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

Top 10 tillage and planter trends of the year
Manufacturers address crop residue, seed placement and variable-rate technology with new 2014 tillage and planter lineups.
What’s your engine oil IQ?
Find out how the next category of heavy duty engine oil, called PC-11, will perform when it gets to shelves in 2016.
Help for farms in crisis
Farm Rescue helps farm families in need and is looking for more volunteers.
Vertical tillage business expands with 3 new tools
Three companies roll out new tools for a market that continues to show strength.
Top 10 technologies for the farm 1
The face of farm technology is undergoing another major change. Sensors, power and even cloud computing will be enhanced in the future. Deploying these technologies will be important in the next decade.
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Next-generation tractor and implement communications

The Agricultural Electronics Foundation (AEF) is working on expanding the ISO 11783 standard to include some new technologies coming on farm equipment. High-voltage tractors, electric motor drives, and video surveillance systems are all systems being given a common language to usher in a new era of intelligent machinery.

Industry Insider with Kinze’s Rhett Schildroth
Rhett Schildroth, senior product manager at Kinze, talks about the company’s new multi-hybrid planter, autonomous farm equipment, and changing nitrogen application practices.
Test Drive: Polaris’ new line of commercial vehicles
Polaris rolled out the red carpet at its Wyoming, MN, R&D center to show us its new commercial vehicle fleet that has use on farms. Among the offerings: a side by side utility vehicle with an integrated PTO, on-road electric cars, and a SxS with a built-in generator to power tools in the field.
New SeedStar Mobile app from John Deere
New mobile app from John Deere will let you monitor planter performance in real time from your iPad or smart phone.
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.

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