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Drone Rodeo a Success for RDO Equipment Co. and senseFly

You’ve probably heard of traditional rodeos and you might have heard of equipment rodeos, but have you ever heard of a drone rodeo? Our team was excited to partner with senseFly and be a part of the Ag Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, OR, hosted by the Pendleton UAS Test Range.

This event proved to be a success for our team and senseFly. The majority of participants were actual growers, with...

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The Great Debate: Skid Steer Loader or Compact Track Loader

The Great Debate: Skid Steer Loader or Compact Track Loader

There’s a big debate going on out there but it’s probably not related to what you’re thinking. Don’t worry; we’re not getting into a political discussion here.

Every contractor knows the skid steer loader is a must-have on nearly every jobsite. It’s quick. It turns on a dime. It’s compact enough to operate in tight spaces, yet powerful and productive enough to deserve a place in every...

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October 5, 2016  |  Category: Products
Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

There are certain people in the world who are always willing to lend a hand; drop whatever they’re doing to help others in need. Tim McLean is one of those people.

As fire chief of the volunteer fire department in Casselton, ND, Tim has been one of the first responders in numerous emergency situations. Even if it means stepping away from a busy day running his farm, Tim makes it a...

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Katie Gamble, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Katie Gamble, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

As a Transactional Account Manager at RDO Equipment Co., Katie Gamble lives in a world filled with John Deere equipment. Driven by a lifelong passion for agriculture, Katie wanted to follow in her big brother’s footsteps and pursue a career at RDO Equipment Co. And though her path took a slight turn from where she planned to head, she has never looked back.

Host Tony Kramer invited Katie...

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September 28, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
Hidden Value of Purchasing from a Dealership’s Rental Fleet

Hidden Value of Purchasing from a Dealership’s Rental Fleet

There are plenty of reasons your construction company needs to purchase equipment. Diversification, growth, and tighter timelines to name a few.

Regardless of why it’s needed, several factors get in the way of companies actually making a new equipment purchase. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a “new” addition to your fleet doesn’t have to be “new.” Used equipment is a great...

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September 27, 2016  |  Category: Products

Salinas and Watsonville Stores Hosting Open Houses

RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water in Salinas and Watsonville are hosting open house events for customers and individuals interested in learning more about complete agriculture equipment and irrigation solutions.

The Salinas event takes place on Thursday, October 6, while Watsonville’s event is happening on Friday, October 7. Both events will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., during which...

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September 26, 2016  |  Category: Events
Basics of Backhoe Maintenance

Basics of Backhoe Maintenance

From construction to agriculture, utility work to maintenance, and snow removal to landscaping, backhoes are one of the most popular pieces of equipment, across numerous industries.

Their wide range of applications often means they see long hours and demanding tasks. While great from a productivity standpoint, the machines themselves can take a beating. If not properly cared for and...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Update: September

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Update: September

In the early morning light of a Monday morning, months of hard work, tight timelines, and detailed punch lists came to fruition. On September 12, RDO Equipment Co. in Chandler officially opened its doors for business. The store, located on Interstate 10, south of the 202 in Chandler, is the second RDO Equipment Co. location in the Phoenix metro, serving the construction industry with...

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John Deere and Big Iron Farm Show on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

John Deere and Big Iron Farm Show on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

September 13-15 marked the 36th annual Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, ND. As in previous years, John Deere and RDO Equipment Co. were key participants in the show, with a large pavilion area featuring new John Deere products and technology, along with RDO Equipment Co. team members ready to speak with attendees and answer questions. 

Host Tony Kramer brought the podcast to Big Iron...

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September 15, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
Three Steps to Safe Operation with Backhoe Loaders

Three Steps to Safe Operation with Backhoe Loaders

The roar of equipment. The hint of diesel in the air. The digging and moving of earth. All are welcome sounds, smells and sights on the jobsite, as well as great indicators of how busy and action-filled construction worksites are at any given time. They’re also a constant reminder of the importance of equipment safety on the jobsite.

Few things in day-to-day construction operations are...

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September 6, 2016  |  Category: Products
RDO Water Acquires Kuida Ag Supply Company

RDO Water Acquires Kuida Ag Supply Company

RDO Water, along with RDO Equipment Co., announces the acquisition of Kuida Ag Supply Company of Salinas. Over the next few weeks, RDO Water will be moving all Kuida Ag operations to its combination RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water stores in Salinas and Watsonville.

The acquisition expands RDO Water’s offerings of irrigation products and solutions, which includes pipe and system rental;...

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Josh Messer, 360 Yield Center, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Josh Messer, 360 Yield Center, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Josh Messer has eaten, slept, and breathed agriculture his entire life. His career began as a child on his family’s North Dakota farm and has taken him to his current company, 360 Yield Center. As an Agronomist with 360 Yield Center, Josh works to educate growers and put them in the best position to maximize yield potential while minimizing risk and loss. 

Host Tony Kramer invited Josh...

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September 1, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts

RDO Equipment Co. a Key Participant at Big Iron Farm Show

Field demos and special equipment offers highlight the annual three-day event

On September 13, the 36-annual Big Iron Farm Show kicks off in West Fargo, North Dakota. The event is expected to bring more than 64,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds for three days of equipment demos, educational seminars, expert outlooks, and networking. RDO Equipment Co. is...

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September 1, 2016  |  Category:

RDO Equipment Co. Named to Prairie Business Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work

RDO Equipment Co. has been named to Prairie Business magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work, specifically in the top 25 large for-profit companies (100+ employees). All 50 companies were honored in the September issue of the magazine.

Prairie Business is the only business-to-business magazine dedicated to the northern Plains region, focusing on the success and opportunities in North Dakota,...

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August 31, 2016  |  Category:
RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: August

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: August

Phase I construction is wrapping up at the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside, with final items including building and site utilities, and finish work tracking to be completed by month-end. Concrete has been poured on the south side of the shop and racking install is currently underway in the new Parts Warehouse.

“The end of phase one marks a significant milestone in this building...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 22: Duane Fierstine, RDO Equipment Co.

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 22: Duane Fierstine, RDO Equipment Co.

Early in his career, Duane Fierstine heard something that still sticks with him today: “When you open a bag of seed, that seed already has its yield potential.” Since then he has focused on trying to help growers eliminate factors that reduce those yields, both in his time with Hagie Manufacturing and now as an account manager with RDO Equipment Co.

With John Deere’s recent acquisition...

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August 18, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
5 Tips for Better Accuracy in Underground Utility Plowing

5 Tips for Better Accuracy in Underground Utility Plowing

From upgrading existing services to installation of high-quality broadband, a vibratory plow is an in-demand piece of equipment. Utility installation projects, both rural and urban, can go quickly and smoothly with the help of this machine – when it’s operated correctly.

Failing to plan, forgoing maintenance, and other simple missteps can be major hits to a plow’s accuracy. Focus on five...

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August 17, 2016  |  Category: Products
RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update: August

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update: August

In less than one month, the doors will open at RDO Equipment Co. in Chandler. The new store, located on Interstate 10, south of the 202, is the company’s second location in the Phoenix metro, eighth in the state of Arizona, and 78 in the RDO Equipment Co. network.

“The new store in Chandler furthers our commitment to customers and is allowing us to expand our overall services and product...

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Back to School with Compact Excavators

Back to School with Compact Excavators

By: Jason Riley, Demo Specialist, RDO Equipment Co.

For even the most seasoned equipment operator, it’s wise to stay up-to-date on the latest technique tips and regularly brush up safety practices. As students of all ages head back to school, what better time for every equipment professional to take a little refresher lesson in compact excavators. 

The following three areas are key...

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August 12, 2016  |  Category: Products

Grand Forks Employees Each Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Grand Forks Employees Each Celebrate 25 Years of Service
Two Grand Forks employees celebrated their 25 years of service – Jason Kouba, Field Service Technician, and Mike Sundberg, Service Technician.

General Manager Roni Lillehaugen spoke highly of both Mike and Jason. “Mike is a highly skilled, highly trained, and highly respected team member.  He is quick to lend a hand to others and...

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Aftermarket Tips from RDO Equipment Co.

Aftermarket Tips from RDO Equipment Co.

The majority of hot weather overheating problems are found to be either low air flow or low coolant flow. Plugged radiators, fans on backwards, missing baffles, or damaged shrouds are frequent causes of low air flow. Low coolant flow can be due to failed water pumps, plugged radiator tubes, collapsed hoses, or low coolant level. In addition, trapped air in the cooling system, is something...

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August 9, 2016  |  Category:
Austin Demo Day a Success

Austin Demo Day a Success

Austin Demo Day a Success
More than 80 customers attended Austin’s Demo Day event in mid-June. The event was centered on excavator products and featured several machines from the 26G up through the 350GLC. The John Deere 350GLC excavator was set up with Topcon machine control and allowed customers to experience operation with the system and dig trench with slope on grade.

In addition to...

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August 8, 2016  |  Category: Events
Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements
The Arlanza Community Garden is located on the site of an old WWII-era fire station that was demolished and left vacant until 10 years ago when the garden was built. The site fell into disrepair until youth groups from the local community banded together to create a “safe space for community building, health and social change” in the troubled...

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Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Three Midwest Ag stores held John Deere Day of Play events over the past few months. While each event was unique, they all shared the same mission – provide a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Aberdeen
Roughly 450 people attended Aberdeen’s Day of Play event and they raised $375 for the local Boys & Girls Club of...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 21: Eric Frasure, Dow AgroSciences

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 21: Eric Frasure, Dow AgroSciences

Idaho native Eric Frasure has been involved in the agriculture business his entire life, starting with his childhood experiences growing up on a barley farm. After obtaining his Masters’ Degree in Weed Science at University of Nebraska, Eric went to work with Mycogen Seeds in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he partners with growers to advance their businesses through hybrid seed testing,...

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RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls has been named an Authorized OEM Machine Control Dealer by Topcon Positioning Systems. The new agreement goes into effect immediately and affects RDO Integrated Controls’ stores in the state of Arizona.

A division of RDO Equipment Co., RDO Integrated Controls is already an established Topcon dealer in California, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota....

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2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

This year’s Washington State FFA Advisor Conference was held in Pasco, WA and the Pasco team had the opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference.

Months prior to the conference, they were contacted by the FFA advisor for Kennewick High School with hopes that the AMS team would be willing to hold a field demonstration for some of our...

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August 2, 2016  |  Category: Events
Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

The Lakeside team donated several machines to help with loading straw and shavings, and assist with cleanup at this year’s Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair. The event was held in late May at the Lakeside fairgrounds.

This fair is a non-profit organization that benefits local agricultural students and their work with project animals.

The Lakeside team received great visibility...

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RDO – Vermeer Team Members Support Dozer Day Event

A community staple, Dozer Day was held in late May, and the RDO-Vermeer teams in Eugene and Portland once again jumped at the chance to be involved.

Dozer Day is like going to a fair, only the rides are heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver’s seat and actually drive dozers, dump trucks, and other pieces of heavy equipment, with a professional operator at their side. The...

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Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

In late April, RDO Equipment Co. in Salinas, and RDO Water in Salinas and Santa Maria partnered to help sponsor the Cal Poly Open House Truck and Tractor Pull.

The Tractor Pull Club organizes the tractor pull each year as a part of the campus’ Open House event at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It takes the club two weeks to set up for the event.

The RDO team donated the use of two Harlo...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - July

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - July

With so much focus on construction of the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside, from large exterior work to the smallest interior detailing, it’s important to note that safety hasn’t taken a backseat. In fact, the team has been conducting safety audits every day for the past several months.

“Our daily audits ensure we’re always keeping safety top-of-mind, above all else,” Duane...

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July 25, 2016  |  Category:

Bozeman Team Members Get Involved in Community Project

Bozeman team members Ryan Schlicting, Territory Manager, and Kenny Kroschel, Lead Technician, are active Kiwanis members.

Every year, the Bozeman Kiwanis club organizes a Sandbox project. They construct and distribute simple sandboxes and sand to community members, free of charge.

Kenny utilized his Community Time to run the excavator and assist the project. Ryan also helped onsite...

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Baptiste Tripard, senseFly, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Baptiste Tripard, senseFly, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

After quitting the aviation industry which was, in his words, “too slow, and full of technical standards and regulations,” aerospace engineer Baptiste Tripard entered the drone industry. Now managing director for senseFly, a leader in development and production of professional aerial imaging drones, Baptiste brings the opportunities of drone technology to customers in numerous industries,...

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Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

The Bismarck store was a part of the first annual Touch a Truck event in Mandan, ND on May 21.

The store had several volunteers that got the equipment onsite or worked the event and answered the many questions from the kids.

They brought a John Deere 624K loader and 8310R tractor to the event, bringing a nice balance of green and yellow to the streets of downtown Mandan.

Bismarck...

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Get the Most Out of Your Grinder

Get the Most Out of Your Grinder

By: Andrew Knudson, Recycling Account Manager, RDO Vermeer

Day in and day out, horizontal and tub grinders are put to the test. Wood, compost, recyclables, and waste of all types are thrown at these machines, with the expectation that a precise finished product will come out on the other side.

Although they’re built to be tough, dependable machines, a grinder is only as good as its...

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July 19, 2016  |  Category:
2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

On June 18, RDO team members and guests traveled 200 miles throughout the Minnesota lakes country during the 2nd annual RDO Charity Fun Run. Thirteen motorcycles, 12 cars, and 35 people participated in the event, even with the bad weather around the group.

They were forced to make a few minor changes to the route to keep everyone dry and luckily only had one brief rain shower they had to...

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Chandler Construction Update - July

RDO Equipment Co. strives for environmentally-responsible design in all new construction projects. With that focus in mind, the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Chandler is installing its Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) this month. Research has shown EIFS to be the best performing exterior cladding for thermal and moisture control. It’s also fully compliant with modern building...

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Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

The Lakeside store helped sponsor the Associated General Contractors/EGCC golf tournament, held May 20. Since the store co-sponsored the event, they were set up on the first hole and gave out water, hats, and can koozies. They gave a John Deere toy model to the longest drive winner in each group that came through.

Proceeds from this annual event go to support local students through the...

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July 15, 2016  |  Category: Events
Imperial Serves 200 at Customer Appreciation Day

Imperial Serves 200 at Customer Appreciation Day

The Imperial store held its annual Customer Appreciation Day event in late May.

The team served nearly 200 attendees tacos, beans, rice, and ice cream.

The entire sales team, along with members of Parts and Service, were involved in cooking and serving.

“It was a great event to say thank you to our customers and to demonstrate how much we appreciate their partnership,” commented Joe...

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July 13, 2016  |  Category: Events
What’s the Right Size Compact Utility Tractor for You?

What’s the Right Size Compact Utility Tractor for You?

When you visit your local equipment dealership, you’ll be greeted with dozens of different tractors. Among them, compact utility tractors (CUTs) are a common tool for customers with large properties to maintain thanks to their manageable size and compatibility with attachments.

John Deere further categorizes its CUTs into sub-compacts (1 and 2 Series) and standard compacts (3 and 4...

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Burnsville – VER, Sauk Rapids, and Rochester Cohost Sherrill Training

On May 5th, the Burnsville – VER, Sauk Rapids and Rochester Vermeer teams cohosted a Sherrill training event for customers.

Two Certified instructors conducted the course for 21 attendees at a park in Burnsville, MN.

Bruce Getman, Burnsville – VER Customer Service Advisor, commented, “The event was well received and offered a lot of interaction between the trainers and attendees. We...

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July 11, 2016  |  Category: Events
Meet Agriculture’s Game-Changer:  Drone Technology

Meet Agriculture’s Game-Changer:  Drone Technology

Not since the invention of the tractor has a technology come along with the potential to impact the agriculture landscape in a significant way. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are changing the business of farming. Thanks to drone technology, farmers have access to more data and information than ever before, and are harnessing it into knowledge to find new,...

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July 11, 2016  |  Category:
RDO – Vermeer Oregon Team Conducts Operator Safety Training

RDO – Vermeer Oregon Team Conducts Operator Safety Training

Dave Geiger, Account Manager, and Travis Gornick, Aftermarket Manager, for RDO-Vermeer Oregon conducted an operator safety training event for Asplundh Tree. 

The operator safety training consisted of basic and advanced safety information while operating Vermeer chippers. There was a large turnout for the event and the feedback received was very positive. 

Dave stated, “Vermeer...

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July 7, 2016  |  Category: Events

RDO Water Moves to Neighboring RDO Equipment Co. Store

SALINAS, Calif. (July 6, 2016) – RDO Equipment Co. announces RDO Water, the company’s division that offers irrigation solutions, has relocated into the existing RDO Equipment Co. store at 501 El Camino Real S. in Salinas. The move brings to the store RDO Water’s full irrigation solutions including pipe and system rental; pipe and pump repair; system automation, design and installation...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 19 Available

In this episode we talk with Brock Magnuson, a product specialist based out of Missoula, Montana. He talks with us about a form of long-term agriculture, or forestry. The forestry industry uses a blend of construction equipment adapted for use in forests and technology similar to what we see in agriculture for GPS and mapping. Listen here

To learn more, contact your local RDO Equipment...

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Minnesota Vermeer & Construction Teams Support MMUA Training

Minnesota Vermeer & Construction Teams Support MMUA Training

RDO Equipment Co. delivered on total solutions at the recent Minnesota Municipalities Utilities Association (MMUA) training event. Each year the MMUA holds a safety and training exercise in Marshall, MN for its linemen. The MMUA consists of Municipal Electric Divisions from mainly Minnesota, but other municipalities from bordering states with cities near the Minnesota borders are also...

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July 5, 2016  |  Category: Events
Why there’s Much More Behind Oil Than a Price

Why there’s Much More Behind Oil Than a Price

Proper engine oil maintenance is essential to protecting your equipment. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to oil.

Operator’s Manual recommendations are critical
• Lubrication recommendations in Operator’s Manuals ensure good performance over a long period of time. Refer to the Operator’s Manual and follow the recommended lubrication practices.
• Oil changes are necessary...

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Lakeside Continues Partnership with ECSA

Lakeside Continues Partnership with ECSA

For several years, the Lakeside store has been involved with the El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA) and the largest event they organize each year is the Lakeside Rodeo.

ECSA is a non-profit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers to benefit the youth of Lakeside. ECSA funds academic programs, athletic activities and site improvements for both the Lakeside Unified School Districts...

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Fontana Hosts College Students

Fontana Hosts College Students

Students and instructors from Mt. San Antonio College (located in Walnut, California), recently visited the Fontana store. The store has developed a strong relationship with the college throughout the years and hosts a visit each year.

The store had several demonstrations of equipment available. Fontana team members Rick Shepherd, CSA; Rigo Leon III, Service Technician; Alex Santiago,...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - June

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - June

The construction team at RDO Equipment Co. in Riverside is working to stay on track and hit a significant goal: complete Phase 1 construction by the middle of August. The final step in the process is the demo of the existing showroom and parts warehouse, a step that will mark the start of Phase 2 construction.

“The construction timeline was established to make the most out of the summer...

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Flagstaff Participates in Local Forestry Event

Flagstaff Participates in Local Forestry Event

The Harvesting Methods & Wildfire Preparedness Open House was a recent event held in Flagstaff that the RDO Equipment Co. store took part in. The event served as an opportunity for the community to learn about the various harvesting methods and measures taken by professionals to reduce the risk of severe wildfires.

Five Flagstaff team members and their families attended the event and...

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FAA Part 107 Rules for Flying Drones was Just Finalized. What’s next?

FAA Part 107 Rules for Flying Drones was Just Finalized. What’s next?

On June 21, the FAA announced that Part 107 Rules for UAS (Drone) Operations in the National Airspace have been finalized.

The name of the operator's certificate required is "Remote Pilot's Certificate" and clients will need one to fly with Part 107 or their Exemption.

However, the new rules will not be implemented for 60 days, presumably in late August. Until then, you may consider...

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10 Tips to Keeping Your Equipment Running Smoothly this Summer

10 Tips to Keeping Your Equipment Running Smoothly this Summer

1.     Perform routine maintenance checks
2.     Check antifreeze/coolant regularly
3.     Check that the A/C is working properly
4.     Clear away any dust and debris
5.     Check the battery and connections
6.     Clean the radiator
7.     Check the belt tension
8.     Review the Machine's health with it's Monitoring System like John Deere WorkSight and JD LinkTM
9.     Let the...

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June 21, 2016  |  Category:
Team Volunteers at Fargo Ronald McDonald House

Team Volunteers at Fargo Ronald McDonald House

The Central Parts Ordering team, based at the FSO-Moorhead, took an afternoon to utilize Community Time and volunteer at the Fargo Ronald McDonald House. The time was used for outdoor spring cleanup and various cleaning tasks inside as well. The team raked the lawn, picked up sticks, debris, and leaves, and cleaned the grill outside. The inside tasks included dusting, vacuuming, washing...

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Fontana Teams Up for Arbor Day Event at San Diego Botanic Garden

Fontana Teams Up for Arbor Day Event at San Diego Botanic Garden

Fontana team members Gabe Jarvis, Account Manager, and Eric Tusler, Sales Manager, brought a Vermeer HG6000 grinder to an Arbor Day event hosted at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Seven different San Diego county tree companies were also in attendance and between all involved, nearly an acre’s worth of old green waste, dead trees, and plants that had accumulated the past several years was...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update - June

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update - June

Employees and customers will soon have a better vision of what it will look like each time they drive in and walk up to the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Chandler. Work has been done on concrete curbing in various areas of the building, with the employee parking and front entry area now completed. Soil grade is complete on the west side of the building, and the entire site is being...

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June 15, 2016  |  Category:
Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 18 Now Available

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 18 Now Available

In this episode we continue our conversation with Stephen Hegarty, precision farming manager at Vanderfield, about agriculture and precision agriculture in Australia. In this episode we focus on cotton, small grains, and sugar cane and the technologies that growers are using to be more efficient and protect the environment.You can check it out here

Find RDO Equipment Co. at...

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Second Annual Drone Focus Conference Held in Fargo, ND

Second Annual Drone Focus Conference Held in Fargo, ND

FARGO, ND (June 13, 2016) – Drone Focus Conference, the all-day, all-drones event, was held in Fargo on June 1. Organized by Emerging Prairie, a nonprofit organization in Fargo, the event brought together a sold-out crowd of 300 attendees with numerous speakers to discuss the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., was a major...

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Drill School Held for Minnesota Vermeer Customers

Drill School Held for Minnesota Vermeer Customers

In mid-May, the RDO Vermeer team hosted the annual Drill School training event. Eight companies were represented at the event.

A two-day session was conducted at the Sauk Rapids store for employees and customers. The first day was classroom instruction and the second day was hands-on training running equipment. Nearly 30 customers completed the training along with numerous employees from...

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June 13, 2016  |  Category: Events
Spring Training Held in Bloomington

Spring Training Held in Bloomington

Before the busy construction season hits in the Midwest, the RDOIC team organized a training event for operators and GPS pointmen.

There were roughly 20 attendees at the Bloomington store. Mark Anderson, RDOIC Account Manager, kicked off the training with GPS theory. He then covered base station setup, rover operations, and features of the pocket 3D software.

He switched gears to cover...

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June 10, 2016  |  Category: Events
Sacramento Hosts Advanced Rigging Seminar

Sacramento Hosts Advanced Rigging Seminar

A record 96 people attended Sacramento’s Advanced Rigging seminar. The store has been hosting approximately one seminar every six months, rotating between rigging-focused classes and climbing-focused classes.

SherrillTree Co. conducts the training and offers continuing education credits (CEUs) for all attendees. For certified arborists, the classes that our locations offer provide great...

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June 8, 2016  |  Category: Events

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 17 Now Available

This is the first episode in a series of episodes on farming and precision agriculture in Australia. We talk with Stephen Hegarty, who is the Precision Farming Manager with Vanderfield's VNET team. Vanderfield is Australia's largest John Deere dealer, and Vanderfield and RDO Equipment Co. entered into a partnership in 2012.

To learn more about Vanderfield visit their website at:...

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Hay Day Event Held for Imperial Customers

Imperials customers saw the latest in haying solutions from RDO Equipment Co. and John Deere at the store’s Hay Day event.

Onsite, RDO Equipment Co. team members displayed John Deere’s W235 Windrower with a 500R Header, as well as Frontier’s Hay Tedder, displayed on a 6-Series tractor.

“This event was a great opportunity to give our customers an up-close view of our equipment...

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June 6, 2016  |  Category: Events
Tucson Displays New Lobby & Parts Department at Customer Open House

Tucson Displays New Lobby & Parts Department at Customer Open House

The Tucson store underwent a remodel to the lobby and Parts Department areas of the store, and showcased it during a Customer Open House event in late April.

As part of the remodel, Parts Specialists have their own individual parts pods and a newly-configured space behind them, which gives them additional warehouse space.

The lobby was also reconfigured to allow for more space in the...

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June 3, 2016  |  Category: Events
Austin Service Department Serves Up Crawfish Lunch

Austin Service Department Serves Up Crawfish Lunch

Each quarter, the Austin Service Department organizes a lunch for parts and service team members to celebrate wins and demonstrate appreciation for everyone’s hard work. Since crawfish season is nearing its end, the team decided a big crawfish boil would be something fun and different than the usual pizza.

In addition to the unique meal choice, the team involved the entire store in the...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - May

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - May

In addition to conservation practices in everyday operation, RDO Equipment Co. strives to be a good steward of the environment in new store construction. As part of construction progress, the new RDO Equipment Co. – Riverside store has begun scheduling weekly inspections for compliance with its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

“We know the positive impact good erosion...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update - May

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update - May

Things are starting to take shape at the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Chandler – literally. Steel erection is complete for the shop area, giving a sense of space to what will be the 12-bay service shop. Furthermore, concrete curbing and perimeter fencing are in progress, helping to further define the space of the land’s 11 acres.

“It’s exciting to see, what was once a completely vacant...

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Selecting the Right Attachments for a Compact Tractor

Selecting the Right Attachments for a Compact Tractor

By: Brian Lohse, Regional Aftermarket Manager, RDO Equipment Co.

Compact Utility Tractors (CUTs) are incredibly versatile. You can use them for landscaping and fence building projects. They can move snow and mow lawns. They are both gardeners and earth movers.

How is it possible that one machine can be so many things and accomplish so many tasks? One word: attachments.

When paired...

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Employees Partner with Customer to Help Washington Family Ranch

Employees Partner with Customer to Help Washington Family Ranch

Chris Stanley, Eugene Account Manager, and Ollie Windle, Portland/Eugene General Manager, donated time and RDO/Vermeer equipment to help the Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, Oregon. 

The Washington Family Ranch is a youth camp on a 100 square mile property in central Oregon.  Chris and Ollie worked alongside one of Chris’s customers, Paraclete Tree Service, trimming trees, chipping...

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Three Tips for First-Time Lawn Mower Owners

Three Tips for First-Time Lawn Mower Owners

By: Marcus Braswell, Transactional Account Manager, RDO Equipment Co.

You’re ready to purchase your first riding lawn mower. After going online and researching, you see there are a lot of options. Add in a trip to a big-box store with aisle after aisle of aimless wandering and you could wind up more confused than when the search began.

The good news is this doesn’t have to happen to...

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May 12, 2016  |  Category:
Moorhead Holds Successful Customer Appreciation Event

Moorhead Holds Successful Customer Appreciation Event

On March 31, nearly 400 customers filled the Moorhead shop for their annual Customer Appreciation dinner. This event serves two purposes: to thank customers for their business, and to allow team members an opportunity to spend time with customers in a more relaxed atmosphere. According to Mike Wollschlager, Store Manager, “It’s great to see everyone laughing and having a good time...

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May 9, 2016  |  Category: Events
Imperial Organizes Food Drive

Imperial Organizes Food Drive

Imperial team members organized a food drive for their local food bank. The store matched the amount of food donated by the team members. The total donation weighed in at 455 pounds of food when they delivered it.

The team volunteers at the local food bank monthly with their Community Time, and wanted to organize a food drive as another way to give back.

“Our team members have enjoyed...

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South Dakota Ag Stores Host Spring Clinic

South Dakota Ag Stores Host Spring Clinic

Spring in the Midwest means one thing for farmers: planting. For the past several years, the Aberdeen, Redfield, and Webster stores have teamed up to offer customers a beneficial clinic to help prepare them for the planting season. These clinics focus on equipment optimization and the latest technology solutions available for the type of equipment the customer will be utilizing.

In late...

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May 2, 2016  |  Category: Events

Announcing RDO de Mexico Partnership

RDO Equipment Co. announces a formal partnership with Maquinaria Frontera to provide used equipment and irrigation products and services to customers in Mexico. This new partnership will be called RDO de Mexico and will be led by Rudy Cabanas Jr. as General Manager.

RDO Equipment Co. will provide products and support services and will leverage existing Maquinaria Frontera facilities and...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 13 Now Available

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 13 Now Available

In this exciting episode we talk with Gary Licquia, an account manager with RDOIC. Gary specializes in UAV technology and their applications in agriculture, construction, and mining operations. In this episode he covers some of the basics of the technology and also the senseFly line of drones that RDO Equipment Co. and RDOIC support.

Connect with RDO Equipment Co. on Twitter...

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Construction Update: Chandler, AZ

Construction Update: Chandler, AZ

With every new construction project, RDO Equipment Co. looks for opportunities to implement effective conservation practices and procedures. The company’s second location in the Phoenix area is no exception.

Construction is progressing at the RDO Equipment Co. – Chandler store, highlighted this month by the concrete pour for the 37,300+ square-foot facility. The final flooring will be...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 12 Now Available

In this episode we talk with Jeff Wiener, Service Support Center Manager, about RDOs unique service support center. He talks with us about how the service support center benefits RDO customers and about the technology that enables them to support customers and solve problems remotely.

Connect with RDO Equipment Co. on Twitter @rdoequipment
You can also connect with Nate Dorsey on...

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RDO Integrated Controls Expands Topcon TopNET live Network

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Topcon TopNET live Network

Industry leader in Topcon solutions and support adds five states to coverage network

FARGO, ND (April 15, 2016) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., brings Topcon’s TopNETlive network to Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. This expands RDO Integrated Controls’ footprint from California, and builds on the existing network coverage already...

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Construction Update: Riverside, CA

Construction Update: Riverside, CA

RDO Equipment Co. is committed to environmentally-responsible design in all new construction projects. This month, construction at the Riverside store is focused on a unique water conservation feature.

The Riverside store will include an 18-bay service shop with a ClearBlu Environmental system. This water recycling system works by filtering the water used for washing equipment, allowing...

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Field Service Technician Featured in Diesel Power Magazine

Field Service Technician Featured in Diesel Power Magazine

Jordan Gailbraith, Field Service Technician in Irving, has a lot of interests, but diesel engines most likely top his list. He’s worked for RDO Equipment Co. for the past 12 years, but the diesel bug bit him long before that.

“I guess you could say I first got started racing when I was a kid. I was always trying to go fast whether it was on my tricycle or motorcycle. Ever since I got my...

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Agronomist Workshop Held in MW Ag Region

Agronomist Workshop Held in MW Ag Region

Members of the Midwest Ag team held a one-day workshop for agronomists at the Red Horse Ranch in Fergus Falls, MN.

In total, 48 agronomists from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota attended and participated in the precision agriculture workshop.

The workshop featured four different sessions, covering topics like using the John Deere Operation Center to manage an agronomy...

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April 1, 2016  |  Category: Events
Diesel Exhaust Fluid FAQs

Diesel Exhaust Fluid FAQs

Diesel Exhaust Fluid FAQs

Everyone who owns or operates large equipment has likely heard of Diesel Exhaust Fluid, or DEF. Yet not everyone is fully aware of what exactly it is, what it does, and how it fits into an existing operation. Fortunately, for every question about DEF, there’s an answer.

Below are 10 of the most frequently asked questions – and answers – regarding DEF.


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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 7 Now Available

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 7 Now Available

In this episode we talk with Frank Toves, an Account Manager with RDO Water in Salinas, California. RDO Water is an irrigation company that specializes in using the latest in irrigation technology to improve water use and crop health in many areas of the Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest United States.

Connect with RDO Equipment Co. on twitter @rdoequipment and Nate Dorsey @RDONateDorsey...

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Midwest Ag Stores Support Riding on Angels Wings

Midwest Ag Stores Support Riding on Angels Wings

The Ada store recently had a fun visitor. 

Riding on Angels Wings is local organization that offers Equine therapy for children with special needs.

They have approximately 12 horses at their stable, where staff and interns from North Dakota State University’s Equine program care for them.

They have benefited hundreds of children in area communities since getting started in 2002. Ada,...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 5 Now Available

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 5 Now Available

In episode 5 of our Agriculture Technology podcast, our guest is Alex Umpleby, a product specialist with RDO Equipment Co. based out of Hermiston, Oregon. With the spring planting season fast approaching we talk with Alex about the different Air Seeder options available from John Deere and also the SureFire Ag system for delivering nutrients at planting.

Find the Agriculture Technology...

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Practice Makes Perfect in Potato Peeling Contest

Practice Makes Perfect in Potato Peeling Contest

By Matthew Weaver, Capital Press

Six teams of three from the Northwest potato industry competed in the second annual potato peeling contest at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Six teams turned out to compete for the title of fastest potato peelers in the Pacific Northwest.

The second annual potato peeling contest helped to build industry...

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Basic Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Basic Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

By: Ramon Beltran, Regional Aftermarket Manager, RDO Equipment Co.

There’s nothing worse than unreliable equipment. A machine that doesn’t deliver top-quality results is a waste of precious time and effort, and one that won’t start causes even more frustration.

Routine maintenance is one of the best ways to extend the life of equipment. In the case of a lawn mower, that little bit of...

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Compact Utility Tractor Troubleshooting Tips

Compact Utility Tractor Troubleshooting Tips

By: Joe Gonzalez, Account Manager, RDO Equipment Co.

It has happened to everyone at one time or another. You’re ready to begin a day’s work – but your compact utility tractor has other ideas.

From starting trouble to engine issues, there are a host of problems one can face when operating a CUT on a daily basis. Fortunately, many of these complications are minor, and can be addressed...

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Bismarck Delivers Meals with Meals on Wheels

Bismarck Delivers Meals with Meals on Wheels

During the months of September, November, December, and January, Bismarck team members have been assisting with meals on Wheels for area residents.

The idea came from team member Sandy Doffee, who coordinated it with their local hospital. The deliveries were set for the same time each weekday and the team would do a month at a time. Wanda Hoffert, Office Manager, commented, “It is such...

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Bloomington Team Serves Meal at Ronald McDonald House

Bloomington Team Serves Meal at Ronald McDonald House

After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to a “home-away-from home” cooked meal. The Ronald McDonald House “Cooks for Kids” meal program gives volunteer groups a special opportunity to support families with children with serious medical conditions. Groups purchase, prepare and serve a buffet-style meal of their choosing and by doing so, they give the families one less thing...

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Phoenix Donates Toys to Arizona Burn Center

Phoenix Donates Toys to Arizona Burn Center

In December, the Phoenix team conducted their annual toy drive for the Arizona Burn Center. Team members donated more than $700 worth of toys.

In addition, the sales team was able to collect $12,000 in donations from multiple customers and businesses that was also presented to the Burn Center.

The Burn Center had a need to update the shower table they use when a burn patient first...

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