• Willie Vogt

    Meeting the Test

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 30, 2013

    Not sure what to say this time of year with a much-delayed planting season and every single Midwest corn farmer standing by his shop door waiting for ground temps to top 50 degrees F for planting. You've probably gone over that planter twice and checked it once again. You've gone over your field plan with your crew - family or hired labor - to make sure when you can deploy you're covering a lot of ground fast, and furious. There's probably one more thing to do, check…

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    Last-Minute Ideas Before the Spring Rush

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 17, 2013

    In the old days we editors talked about sharing a few items that came from the "old mail bag." Well these days, we're opening our electronic in-box to find farm information that may be of interest. Our friends at CHS, the cooperative, sent out a press release this week that included comments from Andrew Hamilton, their director of marketing for lubricants. Hamilton, who also blogs at the company's website - www.tanksofthanks.com - says the long winter may mean…

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    Drought, What Drought?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 8, 2013

    Well, there's nothing like an historic drought to put the ol' kibosh on equipment sales. I'm thinking that our partners selling big iron are hunkering down and rethinking their marketing plans. Oh, wait, I just got the February numbers from our friends at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and it looks like farm wallets are still wide open! A quick glimpse of their Ag Flash report - which gives an overview of tractor and combine sales - shows some pretty good news…

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