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Successful Farming Cover Features ‘Heavy Metal’

The November 2018 Successful Farming magazine highlights farm machinery in an inventive way.

Farmers love machinery. They love to talk about it, read about it, and certainly hop on and drive equipment. That’s why we created the November 2018 issue of Successful Farming magazine around “Heavy Metal.” (See the cover at right.)

Inside this issue, you’ll find 16 pages of coverage of heavy metal for the farm:

  • Steel Deals – our annual look at used equipment price trends. Dave Mowitz, our executive editor for equipment & technology, does his annual data-intensive look at high-horsepower equipment that can save you money.
  • Mowitz also has our regular monthly column, “Machinery Insider.”
  • In addition, we have a review of three UTVs that were put to the test over 6 months by farmers. They share their reviews in a 4-page report from Jessie Scott, our digital content director.

The “Heavy Metal” issue will be a collectible, we’re certain. We turned to well-known designer Jay Vigon for help. Do you want one of the shirts? Order it here.

You may not know Vigon, but chances are you’ve seen his work. Especially if you like rock and roll. Vigon is a well-known artist and designer of album covers. In his 40+ years as an artist, he’s done memorable work for musicians like Prince (the “Purple Rain” cover), Bon Jovi (the band’s trademark logo), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Halen, and more.

With more than 100 album covers in his portfolio, we could think of no better designer to create our “Heavy Metal” cover typography. 

Vigon took cues from agricultural equipment as design inspiration – the tractor steering wheel. He added visual elements that were signature music images of the era. The type is one-of-a-kind, drawn by Vigon personally.

In addition to the cover, you can buy your own shirt featuring the "Heavy Metal" logo (shown at right). Choose from varying sizes, colors by visiting the website of the T-shirt printer.

We hope you enjoy the stories, and the merchandise. Long live heavy metal!

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