• Willie Vogt

    Time to Take a Deep Breath

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 29, 2008

    It's year end. You're probably rushing to close some last deal, some final purchase to take advantage of the super depreciation that's available - who can laugh at $250,000 write-off on income. Of course, you may be doing that with an eye toward a reduced-income 2009, but nonetheless you may be in that camp.   Once the dust settles and it's officially 1/1/09 - consider a deep breath. It appears the ag market is going to continue it's "every man for himself" roller coaster ride that can rip…

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    Last Chance for Tax Savings

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 22, 2008

    Equipment sales have been strong - in the over-100-horsepower - tractor category for all of 2008. Whether that translates into 2009 remains to be seen.   During the Farm Futures Management Summit in St. Louis recently, one speaker commented he had heard about a bunch of machinery order cancellations, which is anecdotal evidence that some farmers are hunkering down going into the New Year.   If you're making that kind of choice, comment below and tell us more, but if you're in the market for…

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    Find Used Equipment Fast

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 17, 2008

    These days we're all looking for bargains, and I'm not talking the stock market. Your job is to raise a crop and make a profit, and somewhere in that process it gets difficult to keep good quality equipment on hand. We've launched a new tool on our Web sites, in cooperation with IRON Solutions that gives any site visitor access to more than 50,000 pieces of equipment on dealer lots all over the country.   This tool offers you the chance to find just the right machine, whether you're looking…

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    Company Move Aimed at Matching Machines to Markets

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 8, 2008

    Who says there's no good news in this economy? Just ask the 60 new Agco employees at work at three new assembly plants the company has opened in Baltimore, Md.; Houston, Texas and Tacoma, Wash.   The new plants are tractor assembly facilities that will work on all the major tractor brands for the company including Agco, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and the Valtra brands. The aim is to better react to specific market needs and have the right tractor with the right options in the right…

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    Future Electronics Get Push

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 1, 2008

    Hooking an implement to the tractor has often been considered more an issue of finding a good hitch pin, but these days that's changing a lot. Several years ago I remember being at a Case IH event where to make a point about the change they sent all the editors that were to attend a hitch pin (a very nice one by the way that I gave to my farmer-brother-in-law).   Their point was that the simple hitch pin was no longer the main connection between tractor and implement. And that was in the late…

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