• John Vogel

    Farm Tractors Ain't What They Used To Be

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on July 9, 2013

    First, my confession: Since wrestling with the wheel of an old red and gray 8N years ago, I haven't been overly fond of blue tractors. But this summer, New Holland gave Farm Progress Editorial Director Willie Vogt and me an exclusive under-the-hood and behind the wheel look at its shiny new Genesis T8 tractor. The 419-hp "baby" was a far cry from "old blue". With mind-spinning conveniences, alone, it soundly whipped the six-horse team pulling iron in a field…

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  • John Vogel

    Put cash on the table, then we'll talk

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on August 27, 2008

    “Put $80,000 on the table. Then we’ll talk delivery.” I though my friendly equipment dealer was kidding – but he wasn’t!   Other farm machinery dealers lipped the same message this month when I asked how soon I could get a new no-till planter. Much of the cutting-edge equipment that dealers wheeled into farm shows and field days this summer was already sold.   Want a min-till or no-till corn planter? Plunk that $80,000 down to get in line and on the list. You may get it delivered by April…

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