• Willie Vogt

    Interesting Farm Stuff to See

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 28, 2012

    From a five-acre Precision Planting plot that'll inform the heck out of you, to a tire demonstration tool that's so unique it has to be powered by a European generator. Yep, I'm talking about the 2012 Farm Progress Show, our annual celebration of all things new in agricultural technology and productivity. Of course, this column is more iron focused, but if you want to get a better handle about how your planting iron is doing on your farm, a trip to that demonstration from Precision Planting…

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    Explaining Your Job

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 20, 2012

    I've been attending a few family and friend events lately where I run into people I've never met and inevitably we get on to the question of "what do you do?" At that moment, I have to try to explain my job after I say "agricultural journalist." Like every one of my farmer-readers I immediately have to start explaining my work so they get past some built-in stereotype of a "journalist" scurrying around to get the news. Of course, I have a pretty good job getting to meet readers, visit field…

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    Waxing Nostalgic About a Tractor

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 10, 2012

    Attending a product rollout is just part of a farm editor's job and while my duties have expanded over the years, I still make it a habit to attend media events I can to keep in touch with what's going on. Case IH held an even this week that included the rollout of the new Rowtrac Steiger tractor (you'll see more of that online soon). But part of the event is a celebration of a corporate milestone. It was 25 years ago that a newly created company rolled out its first "merged" tractor - the…

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    A Different Look at Drought

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     by Willie Vogt
     on August 3, 2012

    The 2012 Drought is so top-of-mind for everyone that a wide range of thoughts and ideas keep surfacing as we work our way through this disaster. Whether you're worried about crop insurance payments or what nitrate levels you have in corn you're going to chop, there's plenty to think about. But as combining begins in the Midwest - heck it's fired - we have something else to think about. Back in the 1988 drought we didn't have yield monitors, grid soil sampling or other data gathering tools…

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