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    A Little Idle Time

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 25, 2010

    This week John Deere announced its strategy for meeting emissions for the 2011 interim Tier 4 (IT4 for Deere) standard - the company will use a combination of a diesel oxidation catalyst, particulate filter and cooled exhaust gas recirculation to hit the target. And for the final Tier 4 standard, company management says its keeping its options open for now. We'll talk more about that in a future blog. However, an interesting fact came out of the media conference too. Farmers idle a lot. You…

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    Using Facebook to Build Momentum

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 17, 2010

    Details Sex: Mail Born: Jan. 1, 1923 Looking For: A relationship Current City: Hesston, Kan. Sounds like a want ad for a personal service, short of the "likes to take long walks." In fact, this "guy" likes to clean grain and that description is on Facebook - check out Facebook.com/gleanersuper7 to learn more. That location is where you can find out about a potential new friend - Agco's Gleaner Super Seven combine, which is making its way up the harvest trail (last check it was near Enid…

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    Gearing Up for a Farm Show

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 14, 2010

    Our Farm Progress Show Team is hard at work this week near Strawberry Point, Iowa, putting the finishing touches on the 2010 Hay Expo. This is the only outdoor show devoted to hay and forage-making and visitors will get the chance to see the latest technology, and iron, available. For us it's the official start of the 2010 show season - I know the great winter New York Farm Show actually kicks off 2010; but when it comes to outdoor shows for us, Hay Expo gets the ball rolling. All the Farm…

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    We Have a Winner!

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 7, 2010

    With work that can start as early as last September and carry on right through the competition, the International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition carries its fair share of challenges. But in the end, there are plenty of winners - from students who learn plenty about how to take and idea from paper to iron to advisers who work with those same students in the process - and I bet they learn something too. The results are in and the 2010 overall winner is the University of Illinois…

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    Hard Work and Heartbreak

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 6, 2010

    The excitement was high Saturday night with the first round of competition pulling came for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition - or IQS for short. This was the 1,050-pound class with students putting their machines to the test - with the runs counting - for the first time. It's a lot of fun. The crowd is into it. The students are nervous and some teams shine while others find the work they've done doesn't…

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    Hard at Work, Facing 'Real World' Test

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 5, 2010

    As noted earlier this week, we're taking part in the 2010 International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, Ill., going on this weekend (June 3-6). For a lot of people who see this event the "sound bite" is the tractor pull. It's where visitors head when they come to Expo Gardens to see machines students have built do the actual work of pulling a sled on the track. But the work begins months before when the competition's latest rules are posted for teams and cover…

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    A Chance to Look into the Future

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     by Willie Vogt
     on June 1, 2010

    I'm headed to Peoria, Ill., later this week for a peek into the future...really. Peoria, home to Caterpiller, for one weekend is home to the future of agricultural engineering. This is where students from around the country travel as part of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 1/4 Scale Tractor International Student Design Competition. While that's a mouthful - let me tell you it's a great weekend of being with future engineers. The students are competing with their…

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