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

The technology of a smooth ride
Newer off-highway machines with enhanced emissions systems generate more vibration, so how are they running smoother? The industry turns to automotive tech to keep vibration in check.
Can a hacker get you?
Worries over the potential for equipment to be hacked by outside forces are real, but manufacturers are aware and taking steps to protect equipment, and data.
3 ways to think about automation
Tech Insight: You're already using robotic tech with a range of machine systems, here's what's essential for an effective autonomous system.
TEST DRIVE: 2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 ATV and Viking/Viking VI SxS
Farm Industry News editor puts Yamaha's new Kodiak 700, Viking and Viking VI off-road vehicles to the test on this Georgia ranch. And don't miss the video with this report.
The evolution of blades and tillage
Vertical tillage is still the hottest thing in turning residue, and a new design trend is on its way.
Sneak peek: New 2017 equipment lineup from Great Plains
Two months after announcing its sale to Kubota Tractor Corporation, Great Plains management told dealers it is business as usual at the Salina, MO, based tillage and seeding company.  Dealers were addressed at the company’s 2016 national dealer meeting last week at the KCI Expo Center, Kansas City, KS, where six new products also were unveiled.
Exclusive Preview: Video walk around of the new Challenger 1000 Series
Charles Schrader, Agco product marketing specialist with challenger HHP tractors, gives an exclusive walk-around look at the new Challenger 1000 series to debut in August.
Thermal imaging company uses heat to scout fields
Indiana-based AirScout is using thermal imaging technology from airplanes to detect stress in crops.
5 new irrigation technologies aim for precision
New crop irrigation technologies, from moisture sensors to propane-powered irrigation engines, are making irrigation more precise. Here are five new irrigation technologies that are designed to optimize water and energy use while tending to the needs of your crops.
Ride and drive: New Bad Boy Stampede 900 SxS
Farm Industry News puts Bad Boy Off Road’s first gas-powered SxS utility vehicle to the test in Woodbine, GA, prior to its public release in June.
Haul bales, new doors, cool locks, implement tire
New bale mover, a big-building door innovation, a skid-steer folding door, a unique lock system, a new high-flex implement tire, farm-focused lubes, a new Tier 4 wheel-loader line-up, and a new veteran-focused contest where you could win a utility vehicle.
What’s next for agricultural biologicals
BioConsortia CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith provides an overview of the agricultural biologics market and what he sees as the next wave.
How to read a leaf
Mark Glady, agronomist for Winfield, teaches chemical applicators how to select the right spray nozzle for pesticide application using this simple visual.
7 products you shouldn’t go without at spray time
Your sprayer can be more effective, provided you have the right 'tools' on hand. Here's a list of items for best spraying results.
3 biggest mistakes applicators make
With tough weeds like waterhemp out there targeting your fields, a lot has to go right for best results.

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