• Willie Vogt

    Pushing Technology to Sell RTK

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 30, 2011

    Getting access to RTK-level GPS services is going to get easier - at least in the region covered by the MyWay RTK group. Based in Effingham, Ill., the organization - formed by a group of precision ag players - is offering a new service MyWayXchange. The system is designed to help service resellers better service customers. According to a release from the organization, the online tool will connect resellers and customers in real time by providing live information about customers and base…

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    Sorry I Have to Say This

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 23, 2011

    Even as September winds down it's a good idea to remember that this is Farm Safety Month, and while I wish I didn't have to say what I have to say…I do. Based on Twitter chatter and other sources, there's been a rise in deaths around grain bins. That's probably due to the fact that people are emptying out bins more than ever before to move grain in this hot market. But slowing down and being more careful is critical. As we go into the heat of harvest in the Midwest and parts north…

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    Machinery Sales May be Level with Record 2010

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 15, 2011

    Being a farm equipment dealer is no easy job figuring out what inventory - parts or wholegoods to have on hand - training a staff in the face of fast-changing technology and just keeping up with farm years that have been anything but normal in the past decade. But projected record net farm income has the industry holding its breath for a strong fourth quarter to finish 2011. Machinery Analyst Henry Kirn, UBS Investment Research, notes that his visits to dealers recently turned up some…

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    Borrowing a Page from the Auto Industry

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 7, 2011

    My favorite question, asked by reporter and farmer alike, when it comes to new equipment is "what does it cost?" It's easy to get a ballpark figure, but for several months now Agco has actually been making hay with websites that farmers can use to get a pretty good idea what a machine will cost before they drive onto the dealer's lot. This week, the company is adding the Fendt tractor line to the family of build and quote products launched earlier this year. For this top-end line of…

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