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    Reliable Tech Support Starts Somewhere

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 26, 2010

    As farming gets more high tech, it challenges dealers to meet your needs to keep equipment and that new stuff up and running. The industry is hard at work in the process of training that next generation of experts in GPS, RTK CAN-BUS and the rest of the alphabet soup that represents the underpinning of modern farm equipment. Got a press release recently about a program at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that provides a perfect example of what I mean. The school has an Agricultural…

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    Two Perspectives on Spring Work

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 16, 2010

    A visit to a couple of farms - one in Iowa and one in Louisiana - is a small sample to determine the mood in the country. Yet the farmers I got a chance to visit were pretty positive in a year where the rains have continued where drought was a problem last year; and in the Midwest where an early warmup gives hope that we'll get a decent longer season. And the dealers I got to travel with told me the same thing; they've had a better year than they thought they might. Always good news. But an…

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    A Little Cab-Time Ahead

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 8, 2010

    Farm work must be starting when even here in Minnesota the local television station gets out and does a story. I know our reader friends in the south have been trying to be hard at for weeks, despite some pretty wet weather. It's what we live for in agriculture - getting that crop into the ground; working toward that next fall payday. During the Farm Futures Summit I lead a technology discussion with attendees and had an interesting talk about computers. While we're talking iron in this column…

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    A Few Headlines You Might Like to See

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 1, 2010

    I know for North Dakota readers there's probably little humor in harvesting corn in March and early April - although given our natural penchant for dark humor I'm sure there are some laughs to be had even from this delayed harvest. The April 1 on the calendar gives a person pause. This is a time of practical jokes - although in journalism you have to be careful. There are a lot of stories about career-ending jokes that ended up in print because some writer or copy editor wasn't paying…

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