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AGCO Launches Farm Equipment Comparison Tool

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.

For example: a farmer looking to buy a new tractor could choose to compare tractors and evaluate their technical specifications. AGCO brands’ Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, and Valtra specifications are included. This new tool demonstrates AGCO’s commitment to help farmers make better decisions through better information – and at the same time shows AGCO products are both comparable and competitive to the other major brands in the industry.
Your AGCO dealer would be happy to discuss these specifications and AGCO’s advantages with you during your next visit.

Massey Ferguson Tests Extra Density Hay Baler

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.

AGCO began running the new Massey Ferguson 2170XD 3×4 large square baler prototype in the field in May. The MF2170XD is an Xtra Density baler. These units have an increased plunger load as well as other additions baling alfalfa bales over 1,700 lbs. The 2010 MF2170 production balers were allowed a plunger load increase from 285 to 330. This resulted in an average 100 lb gain.

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.

We’d love to hear from you, so post a comment with any questions you might have on hay or hay products.
 And remember, I love hay!

US Application Operator Could Win a Harley Davidson

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.

The Harley Road Trip for you and a friend is offered by EagleRider Tours. Take a 3-day/2-night self-guided tour of one of North America’s many scenic riding destinations. You choose the time and the place; we’ll take care of the rest.
• Your choice of a Harley, Honda or BMW motorcycle
• All accommodations
• Detailed hour-by-hour itinerary and guidebook
• A $500 cash card

The search ends October 31, so make your nomination now.

Ag Journalists Visit the Gleaner Super7

On July 8, three ag journalists visited the black-painted Gleaner S7 prototype in the field. Gleaner product marketing manager Kevin Bien briefed Willie Vogt with Farm Progress Publications, Larry Dreiling with High Plains Journal and Greg D. Horstmeier with Progressive Farmer, on the whys and hows of the Super7 for the US and Canadian markets. Few specifications were revealed – those details will be shared first with Gleaner dealers on August 10 & 11.

On the day the journalists visited the ground had dried enough to run, but the humidity was high. There had been morning fog at the S7’s location, so the wheat was too damp to harvest. Fortunately by late afternoon the moisture level was low enough to allow some harvesting. Each journalist had an opportunity to ride in the working prototype and collect shots of the S7 in action.

“The Class 7 combine market is about to get a little more feisty” said Willie Vogt, Farmer Iron Blog, about the new Gleaner Super7 combine in his “Quick Glimpse” post.

Larry Dreiling felt, “With it’s stealth features, the Super 7 didn’t look like the gleaming silver Gleaners I’ve been used to since going out to harvest with Dad and Uncle Ed when I was a little kid. The curious reporter in me is interested in learning more, since the AGCO bunch wouldn’t say much. When it gets all polished up, I’m sure it’ll prove to be a sweet machine.”

Greg D. Horstmeier reported “the prototype, carrying a ‘Super 7′ logo on the sides, was roughly the same size as the 2010-model R76 machines parked next to it. But rather than a standard 30-foot head, the prototype sported the 40-foot draper. And despite the bigger bite, it purred through the 60-plus-bushel wheat that was well above 18 percent moisture, thanks to a shower the day before.”

You can read more about the Gleaner Super7 combine, link to more pictures and information, and watch a video in our AGCO Blog post from last week.

What features would you like to see in the Gleaner Super7?

Farming Tips Sent to Your Cell Phone

Telephones have come a long way from Alexander Graham Bell’s design to the sophisticated smart phones we have today. Speaking from a generation that can barely remember life without cellphones, it is stories like this that really make me wonder how we actually functioned before SMART phones.

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

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