Case IH’s Colin Rush, Senior Director of Regional Sales, was recently interviewed by FCC, which is Canada’s leading agriculture lender. In part one, he shares his big-picture view of the ag equipment industry, including technology’s important role in making equipment more efficient and more automated. In part two, he discusses ag equipment trends, the balance of innovation and affordability, as well as how Case IH uses its Customer-Driven Product Design Process to develop and improve its red equipment. What do you think will be the next big thing in ag equipment? (more…)
The popular Section 179 deduction for equipment purchases has been expanded for 2013. As part of The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, passed on January 1, 2013, the maximum deduction limit has been increased to $500,000. This limit is retroactive to purchases made in 2012. The first-year, 50 percent bonus depreciation, has also been extended. (more…)
James McCutcheon, equipment sales for Case IH dealer H&R Agri-Power in Tanner, Ala., was at Brad Lamon’s house discussing equipment when he spotted a green, battery-powered toy tractor belonging to Brad’s son, Judson, in their driveway. (more…)
Today we have Kelsie Young blogging about her experiences as the Case IH online marketing support intern this summer. A Missouri State University graduate in ag communications, Kelsie is headed to graduate school this fall. Also this fall, Case IH will begin recruiting for the 2013 class of interns. (more…)
Did you remember to turn over your calendar this morning? February is a month that signals we’re getting at least a little closer to spring. Today also is the kickoff of our Field of Deals sales event. Now is a great time to see your dealer about equipment that will help you Be Ready to meet the challenges of your livestock, dairy or other farm operation.
To Be Ready for the future, you need all the best tools at your disposal: the best equipment, the best technology and the best seed, among other things. Reports of possible seed shortages for the coming season have created discussion in agriculture circles. Are the reports real, or are they exaggerated? What do you think? (more…)
Today’s guest blogger is Mitch Kaiser, the Marketing Manager for Steiger® tractors. He’s been with the company for 37 years, with a third of these in Product Development, so he knows a thing or two about cab evolution. You can see Mitch in this short video of a Steiger Cab walkaround, shot during the 2011 Farm Progress show. Take a look at how we’re maximizing creature comforts in the Steiger cab, and let us know what you think. What’s the best cab design innovation so far? What technology have you adopted that you can’t live without? What do you think will be the next big thing?
Tax season is just around the corner, and you might be thinking of trying to squeeze in an equipment purchase before the new year. Two popular tax incentives for equipment purchasers are set to be reduced or even eliminated after December 31, 2011.
How have these changes impacted your year-end equipment purchase decision? Leave a comment and let us know.
Created in the Tax Relief/Job Creation Act of 2010, the incentives include two provisions intended to encourage equipment purchases. Big changes will occur in 2012, and the deduction on qualifying new and used equipment purchases is scheduled to be reduced from $500,000 to $125,000 with a maximum investment limit of $500,000 – down from the $2 million in previous years.
As harvest comes to an end, many producers are getting ready to put away the combine for the year. Taking small steps and making sure the combine is clean, well-maintained and adjusted can provide big benefits for next fall. Our guest blogger is Kevin Breneman, who leads our combine technical services group. Kevin has been with Case IH for 13 years. He and his team of 10 provide crop production, harvesting and precision farming support to dealers across the U.S. and Canada. He grew up north of Madison, Wis. and has always been drawn to equipment and agricultural engineering.
Is your combine ready for winter storage? Here is a checklist to ensure your combine is ready to go next fall.
As harvest comes to a close, we’re reminded once again of nature’s power. The drought in Texas that devastated crops and livestock. The excessive spring moisture that prevented 30 percent of Manitoba from even being seeded.
Yet something else also stands out in the 2011 harvest reports from throughout North America. And that is, thanks to continuous innovations in big iron, farmers are increasingly able to work around Mother Nature. Obviously we’ll never defeat her completely, but we’re definitely winning more battles.