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

Industry Insider: High-tech steering
Rick van Bruggen says SBG’s precision steering system offers complete package.
Kubota announces new mid-range tractors, and lots more
Kubota announces new strategy and products for the ag market, including its first-mid-range tractors.
Top ag technology of Farm Progress Show 2014

Usually it’s the iron that draws attention at the Farm Progress Show, the mother of all outdoor farm shows here in the U.S. And anyone in attendance this year couldn’t help but look closely at the new half-tracked, half-wheeled tractors by Case IH and New Holland, or John Deere’s first-ever four-track vehicle.

Showcase highlights ag innovation
Companies showcase new technologies in the works designed to increase yields, improve profits, and make farming more sustainable.
CLOSER LOOK: New Holland’s 2015 hay and forage lineup

One month prior to the official launch date, New Holland gave media a preview of its new farm equipment lineup for model year 2015. Mark Hooper, New Holland’s marketing director for North America, says 2015 is a significant launch year for hay and forage equipment, in particular, which is where the company has its roots. Over half of the new products, and there are 25 of them in all, are designed for this segment.

New compact sprayer from Versatile
The new SX240 sprayer from Versatile offers a smaller size and plenty of enhancements.
TEST DRIVE: New Holland's Genesis T8 SmartTrax

New Holland gave media the chance to drive its new half-tracked, half-wheeled tractor called the new Genesis T8 Series SmartTrax at company headquarters in New Holland, PA. It is designed with conventional wheels in front for maneuverability and comfort and its SmartTrax tracked system in the back to provide traction and flotation. Nathan Graham, commercial trainer with New Holland, takes us for a ride to point out the features. Judging by its smooth ride, you won’t even know there are tracks underneath.

New Holland's GenesisT8 Series SmartTrax combines wheels, tracks
An innovative approach from New Holland Genesis T8 SmartTrax provides the maneuverability of wheels with the traction and flotation of tracks.
Test Run: New 640Drive
Wisconsin seed-corn farmers do their first test run of new data analytics package from 640 Labs that automates collection of farm machinery data.
New boosted mid-range tractors
Challenger launches new MT500E series row-crop tractors with higher powered, emissions-compliant engines.
Product preview: New equipment from New Holland
Just three weeks before Farm Progress show, the bellweather of the summer shows, New Holland gave media a preview of their new offerings for 2015. New Holland is launching 25 new products this year, which are divided over the company’s three market segments: hay and forage, cash crop, and commercial work tools.
2014 combine review: 7 must-read stories

With harvest season approaching, we went through our archives of best tips, products, and technologies designed to improve combine and operator performance. Here are 7 of our most-read stories in the category of combine harvesters.

1-Combine tips from the pros. We asked some of the nation’s top custom harvesters to share their best tricks and tips of the trade. Surprisingly, they were willing to share their secrets. Here’s a review.

FIRST LOOK: Great Plains unveils new 2015 equipment lineup
Great Plains enters the high-speed fertilizer applicator market with the new Nutri-Pro Pro 3000 and adds three new series of tillage equipment.
New spin on spreaders
Farmers are finding that dry fertilizer spreaders can pay for themselves given the right configuration.
Re-inventing the rinse cycle
New chemical loading system opens, empties, rinses, and disposes of chemical jugs in less than a minute.

Continuing Education
New Course
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