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AGCO Q1 2010 Earnings Announcement

AGCO announces 1st quarter earnings. Press release and presentation now available.

Did you know… April is Soy Foods month

It’s not too late to celebrate April as Soy Foods month. Soy products are healthy and offer variety to our menus.

“April is National Soy Foods Month and now more than ever, more and more people are enjoying soy. Soymilk, soy burgers and soy cheese are showing up in consumers’ shopping carts now more than ever. The American Soybean Association (ASA) encourages you to take a stroll through a local grocery store and look for soy foods front and center. Soy offers many health benefits and that is positively impacting the popularity and use of soy. Eating soy has been known to lower cholesterol. It may also help in the prevention of certain illnesses such as heart disease, kidney disease, cancers, osteoporosis and diabetes. Soy foods are an excellent choice for weight management as protein helps delay feelings of hunger. For more information about Soy Foods Month and soy foods, visit http://www.soyfoodsmonth.org. Source: April is National Soy Foods Month


Have any good soy recipes to share?

It’s Planting Time

Hi, I’m Marlin Melander, a technology marketing specialist with AGCO in the US. This time of year always brings back memories of getting the equipment ready on my family’s farm in North Dakota. This included pulling the planter and drill out of the machine shed, servicing the tractors and purchasing seed and fertilizer.

Now, it not only involves getting the tractor and planting equipment ready have but also making sure that your equipment is ready to go. One way to make sure it’s ready is to contact your AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson or White planter dealer to see if there are any available software updates for your planter, tractor and steering system. Having the latest updates can make your technology products work better and faster. And who doesn’t want to hear the words better and faster when planting season is starting?

Be sure to also check the planter row units. Don’t just blow them out with the air compressor, put seed in the hoppers and head to the field. Do a thorough inspection and cleaning of each unit. Replace any worn parts before they cause problems and check the brushes and disks for correct clearance. A properly set up planter will go far in providing you with a properly spaced stand. The operator manual for our White planters has an entire section devoted to what needs to be done before taking the planter to the field. And, if you have questions, make sure to call the dealer. Visit AGCOpubs.com for North American technical publications or see your local dealer.

Well, I guess it’s time to get back to work, for both of us. Have a great planting season and check back for technology updates that will help you make all your equipment tasks better and faster. In fact, let me know what questions you have by leaving your comments below and I’ll do my best to cover your questions in future posts.

Happy farming,
Marlin

Fendt delivers value


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Fendt tractors deliver lower cost of ownership and increased productivity.

“According to Fendt UK sales manager Richard Shelton, a significant factor behind the increased sales is farming businesses trying to get more productivity from each piece of machinery and focusing more on the “life costs” of machinery, such as fuel consumption and depreciation.

“Many are unaware that life costs account for 60% of a machine’s total cost,” he says. “Only 40% of the true cost of ownership is the initial purchase price.”

In 2008, the premium German marque held 2.5% of the total UK tractor market and 19.1% of tractors over 201hp. Last year, despite total UK tractor sales falling by 12%, the company increased its sales from 477 to 625 tractors, taking its share to 3.8%.

Fendt’s aim for 2010 is a 1% increase, he added. “We’re running at 5.8% on the back of January-February sales, but expect to end somewhere close to 4.8%.”" Source: Fendt claims growing market share – 06 April 2010 – Farmers Weekly

You can learn more about the Fendt value proposition here.

Biodiesel field trip

Sue and I ventured out of the office on a field trip last week. We visited Down to Earth Energy, LLC, a biodiesel research lab and batch continuous production facility in Monroe, Georgia, USA. Co-founders McKay & Tyson Johnson and Rick Huszagh were all amazing and taught us so much about the production and benefits of biodiesel. For those of you who just glazed over when I mentioned the word “biodiesel” and still don’t know what it is:
“Biodiesel is a clean burning fuel produced from agricultural resources such as vegetable oils (e.g., soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, recycled cooking oils & animal fats). The base oil is put through a simple refining process using an industrial alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and a catalyst to convert the oil into biodiesel. Biodiesel in its pure form is known as B100, but it can also be blended with petroleum-based diesel at any level. Common blends include B5 (5% biodiesel and 95% diesel) and B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% diesel). Biodiesel is registered with the U.S. Environmental Production Agency (EPA) and is legal for use at any blend level on both highway and non-road diesel vehicles.

Biodiesel is the smart fuel solution for our economy, the environment, and our customers (commercial and municipal fleet managers, farm operators, and consumers). Because it is made from renewable, domestic resources, the use of biodiesel decreases our dependence on foreign oil and supports our U.S. economy. Biodiesel has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel, is less toxic than table salt, and biodegrades as quickly as sugar, making it a smart solution for our environment. ” Source: Down to Earth Energy – Biodiesel Benefits

The facility is very unique. It is mostly outdoors and runs off of energy accumulated through the use of solar panels and a biodiesel generator. Local residents and farmers, as well as fleet vehicles, can come and fill up with B20, B99, or B100 biodiesel. In fact, the first local farmer to come fill up his tractor at Down to Earth was William Chapman, a local hobby farmer who drives a vintage Massey Ferguson 240.

Learn more about Down to Earth Energy and their foundation by visiting their website and watching the videos that we took while on location. You can also see more photos on our Facebook fan page.

Fun fact: All AGCO SISU POWER engines are compatible to run on B100 biodiesel. Different engine manufacturers will have different recommendations for their engines, so check your operator’s manual.

Do you run biodiesel in your tractor? What are you waiting for?

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