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    Farm Show Highlights...After Some Time

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     by Willie Vogt
     on February 27, 2012

    No one who goes to a farm show sees everything, even after three days, but you can sure try. The 2012 National Farm Machinery Show was a true "sole searing" event (catch that spelling). And while I found my fair share of new stuff, there were a few items of note I'll highlight here - just a very few. First, Geringhoff is trying to rewrite how a combine corn head works. The company has already been recognized for its folding corn head with its chopping design. But now they're thinking in new…

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    Video Winners Chosen for 2012 Grain Cart Contest

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     by Willie Vogt
     on February 20, 2012

    The Frank Dietrich family from Lucan, Ontario, Canada, is the grand prize winner in the "Why Do You Choose Brent?" video contest. Announced last Friday at the National Farm Machinery Show, the Dietrich farm family video was chosen the best through an online vote at the Brent website. We reviewed all five finalists here in Farmers Respond to Video Contest and the competition was tough. Each of the finalists had done its best to bring high-quality video production values to their finished…

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    Farm Brand Names Evolve, Connect

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     by Willie Vogt
     on February 16, 2012

    This week the National Farm Machinery Show is helping me put more wear on my trusty walking shoes with a bevy of top companies showing off their wares. You learn plenty walking around the show, and this year the mood remains good (though there is that thought "how long will this last?" question weighing in the back of many folks' minds). I'm rounding up what new products I can find and learning more about a few hot topics or future copy in your favorite Farm Progress magazine, and online soon…

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    Ready, Set, Go?

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     by Willie Vogt
     on February 10, 2012

    Next week my title takes a short vacation. For some time I've been editorial director at Farm Progress, responsible for a range of details, issues and such running our 19-magazine family of editors and production folks. But every year about this time, I turn that hat around (you can never really take it off) and bringing the other title to the front - machinery editor. Since the early 1980s I've been covering farm machinery. I enjoy it and most readers know I like checking out the latest new…

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    Studebaker, Oliver, Minnie-Mo Tractor Anyone?

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     by Willie Vogt
     on February 3, 2012

    This week comes news that a group of investors want to revive the Studebaker brand name. Most readers may remember the Studebaker as the maker of fin-laden cars in the 1950s (who didn't) or the boring Lark. Or maybe you saw the Avanti. Today, the Studebaker Motor Company looks more like an investor's front for Chinese car and motorcycle makers - and that may be the long-term goal. And it's amazing to me that these brands keep coming back. Sure, I think fondly of the Studebaker Hawk my parents…

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