• Tim White

    Street Project Shakes Up Ohio Farmer Office

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on April 15, 2014

      While there's not much equipment running in farm fields this week, there is some major activity just outside the window of my office. The state is resurfacing State Route 22, which is also Main Street in Lancaster. I say resurfacing, but in fact the project is more of rebuilding operation than a remodeling job. Several times during my 18-year residency in this building, the highway has been resurfaced with asphalt. However, it carries a lot of heavy truck traffic and once the…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 26, 2014

    I love this time of year - well usually I do when spring actually arrives. As I drive through the countryside I can almost feel the tension as each of you steps outside to check the weather (beyond what they tell you on TV). The tension mounts as you ready that last piece of equipment and perhaps give the planter or drill one last walkaround. Spring is your investment in a fall payday, a time when every second really counts. I remember having a conversation with Ag Economist Howard Doster a…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Equipment Sales Stick to Trend

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on March 18, 2014

    It's fun to watch statistics, to see how sales are shaping up. I'm sure livestock producers reading this are enjoying the direction of market states these days for hog and beef prices (provided you have animals to sell). Grain price stats are a little more sobering and given that a lot of analysts are watching equipment sales. The latest report on February numbers released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers last week look pretty good in the face of a market where a lot of…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Looking Back, and Ahead at Ag Equipment

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 25, 2014

    Here's a short apology loyal reader - sorry. Conferences and shows and duties have limited my ability to blog lately and I'll work to get back on track in the coming weeks. From winter meetings to big events an ag journalist's time can be in short supply, yet there are pages to fill and websites to populate. All to help keep you informed. The past few weeks have been interesting. The National Farm Machinery Show was filled with plenty of new products and information. From faster…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Faster Planter In Your Future?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 13, 2014

    The coolest part of covering agricultural machinery is the continuous innovation we see across the industry. Need to plant narrower rows, then harvest them? No problem, engineers and innovators have solved that. Want to harvest soybeans or wheat faster? Bring on the draper header. Seeking faster, more efficient tillage? Vertical tillage is the answer. Most of these technologies are focused on getting more per acre or being more productive. One key area where there's been a challenge is…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Farm tractor makers keep inventories under control

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on February 4, 2014

    Final equipment sales/inventory figures reported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for 2013 offer a look at another stellar year for machinery sales. Every category rose for the year except four-wheel drive tractor sales - and those only slipped 0.4%. For the whole year, total farm tractor sales came to nearly 202,000 machines and showed a sales rise of 9.1% or the year. Combine sales were up too by 9.8% for the year - including a big jump in December as farmers scrambled to take…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Deals Being Done

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on January 28, 2014

    Kinze and Raven announced this week that they will collaborate on a new multi-hybrid planter control. Raven rolled out their approach last spring and Kinze made their announcement early this year. Kinze is rolling out its concept this spring and now it's clear how they'll get moving on the concept. This team-up makes sense from a development standpoint. Look around and you'll see other deals. Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF have teamed with John Deere, mainly to allow for…

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  • Curt Arens

    Which Farm Gadgets Will Be "Pick-worthy" in the Future?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 28, 2014

    Old-time farm machinery and antique gadgets and advertising are pieces of our past, and link us in a very physical, touchable way to our ancestors on the farm. Old tractors, implements and household items passed on in a family can be among the prized possessions of future generations. If you are a big fan of shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars, you know that there is often no rhyme or reason to what carries value. Things that were probably disposable at the time are now extremely…

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  • Willie Vogt

    Bye Bye Hefty Write-off?

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on January 17, 2014

    Got a chance to sit in on the Farm Futures Business Summit earlier this month and listened to Dwight Raab from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association discuss a range of management and cash flow strategies. There was one slide, however, that caught my eye. And it's one that could have as much of an impact on your iron buying in the next few years as the price of corn. In that presentation he showed the history of the Internal Revenue Service Section 179 Expense Election from…

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  • Paula Mohr

    End of An [Equipment] Era

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on December 30, 2013

    As hokey as this sounds, I have feelings for machinery. Maybe some farmers can relate. You've got this favorite, dependable, sentimentally-valued tractor or implement in your machinery shed. It's not efficient or fast anymore at all. Yet, you hang onto it because you share some history. It has been there for you through the seasons. It's been reliable. It's your go-to bud and you feel secure in how it operates. When it needs repairs, they are basic. Tweaks are done with what…

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