Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt is the Executive Editor of Farm Equipment and the host of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s On The Record. An award-winning writer, she worked 7 years in business-to-business trade media before joining Farm Equipment in 2012. She is a journalism graduate of Marquette University.

Contact: kschmidt@lessitermedia.com

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On the Record

More Equipment Loans Forecasted for 2021

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week’s episode we take a look at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s fourth quarter survey, which suggests farm equipment loans could increase in 2021. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka discusses opportunities with early order programs in the midst of ongoing shortages and delays in parts availability. Also in this episode, a closer look at Deere and Kubota’s latest earnings releases and Fendt gains market share in Europe.
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AGCO & CNH Industrial Report Strong 4Q Results

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's program 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 market share and Art's Way's 2020 earnings.
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Survey Shows Used Equipment Pricing Improves in 4Q20

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's program 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 what Deere plans to do with 5G connectivity, a look at how 2020 large ag equipment sales compare to the 5-year average and Krone's 2020 ag sales.
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Net 32% of Dealers Report Used Inventory Levels ‘Too Low’

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 Versatile and Farm King brands of equipment, and Claas, as well as an improvement in farmer sentiment and farm equipment purchasing plans and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank reports weaker ag conditions in the fourth quarter of 2020.
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Dealers Optimistic on Revenue Growth from Rural Lifestyle Customers

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's 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 dealers. Also in this episode, ag lending conditions recover in the third quarter, net cash farm income sees a boost, CEMA reports European dealer sentiment is improving and a look at the top 5 European speciality equipment manufacturers based on 2019 revenues.
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Dealers Continue to Report Inventory Concerns

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode, 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's FY20 ag sales were down 6%, and a look at how the election impacted farmer sentiment.
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Ag Lenders Say 50% of Borrowers Profitable in 2020

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode 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 reports growth in 3Q20, the Kansas City and Chicago Federal Reserve Banks report lower farm loan demand and dealer sentiment among European dealers is on the rise.
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Farmers’ Ag Machinery Purchase Plans Improve

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week’s episode, 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 latest earnings reports from Rocky Mountain Dealerships, Cervus Equipment, AGCO and Case IH.
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Judge Sides with Dealers in North Dakota Dealer Protection Law Ruling

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's program, 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 more results from the 2021 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends Report.
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AGCO Acquires Dealership Group

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week’s episode, 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 2020 new equipment revenues has improved significantly from their forecast a year ago, the Ag Economy Barometer shows the number of farmers planning equipment purchases in the year ahead is growing, and Alamo reports pent-up demand is fueling its ag sales.
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