• Willie Vogt

    Bureaucratic Expansion Could Tag Farm Machines

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 25, 2011

    From the file - which I tag as "I am not making this up" comes the move by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration which is considering changing current regulations related to ag equipment. The agency requested public comments on rules for off-road machines ni the context of the FMCSA regulations. And they extended the comment period until Aug. 1. Essentially, the agency thinks that if farm equipment is driven on the road the operator should have a commercial driver's license and they…

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    Doing More with the Right Amount

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 18, 2011

    It's hard to pile up the weather like we've seen in farm country over the past four years - and this is on a national basis. From monsoon-like rains to desert heat and dryness - farmers have proven they can produce no matter what Nature throws at 'em. And that may also challenge your equipment ownership strategy. The current rule of thumb is enough planting power to get a crop in the ground in about four weeks in a 'normal' year (defined as standard rain timings, etc.). And for harvest, the…

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    Clearing Up a Web Myth

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     by Willie Vogt
     on July 11, 2011

    This week one of my editors - who shall remain nameless - got caught up in one of those continuing Web myths that for some reason refuses to go away. While what he sent was pretty cool, in fact the story he was given was false. Somewhere in the body of a much-forwarded email you may see the following: Read this first, then watch. This is almost unbelievable. See how all of the balls wind up in catcher cones. This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M…

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    Contest Looks Ahead to Harvest

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 5, 2011

    Sure, with corn growing (or not growing) like it is, you may not be thinking about harvest just yet, but the folks at Unverferth are already looking ahead. They make the Brent line of grain carts and they're looking for video - or in their words "the best video footage possible" of this year's harvest. Unverferth isn't the first to have a contest or this type, Agco is having a Veteran's Photo Contest But the Unverferth contest is video only, which is a big step up for farmers who like to…

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