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    Make No Mistake, This is a Big One

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 29, 2011

    When I was a kid in Eastern Iowa, there was this commercial on television from an electric motor rebuilding company, and during the TV spot as a giant motor was having its copper rewound a very deep-voiced announcer said: "Make no mistake, this is a big one." That was nearly 40 years ago and yet I remember that commercial, and that great tagline. This week the folks at Case IH are bragging about their "big one" as they roll out the Case IH Steiger 600 tractor. And the first owner is Lawrence…

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    Sneak Peek at a New Tractor

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 22, 2011

    Maybe I am getting old. I remember a time when product details for a new machine were a kind of Manhattan Project of secrecy. Sure there would be a new machine but its features were usually not unveiled until dealers saw everything, then it hit the farm shows. Don't tell John Deere. This year, in advance of the new 7R series tractors and a new combine line, the company is teasing out information about the machinery. And we're not talking some simple sneak peeks, we're talking full on pictures…

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    Remanufactured Parts Plan to Speed Delivery

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 15, 2011

    A couple weeks ago I blogged about the efforts of Agco and its parts program (That's Logistics). This week comes news that Case IH is also committing to new investment to enhance delivery remanufactured products to equipment dealers in North America. These efforts are a big deal. As farms get larger, downtime gets more expensive, and major equipment manufacturers know this. While they work very hard to have the right part on hand when needed, there can be roadblocks. With this investment in a…

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    Making a Difference

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 8, 2011

    There's a place on this lowly planet that is near and dear to my heart. A little island nation 600 miles from Miami that is has the poorest economy in the Western hemisphere and it was made all the poorer in 2010 when an earthquake turned its cinder-block and concrete buildings into rubble-piled death traps. Yes, I'm talking about Haiti. I've been there twice - pre-earthquake - for mission work (sweating and lifting with the locals to work on churches and schools), and hope to return soon to…

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    Putting it all Together

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 1, 2011

    No joke, planting for Midwest corn is happening somewhere today and that's exciting, although from where I sit in lovely Minnesota we'll not see planters and spring work rolling for at least a few more days. Heck we won't have our home opener for baseball for another week. I was talking with an industry colleague yesterday and he commented that these days farmers are tooled up to handle any eventuality for the weather and planting season. Surprisingly, in this country, given the number of…

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