Jodie Wehrspann

Senior Editor,
Farm Industry News

Jodie has been a journalist for 15 years, specializing in machinery, technology and precision farming. Prior to Farm Industry News, she worked as a research analyst/editor for Rockwood Research, the former research arm of Farm Journal Media.

Jodie has won numerous writing awards including the Master Writer Program Award, Level IV, from the American Agricultural Editor's Association (AAEA). She has also been recognized for her technical writing skills by the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the Minnesota Magazines and Publications Association. Jodie is an active member of AAEA and currently serves on the board.

A former native of Montevideo, MN, Jodie earned a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Jodie can be reached at 952-851-4681

Valves may appear to be simple devices for controlling the flow of a fluid, yet these tools are getting more sophisticated every day as developers look to electronic control, which offers enhanced performance. Here's a look at how those new-tech valves work.
INDUSTRY INSIDER: Trends in grain handling
Agco GSI’s Greg Trame offers insight on trends and the new features grain bin buyers are looking for on farms.
A new course for nitrogen
Nitrogen management company 360 Yield Center launches new products to spoon-feed crops. Attendees also got a sneak peek at some products to be released this fall, as well as some still in the design phase, to further expand the company’s growing arsenal of products that pick up where Sauder’s former planter attachment company left off.
Take a ride on a drone

Mitchell and Zach Fiene are cofounders of DMZ Aerial, an ag tech consulting firm that that offers scouting services and data management. They also sell their own propriety line of  drones and have recently branched out into other technologies including sensors, beacons, and data management devices.

Bringing hybrid power to diesel tractors
A new diesel-electric powertrain replacement package brings hybrid power to your current diesel tractor.
INDUSTRY INSIDER: Salford's Dave King

Dave King, who worked as the marketing manager at Ag Leader Technology for 13 years, has moved to the iron side as the new director of sales and marketing for Salford Group. We caught up with King on his way to the airport after a company-wide meeting with BBI and Valmar, two companies Salford recent acquired (see our exclusive coverage on the event on page xx). We asked King about these acquisitions and how his background in precision farming will play into his new role at Salford.

Q. What will the purchase of BBI and Valmar mean for buyers?

A robot that taps trees
Engineering students from around the world compete to design the best sap collector of all time in the 2014 American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) Robotics Competition
FIN EXCLUSIVE: Inside Salford Group
Salford unveils new equipment and outlines plans for growth in new markets
FIN EXCLUSIVE: Salford unveils new tillage equipment; tackles new markets

Canadian farm equipment manufacturer Salford Group invited Farm Industry News and two media outlets from Canada to its headquarters in Salford, Ontario, last week for an exclusive preview of two models of vertical tillage equipment that will be released this fall. Farm Industry News also was given the opportunity to meet publically for the first time, with BBI Spreaders and Valmar Airflo, two fertilizer application and seeding equipment companies that Salford acquired over the last seven months to extend its product offerings.

QVC picks up magnetic retrieval tool

In 1994, a small company in Iowa called P.S. Manufacturing received the Farm Industry News Readers’ Choice award (now called FinOvation awards) for a product called the Attractor. It’s a long-handled magnetic retrieval tool used to pick up metal objects such as nails, screws, pins, wires, wrenches and other items.

Business author says Big Data is the future; outlines how 10 industries are benefiting

Pulitzer-nominated business journalist and author Russ Banham has written about Big Data analytics in all kinds of industries, from healthcare and insurance to trucking and retail. Now he is bringing his message to agriculture.

Next-gen farm equipment
OEM suppliers provide a sneak peek of high-tech features coming to farm vehicles and equipment. Among them---a new cab display that runs like an iPad.
Sprayer performance: Testing for consistent coverage

Sprayers have gone high-tech in recent years. Advancements including auto-steer, variable rate application, low-drift nozzles, direct-injection and pulse-width-modulation all have made chemical application more accurate. But there’s a caveat, says Joe Luck, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“While we have great technologies to reduce sprayer errors, some boom setup and monitoring--or lack thereof-- issues could contribute to errors that even the technology can’t solve,” Luck says.

Essential Tech: Bearings
Better seals are making bearings maintenance-free.
2015 AETC Conference: An insider’s look at what ag engineers are talking about

Planting technologies, autonomous vehicles, and the whole topic of open-source data harnessed much of the discussion at the 2015 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC) coverage held last February in Louisville, KY.

Continuing Education
New Course
The 2,000 member Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) Herbicide Resistance Action...
Keeping crop protection chemicals on the crop for which they are intended has been a...