• Willie Vogt

    Engineering Awards Highlight New Tech

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     by Willie Vogt
     on January 29, 2010

    Awards can be a good thing. They can show you the good and shine a light on the unknown that deserves more attention. That's true for the AE50 Awards announced earlier this month by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. This annual listing of the top 50 innovations in ag technology shows that you, dear reader, have a lot to choose from when looking for ways to innovate on your farm. Each year, this program highlights engineering innovations. And this year's list is…

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    Getting By in 2009

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     by Willie Vogt
     on January 22, 2010

    Monitoring equipment sales and inventory levels can help you determine the value of equipment you own and the machines you want to trade in. As the fortunes of the industry rise and fall, it can impact both new and used equipment prices. The December U.S. Ag Flash Report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows that in year-over-year numbers all two-wheel drive tractors sales declined. The bright spots included four-wheel drive tractors and combines. First, the smaller machines…

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    Frustrations in Precision

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     by Willie Vogt
     on January 15, 2010

    Recently, I got a great opportunity to sit in on a presentation by three top farmers at the Farm Futures Management Summit. Each was talking about how they're using precision farming in their operations - from top end RTK systems to WAAS-based economical approaches, it was a great range of information for those on hand. One thing shined through, however, and it's an issue that I'm hoping our industry friends continue to work on: Compatibility. While I know that competition is a good thing…

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    Sneaking a Peak at Auto Show Launches

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     by Willie Vogt
     on January 8, 2010

    Heavy duty pickups remain one of the perks of farming. You have a reason to buy those heftier versions of popular 150/1500 class rides because you need the lifting, hauling, toting capacity offers by the 250/2500 and higher classes of truck. Earlier this year Ford launched its new Super Duty series at the Texas State Fair with an all-new engine design. Dodge is pushing ahead with its strategy in the heavy duty class too and while some folks worry about Fiat ownership and what that might mean…

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