• Willie Vogt

    Bigger, Faster, Oh My

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 30, 2008

    Equipment is getting bigger with the launch of Class 9 combines hitting the field. Now comes word a farmer in Britain using a Claas Lexion 580 Terra Trac combine has hit a new record of 19,533 bushels of wheat in eight hours. That busts through the old record of 16,571 bushels in an 8-hour day.   Those wacky Guinness people - who ever heard of an 8-hour farm workday...but I digress.   The Lexion 580 with its 512 horsepower Mercedes diesel and a 35-foot grain head was put to the test in a…

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    Going Electric? Chrysler Makes a Statement

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 25, 2008

    Got some interesting information from Chrysler in the past week that shows promise in the world of reduced emission vehicles - light-duty, but still interesting tech. The company has a division called ENVI that is a kind of skunkworks and apparently they've been hard at work behind the scenes in the world of electric vehicles.   While GM has been hard at it telling the world about the Volt and its impending launch in 2010, the ENVI team was busy taking similar ideas and spreading them across…

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    Equipment Availability and Brand Loyalty Collide

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 18, 2008

    For years in the equipment industry there's talk that the average farmer is no longer as brand loyal as they might have been in the past. Instead, you're a more "dealer loyal" crowd interested as much in the after-sale service as in the equipment itself. If there was ever a time that theory (or reality) will be tested, it's now.   The rapid run-up in equipment demand has altered how you buy. First, dealers may offer great financing incentives with interest waivers and such, but you might not…

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    Lucky Time at a Farm Show

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 9, 2008

    I sit in a cold press building with the sounds of the occasional truck or ATV passing by. The sound of crickets is almost louder. It's the opening day of Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island, Neb. and I'm enjoying a quiet moment.   That's right a quiet moment at a farm show. One of the perks of being on the Farm Progress Team is the chance to get to the show early and do some work before visitors arrive. For me it's the ability to watch the sun rise every show morning, and listen as the big…

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    A Precision Change?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on September 2, 2008

    For years those of us who cover the ag machinery market have been writing about precision agriculture. And mostly what we focus on is what's new, and how to apply it to your farm. Don't worry we won't stop doing that.   However, at the Farm Progress Show Trimble - a long-time supplier to this market - had a media breakfast where the firm talked about its products, and discussed real-time kinematics - or RTK - correction for the market. Trimble was the first user of RTK back in 1992, and is a…

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