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Watching Crops From Space?

Precision farming is going to a whole new level. University of North Dakota students and faculty are sending a camera to the space station in 2011 to watch growing crops from space!

““ISSAC is a space-related research project that will result in the delivery of direct benefits from space to the general public,” said Doug Olsen, ISSAC project manager. “The ISSAC project is in the midst of developing an upgrade to its camera sensor. It will resume operations during the 2011 growing season.”

ISSAC is designed to take frequent images, in visible and infrared light, of vegetated areas on the Earth, principally of growing crops, rangeland, grasslands, forests, and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Images will be delivered within two days directly to requesting farmers, ranchers, foresters, natural resource managers and tribal officials to help improve their environmental stewardship of the land. Images will also be shared with educators for classroom use.

The system allows users to select specific geographical areas of interest over which to request collection of imagery in both red and near-infrared bandpasses, and at medium-high spatial resolution. Farmers using variable-rate application and other precision agriculture techniques will be able to dynamically delineate management zones as the crop vegetation canopy changes during the growing season; this can result in more effective use of fertilizer and other chemical inputs and reduce negative environmental effects.” Source: UND Press Room

You can view their interactive map here. What do you think the next big development in the ag industry will be? With crop watching from space as a reality, no idea can be too far-out!

The HD Series. Easy to Love. Tough to Beat.

How does a tractor become a classic? Simple. By exceeding expectations – and then some. More than 40 years ago, the legendary MF 165 did just that and became a leading name in utility tractors, which is what Massey Ferguson is out to do again. Welcome to the next heavyweight classic from Massey Ferguson – one of the most important advances in utility tractors in the past fifty years. The rugged, reliable HD Series 2600 – as in “Heavy Duty. More beef. More muscle. More power. More comfort. What more can we say?

You may remember the mention of the new Massey Ferguson HD Series 2600 in a recent blog post. We are proud to introduce a new way to keep track of new AGCO products through the “NEW” tab on our Facebook fan page. Here, you can link to photos, videos, find a dealer and even watch a live chat. Finally, you’ll want to check out this exclusive offer: as an AGCO facebook fan, you can receive a coupon worth $500! But act fast… this is a limited offer.

Have a need for more power and more comfort? Have questions on the HD Series 2600 tractor? Post your question here or in a comment below.

Build Your Perfect Tractor

The new Valtra Direct and Versu models available in Europe and Australia are no strangers to Valtra’s “a la carte” customization options.Customers can choose from hundreds of combinations to design the perfect tractor for their specific job. AGCO Australia’s Valtra product manager David Rutherford said:

“About 50 per cent of customers use the a la carte system to order their Valtras in Europe,” David said. “It ensures they get exactly what they need
in a tractor, straight from the factory.” The turn-around time for a Valtra Versu or Direct custom-made tractor is about 12-16 weeks for Australian customers. The new Valtras can be custom delivered in one of nine colours, which include metallic paint options. There are also hundreds of combinations of other features, from a driver’s seat and console that can be rotated to face rearwards, to a forestry cabin which has a polycarbonate glass roof. Not that the standard models don’t come off the shelf without a host of extras to start with.” Source: Valtra’s a la carte tractor buying – Weekly Times Now

Check out all the new features here. If you could customize your tractor with ANY one thing in the world…what would it be?

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AGCOMMAND Advanced Telemetry System

AGCO is proud to introduce the AGCOMMAND™ vehicle-tracking system, a state-of-the-art telematics-based data-recording tool that monitors machine location, operation and efficiency on-the-go to help manage machine uptime, control costs and maximize operational efficiency.

“Telemetry-based tracking is an emerging trend within agriculture that has the potential to help managers optimize the performance of their equipment and cover more ground more efficiently. We expect sprayer and fertilizer managers to quickly adopt the technology because of its potential to make the tendering process more efficient and minimize downtime as well as to reduce spraying errors through use of the geo-fencing capability,” explains Dave Swain, technology marketing specialist with Advanced Technology Solutions at AGCO. “Because the technology also records equipment function and performance, it can be used to identify performance issues for possible adjustment or repair, and it makes maintenance easier to track and plan, helping enhance machine life.” Source: AGCO Press Release

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