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

Articles by Jodie Wehrspann
Sneak Peek: The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 9

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

Planters, combines, dryer controllers and more from National Farm Machinery Show 2

The National Farm Machinery Show kicked off yesterday. Farm Industry News editors scoured the South Wing of this largest indoor farm show to bring you the newest products on display.

Industry Insider: Big trends in nutrient application 7


As the chief marketing officer for Thurston Manufacturing Company, Nick Jensen travels the farm show circuit year-round, showing the company’s Blu-Jet tillage and fertilizer application equipment. The company markets NH3-, liquid- and dry-fertilizer applicators under the LandRunner, Legacy, and AT (All Terrain) brand names.

Q. What’s hot in fertilizer applicators right now?

Good Buy: 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 pickup 6


Nicholas Hofstad of Montevideo, Minn., this year decided to trade his seven-year-old Dodge Ram pickup for a 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4. The 365-hp pickup is getting a lot of play for its unique 3.5-liter, V6 twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which Hofstad says provides more horsepower and torque than his old V8 pickup, while getting up to 21 mpg.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things,” says Hofstad, who brought home the truck for $39,900 — far less than its manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $47,585.

Day Two of the 2013 Ag Connect Show: New from Claas and AGCO for model year 2013 1

The product unveils continue as Farm Industry News editors continue their coverage of the 2013 Ag Connect Show at the Kansas City convention center. View the first gallery of new products from the show here.

Horsch planter advances electric-drive technology 2


Horsch, a German-based company with manufacturing in the U.S., entered the planter market last year. The company reports that sales of its inaugural planter called the Maestro have been through the roof. “Right now, our North American models are all sold out,” says product representative Jesse Kappenman. “It has been a huge success and is a very sought-after product.”

PREVIEW: New from the 2013 Ag Connect Expo 1

Farm Industry News senior editor Jodie Wehrspann travelled to Kansas City, Mo., to cover the 2013 Ag Connect Expo, the biannual global trade show of farm products and technologies. Farmers, manufacturers, engineers and others in the agriculture industry from the around the globe gathered at this three-day event held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Nearly 400 companies exhibited, requiring 30% more exhibit space than previous years.

New planters, attachments for 2013 automate the job of planting seed 36

Planters are one step closer to operating themselves this year. New smart features and attachments for 2013 can automatically clear the row, test ground hardness, adjust down-force, vary the type and rate of seed, and track bin levels. And a grower can control all of these operations without leaving the tractor cab.

New products from Case IH for model year 2013 19

At a media event in Racine, WI, this fall, Case IH released a variety of the company's newest products for 2013. In addition to its new 2013 Steiger Rowtrac tractor, Case IH showcased several unique new products ranging from a 25th anniversary tractor to a new line of planters and more. For more information, visit

Industry Insider: Hottest topics in tillage

Anyone shopping for tillage equipment likely has come across Curt Davis, marketing manager with Kuhn Krause, a full-line manufacturer of tillage equipment. Davis can be found frequently at farm shows, answering questions about the company’s newest tillage tools on display. We asked Davis what topics will be important to cover in our upcoming publications.

Q. What is the trending topic in tillage right now?

Save on replacement costs for diesel particulate filter with new do-it-yourself cleaning kit

K-Line Industries, manufacturer of special service tools for OEMs and OEM dealers, has come out with a portable cleaner for use on tractors equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to control pollution. The portable DPF cleaner allows farmers to clean the DPF filter themselves to reduce the cost and transport time involved in taking it to their dealers to be cleaned.

2013 Buyer's forecast: Machinery 1

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are forecasting another good year for farm machinery sales. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) twice-a-year business barometer, the vast majority of companies expect “positive” to “very positive” results for sales revenues in 2013. The exception is the livestock sector, which is bearing the brunt of higher feed prices.

Manufacturers respond to tractor fuel tests 11

In our November 2012 cover story, we looked at the fuel efficiency of the new Tier 4i-compliant row-crop tractors over 150 hp. For this latest round of testing, the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL), the official testing lab, had to revise its testing procedures to account for the extra fuel and fluids needed to meet the mandated 90% reduction of particulate matter also known as soot, and a 50% drop in oxides of nitrogen, which forms smog.

Fuel efficiency ratings: Interim Tier 4, high-horsepower row crop tractors 11

Download the fuel efficiency ratings from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab here (PDF).

Tractor makers have spent the last few years designing engines that will meet the EPA strict round of emissions standards called Interim Tier 4, which went into effect January 2011. Now we are getting a clearer picture of just how fuel efficient these tractors are.

Future of tractor power: diesel-electric hybrids 11

Farm equipment manufacturers continue to look at electricity as a way to power tractors and other farm vehicles. These diesel-electric hybrids still use the traditional diesel engine to generate power. But electric motors work in place of a standard transmission to transfer power to the ground.

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