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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 of majority ownership of Hagie, host Tony Kramer invited Duane to the podcast to share the Hagie story, discuss agronomic benefits of the sprayers, and get his prediction of what the future might hold from the collaboration of these powerhouse companies.

Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation. Listen to the full episode here.

TK
Can you start by telling us about Hagie Manufacturing?

DF
Hagie has an interesting story. It started out in 1937 as a seed company, then developed a high-clearance detasseler. It had a catwalk on the front, and workers would walk across it and clip the top of the tassels. One day, Mr. Hagie went into the local elevator and somebody mentioned the idea of putting a wet boom on the front of the machine. And the first-ever self-propelled sprayer was born.

TK
Some of our listeners know and some don’t, John Deere recently acquired half of the Hagie company. How are John Deere and its dealerships benefiting from bringing on Hagie as a product line?

DF
Dealers are teaming up with the industry’s leader in the high-clearance product. Now they’re able to add that product to their already-stellar portfolio of products.

For John Deere, now they don’t have to spend billions of dollars researching and trying to come up with their own high-clearance machine, they instead teamed up with the best one out on the market.

TK
You know a lot about Hagie equipment so can you give us an overview of the products Hagie offers?

DF
Hagie has two models, the STS, which stands for single-tank system, and DTS, which stands for dual-tank system.

The DTS is a smaller machine that features two 500-gallon saddle tanks on each side, a 90-foot boom, and it weighs in at 18,000 pounds.

The other, the STS, has four models with 1,000 to 1,600 gallon-capacities. It’s a larger machine that can go from 90- to 132-foot booms. Something that’s significant with a lot of customers is the 120 and 132 booms are aluminum, and Hagie is now manufacturing its own aluminum booms.

TK
On top of the units and some of the other tools that Hagie is offering, I know there’s for sure one aftermarket option maybe a couple other ones, right?

DF
The main one is the Fennig Equipment interseeder. It’s a dry box in place of the wet tank on the Hagie sprayer. We’ve had some field days with North Dakota State University soil health, showing interseeding with cover crops.

TK
Could it also be used with dry fertilizer?

DF
That’s the really good part about the Fennig system; it can be used, really, with any dry product.

TK
Wrapping up, what can you say about the future of Hagie and John Deere?

DF
We all have a lot to learn from each other, and John Deere and Hagie are going to learn a ton from each other. And I think, together over the next couple years, they’re going to turn the industry upside down.

Learn more about Hagie Manufacturing by visiting its website. To read the official announcement of John Deere’s joint venture with Hagie, the news release is available on the John Deere website.

Tony and Duane continued to discuss the future of John Deere and Hagie’s collaborative efforts, as well as Hagie products and agronomics, so please listen to the entire episode. Catch up on older episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the Agriculture Technology podcast so you never miss an episode.

Host Tony Kramer is a product specialist at RDO Equipment Co. To contact Tony with questions or about being a guest on the podcast, find him on Twitter at @RDOTonyK.

 

August 18, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts