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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On the Record

AGCO WIP Orders Up 5.5% in 2Q 2022

In this episode of On the Record, we take a closer look on AGCO’s unfinished inventory, which is the highest it’s been in 2 years. In the technology corner, we take a look at Precision Planting's new tools for automating soil sampling. Also in this episode, the results of a Farm Equipment poll on OEM new equipment lead times and an update on the UAW-CNH strike.
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25% of Dealers Don't Expect Inventory Correction for Over 2 Years

In this episode of On the Record, Stifel's quarterly dealer survey reveals that while OEM lead times have improved slightly, the majority of dealers still say they are longer than last year. In the Technology Corner we look at AEM's recent white paper that outlines 13 trends that could influence how food is produced — many of which are tied to precision ag technologies. Also in this episode: A closer look at Titan Machinery's acquisition of Heartland Ag Systems, how farmers view shortlines compared to the majors, and a look at the 6-month unit sales report for 100+ horsepower and 4WD tractors.
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Used High Horsepower Tractor Prices Continue to Rise

In this episode we take a look at how used tractor prices continue to increase while inventories remain low. In the Technology Corner Michaela Paukner breaks down the technology plans for strip-tillers based on Strip-Till Farmers 2022 benchmark study. Also in this episode: NAEDA completes its merger, the forecast for China tractor sales over the next 5 years, Purdue's Farm Capital Investment Index remains at a record low, and we introduce the pilot episode of our new docuseries Stories from Independent Ag Equipment Innovators.
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Delivery Delays, Rising Prices Push Dealer Optimism Down Double Digits

In this episode of On the Record we take a look at the how dealer optimism has continued to fall, hitting a near record low, in May. In the Technology Corner Michaela Paukner follows up her last segment with a look at AGCO’s tech stack. We also discuss the California’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board’s rejection of a petition to amend a 70s era regulation limiting autonomous equipment. Also in this episode a look at Kubota’s dealer development plans and the full-line and tractor manufacturer results of EDA’s dealer manufacturer relations report.
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Late Planting’s Implications for the Ag Supply Chain

In this week’s episode, we take a look at how late planting will have implications across the entire ag supply chain. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner examines Deere’s vision for autonomous farming. Also in this episode, Titan Machinery’s 1Q 2023 revenue increased nearly 24% and a look at what types of equipment growers are more likely to favor shortlines for over a unit from one of the majors.
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AGCO Puts Plan in Place to Promote Dealer Growth

In this episode of On the Record we take a look at AGCO's recently introduced Transformational Assessment Process (TAP) for its North American production ag dealers. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner examines how CNH Industrial and John Deere's tech stacks compare. Also in this episode, the latest earnings reports from Deere & Co. and Kubota.
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Case IH Dealers React to UAW Strike at 2 CNH Plants

In this episode, we take a look at what Case IH dealers are saying about the UAW strike at CNH Industrial's Racine, Wis., and Burlington, Iowa, plants. In the Technology Corner Michaela Paukner visits with Sam Christianson from Titan Machinery about their partnership with Augmenta Systems. Also in this episode CNH and AGCO report sales growth in the first quarter and our Dealer Optimism Index hits its 9th month in a row with a negative reading.
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Dealer Consolidation Going Strong

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this episode of On the Record we preview the results of the 2022 Big Dealer Report, which tracks consolidation trends among farm equipment dealers. In Technology Corner Michaela Paukner takes a closer look at the significant role autonomy will play in Deere's target recurring revenue goal. Also in this episode, what CNH Industrial's "reverse integration" of Raven means for dealers and customers and a look at the 10-year equipment purchasing trends of no-tillers.
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Producers Plan Fewer Machinery Purchases in 2022

The latest episode of On the Record is now available! In this episode of On the Record, we look at the latest results of Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer and how producer sentiment toward capital expenditures hit a 6-year low. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner digs into AGCO’s latest sustainability report. Also in this episode, Buhler Industries release its annual report and Todd Bachman, CEO of Florida Coast Equipment, shares some insights into Kubota’s dealer network.
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What Will California’s Tier 5 Emission Standards Mean for Ag Equipment?

In this episode of On the Record, we look at the Tier 5 emission standards being proposed for California and what it could mean for the ag equipment market. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner looks at how Krone and Lemken partnered to create an autonomous machine for forage harvesting and tillage, the Combined Powers machine. Also in this episode: CNH Industrial CEO Scott Wine addresses competition between the company's Case IH and New Holland dealers, and we take a look at Case IH dealer Titan Machinery's fiscal year 2022 earnings report.
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