A quarter of the ag retailers who responded to CropLife’s annual Buying Intention Survey indicated they will increase spending on mixers and blenders in 2019. That proportion is on the high end compared to other types of agricultural equipment. Only 15% of those retailers said they would spend less on mixing and blending equipment. Darin Ebeling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Sackett-Waconia, says his company is seeing a rise in requests for systems that incorporate value-added products and systems for specialty products, such as those used in the turf and ornamental market. In addition, Sackett-Waconia’s support of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program since its inception in March of 2014 is paying off. “Now that the ag market’s focus has shifted to improved nutrient stewardship practices — the 4R program in particular — we also see more attention being paid to the quality of the blend,” Ebeling says. “We have been on the forefront of offering precision blending systems for over 20 years.” Shawn Hudspeth, General Manager with Adams Fertilizer Equipment, expects strong spring sales predicated by the wet fall. He says blending speed and transportation wil...