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

Tech illustrated: electronic wastegate turbos
How an electronically controlled wastegate on engines sustains torque without lag time.
Smart tire pumping system for semi-trailers

Do you remember the central tire inflation systems (CTIS) by Inflation Solutions, LLC, that we wrote about last year? It’s an onboard inflation system that adjusts inflation pressures in your tractor tires automatically using an onboard air compressor. The product was voted by readers to be one of the top most innovative products that ran in our magazine in 2014.

Well, today we got the heads-up that the company has adapted the same technology for use on commercial semi-trailer tires to reduce tire wear and failure on the road.

Deals on used farm equipment

A clear trend developing this year is the offering of Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) programs.  These programs let you step into used tractors, combines and other farm equipment with some assurance that it won’t break down, or, if it does, the dealerships will have you covered. Buyers can trade up to later model machines with newer technology and extended warranty.

What you need to know about next-gen engine oil

Diesel engine oil is going to change dramatically in the next year few years, which will affect the buying options of anyone driving a diesel-powered pickup truck or operating equipment that uses diesel fuel.

Industry Insider: David Friedberg, CEO and founder of The Climate Corporation
Former Google employee talks about how crop and weather models can help mitigate the risks of farming.
What you didn’t know about farm tires

Last month, Titan, maker of Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires, held a two-day summit for dealers, giving them a brush-up on new tire technology. The reason for the summit, organizers say, is that farm equipment keeps evolving with each new model year, with bigger engines and heavier, more powerful machines. With those changes come some challenges, such as road lope, power hop and soil compaction. Tires need to change in suit. So the company invited dealers back to school to learn how the tires they sell can meet those challenges.

Beyond GMOs: A new era of biotechnology
Executives from leading crop biologicals companies discuss how naturally occurring plant microbes are ushering in a whole new era of biotechnology that will give crops their next big boost in yields.
Bobcat unveils new 3400 series utility vehicles
Major changes were made in model year 2015 to give the Bobcat 3400 series a leg up in style, power, speed and comfort in a work vehicle.
The future of farming
Industry leaders have a no-holds-barred discussion on agriculture’s major challenges, and what farmers and corporations need to do to feed the coming groundswell of people.
Showcase highlights ag innovation
Startup companies ready new products for distribution.
Industry Insider: High-tech steering
Rick van Bruggen says SBG’s precision steering system offers complete package.
Kubota announces new mid-range tractors, and lots more
Kubota announces new strategy and products for the ag market, including its first-mid-range tractors.
Top ag technology of Farm Progress Show 2014

Usually it’s the iron that draws attention at the Farm Progress Show, the mother of all outdoor farm shows here in the U.S. And anyone in attendance this year couldn’t help but look closely at the new half-tracked, half-wheeled tractors by Case IH and New Holland, or John Deere’s first-ever four-track vehicle.

Showcase highlights ag innovation
Companies showcase new technologies in the works designed to increase yields, improve profits, and make farming more sustainable.
CLOSER LOOK: New Holland’s 2015 hay and forage lineup

One month prior to the official launch date, New Holland gave media a preview of its new farm equipment lineup for model year 2015. Mark Hooper, New Holland’s marketing director for North America, says 2015 is a significant launch year for hay and forage equipment, in particular, which is where the company has its roots. Over half of the new products, and there are 25 of them in all, are designed for this segment.

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