On 24th – 28th February 2019, Ag Leader Europe was, together with our French distributor InnovGPS, present on the SIMA Exhibition in Paris. SIMA is one of the biggest international agricultural exhibitions in Europe where 1,800 companies from 42 countries exhibit. There were just over 232,000 visitors from 135 countries at this exhibition this year.Keep Reading
On 14 – 16 January 2019, Ag Leader hosted South African distributor Cerealis at the Ag Leader Academy in Ames, Iowa.Keep Reading
On 3-6 December 2018, Ag Leader EMEA held their sales meeting in the historic and beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic.Keep Reading
I took the opportunity last week to travel to the north of England and visit a contractor who has now been running a Sands Horizon sprayer fitted with an Ag Leader® Integra and DirectCommand™ ISOBUS liquid control for about a year now. My intention was to talk to him about his experience with Ag Leader over the last year but if I were to be completely honest, the conversation went way beyond just Ag Leader!Keep Reading
I have recently returned from my annual trip to South Africa, which as some of you now know is one of my favourite places to visit!
The annual NAMPO Harvest Day was held again in May and was bigger and better than ever! It has grown each year since my first trip in 2007, and this year as no exception. Visitor numbers were up and the sun shone!
This week I had the privilege of visiting Mr. Frans Nouws in the Netherlands. Mr. Nouws is a lettuce grower who is now farming around 200ha, entirely for lettuce production. However, it was not always done on this scale. He started in partnership with his mother-in-law on 2ha about 25 years ago. They started off growing all kinds of produce including leeks, carrots and cucumbers but eventually specialised in lettuces. Now farming 200ha and exporting to places such as Moscow and Dubai, Mr. Nouws can be considered a specialist and certainly an innovator.Keep Reading
During the first 2 weeks of June, we hosted two of our test engineers from the testing department in Ames. Bob Heston and Joe Holoubek started their trip at the EMEA office in the Netherlands where our own Service Manager Gerrit Emmens kept them busy testing a variety of equipment throughout the Netherlands. They then made the trip over here to the UK where we carried out further testing, but also had some time to chat with customers about their thoughts on the Ag Leader products and where they felt we could improve.Keep Reading
Back in the middle of February, I took my annual trip down to South Africa to meet our distributor Nel Precision Farming. Mac has been working with Ag Leader for several years already but it was only in 2011 that he started his own company to distribute Ag Leader products in South Africa.
My visit in February coincided with his first sales meeting for his dealers since starting the company. It was a good turn out and all were happy to hear about the new features that are now available in version 4.0. Of course, there was also a lot of good constructive feedback for product improvements and features for the future.Keep Reading
Last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with some of our UK users of OptRx and see how they are getting along.
Last year was a particularly tough year for a lot of UK farmers. It rained most of the summer which lead to a difficult harvest, reduced yields and then tough drilling conditions for the subsequent crops. This ultimately lead to some uneven, patchy emergence and in some cases, winter wheat has only just been sown in the last 2-3 weeks!Keep Reading
During the week of January 14-18, Ag Leader held its annual distributor training at the PTC+ in Ede, The Netherlands. As in the past, this was a 5 day training session covering all the Ag Leader product lines so was very intensive but also very interesting and valuable to the distributors. It was great to see so many attending, and numbers were higher than the previous year.Keep Reading