Jim Patrico

Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Jim Patrico

Jim Patrico and his wife Gretchen live in Plattsburg, Mo. They have five grown children and five grandchildren. Jim has won the American Agricultural Editors' Association Photographer of the Year award seven times and the Oscar in Agriculture writing award twice. He has also been named a Writer of Merit by AAEA, has a won a Henry R. Luce Award from Time Inc. and was named the Glenn Cunningham Agriculture Journalist of the Year by the North American Agricultural Journalists.

Jim directs our equipment coverage, coordinates our photography efforts and writes about key issues affecting you and your family.

 

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  • The European Parts Distribution Center in Bruchsal covers 26 acres and serves Europe, North America and beyond. Robots control the storage, picking and processing. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)

    Machinery Chatter

    Robots help humans make tractor cabs and maintain a large parts warehouse.

  • Swarms of mini-robot planters could one day put corn in the ground. Thiemo Buchner, Fendt project developer for robots, displayed a Xaver robot at Agritechnica. Plans are to have the robots in production and for sale in two years. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    A Peek Into the Future

    In keeping with the theme of "Green Future -- Smart Technology," robotic equipment inhabited each of the fairground's 27 buildings at this year's Agritechnica trade show in Hannover, Germany.

  • AGCO head Martin Richenhagen (left) told a conference at Agritechnica that Africa can become a breadbasket for the world. Gerd Muller, German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, is at right. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Africa's Food Potential

    A panel of German government, academic and industry experts at Agritechnica discussed why the explosion of modern technologies still has not solved the riddle of widespread food insecurity.

  • Engines built in France go into John Deere's 6 Series tractors, which are assembled in Mannheim, Germany. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Machinery Chatter

    As Jim Patrico continues to tour German factories, he looks at the impressive production statistics of a John Deere tractor factory in Mannheim Germany -- as well as how the company uses robots, treats employees, recycles...

  • Cuban farmers could certainly use some new tractors. These relics on a farm south in the village of Melena del Sur are typical of the tractors Cubans have kept running since the U.S. embargo started more than 60 years ago. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    US Equipment Cos. Ink Deals With Cuba

    The Trump administration announced new business and travel restrictions for Americans going to Cuba. The restrictions come just after John Deere and Caterpillar announced agreements with the Cuban government to sell farm...

  • Cuban farmers could certainly use some new tractors. These relics on a farm south in the village of Melena del Sur are typical of the tractors Cubans have kept running since the U.S. embargo started more than 60 years ago. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    US Ag Equipment Manufacturers Eye Cuba

    Over the last week, both John Deere and Caterpillar announced agreements with the Cuban government that might let the two Illinois-based companies sell farm tractors and other heavy equipment on the island.

  • The C Series RoGators come with 90-, 100- or 120-foot booms and are designed to make cleanout faster and more efficient. (Photo courtesy AGCO)

    Machinery Chatter

    At a time when chemical application has grown increasingly more complex, AGCO this summer introduced a new series of RoGators with creative plumbing solutions to tackle those complexities.

  • Greg Carson moved away from anhydrous to in-season N applications using a Hagie equipped with Y-Drops. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Mark Tade)

    Changing Fertilizer Game

    The old standby is still solid, but new technologies might move some corn growers to shift usage.

  • Randy Jax (left) and Herb Dowse, an ag precision specialist with Northern Country Co-op, discuss images taken with an AgEagle. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Bob Elbert)

    Trifocals for the Farm

    UAVs, airplanes and satellites give agriculture three distinct views of your fields. Which technologies are right for you?

  • Randy Jax (left) and Herb Dowse, an ag precision specialist with Northern Country Co-op, discuss images taken with an AgEagle. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Bob Elbert)

    Comparing UAVs, Planes, Satellites

    UAVs, airplanes and satellites give agriculture three distinct views of your fields. Which technologies are right for you?

  • The new methane-powered tractor drew crowds to the New Holland booth at the Farm Progress Show in August. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Methane-Powered Concept Tractor

    New Holland has introduced a concept mid-sized tractor that runs on either methane or compressed natural gas, and do all the work of a diesel-powered T6 with up to 80% less total emissions.