• Willie Vogt

    Tech Offers Potential for In-Season Effort

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 24, 2010

    When you write about precision ag a lot of the talk is about analyzing data after the season ends; matching planting rates and hybrids or varieties with final yield can be enlightening. However, as more technology comes to play growers may be looking at ways to measure in-field stress to determine the potential for in-season action too. This idea may be gaining traction especially as some veteran technologies are put to new uses. From remote sensing in-season satellite images to on-the-go crop…

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    Equipment Technology Keeps Moving On

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 17, 2010

    Years ago, when I worked for another publisher, I had a conversation with a long-time automobile media guy who got into a conversation about how a car from 1988 was radically different from a car from 1972. Remember that's pre-electronic ignition and pre-super Clean Air Act on car emissions. By 1988, a lot of changes had been made, but that was 22 years ago...look at where cars are today. Now look at your tractor. If you've bought a new high-horsepower machine in the past three years you've…

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    Working Toward Year End

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 11, 2010

    As winter nears in the north (there's even a threat of snow this week where I live) it's a signal that the year is coming to an end - the tax year that is. And if you're able to take advantage of the higher crop prices you may find yourself with the opportunity to keep on upgrading your equipment while lowering your tax burden. Tax Expert Darrell Dunteman, who writes Farm Tax Saver notes in a special report that's appearing in our magazines that the handy Section 179 expense method of…

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    Surprise Poll Result?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on November 2, 2010

    This week I'm attending a crop science conference in Long Beach, Calif. This meeting, which brings together three big science organizations - including the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America, is chock full of scientific presentations and one in particular caught my eye. The report showed the latest results from an ongoing series of Ohio State University studies that look at the adoption of precision ag technology. This is a…

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