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    Looking Ahead to 2013

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 28, 2012

    As the year winds down we're all looking back on what started with such great promise and ended with such disappointment. To have an entire crop in so early was astounding. The epic failure of the weather will not be forgotten for some time for anyone on the farm. The only good news about this year will be the stories you'll get to tell your grandkids. The surprise bump in yields for soybeans and the solid winter wheat yields will be remembered. But a year like 2012 spooks you…

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    Year-End Farm Equipment Shopping Deadline Looms

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 21, 2012

    The Section 179 depreciation provision of the tax code, long a part of the lives of small business operators everywhere, was significantly expanded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The aim was to get businesses to buy long term assets, which can give the economy a boost. In agriculture, that provision has given farmers a nice tax break for new and use farm equipment, but that provision is about to roll back to its pre-expansive days. And given how little Congress is getting done…

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    Getting Past Drought

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 13, 2012

    One of our editors is offering up his ideas for new tech and approaches in an upcoming issue, and asked for reader participation. Interestingly, he also asked that readers not send drought-related ideas because he had "heard enough of that for 2012." It appears that's the way the machinery market is looking for next year too. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers issued a positive outlook for the machinery market and worldwide they're predicting a 5% boost in…

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    A Year-end Pause

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 6, 2012

    I'm not the biggest fan of year-end kinds of stories and I'm not going to load you up now on that kind of content. You can reflect the year you've had and given the drought I'm sure we'll be talking about this one for awhile. From an equipment standpoint, 2012 was a solid year with a wide range of new equipment launched. In fact next week we're rolling out or new Free Report that'll include all the products we found at the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest…

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