature, the pursuit of game demands the user become f…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from David Orr, General Manager, James Hunter and Greg Holland, Branch Service Managers, and Tammi Hall, Finance Director, at Intermountain New Holland to learn how Intermountain New Holland has generated significant additional revenue for their dealership by implementing creative ways to incentivize their employees to …
 
In this episode, Chris Biddle reflects on the people and the quotes that have stood out during the current season of Inside Agri-Turf In particular, he discusses how and why so many sons and daughters have followed parents into the family business, bringing with them new skills. He also picks out the stand-moment when the industry was described in …
 
In this podcast we discuss the increases in dealers are reporting in equipment demand, while inventory challenges continue. We also dig into No-Till Farmer's recent Operational Benchmark Study and where growers are planning to spend their money in the year ahead. And, we report on Alamo Group's record sales in 2020.…
 
Wide ranging talk with Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) with updated news about shows and the management of golf courses post-pandemic. Time stamps of topics covered: 01:25 Festival of Turf 2021 update - and future 11:15 Golf course 'stock' and staff furloughs? 15:50 Club budgets? 18:10 Overplaying…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from Eddie Houston, Director of Service Operations, at Hill’s Machinery to learn how Hill’s Machinery has evolved the program and the act of inspecting equipment to be integrated into all areas of the business, creating a culture of co-equipment management with their customers, driving profitability across the entire de…
 
Erik Hogervorst is President of CLIMMAR, the pan-European trade association representing over 19,000 farm and turfcare machinery sales and service dealers. He is a director of a family owned Dutch dealership with a Kubota franchises and specialist divisions in fork lift trucks and spraying equipment, and has been CLIMMAR President for 6 years. In t…
 
Machinery Pete shares his memories from, as well as the full interview he did 10 years ago this month (Feb. 2011) in Wyoming, IL with then 97-year-old Joe Colgan. Joe got into the farm equipment biz in 1933, went to work for John Deere in 1937 and became a John Deere dealer in 1947. Joe Colgan passed 4/28/15 at the age of 101, but his words of wisd…
 
Graham Thompson reflects on a career starting as a service technician with an agricultural engineer in Hampshire to his appointment as Director, Tractor Portfolio Development and Strategic Growth Planning for Deere and Co in the US After working on a Hampshire farm, Graham took further education at Sparsholt College and Lackham College and landed a…
 
Could this be a year when independents come into their own following the decimation of so many well know store brands? Display and merchandising consultant Murray Burton who has worked with leading brands, national retail chains and specialist lawn and garden machinery dealers is in conversation with Chris Biddle about a new age of retailing. He sa…
 
In this podcast we discuss AGCO and CNH Industrials 4Q and full year 2020 earnings, with both reporting revenues up during the quarter. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka talks about Tim Norris' new consulting business focused on precision ag companies with 5-10 employees. Also in the episode, we look at the latest numbers for UK tractor marke…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from Kelly Haman, Finance and Insurance Manager, and Don Aberle, Senior Manager of Evaluations and Inside Sales, at Titan Machinery, about how they are using end of lease inspections to capture previously unrealized parts and service revenue, manage lease maturity machine condition, and provide a seamless lease return p…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from Darin Maltsberger, Service Manager at Scott Supply Company, about how they’ve grown their parts and service business by 30% through the use of our inspection app and improved communication of the inspection results with their customers. Scott Supply represents Case IH, New Holland, Cub Cadet, Kinze, and Trimble bra…
 
In this episode Chris Biddle talks to two people with fascinating accounts on how ex service personnel find fulfilling careers in agriculture after leaving the services. After training at Sparsholt Agricultural College in Hampshire and Harper Adams University, Jeremy Gibbs joined John Deere where he worked in both the agricultural and turf machiner…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Marshalltown, IA farmer David McCubbin about his online farm retirement auction on December 16, 2020. Pete and David talk about the emotions and planning involved from start to finish and beyond the sale....how does it feel when all the machinery is gone and your shed is empty? [:45] - Machinery Pete sets up today’s topic …
 
When the UK formally left the UK on 1 January 2020, there was a new set of trading challenges for companies, and not least Irish companies with branches on both sides of the Irish Sea. Paul Butterly of FGM Claymore talks to Chris Biddle about the impact on his family-owned company as a buyer and seller of imported products with trading bases in the…
 
In this podcast we review the results of Stifel's fourth quarter dealer survey, which shows used prices increased and inventory "to low." In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka shares some of preliminary results of the 13th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study and what it revels about global ag tech adoption. Also in this episode, more on wh…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear from Pat McCrabb, General Manager, and Susan Fedler, Service Writer, at JJ Nichting about how they’ve increased repeat combine inspection customers, improved the professional presentation of their inspection reports with photos and typed technician notes, and cut down on the time it takes to get customer approval for in…
 
Chris Biddle talks to Richard Charles, UK and Ireland Training Manager for the AGCO Corporation about the ongoing challenge of recruiting new, talented employees. Richard considers the agricultural engineering industry to be a 'closed shop' with most new employees being recruited from other companies already in the industry. We should be looking fo…
 
2021 marks the centenary of the first mass produced petrol engine made by Atco. Costing around £20 it was lightweight and brought lawnmowing to the masses. Here, Chris Biddle chats to Austin Jarrett, md of Staffordshire based Allett Ltd who in 2011 bought all the intellectual drawings, plants, equipment and tooling for the Atco range when the facto…
 
Chris Biddle chats to Charlie Nicklin, the recently appointed CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers. (IAgrE). From a farming family, at the age of 10 Charlie was given a 'little grey Fergie' by his grandfather, which is still part of growing collection. Having gained a degree in engineering at Harper Adams, he subsequently spent 24 years…
 
50 years ago this week, on January 6, 1971, Vermeer Corp. of Pella, IA introduced the first large round baler to the ag industry. Pete talks with Jason Andringa, President/CEO of Vermeer and also grandson of company founder (founded 1948) Gary Vermeer about how the large round baler came to be. Pete, Andringa and Mark Core, Exec. VP, also talk abou…
 
Happy New Year! The latest episode of On the Record is now available. In this week’s program we discuss dealers’ record low used equipment inventory levels. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses how the lifecycle of precision services are evolving. Also in this episode, the latest earnings reports from Buhler, manufacturer of the Versat…
 
A special end-of-season episode reflecting on an unforgettable year through the eyes and voices of those at the sharp-end of the Agri-Turf industry. We hear about the role of trade associations to provide independent companies with information and 'dos and donts'. There are accounts by dealers of the measures they had to take to drive business remo…
 
In this episode we discuss some of the preliminary results of the 2021 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook survey, which shows dealers in this segment optimistic for the year ahead. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses one dealer's predictiation that farmers will start to expect 24/7 service and problem solving from their …
 
After a career spanning 30 years at Stihl GB, the last 14 years as managing director, Robin Lennie retires on 31 December. In the penultimate Inside Agri-Turf episode of 2020, he talks openly and frankly to Chris Biddle about the chemistry between himself and Peter Baker, the MD when he joined the company in 1990 as Finance Director, who needed 'fa…
 
Chris Biddle is joined this week by Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association) and leading agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson to reflect on the 2020 season for the Agri-Turf industry - and provide some thoughts on the months ahead. The episode was recorded in the midst of the final Brexit talks …
 
In this podcast, the latest Dealer Sentiments report shows a net 54% of dealers report their new equipment inventory is too low, the highest since 2011 when we first started gathering this data. In the Technology Corner we take a look at Raven's new Autonomous AutoCart. Also in this episode, Titan Machinery reports 3Q ag revenues were up 3%, Deere'…
 
Chris Gibson, MD of GGM Groundscare relives a season that veered from optimism through to fear when lockdown was announced in March, and ended with pride in his team for pulling together and navigating a very challenging season. He tells how some initiatives introduced because of Covid restrictions actually improved the business, how his team made …
 
Machinery Pete talks with Kurt Miller, Director of Used Equipment for Heritage Tractor, a 21-store John Deere dealership in MO, AR, KS, NE and OK, about their unique new -1% Finance Program (They Pay You!) on any of 65 used combines they have for sale. Since the program started three weeks ago, they've already sold 22 combines. Pete and Kurt also t…
 
This episode we go 'across the pond' to catch up with America's leading dealership coaches, Bob Clements and Sara to discuss their new book You're the Problem - and the Solution which provides dealers with advice and tips on how to reclaim their sanity, their life and their dealership. We also talk about the impact of COVID19 on US dealer business …
 
In this podcast we take a look at some of the results from the Fall 2020 Agricultural Lender Survey Report, which points to over half of borrowers being profitable in 2020. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses how technology will influence large corporate farms and smaller operations alike. Also in this episode, Ag Growth International…
 
Bedfordshire ATV specialist, MKM Agriculture, are unusual in being able to offer the four leading Japanese ATV brands under one roof. Managing Director Anthony tells Chris Biddle how the company gradually built up a 'full house' of the franchises, and how they fit well together. He also discusses the importance of operator training and the benefit …
 
Chris Biddle is joined by Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive of the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) for an an episode recorded the day that England entered a second national lockdown of 2020, a decision which Andrew describes as his greatest disappointment of the year to-date. With so many 'bricks and mortar' retailers having to clos…
 
In this podcast, we look at the record high readings from Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, including improvements in farmers’ equipment purchasing plans. In the Technology Corner Jack Zemlicka discusses dealers expectations for sales of precision farming systems. Also in this episode, a look at where dealers plan to invest in 2021 and the …
 
A highly topical conversation with David Hart, MD of Kubota UK recorded on a day when two of Kubota's long standing dealers agreed on an uncoupling of key franchises in order to provide greater clarity and focus for their companies in the future. It was a complex and complicated decision agreed between two respected multi-branch dealers. Elsewhere …
 
They are the 'In-Betweeners' , specialist sales and service dealers who are the vital conduit between the manufacturer and the end-user. Almost inevitably their numbers are diminishing as moves by manufacturers to establish multi-branch 'super-dealers' gathers pace. There is often a clash of cultures between the priorities of major corporations wit…
 
In this podcast, we discuss the judges ruling on the North Dakota dealer protection law that had been challenged by manufacturers. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses dealers hiring plans for the precision farming department. Also in this episode, we also look at the latest dealer survey from Stifel on third quarter sales and examine …
 
Micah Moulin of Adams, NE is a busy young man with a full time job and a cool growing business, "Moulin Farm Art and Repair." His unique pencil drawings (now paint as well) of tractors, trucks and farm scenes have caught on in a big way with special commission orders coming in from around the country. Hear how it all got started for Micah and where…
 
In this podcast, AGCO announced this week its intention to buy the ag assets of Boyd Co., establishing a dealership that is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGCO. In the Technology Corner, Ben Thorpe discusses John Deere’s recent acquisition of spectrum broadband licenses during an FCC auction. Also in this episode, dealers report their outlook for 202…
 
Machinery Pete and auctioneer Kurt Aumann with Aumann Vintage Power of Nokomis, IL discuss the collector tractor market, including the 1971 IHC 1066 (1st one made!) with 2,993 original hours Aumann sold it for a new record price of $86,100 on a 9/22/20 collector auction in Iowa. Aumann tells stories on the following record price setting tractors he…
 
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