• Willie Vogt

    Planning for 2013

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 22, 2012

    Combines are still rolling in a lot of areas, but not for much longer. That's when farmers' minds turn to next year's crop. I know, you're probably going to want to rest a bit after you park the combine, but the markets and suppliers may not let you. Already diesel prices have slid enough that you might want to book some supply for next season. Booking fertilizer may be top of mind too - and I've heard that the best way to book that product is to write a check. Given worries about…

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    Post-Harvest Downtime?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 14, 2012

    The corn and soybean harvest are moving very fast for the Upper Midwest, which means that a lot of readers may be finished as soon as mid-October. What will you do with that time? No I mean it. This time can be a gift to you. Sure, many of you will say to fall tillage and fertilizer work, but with temperatures where they are it may be awhile before the soil drops below that magic 50-degree mark. I realize many of you read this but don't comment, so I won't ask for any (though comments are very…

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    Agco Press Event Makes a Statement

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 4, 2012

    I'm pretty sure when I got into ag journalism all those years ago, I wasn't thinking some international travel would be part of the mix. Sure, ag is a global business, but would I be making those long trips? Since 1985 I've made quite a few and for anyone contemplating a trip overseas I recommend it - if for nothing more to get a glimpse of how others live and view the world. We offer that opportunity with our Farm Progress Farm Tour program -and there's still time to sign up for the Brazil…

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