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    Retooling a Company...Continued

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 24, 2011

    It's not everyday that you get to start on the ground floor with the head of a company and touch base from time to time to see how he's doing; and how his plans are unfolding. We started our conversation with Doug Rehor, the new head of McCormick USA, during the Farm Progress Show last year and last week he wanted to sit down to talk again at the National Farm Machinery Show. In our first conversation, Doug talked about how he was going to take some off-the-shelf sales management software and…

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    What's the Most Unique Thing at the Show?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 18, 2011

    Writing about equipment is plenty of fun. There's a lot going on. But there's also a question I get when I travel to a show that gives me a brain freeze: What's the most unique thing you've seen at the show? After you've walked every aisle and building at a 1.8 million square foot indoor show - Louisville - or traversed the five chock-full buildings at the New York Farm Show next week, that's a tough question. There's a lot of new stuff out there. From vertical tillage tools using a new disk…

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    Cultivators and Planters Report

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 10, 2011

    Monday, Feb. 14, is the first true sign of spring in our household. That's when pitchers and catchers report for spring training, which means warmer weather can't be far behind. Living in Minnesota, you really do seek out those signs of spring whether you live in town or are involved in corn farming. CORRECTION: OK I got too optimistic, and the date is this Thursday - but you know we Minnesotans look for spring everywhere we can! I know my Southern friends are already in the field - although…

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    Emissions Under Load

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 3, 2011

    New emissions standards bring new questions. A farmer contacted me recently asking why tractors that use the selective catalytic reduction approach (with diesel exhaust fluid - or DEF) consume the fluid at a rate of 5% of fuel used which requires a DEF tank refill after every other fuel fill. He's been told that for his pickup - which has a 5 gallon DEF tank - he only needs to fill it at the normal oil change interval. Great question. I turned to some folks at Agco to answer the question since…

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