• Willie Vogt

    Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 26, 2014

    I love this time of year - well usually I do when spring actually arrives. As I drive through the countryside I can almost feel the tension as each of you steps outside to check the weather (beyond what they tell you on TV). The tension mounts as you ready that last piece of equipment and perhaps give the planter or drill one last walkaround. Spring is your investment in a fall payday, a time when every second really counts. I remember having a conversation with Ag Economist Howard Doster a…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Equipment Sales Stick to Trend

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 18, 2014

    It's fun to watch statistics, to see how sales are shaping up. I'm sure livestock producers reading this are enjoying the direction of market states these days for hog and beef prices (provided you have animals to sell). Grain price stats are a little more sobering and given that a lot of analysts are watching equipment sales. The latest report on February numbers released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers last week look pretty good in the face of a market where a lot of…

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