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    Making a Statement

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 31, 2011

    We're three years from full implementation of the final level - Tier 4b (or Tier 4 final) - emission standards for high-horsepower off-highway equipment. Companies are just launching their Tier 4a or Tier 4 interim machines across their lines this year (we see plenty here at the 2011 Farm Progress Show) yet at least one company is confirming its final strategy for emissions. At a media event during the show Tuesday  night, Case IH confirmed that selective catalytic reduction technology…

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    A Farm Show Mindset

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on August 24, 2011

    Had a colleague make a request the other day and my first response was: "Can this wait until after the show?" You hear that a lot around Farm Progress these days as we immerse ourselves into the once-a-year event that is the Farm Progress Show - followed soon after by Husker Harvest Days. I'm lucky that I get paid to attend this great event and can spend THREE days looking at technology, talking to farmers and enjoying what our exhibitors have to offer. We're less than a week from the big…

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    Equipment Maker Acquired

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 17, 2011

    A popular Illinois brand is being merged into Blount International. Woods Equipment Company, a manufacturer and marketer of farm equipment and replacement parts based in Oregon, Ill., will become part of Portland, Ore., based Blount. According to the press release, Blount will get a range of benefits including the following: * Increased distribution for Blount's farm, ranch and agriculture end-market business - especially equipment dealers. Blount markets the following lines: Oregon, ICS…

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    Phone in Those Tire Pressure Numbers

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 8, 2011

    Running the latest machines these days can really boost your profitability helping you cover more acres in a day. But do you have your tire pressure set right? Chances are you don't, and if you're using the newest radials you're not getting all the money out you may have invested. Inflation pressure is a big deal and you can run lower than ever before, reducing compaction and improving tractive efficiency if you're set up right. Now comes a new website - built for smart phones - called…

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    Road Travel and Hot Topics

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 1, 2011

    Saw something interesting last week when driving east as part of a vacation trip - I saw a lot of westbound combines and noted one key fact: none were Class VI machines. I saw plenty of Class VII and VIII machines - in fact my wife wanted to start counting how many we saw (that’s her thing). Yet this simple fact speaks volumes about how this industry is changing. The move to larger combines means you’re enhancing your harvest efficiency. Note that combine makers don’t usually…

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