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

Growers Remain Positive on Purchase Plans

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode we discuss growers equipment purchasing — and other capital investment —plans. While the Capital Investment Index from the Ag Economy Barometer went down, growers still indicated they are still optimistic about purchasing equipment. In the Technology Corner, we look at cyber security issues for dealers. Also in this episode: CNH Industrial and AGCO both have good first quarters, the rising costs of both new and used equipment and Cervus Equipment's first quarter results.
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Big Dealers Continue to Get Bigger

In this week’s program, we take a preliminary look at the 2021 Big Dealer Report. While the number of dealers operating 5 or more ag locations only increased by 1, the total number of stores big dealers operate was up by 5%. In the Technology Corner, Jack Zemlicka talks with Michael Boehlje with Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture about the shifting skillset for precision specialists. Also in this episode: the semiconductor shortage and whether it will impact ag, a look at the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill, New Holland’s new methane-powered tractor and an improvement in ag exports to China.
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Ag Manufacturers Optimistic on 2021

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's episode 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. 
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Kinze & Ag Leader File Countersuit Against Deere

The latest episode of On the Record is Now Available! 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 Deere 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 Machinery and Cervus Equipment’s latest earnings report, and report on European ag machinery market sentiment.
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Equipment Demand Rises as Supply Chain Delays Continue

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this week's show we discuss the increases 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.
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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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