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Do-it-yourself planter; and an electric pickup

The Around Farm Progress podcast shares the story of work by a father-son team to build a custom planter; and we share some interesting Rivian stats

Willie Vogt

February 12, 2021

When it came time for the Nugents in Elnora, Ind., to update their planter after last season, this father-son team decided to go custom. Really custom. They're building their own planter for the 2021 season and Tom Bechman with Indiana Prairie Farmer shares their story.

It's an interesting look at the project, it's cost and even the relationship the Nugents have with a neighbor sharing a heated shop for the project. Tom offers more details about this machine, including some of the tech the farm is using.

And there are some more details about the Rivian electric pickup mentioned in last week's podcast. The specifications for this zero-emission vehicle will surprise most gearhead listeners. Could the truck be a game-changer? Possibly. Does the podcast host still want that test-drive? Definitely.

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Thomas Nugent, Elnora, Ind., fits a planter unit on the Harvest International Bar for the planter he and his dad, Tom, are assembling in their neighbor's shop. And the Rivian electric pickup truck, heading to market later this year, has some interesting specifications and got plenty of attention at CES in 2020.

About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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