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

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 100

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 125
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 10

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 33
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 5
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 3


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

Bayer CropScience holds forum to discuss the future of agriculture 90

Last week Farm Industry News editors travelled to Kissimmee, Fla., to take part in Bayer CropScience’s 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum. Topics included consumer activism and its impact on agriculture, global food trends, attracting and retaining the next generation of farmers, and pioneering sustainability as U.S. agriculture strives to feed a growing world population from a finite amount of farmland.

Bayer provided this summary of the two-day event.

Commodity Classic 2013: BASF showcases new initiatives to fight weeds, improve crop health 200

On location at Universal Olando’s World of Harry Potter, BASF last week lifted up the curtains to new science the company is working on to control weeds in crops and promote plant health.

Sneak Peek: The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 17

Farm Industry News editor Jodie Wehrspann got a close-up look at the brand-new 2014 Chevy Silverado that was on display at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show. For more information, visit

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