Author Archives: Dr. Jay T. Akridge

About Dr. Jay T. Akridge

Akridge is the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Precision Agriculture Survey: What’s Next?

With the recession in the general economy causing fallout in the agricultural industry, there’s a question about what comes next for precision technology and services. Two areas explored further in the 14th Annual Precision Agriculture Survey were which emerging precision technologies would have the most impact on agricultural dealers’ businesses and what current barriers prevent

Precision Agriculture Survey: The Roller-Coaster Economy Impact

With the almost unbelievable shifts in the economy over the past 12 months, many are looking with great interest at trends in the agricultural dealer businesses. About The Survey The 14th annual Precision Agriculture Survey is sponsored by CropLife magazine and Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business, and financially supported by Trimble. As

12th Annual Precision Agriculture Survey

In the Midwest, the more established precision technologies have hit their stride. Though a few dealerships add new precision technologies and services each year (like field mapping for legal/billing/insurance purposes and satellite/aerial imagery for internal dealership use), an almost equal number of dealerships may drop those technologies, resulting in a more or less stable level

Responding To A Changing Market

The verdict is in — more corn in 2007 was good for everybody in the ag retail business. In particular, precision agriculture recorded some truly impressive numbers. As a result, there was nothing unlucky about the 13th annual Precision Ag Survey. The impact of more corn acreage and higher fertilizer prices can be seen in

Hanging On To Talent

It is a cliché, but also very true: A crop inputs business is only as good its team of employees. And having a great team means hiring great employees — and then keeping them dedicated and productive. We know that some turnover is a given; indeed, you periodically want some new faces and the energy