Archive for June, 2010

Valtra Biogas Tractor

AGCO presents a new concept tractor model that runs on biogas. Valtra demonstrated the new engine technology for the first time in Sweden on 21 June.
The development of the biogas tractor and generator demonstrates the desire of AGCO to create solutions that allow renewable natural resources to be utilized efficiently,” says Martin Richenhagen, AGCO Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

AGCO’s Valtra brand and AGCO SISU POWER, AGCO’s innovative engine division, have developed the biogas tractor and are currently testing it in Sweden. Without making any changes to the original diesel engine, 70 to 80 percent of power is generated by biogas. The dual-fuel engine functions like a diesel engine. The gas is injected with the intake air, and combustion occurs when a small amount of diesel fuel is injected into the cylinder. If biogas is not available, the engine can run completely on diesel fuel.

The Valtra N101 tractor has 110 horsepower, is equipped with a front loader, front linkage and front PTO. It is intended as an all-purpose tractor for farms, municipalities and contractors that have the possibility of refueling with biogas while working. The biogas cylinders are situated in a safe location on the right side of the chassis, and the entire installation has been designed in accordance with EC vehicle regulations. The capacity of the biogas cylinders on the first test model is 170 litres, which under 200 bar pressure corresponds to approximately 30 litres of diesel fuel. In typical use, this is sufficient for three to four hours of work. View the biogas tractor brochure.

“State-of-the-art technology has been employed in Valtra’s biogas tractor. Both the diesel and gas injection systems have their own electronically controlled common rail, which allows the ratio between the diesel and biogas to be optimized,” explains Jari Rautjärvi, Managing Director of Valtra. ” Source: AGCO is committed to supplying progressive farmers with high-tech solutions and to develop environmentally friendly technologies.

What are some of the ways you use renewable natural resources on your farm?

Road Safety for Tractors

I am a very impatient driver and might not always stay as cool as I should when there is a hold up in traffic. Depending on where you live, you are likely to be either sharing the road with a tractor or you may be the farmer struggling to safely share the road with other vehicles. No matter which role you play in this dilemma, here are some handy tips on sharing the road from the American Farm Bureau Federation:

1. When you first see a tractor or combine on the road, your first instinct should be to slow down. For the most part tractors and combines top speed is 20-24 miles per hour. That means that a car traveling at 55 mph can overtake and close a gap of 300 foot with a tractor running 15 mph in about five seconds.

2. Look for a place to pull over. I personally had rather pull my tractor over and allow the motorist to drive past. If you choose to pull over make sure that you do not stop in front of mailboxes, road signs and utility poles.

3. Farmers should be courteous to motorist and allow them to pass when safe. Slow down and/or pull your tractor over to allow for passing.

4. All parties need to be patient. Farmers have an important job to do and we are not on the roadway to inconvenience motorist. We want to arrive to the field as quickly and as safely as possible.

5. When traveling on two lane roads beware that just around the next corner a slow moving tractor could be waiting. For your safety and mine, do not use these roads to practice for the Indianapolis 500. Source:The Voice of Agriculture

Keep safe!
Where is the craziest place you have ever driven your tractor to?

AGCO Honors Farming Fathers (and Grandfathers) for Father’s Day

You may recall I grew up on a family dairy farm in Minnesota. My dad, Marlin, is at least a 3rd generation farmer (we’re not sure about generations back in his home country of Germany, near the Austrian border), whose family grew vegetables, milked cows for butter & fresh milk, and raised chickens for eggs. His dad, William, the oldest of 10 kids, had the responsibility of driving the produce to market each morning, getting up at 3 AM to load the wagon and hitch the mules to drive the 10 miles to town for grocery deliveries. Dad built our house, a modern milking parlour, two large sheds and multiple silos, while raising three kids and often working part-time jobs to supplement our family income.

Growing up my dad taught me that hard work is always worth the effort and the support of your family is worth the hassles they give you. This wisdom is just a few of the valuable life lessons that farming fathers teach their children. In honor of the U.S. holiday of Father’s Day, and farming fathers everywhere, we at AGCO decided to pay tribute by sharing some of the life lessons our employees have learned from their farming fathers, and grandfathers.

What life lessons did your farming father or grandfather teach you?
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Free Fendt Vario Tractor

In honor of the 100,000 Vario tractor(in English), Fendt hosted a contest to win a 90 Hp Fendt 209 Vario. The winner was Harald Willmann from Buchenbach, Germany. Harald was chosen at random from nearly 28,000 entrants from around the world.

“It couldn’t have happened to a better person,” said ZG Regional Manager Ludwig Disch when the tractor was handed over at the Schneiderhof Farm, which has been owned by the Willmann family for many generations. Disch has been the agricultural machinery consultant for the farming family for more than 20 years. There are currently three Fendt tractors in operation on the Schneiderhof Farm – a 280 SA, a 308 Ci and a 611 LSA – all working to their owners’ full satisfaction.

The 209 Vario fits perfectly to the farm, not only because it can be used as an all-rounder, but mainly because it is a very compact and, thanks to its low center of gravity, very safe grassland tractor ideal for slopes. The 200 Vario offers one-of-a-kind cab comfort, as there is no transmission tunnel, and boasts exceptional maneuverability. The picture shows a team from Fendt handing over the Vario tractor to Harald and his family . Congratulations Harald!

Click here to learn more about the Fendt 200 Vario tractors (in German).

Massey Ferguson on Reality TV

Massey Ferguson (Brazil) sponsored the first Brazilian Agribusiness reality television show. The “Lavouras do Brasil” reality television show by Canal Rural monitored the phases of soybean cultivation over eight months from four different Brazilian regions – Goiás, Paraná, Mato Grosso, and Rio Grande do Sul. Students from four universities, researchers and cooperatives monitor and analyzed the production using cameras installed in the major production zones. As a sponsor of the show, Massey Ferguson’s products and technologies were showcased to a great number of Brazilians including farmers, agribusiness professionals and students. Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Reinhold Stephanes (in the photo on the right), participated in one of the regional harvests in a MF 32 combine. Valuable results, including multimedia images and interactive information, are available at the show’s website to help farmers plan their next season and manage their production more efficiently.

*Photo via EMU