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

Yamaha unveils the 2014 “Viking” SxS 77

After a 10-year run in the side-by-side (SxS) utility vehicle market, the Yamaha Rhino is being replaced by a leaner, tougher model called the Yamaha Viking, new for 2014. The vehicle was officially launched this week, but Yamaha gave us a sneak preview of the new model before showing it to dealers.

Closer look: Industry’s first multi-hybrid planter 25

Last week Raven gave media and dealers the very first look at a planter capable of switching seed hybrids on-the-go to match soil conditions. Raven says it is the first planter that can do this.

The multi-hybrid planter control system is built as an enhancement to Raven’s OmniRow planter control system that allows for variable rate seeding.

New tablet-size field computer and variable corn hybrid controller from Raven 34
Last night, Raven unveiled its new fourth-generation field computer, the Viper 4, and a new Multi-Hybrid planter ccontroller that varies the type of seed you plant on-the-fly according to changes in field conditions.
Time to buy a 3D printer? 26
The potential for 3D printers in agriculture could be in the possibilities to create custom parts for machinery.
Ford truck, 3D printing, greaseless bearings and more from Ag Machinery Conference 2013 19
Here's a recap of what Farm Industry News found at the 2013 Ag Machinery Conference.
Hybrid tractor engines close to market 110

Hybrid tractors that use electricity to supplement diesel engine power were a hot point of discussion at the 2013 Agricultural Machinery Conference held this week in Waterloo, IA. Agricultural engineers continue their work on machines that rely less on diesel fuel to help farmer-customers reduce fuel costs on the farm.

Farm equipment engineers share Tier 4 engine plans
The 2013 Agricultural Machinery Conference kicks off today in Waterloo, Iowa. James Evans, drivetrain test engineer for John Deere and chair of this year’s conference, says one topic on the agenda is Tier 4 emission requirements, which go into effect in 2014.
The A to Z of technology changing agriculture 139
The complete A to Z list of technology changing the agriculture industry.
New standards will make it easier to market solid biofuels overseas 1
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently met with the International Organization for Standardization to develop standards that would ensure the quality and safe handling of solid and pelletized biofuels
5 new field cultivators you'll see on dealer lots this spring 11

Field cultivators, the standard go-to tool for seedbed preparation work, are among this year’s hottest equipment upgrades. Farmers are looking for new models that can both take out early weeds and clear away excess crop residue to make a clean and level seedbed for spring planting.

Newest in apps, seed traits, herbicides, and field monitoring equipment 46
Here are a few of the newest products from the recent Commodity Classic show held in Orlando, Florida.
Drought drives uptick in fertilizer applicator sales 7

Farm King, a division of Buhler Industries, showed a new 60-ft. liquid fertilizer applicator for the first time at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show. Tony Fath, product specialist with Farm King, says the product has generated a lot of interest since then, as farmers question how much fertilizer remains in the soil after last year’s drought.

Crop yield champions Kip Cullers and Randy Dowdy share secrets to growing high-yield corn and soybeans 7
Crop yield contest winners Kip Cullers and Randy Dowdy share their secrets for success.
U.S. combine and tractor sales take big jump in February

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) this week released its February flash report on unit retail sales of tractors and self-propelled combines. 

Sales of 2- and 4-wheel drive tractors and self-propelled combinesthis year are tracking higher than the five-year average of sales for these products, according to the chart.

A total of 310 self-propelled combines were sold in February 2012, while in the same month this year, 533 combines were sold, making February 2013 sales 72 percent higher than February 2012 units sold.

Machinery innovations from winter farm show 11


The first quarter of 2013 brought a new outlay of high-tech products, some still in the “concept” stage.

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