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

2015 crop benchmark analysis shows missed revenue
Data analytics company FarmLink releases report showing that approximately 1/3 of U.S. farm operations could have earned additional revenue in 2015, totaling $8.1 billion.
INDUSTRY INSIDER: Speeding ahead
We caught up with Kawasaki’s Kevin Allen, public relations manager, at a recent media event to get his insight on the new Mule, the utility vehicle market and what’s next for the company.
Video Demo: Check out the new Kawasaki Mule cab transition process
Kawasaki has launched a new Mule Pro side-by-side with a host of features. One that's hard to beat is the ability to switch from one-row to two-row configuration quickly.
Stepping up to diesel
Kawasaki’s new diesel Mule Pro-DX and DXT side-by-side utility vehicles are targeting farmers, who already have a store of the right fuel on hand.
Power shopping for farmers
We offer our take on 8 great gift ideas for the farmer, or future farmer, in the house. And many are less than $50, which is great when you're doing Christmas on a budget.
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.

Continuing Education
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