• Willie Vogt

    Yeesh! Harvest in Full Swing

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 24, 2012

    Heat units and dry weather have come together to create a nearly perfect harvest scenario - whether you're talking the good-yielding stuff where the drought  missed, or hard-hit areas where desert-like conditions turned corn to tall brown grass - combines are rolling. Last weekend I was traveling with my wife, Bobbi, to catch up with some friends to enjoy some fall weather wine-tasting and came across this field for A and G Bauer Farms, where harvest was in full swing. The weather was…

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    A Healthy Husker Harvest Event

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 12, 2012

    As I write this we're winding down Day 2 of Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. Celebrating its 35th year, this show can boast it is the only totally irrigated farm show in the country. But more than that this show offers visitors a wide range of new products, technology and information all in a single (though long) day of seeing the sights. The 2012 show did bring along a little heat on Day 1 with wind, and more wind on Day 2, but threatened rains stayed clear. For Day 3, with the front…

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    Healthy Fear is a Good Thing

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 11, 2012

    You have the best conversations by chance I think. Recently I was traveling and connected with an executive at a major farm equipment maker and we got into an interesting conversation about product liability suits. His company, like many, deals with them on a regular basis and when you delve into the story you find that operator error - or ignoring warning labels - is a common problem. While it's a tragedy when someone loses their life or a limb, today's farm equipment is as safe as it has…

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    Goodbye to 'The Chopper'

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 4, 2012

    Last year at the Farm Progress Show I had the privilege of emceeing the rollout of the Paul Jr. Designs DEKALB motorcycle for Monsanto. It was a big day with hundreds of people on hand to see the machine, and Paul Jr. The idea was to celebrate the 100th anniversary with a commemorative chopper that the seed company would have on tour for its birthday year then auction off for charity. Along with the charity auction, the company conducted other fund raisers at corporate and field events, all of…

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