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

Vertical tillage: Answers to your biggest questions
Three manufacturer reps address design differences, brand selection and potential applications of vertical tillage machines.
John Deere military-spec Gator in-depth
Engineers used gaming tech to design R-Gator’s operator interface. Some of the robotics technology was borrowed from farming. The same autonomous technology would work on any farm vehicle.
DuPont Pioneer launches whole-farm decision service

Think of it as a supercomputer in your living room--and an agronomist on the couch.

This month, DuPont Pioneer, the seed genetics business unit of DuPont, held a news conference announcing the unveil of its decision support service that crunches weather, farm and market data and pairs you up with a certified crop advisor to analyze the results.

5 robots coming to a field near you this year
Farm robots are being used with “lead customers.” Robots operate without the need for a driver. Labor savings and accuracy are among the benefits.
Tracking ‘fluid efficiency’
Farm Industry News looks at how the new emissions-compliant tractors rate on fuel and fluid efficiency to help you with your next tractor-buying decision.
Solar energy for the farm?
Solar energy installations are reaching a price point farmers can justify.
Raven named technology provider of Kinze’s multi-hybrid planter

Ever since Raven unveiled its multi-hybrid planter control system last summer, the company has been trying to find a planter company to incorporate the technology. Today Raven announced it has found one.

The collaborating company is Kinze Manufacturing, which just last month announced it is has developed a multi-hybrid planter but declined to disclose the technology provider. The announcement puts those story lines together.

Super-fast planter

Precision Planting today announced a concept seed delivery system designed to allow Midwest farmers to plant at speeds up to 10 to 12 mph as opposed to the traditional 5 go 6 mph. The system, called, SpeedTube, takes the place of the traditional seed tube and controls the seed from the top of the seed meter to the bottom of the tube. More control of the seed ensures the seed is spaced evenly, even though speeds are being increased.

Next big thing for planters: Electric seed meters
Electric-motor-driven seed meters are the next big thing in planters, giving buyers a high-tech option to conventional metering systems.
4 tips for buying a used combine 
Buying a used combine can save a lot of money, so we offer up these tips for going through the buying process.
Direct injection for sprayers is back
Sprayers equipped with direct chemical injection systems are coming back as a rinseless alternative to tankmixing.
FIN Follow-up: Kinze’s electric multi-hybrid concept planter
Q&A with Rhett Schildroth, senior product manager at Kinze Manufacturing
Kinze unveils concept electric planter that switches hybrids on the go
Kinze's major announcement is an industry first for planter technology.
New tool for quickly changing tire inflation pressures 
Automatic tire inflation system lets you change inflation pressures on the go to match the operating conditions.
Breaking 7 ft: New, bigger tires for the farm
Tires are getting taller to carry heavier loads without increasing soil compaction. Farmers will have new size options in tires when buying their next tractor. New tire sizes are also changing the geometry and design of farm equipment.

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