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 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.
Bayer launches its first soybean seed to address resistant weeds
New soybean seed brand will bring growers more choices in herbicide-tolerant traits.
Yamaha enters the six-seater off-road SxS market with the new Viking VI

Just one year after Yamaha Motor Corporation launched its three-passenger side-by-side (SxS) utility vehicle called the Viking, the company has come out with an even bigger machine called the Viking VI.  The “VI” stands for six-person seating, which is a first for Yamaha.

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.

Continuing Education
New Course
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Keeping crop protection chemicals on the crop for which they are intended has been a...