• Willie Vogt

    New Biofuel Passes Another Test

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 28, 2011

    We've been covering the company Gevo, a Colorado-based firm that bought an ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., and is converting it to a different type of biofuel - isobutanol. The biofuel has a higher energy rating than ethanol, can be pipelined and also has added value in the chemical market. This week, the company announced small engine test results where it was tested against a blend of ethanol and gasoline. Working with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and Briggs & Stratton, Gevo…

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    Things I Learned from 2011 Farm Shows

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 24, 2011

    Farm shows are an important, and fun, part of my job. Getting paid to be at a show to see the latest farm tech, well I have one fellow staffer - he's in sales - that says when he dies he wants to come back as an editor. Need I say more? This year I made it to two of the family of fall shows, Farm Progress Show (which we own) and the Sunbelt Ag Expo (where Farm Progress supports the Southeast Farmer of the Year Program - which is not unlike our Master Farmer programs around the country). I got…

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    Here's an Idea - Share a Harvest Photo

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 14, 2011

    The world of social media is growing so fast some of us old codgers have trouble keeping up. Yet farmers are learning that having a Facebook page or at least being on Facebook may have value. And we have a few Facebook pages ourselves. And we added a new fan page this year for you to check out and "like" Our Farm Progress Daily Facebook fan page works in tandem with our new site www.FarmProgressDaily.com where we're gathering up all our state/regional site information into one site to check…

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    Mascot Needed? Who Should Apply?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on October 7, 2011

    I'm wondering if we need a new icon. This fall, the driest on record just about everywhere has brought along with it a rising number of combine and field fires across the country. While we all know the risks of running machinery this time of year, with climatologists saying this could be the new normal for harvest (or with La Nina on the way, perhaps the new normal is about a year long) do we need someone/something to keep us aware of a few simple tips to prevent trouble? Come-on. That bear…

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