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    New Credit Program Coming from AGCO

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 28, 2013

    The days of running a tab at the local farm equipment dealer have been slowly slipping away for a number of reasons - including the cost of "carrying" customers. However, a rising trend will maintain the flexibility farmers need while enhancing the service a dealer can offer. The trend is the short-term credit program and the newest player is AGCO with the launch of AGCO Plus+ - yes that's actually AGCO Plus plus. "That was an unintended consequence of the way we named…

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    No Farm Bill? Really?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 21, 2013

    I was driving back from the 2013 Farm Progress Hay Expo when I heard the news that the House dumped the farm bill. Heard over National Public Radio that Collin Peterson, D-Minn., thought some votes went against the bill because members felt it would fail anyway due to a couple of add-ons during floor deliberations. No matter what's happening, it's a sign of a big change in the structure of support for agriculture. Farmers already gave up direct payments - in both the Senate and…

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    Good Thing I Work for a Company with Farm Shows

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 18, 2013

    There are times when an affliction comes upon you quick - like a bad dinner. There are other things that bloom slowly in a person but when fully realized create fantastic possibilities in your mind. Really. For me the slow-growing but thoroughly captivating addition is the farm show. Perhaps it's because I kind of like crowds - even on a hot day in May Disney World can be fun as long as you realize where you are and that all of the people you're with are really there to have a…

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    When Was the Last Time you Tuned that Sprayer?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 14, 2013

    With this planting season that never ends we move into postemergence spraying season and it appears that's going to drag on too as you sneak out between rainstorms to control weeds. Talked with a weed scientist yesterday who says his phone has been ringing off the hook with weed questions, herbicide choice questions and spray drift questions. When the weather is dry, no matter the conditions, it appears we're loading up an going, and what choice do you have? As noted at…

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    Another Trip Down Memory Lane

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on June 7, 2013

    It's not every day that a company calls and offers you an exclusive first look at a new machine - really. I'm hoping more do, but I'll take 'em as they come. Anyway, this week I traveled to New Holland, Penn., and visited New Holland, where I got to chat with Abe Hughes, vice president, North America, about the company and about the newest tractor the Genesis T8. The company wants the world to know that its newest tractor has an innovative heritage, and the best way to do…

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