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February 11, 2017 02:20 AM
Century farmstead in Dane County, Wisconsin

What A Day: No Napping on the Job

Farm GPS systems don’t usually send you over a cliff—unless you fall asleep at the wheel, like this operator did one day. Good luck getting a satellite operator who can reroute this mess.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Machinery Makers Honored 


Two machinery leaders were inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame in 2016. 

After the herbicide 2,4-D was released, Iowa farmer Ray Hagie envisioned a more efficient way to apply the product, creating the first self-propelled sprayer and founding Hagie Manufacturing, in 1947. A few of Hagie Manufacturing’s industry firsts include the invention of the four-wheeled Hagie sprayer, front-mounted boom and a high-clearance nitrogen toolbar. 

Robert “Bob” Vermeer has been instrumental in increasing sales at Vermeer Corp since starting in 1974. He initiated a program to evaluate and coach dealers to higher levels of performance through improved customer relationships. Later, his improvements in financial management increased equipment availability and allowed dealers to stock inventory globally, building the company’s global reach.  After starting his career at Vermeer, Bob later assumed CEO responsibilities and served as Chairman of the Vermeer Board of Directors beginning in 1989. 

For more information, visit www.aem.org/halloffame.

Stat Rack

Commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than one individual can provide. In 2015: 

2.07 million Farms operated in the U.S.

39% U.S. farms had secondary operators

2/3 Of secondary operators were spouses of principal operators

85% Of U.S. nonfamily farms had multiple operators

6% Of all farms (and 16% of multiple-owner farms) were run by multiple generations with at least 20 years difference between the ages of the oldest and youngest operators

28% Of very large family farms had the highest share of operators from multiple generations


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