Archive for July, 2010
Are you looking for an easy way to compare technical product specifications for tractors, combine harvesters, hay balers, spreaders and application equipment? Visit AGCO’s new farm equipment product comparison tool, AGCO Compare, to evaluate a North American AGCO product versus up to three other products. This easy-to-use online tool also allows you to compare competitors’ products (if available) and receive personalized comparison results via email.
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.
AGCO Application Equipment is searching for this year’s U.S. operator of the year. If you are an U.S. retailer providing agricultural chemical application services, tell us why your most deserving operator should be recognized by clicking the “Nominate Now” button. If your operator is selected as the winner, not only will he (or she) take home a 2010 Harley, but you and a friend will be off on a Harley Road Trip of your own.
• All accommodations
• Detailed hour-by-hour itinerary and guidebook
• A $500 cash card
The search ends October 31, so make your nomination now.
Farmers in the “texting capital” of the world — the Philippines — will soon have nutrient management advice tailored specifically to their rice crops delivered to their mobile phones.
Dr. Roland Buresh, part of the International Rice Research (IRRI) team that has joined the Philippine Department of Agriculture to establish the system, says that after responding to a series of simple questions about their rice paddy, farmers would receive an automated text reply recommending what amounts, sources, and timings of fertilizer are needed for profitable rice production in their paddy. Source: Farmers to get rice-growing advice via text messages from Science Daily.
What cool technologies you would like to see developed for your farm operation?
*Photo via PIM Admissions Blog