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    Show Prep Ahead

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 25, 2010

    We're less than a week from the 2010 Farm Progress Show and I'm excited. I know there's a pile of new equipment that'll be on hand; and new technology from seed and crop protection companies we'll want to know more about. We've already covered the Agco Super 7 launch on the Web, and next week you'll see even more new equipment profiled online. And if you're headed to the show plan on catching those tools there. The website has plenty of tools for helping you find your way there and around the…

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    New From the Mail Bag

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on August 19, 2010

    Sometimes the "mailbag" is a great resource. Of course these days it's more the "inbox bag" but you know what I mean. Came across two items this week of an equipment nature I thought readers would find interesting. First up is a new equipment buying tool that Agco has come up with, and while not a new idea for the Web it's fresh for farm country. The company has come up with a new service that allows you to compare service that allows you to really compare equipment. The idea, which is common…

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    Blast from the Past

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 13, 2010

    Sometimes you find the most interesting things in unexpected places. The photo on this page will bring back some great memories for many of my older readers - this International Harvester plate was inside the IH refrigerator I ran across while visiting my Iowa hometown. Of course, the fridge was inoperable and is now being used by a gift and clothing store to display scented candles and other items. You know the kind of place, lots of interesting things creatively displayed. Yet it shows…

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    Better Breeding Calls for Tougher Tires?

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 5, 2010

    It's becoming an interesting lament: "These new corn hybrids are great, but they're killing my tires." Now before my seed company friends come after me, there's a lot of evidence out there that the hard work plant breeders have done to boost crop yield, and create a plant that can stand up to a 70 mph wind, is also a cut stalk that loves to punch through tire rubber. There are some things you can do - and in fact inventive farmers are already at work. Had a chance to talk with Skip Sagar, a…

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