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

Test drive: the 2014 Yamaha Viking SxS utility vehicle

This month, Farm Industry News took a three-legged plane ride and drove 30 minutes by car to reach the Red Reflect Ranch, a 27,000-acre working cattle ranch just outside the town of Ten Sleep, Wy. The purpose of the trip was to test the new 2014 Yamaha Viking side-by-side (SxS) utility vehicle, which rolled off productions lines for the first time in August.

Test drive: The new Yamaha Viking SxS
Editor Jodie Wehrspann takes the new Yamaha Viking Side-by-Side 2014 model for a spin.
Gleaner moves up to Class 8
Last week, AGCO made a major announcement. The company unveiled the S8 Gleaner Super Series combines, which are the first Class 8 combines to hit the market.
Top 3 equipment buying tips
Memorize these three basic business concepts before making your next equipment purchase.
10 technologies changing farm machinery 
Ag engineers from around the world met this week to present their latest projects that improve farming efficiencies. Here's a look at 10 of those topics.
TEST DRIVE: Pushing dirt with John Deere skid steers and loaders
John Deere gives media the chance to drive its new large-frame skid steers, compact track loaders, and hybrid wheel loaders.
Versatile unveils its first track tractor
Farm Industry News gave you a sneak peak of this new tractor from Versatile earlier this year. Now, it's been officially unveiled.
Yamaha unveils the 2014 “Viking” SxS

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

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
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?
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
Here's a recap of what Farm Industry News found at the 2013 Ag Machinery Conference.
Hybrid tractor engines close to market

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
The complete A to Z list of technology changing the agriculture industry.

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