• Willie Vogt

    Looking Ahead at Global Farm Equipment Market

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 27, 2013

    During Agritechnica recently the Agrievolution Alliance released its eighth survey among manufacturers and importers of machines. From the report, more than half responding say the business situation is good or very good, pushing the Agritech Business Climate index up three points. The group notes that global equipment sales should rise as much as 7% in 2014, good news for a market that may be feeling a bit of a pinch with sliding crop prices into the new year. According to the report, the…

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    Wrapping up a Big Show

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 17, 2013

    Agritechnica wrapped up Saturday and the DLG Team, along with VDMA, were happy with the results. Of the 2900 exhibitors on hand 52% were from outside Germany. In fact there were 47 countries represented on the exhibit stand. Reinhard Grandke, DLG, called Agritechnica a "workshop for the future" and there was plenty of hot new tech on hand. The challenge I had in viewing all of that was the proliferation of all those monitors. I'm not a big fan of the "mission control"…

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    If this is Mittwoch, or Wednesday, it's all the Same

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 13, 2013

    After years of working at Farm Progress, there are just some truths a person deals with. Deadlines keep coming. Farmers ask great questions. And Wednesdays are big at the farm shows. Turns out that last one could be a truism for other shows too. As we made the trek from hotel to show site at Agritechnica this morning we discovered there were quite a few more people on hand going into the show than on Tuesday. Over here in Germany Mittwoch is Wednesday (Mittwoch means mid-week), and it sure…

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    Agritechnica Exhibitors Tell Their Stories

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 11, 2013

    We're covering Agritechnica this week in Hannover, Germany and I hope to blog a couple times here at Farmer Iron about the experience. European trade shows are giant affairs held in super bring and modern exhibit facilities creating a different atmosphere from a U.S. farm show. And Agritechnica is the granddaddy of them all. This giant farm show housed in about 84 acres of indoor space offers show visitors plenty to see from more than 2900 exhibitors. And of those 1,500 are international…

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    Farm shows, travel and ag tech

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 8, 2013

    Agricultural equipment is always a hot topic. Farmers like to see what's new even if they're not planning to buy right way. That's true around the world. And while I've been going to farm shows for quite some time (not as long as many of you dear reader, but long enough) seldom do I venture out of the country. That changes next week. I'm heading to Hannover, Germany to cover Agritechnica. It's a big event spread through more than a dozen exhibition buildings at Hannover…

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