Posted on 01/17/2019 at 07:04 AM by Joe Sampson
The days are long but the years are short. Is it me or does the start of a new year accentuate that quote? This past weeks news have been filled with listings, highlights, low lights, rankings and “best of’s” in 2018. These lists are so popular because they force reflection and perspective for the year that was. The kids are back in school, the decorations are put away and it is time to get back in car, press the gas pedal and move on. The drive ahead gains us a few more wrinkles and scars but those flaws teach us experience and savvy that nothing else can. We made it through 2018 and with it comes proficiently and insight that only arises from the experience of living out the year.
Commodity prices, net farm incomes, exchange rates, tariffs, trade agreements and steel prices are all uncertainties heading into 2019. I’m not sure there has been a time since the dreaded 1980s where so many factors are so ambiguous in our industry. Long term questions are beginning to linger. What affect will all this have on the Chinese ag market? How many acres will Brazil open up to aeratable land? How much money will this cost U.S. growers in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? We all feel it, we all know it’s there.
All these things happen yet none of them we can control. It’s in the past so let’s move on. Now is the time to look ahead to plan, prepare and firm up our foundation. We have grand plans for 2019 and we want to make sure you know about it. We have numerous new prototype parts in fields right now throughout the world. We are testing innovations that the market simply hasn’t seen before. As the rest of the market “holds on” for what’s ahead in 2019, we are enjoying the ride and doing all we can to thrive in this market.
Internally we are preparing to be the most user friendly and deliver the most dynamic customer service our market has ever seen. Our service staff dedicates time for continuing education on the market, our products and the future trends in both tillage and planting/ seeding. This experience will shrink our response time because it is our goal to know the answer to your question before it is even asked.
We are also beginning to diversify our product line. As the world supply chain shrinks, we have been able to gain opportunities in fields we have never operated in. We are making grounds in the construction industry, mining, reclamation and more. We are diversifying our tillage products into combine and harvesting parts, hay and forage and more.
We prioritize quality and traceability because we know our customers do. We are continuing to re-invest back into our facility by constructing a new training center which will help educate and empower our employees to drive results. We are upgrading equipment, engineering new technology in older equipment and continuously preparing for the future of high speed, high quality United States based manufacturing.
The top 10 “best of Osmundson” moments in 2018 would be a great list. We reached and exceeded a lot of goals but the time has come to say goodbye. Our focus is now on 2019. It’s time to hit the gas pedal and move forward. Cheers to a great 2019!