Willie Vogt

Executive Director, Content and User Engagement,
Penton Farm Progress Group

Willie Vogt has been covering agriculture for more than 34 years from his early days at a weekly farm paper to his current position at Penton Farm Progress Group where he oversees an editorial business that includes 24 magazines and more than 29 websites. He has had the good fortune to cover key developments in agricultural technology during his career.

Willie graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 and eventually ended up in Minnesota. He joined Farm Progress full time in 1996 as technology editor and became Editorial Director in 2004. And recently he was named Executive Director, Content and User Engagement, for the Penton Farm Progress Group.

A new approach to pest control
A highly targeted genetic tool focuses on specific crop pests; this approach is moving ahead with regulators.
Commodity Classic trade show yields new tools, tech
A trip to New Orleans for Commodity Classic gave visitors not only access to policy-making my four major commodity groups, but also the event's largest trade show in its history. We checked out the products on hand and here's a sampling of what visitors could find at the big show.
Building your infrastructure base 1
VIDEO ADDED: There's a lot of talk about Big Data, but making all these tools work on the farm remains a challenge. The key is to sweat the small stuff.
Crop protection company wants you to plant weeds
BASF fires up a Living Acres initiative aimed at boosting U.S. population of milkweed plants to help promote Monarch butterfly populations
3 ways to create value with information
All the talk about data doesn’t get away from the work of collecting information. But once you have that information, you can put it to work.
Tillage, tractors, and tools
We offer our second roundup of products from the National Farm Machinery Show with a range of ideas you may want to consider for an investment on your farm. To offer variety, this lineup of products includes something for most every operation.
5 things you might not know about Vermeer's prototype baler
The continuous round baler remains under development but farmer interest remains high in this non-stop haymaking concept.
Skid-steer steel wheels, new tracks, grain drying tech
The National Farm Machinery Show had a fair share of new products unveiled last week, we feature our first round of coverage from the big show. Everything here is a first-time exhibit at the show, and you'll find quite a range, from grain drying tech to track that wears well when on the road.
Electric planter drive business expands
Ag Leader will be a new player in after-market electric planter drive market for the 2017 season. Design built to work with a wide range of planters.
Creating an ultraprecise at-planting liquid delivery system
Great Plains merges the tech of pulse width modulation spraying with a planter to create a new way to put fertilizer, insecticide or fungicide in the soil.
Preview of a big farm show
We took an advance walk around the crates, special boundary (police) tape and plastic-covered carpet to get an idea of what we'll see when doors open. We found a few items still under wraps, but some interesting surprises too.
Putting the data together
You’re amassing more information than ever; now comes the challenge of bringing it all together. And while the vision is there for cross-brand sharing, work remains.
Wireless camera, new cab options and updated tech
New Product Monday this week offers some tech tools and new products to make your life easier. From the new wireless camera you can add to equipment to a software update for the John Deere My Operation Center, check out the choices we feature this week.
Tech brings consistency, quality
VIDEO ADDED: A Colorado custom hay producer finds value in autosteering with self-propelled windrower. From boosting productivity to offering a better product for customers, Steve Beitz sees the technology's benefit.
Ripper point, crop protection, grain dryer, and utility vehicle news
New Product Monday offers a new tool from 360 Yield Center, added crop protection technology from FMC, Mathews Company rolls out a new dryer, Deere launches new Gator models and Yamaha fires up a sweepstakes.

Continuing Education
New Course
The 2,000 member Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) Herbicide Resistance Action...
Keeping crop protection chemicals on the crop for which they are intended has been a...