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

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.

8 tracked tractor options
Muddy fields in the Midwest are piquing interest in tracked tractors, requiring a brush-up on the different systems.
Harry Stine talks crop tech
President and founder of Stine Seed Co. talks about genetics designed for twin-row crops.
5 game-changing ag technologies 1

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers gives Farm Industry News an exclusive, in-depth look at five of its 50 AE50 award winners that are changing how we farm. 

Each year a gamut of new farm products make their way to the market, each trying to find its own niche of making the job of farming easier, more efficient, more profitable or just plain-old more exciting.

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.

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...