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

Robot wars
Student engineers were challenged to develop robots that can measure key features of a soybean plant for a 2015 competition.
Harvest head easier on corn
DragoTec brings suspension technology to corn heads to reduce ear bounce and lost kernels with new Drago GT head. Company also redesigns chopper offering first-ever dual design.
Smart combine at work
Adaptive machine control settings are closing the gap on human error. In this example, Claas has a system in the Lexion combine that can turn any operator into a pro.
Next-gen soil sampler
Falcon Soil Sampling introduces high-tech upgrades to its automated soil sampling machine.
Big Data and its role in agriculture
Agco's Matt Rushing testifies on House Ag Committee about the challenges and opportunities of collecting data on farms.
Buyer’s checklist: Telematics for late-model vehicles
Fleet management is becoming more important for farms trying to boost efficiency across the country. Here’s what you’ll need to buy to get your current vehicles set up for remote monitoring.
Ag productivity is slipping
The Global Agricultural Productivity or “Gap” Report and GAP Index measure agricultural productivity growth against growth in global population and food demand. Results are released each year at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dashboard driving - managing your fleet
We asked product techies from the major OEMs to review the basics of fleet management and what their newest telematics packages can do.
INDUSTRY INSIDER: Get ready for digitized farming
Jeremy Leifker, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, talks about using data for real-time adjustments on your farm and how that could enhance management.
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?

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