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Major farm equipment manufacturer has a new strategic technology office at Iowa State University.

March 7, 2017

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DEERE IS HERE: Deere & Co. has opened a technology office in Iowa State University’s Research Park, with a focus on precision tech used in the firm’s agriculture, turf, construction and forestry divisions.

Deere & Company has opened a strategic technology office at the Iowa State University Research Park at Ames. It expands Deere’s recent work with ISU, including funding activities at the university’s research farm. Deere officials say the company is growing its on-campus presence in recognition of the world-class research, education and talent development capabilities at ISU.

"We are delighted that John Deere is establishing a physical presence at the ISU Research Park," says ISU President Steven Leath. "This is a significant step forward in creating a world-class research park and fortifying our university-industry partnership model to promote top talent and innovation."

Teams working at the Deere ISU location will focus on developing integrated solutions for John Deere’s agriculture, turf, construction and forestry divisions. One key area of concentration will be in precision agriculture technology.

Tapping into student talent
The office will allow Deere to leverage the work of ISU students and its research and to develop a talent pipeline in support of the company’s business objectives. "Working with ISU helps Deere continue its leadership in precision agriculture and many other areas of technology that are important to our customers," says John May, Deere’s president of ag solutions and its chief information officer. "This new office at ISU will conduct groundbreaking research, engage future leaders of our industry, and will add to the extensive innovation and research capabilities Deere has invested in around the world."

Deere's strategic technology office at ISU will collaborate with the company's business units to complement Deere's global network of technology and innovation centers, he says. This effort expands Deere's recent work with ISU, which has included funding some activities at the ISU research farm. The ISU Research Park offers corporate partners a unique model for leveraging the strong capabilities of the university and its students. For information, visit

Source: Deere & Co.

Better way to handle dry fertilizer

In other news about farm equipment, two Midwest fertilizer equipment dealers have become the first to offer the line of dry fertilizer bulk material handling equipment provided by GSI’s Intersystem brand. Davis Equipment, at Johnston, and FEI Inc., at Valley City, N.D., now sell and service Intersystem fertilizer handling, weighing, blending and product conditioning equipment, primarily serving independent and larger ag co-ops in their marketing territories. “Both dealers have marketed Agco’s Willmar fertilizer tender and spreader equipment product line for decades, so we’re very excited to have their seal of approval on our blending and material handling equipment as well,” says Nate Reznechek, crop nutrient equipment sales manager for GSI, a part of Agco. The addition of the InterSystems brand product line by these two dealers reflects growing ag retailer demand for high-speed, higher-capacity dry fertilizer equipment. “This partnership ensures local support and service to the majority of important dry fertilizer markets they serve,” he notes.

GSI supports the full-site crop nutrients blending process, including truck, rail and barge receiving, ingredient storage, truck loading, open tripper belt conveyor for commodity flat storage, blending, and facility design and layout.

An emerging market leader
Paul Davis, CEO of Davis Equipment, with customers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, is pleased to expand his company’s relationship with GSI InterSystems. “They are an emerging market leader in the dry fertilizer industry with a tremendous amount of momentum,” says Davis. “GSI’s knowledge and track record in the grain industry has enabled the InterSystems brand to offer product features and benefits with significant advantages over the competition, as well as important safety benefits.”

“FEI is extremely excited to represent InterSystems blending and handling equipment,” says Matt Klabo, vice president of the company’s fertilizer division. “Their product line will enable FEI to provide our customers with faster, safer and more durable product.”

FEI recently added a millwright service, which will offer fertilizer facility inspections, new equipment installation, emergency repairs and scheduled preventive maintenance inspections. “FEI says this service will help ensure our customers’ equipment is fully functional and makes it through the busy spring season,” Klabo says.

InterSystems brand products will also continue to be available directly from GSI. For information, visit

Sources: Agco, GSI

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