• Willie Vogt

    Pickup Towing Arms Race Heats Up

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on May 24, 2010

    The heavy duty pickup segment - which I call 'real' farm trucks - is a hot, competitive market and last week the folks at Chevy announced another milestone. No, it was not that loan payment news. They announced that the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD now has a 21,700-pound towing capacity and a 6,635 pound payload capacity. That gives Silverado bragging rights on highest and biggest for now. In a release touting the news, Rick Spina, GM Full-Size Truck global vehicle line executive, says the…

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    From 'Salvage' to Recycling

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on May 14, 2010

    There's a story I've been meaning to do for quite a few years. It's one that kind of got swept aside, pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, and sometimes even forgotten. But I'm finally on track to get something put together for an upcoming issue of your favorite Farm Progress magazine. It's about the equipment recycling business. OK, you might think of it as a salvage yard, but the days of piles of "stuff" sitting on a lot of land behind a privacy fence are ending. The auto industry found…

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    Another Ag-First Innovation?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on May 7, 2010

    I was checking out some new technology recently with my phone and came across a Web video that caught my attention. The folks at Ford - or perhaps we should call it the "new" Ford - were touting new hot stuff on the 2010 Ford Taurus including a specific feature I knew I had seen before. Ford offers the MyKey program for the Taurus SHO - their highest performing version of the four-door sedan. The tech is designed to limit what a person behind the wheel - namely your 16-year-old - can do. The…

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    Taking Command of the Planter

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on May 3, 2010

    Nothing like the change of an input price to alter the payback equation for an equipment innovation. Take row-shutoff technology. It goes by a bunch of different names depending on the brand name; but after spending some time in the field with a few dealers and farmers, the interest is definitely there. Rising seed prices and that continued hunt for higher efficiency, has a lot of growers opting to add the tech to their planters. Shutting off rows as you pull back over planted areas, or hit…

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