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    Make Sense of New Web Tools

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 29, 2010

    You may have hard of social media - or your children may have. These are the Web-based sites and tools that allow groups of people to share ideas and communicate. Whether you're talking Facebook, Twitter or even those discussion-based sites like NewAgTalk.com, this is social media. And more farmers are finding value in using the tools in a number of ways. Now why is a machinery column talking about Twitter (oh you can follow me at Twitter.com/Willie1701a)? In part because major players in all…

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    Trouble Keeping Up? Consider a Farm Show

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 22, 2010

    I've heard it a lot over the years - "How do you keep up?" Truth is it is difficult even when you focus on farm technology as I do to keep up on all that is going on. Add in your real day job and I know the challenge you face. So consider a sabbatical. You read that right - I'm suggesting you take a little time away from the farm to recharge your brain with new information and help you keep up on new technology. Of course, that recommendation comes with this added piece of information: Use…

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    Big Equipment Offers New Niche

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 15, 2010

    Bigger crops are pushing up equipment sizes, not doubt about it. And that forces you to look at all other aspects of your operation. How many wagons and semis does it take to keep a Class 8 combine running in the field? What roads do you have to travel with that 16-row (or bigger) planter? Transporting equipment is getting tougher every day, but those challenges can create opportunities too. At least one company - Bestway - has figured out there may be a new niche in this business helping move…

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    Quick Glimpse of a Prototype

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 8, 2010

    A few weeks ago, we took a look at an interesting use of Facebook undertaken by the folks at Agco Corporation. The aim, to create some viral interest in a new combine that'll be coming out for season 2011, which they're calling the Super 7. In the original blog post - Using Facebook to Build Momentum we looked at the idea of promoting the combine as if it were a person you could "friend" on the popular site. And I, of course, became the combine's friend (more on that below). Of course, as a…

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    Adding Up All the Costs

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on July 1, 2010

    Sitting in an air-conditioned sprayer cab on a hot, humid day is a good thing. Having a conversation with a savvy precision ag specialist just adds value. That's the experience I had last week with Dan Lucas, precision ag specialist for HTS Precision Ag Solutions. The Harlan, Iowa, company provides a range of precision ag services to farmers and dealers, but during my conversation with Dan we talked about something else - production costs and time. Working with growers trying to maximize every…

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