Small Changes for a BIG Impact w/ the Hotrod Farmer
The HotRod farmer joins us to talk about the 3rd leg of the profitability stool. We focus in on maintaining your fleet of equipment to keep costly in season break downs from happening. Some of the tips the Engine Man shares with us will surprise you. This is all after we explore what's work in AG with Engel Detailing and the value ceramic coating can bring to your farm!
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What’s Working in Ag: - Engel Detailing – Columbus, NE (Taylor Engel)
- Tell us a little about yourself and your tie to agriculture
- How did you get started in the detailing business?
- Our main topic for the day is about making small changes on your farm to make a big impact. How can refreshing you line up help with this?
- If people want a rough idea for estimate cost, how do they do that?
- What is ROAR Ceramic coating
- What are your goals for Engel Detailing going forward?
- How can people get in contact with you?
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Main Topic : Small changes to make a big difference
HotRod Farmer Intro:
We are extremely pleased to have the “Engine Man” with us today. Although some may refer to him as the Hot Rod Farmer he is the host of the Idle Chatter Podcast, creator of farmmachinerydigest.com, and now the host of Machinery Digest Radio! Ray Bohacz is a sweet corn farmer from Warren County, New Jersey with a knack for writing. Here today to share with us some of his insight from over 3000 articles written about how paying attention to the 3 legs of the farm profit stool can help you be a more profitable farmer.
- 3 Legs to the Profit Stool (Should get Equal Attention)
- Agronomy/Animal Husbandry
- Reminder that profit is not what you make in total, it’s what you get to keep in the end.
- When thinking about the end of the year or the time of year. It’s always good to reflect on how you have ran your business.
- What went right?
- What went wrong?
- Now think about this for your equipment. Think about how this effects your profit. What went wrong? Right, Etc
- Very rarely if something went wrong was it….
- Bad luck
- An accident
- Freak rare event
- Most of the time it’s from neglect or “closing your eyes”
- Talking and bragging about equipment up keep and maintenance isn’t “sexy” (except for Andy Pasztor) We need to make it a focus, something cool to talk about, something to bring up at the coffee shop or CO-OP
- People have a passion for high yields and selling at the top of the market.
- Nobody brags about a good shop routine or minimal break downs
- A lack of attention to your fleet can directly affect your profitability.
- You can’t control the weather, have little control over the markets, and can rely on technology advancements in genetics (plant and animal).
- But what you have full control over is how you maintain and prepare your equipment for the tasks
- By properly maintaining equipment you minimize break downs, timely downtime, increase efficiency, and extend the life of your assets.
- So how do we do this? How do we get started?
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
- Make small changes to make a big difference
- Take an ounce from 16 diff places to add up to one pound of cure
- If you don’t know, you need to ask someone who does – HotRod Farmer Contact info
- Find the low hanging fruit and build on it month after month
- Examples of things covered on his show that might be helpful to start with (Low Hanging Fruit)
- Any last comments to share with the listeners?
- What is a common characteristic the most successful farmers you know all have in common?
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