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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 ...
 
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From a previous ownership by Electrolux, maker of Flymo mowers, Cheshire Turf Machinery has emerged as one of the UK's leading professional turf machinery dealers with an impressive client list that includes Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. Managing Director Steve Halley describes the evolution of the business as it celebrates its …
 
The first in a trilogy of podcasts called Dealernomics talking to three turfcare dealers about the economics and evolution of their business over the ages. First up, Tim Lane who started his business, ATH Machinery, 2 years ago, and just months before lockdown. He will be followed by Steve Halley of Cheshire Turf Machinery (established 25 years) an…
 
This {BONUS} episode of the podcast is highlighting yellow equipment! Dennis Howard joins host Tony Kramer to discuss all things construction - from equipment, technology in place on job sites, to challenges the industry is facing. This episode is dropping during National Construction Appreciation Week, the week dedicated to showcasing the essentia…
 
Residue management.You might be thinking - how is this related to agriculture technology?This episode is focused on an important discussion about residue management - which can be overlooked in farming practices. Join Tony Kramer, RDO Agronomist and host of the Agriculture Technology Podcast, as he shares his insights, learnings, and expertise rela…
 
“We have the technology to blow little minds” That is the view of Josh Payne, Education Manager for the National Farmers Union (NFU). A former primary school teacher, Josh tells Chris Biddle in the latest Inside Agri-Turf podcast that the best time to engage children’s interest in STEM subjects, demonstrated through the prism of farming, food and n…
 
This latest episode of the Agriculture Technology Podcast covers JDLink and Remote Support.Nate Schlief is an expert at the remote solutions offered to today's growers and he joins host Tony Kramer to discuss the options in depth. You can learn more about solutions from your local dealer or RDO Equipment Co. Visit our website at www.rdoequipment.co…
 
To complement his social media activity on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, Devon based power equipment dealer, James Hayes, has established a dedicated You Tube channel during the past 12 months which has had over 400,000 views to date. To help achieve this, James has taken on filmmaker Will Evans, a university graduate and Royal Televisio…
 
Ever watched a "How-to?" Host Tony Kramer takes a "How-to" to the next level by talking through combine yield calibration on this episode of the podcast.Be ready for this harvest season with good, clean data.Have an idea for a new "How-to" Tony should tackle? Leave us a comment or send us a message on social media! We'd love to hear from you.----Mi…
 
'Start to interest the young in a career in agri-turf from a very early age - and keep that fire lit". That is the key message from Amanda Dawson, HR Director and Andy Luikens, Talent Acquisition Manager of RDO Equipment Co, the ag and construction equipment dealership based at Fargo, North Dakota which operates 75 branches in 9 States across the U…
 
Brant Palmer, Precision Product Specialist for RDO Equipment Co., joins this episode of the podcast to talk about the new RTK Tower-to-field-association, and how this latest advancement proves to be a big time-saving step for growers.----Missed an episode? Get caught up by visiting the Episode Archive on our website: www.rdoequipment.com/more/resou…
 
Can two trade associations representing companies on different sides of the fence, really operate as one? Reflecting on the news that the manufacturers trade association AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association) have bought BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association) representing sales and service dealers, I talk to former BAGMA Di…
 
Following the recent announcement that the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) representing UK manufacturers and suppliers has acquired the UK dealers trade association BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association), Chris Biddle talks to Ruth Bailey, the AEA CEO and Keith Christian, Director of BAGMA about the rationale behind …
 
Specialty crops need specialty equipment.Enter the Mazzotti sprayer, an Italian-built, self-propelled sprayer.Bryan Feemster, RDO Product Specialist Supervisor based in Salinas, CA joins this week’s episode to share more about the technology of this sprayer and how it proves beneficial to growers in the California Coast and beyond.Learn more about …
 
Inside Agri-Turf podcast creator and host, Chris Biddle, reflects on starting the podcast 12 months ago, finding an audience, and getting to grips with audio editing after 30 years of manipulating words rather than sound waves. He reveals the outline stats of downloads and unique listeners over the past year, the international reach of the podcast …
 
RDO Product Specialist and technology expert Jay Garcia joins host Tony Kramer for a discussion on HarvestLabTM 3000.This sensor enables accurate measurement and documentation of dry matter, starch, protein, neutral detergent fiber, and acid detergent fiber in different crop types.Tune in to Episode 146 and learn more about John Deere’s technology …
 
To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2021, Inside Agri-Turf features three women who are currently fully engaged in technical and service roles with agricultural engineering companies. There is an extract from a previous episode talking to Laura Bassnett, the winner of the Technician for 2021 Award, I discover how the runner up in those A…
 
That is just one of the principles of being a specialist dealer outlined by Howell and Emyr Jenkins of Jenkins Garden Machinery in South Wales in this episode. In recent years, the Jenkins family have suffered from a series of personal set- backs with Howell just back in the business after leukemia, and the passing of wife and business founder Glyn…
 
Mike Strand joins Episode 145 to discuss model-year ’22 Hagie sprayer updates.John Deere has streamlined their Hagie model lineup and will offer the STS 12, STS 16, and STS 20. The number correlates to the size of the solution tank (1200, 1600, and 2000-gallon tanks).Tune in to learn more about these sprayer models and when they’ll be available for…
 
Recently, the Landbased Education and Training Committee (LE-TEC) selected the winners of its Technicians for 2021. Overall winner was Laura Bassnett, who works as a Technician at Case dealership, Ernest Doe, Fyfield branch. I caught up with her during a hiking holiday in Wales, and just after she had climbed the Tryfan peak in Snowdonia. We chatte…
 
During the early hours of 7 April 2021, a devastating fire swept through the premises of specialist ATV dealer, MKM Agriculture in Bedfordshire. Owner Anthony Deacon, along with the fire crew, could only stand and watch as huge flames wiped out his workshop along with over 80 machines (both his stock and customer repairs), all the workshop equipmen…
 
Recorded during Mental Health Awareness week, I talk to Tom Johnston who experienced depression and a series of mental health issues as he took his first steps into agricultural engineering, a career that he had always dreamed off. For a 'tractor-mad' boy, he never wanted to do anything else, but several twists and turns resulted in set-backs, unti…
 
Host Tony Kramer and Product Specialist Ben Hilde discuss what growers can expect in John Deere's new Model Year 22 (MY22) Sprayers.In case you missed it, Ep. 143 covered John Deere's new See & Spray Select; you can tune in here: https://bit.ly/2SdU6QM-----Missed an episode? Get caught up by visiting the Episode Archive on our website: www.rdoequip…
 
After a short break, Chris Biddle summarises the content of future episodes of Inside Agri-Turf which re-launches with Season Two on 24 May 2021. Topics covered will include mental health, coping with a business-threatening event, diversity, the importance of family businesses with their 'name above the door', the future role for independent dealer…
 
On this episode of the Agriculture Technology Podcast, Erin Hightower, RDO Agronomist, joins host Tony Kramer, to discuss John Deere's new See & Spray Select - the first commercially available Deere machine factory-equipped with this advanced spraying technology.The See & Spray Select can help minimize input costs and only spray weeds when they are…
 
Bryce Knowlen, Precision Product Specialist at RDO, joins host Tony Kramer to discuss the John Deere's factory-installed, integrated tractor and planter solution.John Deere has updated its model year 2022 planters as part of a factory- installed, integrated ExactRate™ solution that eliminates the need for add-on tanks and custom plumbing solutions …
 
“I think of farm data as a three-legged stool with each one of the legs representing agronomic data, operational data, and then the financial-economic data. Taking the agronomic insights and turning them into economic insights - that's where Harvest Profit comes in.”Harvest Profit is a software tool focused on making it easier for farmers to track …
 
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…
 
Work Planner is a new John Deere Operations Center feature that farmers can use to streamline their work setup experience and to help operators start working more quickly in the field.Using the Operations Center's Work Planner feature, farmers can now define field-specific work details such as variety, prescription, or guidance lines in advance to …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Spring is almost here - are you ready for the growing season?On the latest episode of RDO's Agriculture Technology Podcast, Jake & Tony Talk pre-season prep. What can you do now before you hop in that tractor. Tune in to episode 139.----Visit www.rdoequipment.com/more/resources/podcasts to find and view this episode's transcript.-----Missed an epis…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Every farming operation is different. Every grower makes choices on solutions to fit the needs of their farm – and those solutions aren’t always John Deere.However, with John Deere Operations Center, pulling in 3rd party should not be a concern.On this latest episode of the Agriculture Technology Podcast, Jake and Tony Talk 3rd party data and cover…
 
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…
 
Dick Muhlbeier, RDO Product Specialist Supervisor based in the Northwest region, shares his insight on the latest Gen4 Displays from John Deere.----Visit www.rdoequipment.com/more/resources/podcasts to find and view this episode's transcript.-----Missed an episode? Get caught up by visiting the Episode Archive on our website: www.rdoequipment.com/m…
 
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…
 
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…
 
On the latest episode of the Precision Agriculture Technology podcast, host Tony Kramer and guest Ben Hilde discuss John Deere’s new AutoPathTM.This advanced yet simple guidance solution uses data collected from the first pass in the field, whether spraying, side-dressing, or harvest, to establish row guidance for all subsequent field passes, no ma…
 
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…
 
Important changes are happening to StarFireTM receivers early this year.All StarFireTM models are affected by these changes, and on our latest episode of the Precision Ag Technology podcast, host Tony Kramer is joined by Brent Horner to talk about what you need to do before – before you jump in the tractor this spring.----Visit www.rdoequipment.com…
 
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…
 
The year in review, as told by podcast episodes.While COVID impacted every part of every industry, farmers were able to continue moving forward while many industries came to a halt. In this final episode of the year, host Tony Kramer looks back on the year, its challenges, and highlights some of what he learned in the 25 episodes produced in 2020.-…
 
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 early 2020, John Deere released new Terms and Conditions for its John Deere Operation Center.Now, as we head into the new year, host Tony Kramer is joined by Jake Maurer to discuss how these changes impact growers, privacy, and data.-----Visit www.rdoequipment.com/more/resources/podcasts to find and view this episode's transcript.-----Missed an …
 
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 …
 
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