• Willie Vogt

    Digging into Machinery Industry Report

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 27, 2013

    The Association of Equipment Manufacturers releases a monthly report of equipment sales offering some insight into how the market is doing. The November report released earlier this month shows that 2013 was an even better year - overall - than 2012. And given that 2012 was strong that's saying something. As the year comes to a close (that Section 179 tax benefit expires next Tuesday), farmers may be scrambling to take delivery of new machines, which will make the December report even more…

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    Loving the Diesel

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 9, 2013

    Farmers love diesel tractors and combines, they have the torque needed to get the job done, and they're essentially more economical than gasoline engines might be in the same application. But what about cars? The arrival of common rail diesel technology in commercial applications has been a boon to users of these high-tech engines. As I think about my trip to Germany for Agritechnica one thought comes to mind, and it wasn't from the show. It came from the few days I spent after the…

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