Matt LeCroy, North American hay products marketing specialist for AGCO writing to you from the AGCO Blog. I was born on a Santa Gertrudis cattle and hay farm in northeast Georgia where we raised, baled and sold lots of hay. My happiest day was when we got a round baler, because throwing small squares in Georgia in August is about as bad as it can get. Now I work for AGCO on Hesston and Massey Ferguson hay products. I love hay.
We currently have customers running balers in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Blythe, California and outside of Phoenix, Arizona. One of the balers has had over 4,400 bales through it already.
We are monitoring the productivity of the balers by using the AGCO HayBoss G2 Tagger, moisture sensor, preservative applicator as well as the AGCO bale/weight scale kit. This allows us to upload the bale length, weight and moisture content to a tag on each bale. We can then download field data to a spreadsheet and crunch some numbers.
We have made changes to the MF2170XD baler both structurally and electronically. The bales are almost 350 lbs heavier than 2009 production balers and 250 lbs heavier than 2010 production balers. This allows for greater profits when shipping hay.
Stay tuned to the AGCO Blog for more updates from out in the hay field. In the meantime, take a look at our current Massey Ferguson large square baler line-up with our interactive brochure.