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    Learning the Lightbar

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 26, 2009

    Earlier this year we introduced, in print, the Glingles. Randy and his son, Shaun, farm together near Bourbon, Ind., and they're taking part in the Precision First program where we've partnered with Deere to provide them with the new GreenStar Lightbar and the Starfire 200 GPS receiver. While the Glingles have some experience with this type of guidance, Shaun sees the potential for the operation.   This week I stopped by the operation to see the setup and watch Shaun make the first runs with…

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    Alliances Open Doors to Interesting Ideas

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 19, 2009

    In the last few weeks we've heard about a few partnerships formed in the market. Bobcat and Polaris are teaming up to take advantage of new opportunities. Agco and Topcon are joining forces for precision ag potential.   On the Bobcat and Polaris partnership - there are great opportunities here. Bobcat was spun out of Ingersoll Rand awhile back but IR kept golf car division that builds utility vehicles. For now the popular Bobcat side-by-sides stay in the line, but is the merger aimed at…

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    Making a Combine Statement

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     by Willie Vogt
     on March 11, 2009

    The business of harvest combine leasing is heating up these days as at least one more player looks at the market. For long-time combine lessor MachineryLink, the aim remains to keep combines in the field and have them available as customers need them for maximum use of available capital. Recently, the company pushed its fleet to more than 260 machines including 165 2009 John Deere 9770 STS and Case IH 7088 AFX combines. The company's long-time premise is that a lot of farmers don't need to own…

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    The Rush of Spring...is Coming

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 5, 2009

    This week I got the chance to talk with Shaun Glingle a bit about a new lightbar/GPS receiver combination he and his father, Randy, have installed on one of their tractors. We're working with the Glingle's on a "Precision First" program to talk about the issues of putting this kind of system in place on farms where producers haven't pulled the trigger.   Shaun and Randy are fun to work with. Talking with Shaun this week, I could hear a little excitement in his voice - of course that could be…

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