• Willie Vogt

    Looking Beyond the Drought

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 28, 2012

    There's no sense being Pollyanna about this weather. With 63% of the country now locked up in a drought, combined with record-breaking heat, this season's weather is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It's so bad that we should stop comparing this to 1988, but reach farther back. But with the average farmer aged 56-plus, 1988 is all we can remember. As we watch corn yields wither and pray for a spot of rain to save the soybeans, it's time to look to 2013 and plan ahead. Sounds a little…

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    Tractor Makers Roll Out the SCR

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 18, 2012

    This industry is chock full o' abbreviations and acronyms and for the future you'll have to add two more - SCR and DEF. With Agco's recent announcement it would rely on selective catalytic reduction in its final Tier 4 engine designs, the company joins the rest of the majors in confirming this strategy for the future. Of course, Agco was there first rolling out SCR in its interim Tier 4 e3 engines in 2009. So it came as little surprise that the extra tank of diesel exhaust fluid would be part…

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    Drought Impacts All Aspects of an Industry

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 10, 2012

    Images of shriveled corn, dry-cracked ground, and even reminisces of past droughts are common now. We've even created a drought-focused site to help you keep up on key issues impacting crops - DatelineDrought.com. But how can drought impact the equipment side of the business? Turns out it could be hitting the business in a number of ways. I chatted with Jerrod Westfahl, founder and president, Purple Wave Auction Co., about how this kind of weather can impact equipment auctions and even…

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