• Willie Vogt

    Tech Talk Turns Up Plenty to Ponder

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 28, 2010

    Fieldwork across the United States is almost never done, depending on the weather so "wrapping up" a farm season may be a misnomer. As farmers in the Midwest work to bring in the last few acres of corn and soybeans (despite hurricane force winds this week), winter wheat growers are already putting in the crop for 2011. And the farther south you go the more work there is. Time spent in Georgia last week, with growers who were working hard to finish the cotton and peanut harvest brings to mind…

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    A Tractor that Stands Out

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 20, 2010

    Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I like farm shows (and it's a darn good thing I work for Farm Progress). This week I'm at Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., enjoying the weather and the new tech on hand. As I got a chance to walk around the show on opening day, a tractor in the New Holland exhibit caught my eye. The company's machines are already distinctive with their "cat-eye" noses, but this machine stood out just a bit more - the T7070/T7060 with the Bluepower/Un-limited edition…

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    New Standard...Sort of

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 13, 2010

    Writing about equipment is fun when you've covered the tech changes seen in our business for the past 25 years. However, I don't get to do much writing about cars and trucks (although we just profiled the Ford F-150 recently). In following the "on-road" machinery industry, I've watched plenty of change - but few are as interesting as the move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today. They've approved the E15 standard for cars, provided they're made in 2007 or later, which means my…

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    Through August, Equipment Sales Solid

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 5, 2010

    Every once in awhile it's good to take a look at industry machinery trends. In the August report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers - called the Flash Report - there was solid news across most classes of machines in the latest report. For the year to date through August, sales of equipment shows the following: Under 40 hp tractor sales are up 4.4% compared to the same period in 2009 - and that's good news since compact tractor sales had been soft the previous three years…

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