• Willie Vogt

    Labor, Safety and Kids

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 30, 2012

    Note: I'm planning on hosting a tour to Scandanavia in early August, where we'll see plenty of unique farming operations and other sights along the way. The 10-day tour should be fascinating. You can learn more by visiting Scandanavia Tour. Plan on joining me. Deadline for signing up is June 1. You may be pretty happy that the U.S. Department of Labor backed off of its rule changes regarding children under the age of 16 and what they can do around the farm. Ignoring the fact that…

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    A Turn of the Gas Cap

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 23, 2012

    Note: I'm planning on hosting a tour to Scandanavia in early August, where we'll see plenty of unique farming operations and other sights along the way. The 10-day tour should be fascinating. You can learn more by visiting Scandanavia Tour. Plan on joining me. Deadline for signing up is June 1. Usually this blog looks at farm equipment and issues surrounding this important asset on your farm, but this installment is a bit of a tirade on another farm-related issue - E15. Or rather, the…

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    Scheduling Downtime in the Future

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 12, 2012

    I've had a long-running dialog with folks - from farmers to economists - about downtime. I have never felt farmers really account for the cost of downtime properly, which encourages many to "go cheap" without understanding the true value of lost time. Everyone complains about the cost of service at a dealership, but the fact is reduced downtime will always make you money. What about "scheduled" downtime? With the rise of true telematics on farm equipment - which is still in its infancy - there…

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    Outfitting Your Tractor Cab

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 4, 2012

    Warning, what follows is a bit of a self-promotion piece for ways to enhance your smartphone before you're stuck in the cab planting for the next few weeks. While we know there are a growing number of apps out there - in our opinion there are some from Farm Progress that deserve your attention. If you're going to be spending time running the planter, transporting seed to different fields, and all manner of tender and support work, put that smart phone you're carrying to work. Here's a quick…

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