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    Ford Rolls out New F-150

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 27, 2010

    A new pickup truck, even a light-duty F-150-class machine, can be quite interesting. Often the newest technology shows up in that higher-volume mass consumer truck before it makes its way into the heavier duty machines. That may be what prospective pickup buyers may be thinking as Ford rolls out the new 2011 F-150. Ford, which has had its share of successful new product launches after its own near-death experience in 2008, is pushing ahead with a no-government money approach to new product…

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    Engine Maker Hits Milestone

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 21, 2010

    There's a split in the off-road diesel engine market these days with Deere, Cummins and Navistar hitting key emissions targets for the interim Tier 4 standard without adding urea to the exhaust system; meanwhile Agco, Case IH and New Holland are already advancing their interim Tier 4 engines with the selective catalytic reduction approach. Cummins announced this week it hit an industry milestone as it started production and supply of the first EPA interim Tier 4 and EU Stage IIIB certified…

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    Weaning Yourself from Diesel?

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 16, 2010

    Imagine a tractor rolling by you and the only sound is the scrape of the chisel plow through the soil. It's an interesting picture to contemplate, and while the idea may be a ways off farmers got a look at such a potential future during Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days this year. The NH2 tractor from New Holland is a concept vehicle designed to allow engineers to test out ideas and see what might work. In this case, the tractor, which is a hand-built prototype on a T6000 platform…

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    Reconnecting with Customers

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 8, 2010

    A decade can go by so fast, just ask anyone associated with McCormick USA. Yep it was in 2000 that the brand was acquired by Argo S.p.a. a family-owned manufacturer that already owned the Landini brand (among others). And in the past 10 years, McCormick USA has undergone plenty of changes. Lately, however, the company has stumbled in a few areas, and that's about to change, if new CEO Doug Rehor has anything to say about it. He acknowledges that the company knows how to build solid equipment…

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    Reflecting on a Farm Show

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     by Willie Vogt
     on September 2, 2010

    It's quiet as I write this blog sitting on the Farm Progress Show site, I hear the occasional rumble of a Gator roll past, the random shout as someone arrives to start setting up. I get to Farm Progress Show site each morning by about 5:30 or earlier, depending on the year, and enjoy this pre-show quiet. We've had an interesting year at the show. Rain on Tuesday helped us keep the dust under control - but didn't dampen field demonstrations. Day 2 brought overnight rains that delayed the open…

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