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    Watchwords for 2011

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 23, 2010

    New trends can change how we talk. Who would have thought a year ago that Twitter would mean more than a bird sound today (follow me at www.twitter.com/willie1701a). Or that vertical tillage would become a common phrase. With new tech trends and new ways to farm you often find yourself hearing the unfamiliar. So what might we hear more of in 2011? It's hard to know what will actually take hold, but I have some suggestions for words you night want to become more familiar with in the New…

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    Time is Running Out!

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 16, 2010

    Heck they're screaming through my television about two-day sales, excellent chances to buy and "now's the time" offers. Of course they're mostly talking appliances, clothing and TVs, but I live in a big city where ag advertising is a little scarce. But at this time of year there are plenty of great offers from machinery makers too. Low- and no-rate financing (depending on the machine) can cut your interest cost. And that's a good thing. If you're in the market for new equipment and you've…

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    Recognizing a Winner

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 8, 2010

    Mike Pluimer of Ceres Solutions in Templeton, Ind., got a pretty sweet bit of recognition recently when he was named 2010 Operator of the Year by Agco's Application Equipment Group. It's a prize the company started giving out five years ago and aims to recognize the top operators in an elevator or co-op's business. For Pluimer, who started as a farmer, went part-time as an applicator and now does that job full-time, the recognition is nice. And his nominating co-worker says some great things…

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    A Bit of History

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on December 1, 2010

    Tractors leave the loading dock from the Case IH Racine works every day, but today something special happened. The company announced its first Case IH Magnum featuring new tech to meet the newest, toughest Tier 4A emissions requirements set down by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There are different ways to meet the low emission standard and Case IH has chosen to use Selective Catalytic Reduction to reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in emissions. The new standards, which…

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