• Willie Vogt

    New Harvest Tech at Work

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on January 31, 2013

    I know I'm pretty lucky because I get to see new equipment in action pretty early. Sometimes when you see a new tool demonstrated, however, you wonder how it will work in the "real world." I know equipment and tech makers are constantly testing what they build, but still the skeptic in me wonders just what will happen. Take John Deere's Machine Sync System which allows the combine operator to "link" to the tractor pulling the grain cart and enhance unloading…

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    Conversations on New Farm Technology

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on January 22, 2013

    I've been attending my fair share of farm meetings this winter - already - and the fun part of that is spending time with producers talking about key challenges and opportunities they're facing in their businesses. There's a sense of angst out there this winter as more of you deploy new farm technologies beyond auto steering. The challenge is that farmers who are already excellent agronomists in their own right are suddenly being called on to become farm technology experts as…

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    Shopping Deadline Extended

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on January 11, 2013

    Digging through all of the last-minute/late-night deal-making Congress went through to avoid jumping off the fiscal cliff takes time. During last week's Farm Futures Business Summit, Management Coach Darrell Dunteman provided a great look at some key issues from the deal farmers should know about. And there's Section 179 news. A few weeks ago I issued a kind of warning, since Section 179 was about to expire. It didn't, so your shopping can continue. Interestingly every time I…

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