Archive for September, 2010

Massey Ferguson 2170XD Baler Update 4

Greetings, my name is Harvey Stushnoff, Product Specialist for AGCO. I am here to give a brief update on one of the Massey Ferguson 2170XD (Xtra-Density) balers that has been operating in the Wilmette Valley, Oregon for the past 60 days. Our primary goal with this unit was to produce as many bales as possible in a short time frame as an endurance test of the machines reliability.

I am happy to report that we were able to produce 12,989 bales in 60 days in 196 working hours – not including transport or headland turning time. That is an impressive average baling rate of 66.27 bales per hour or slightly more than one bale per minute. This was done in some of the tougher baling conditions like baling rye and fescue grass straw after it has been combined. These are high volume and very dry crops often averaging only 3% moisture content. The numbers speak for themselves as a testimony to the machine’s reliability.

The next goal was to measure and collect data with respect to increased bale weights versus our current production 3×4 balers. In this valley the grass straw is baled then repressed into an even heavier package that is shipped overseas to an export market. The key to the success of a machine for this market is to reduce the handling by reducing the number of bales that need to be hauled to the stationary presses and processed by these presses in turn reducing the operating costs of the producers.

Getting consistent weight data was bit of a challenge due to the desire to have as many operators as possible try this machine, each with varying strengths of twine. All in all if we looked at the data for the bales made when using a high knot strength twine we saw bale weights with an approximate 20% while being baled at an average speed of 5+ mph. The advantage of using many operators in different conditions with a baler that is equipped with a scale and moisture system was that it let us look at every bale weight and moisture content so we could derive some true and accurate averages.

Over 30 customers who were given the opportunity to try this baler had very favorable comments giving it a promising future to be able to increase the efficiency of our producers. With the grass straw season winding down, the baler will be moving eastward to be tested in other crops such as hay forage, grain straw, and cornstalks for the rest of the 2010 season. Stayed tuned for future updates on the success of this exciting new product. In the meantime, check out some photos from the field below.

Watch a Video From Fendt Field Days

Do you want to know what Fendt Field Days was like? Just watch the video below and you’ll feel like you’re there. Okay, maybe you won’t feel like you are really there but it will definitely make you want to put it on your 2012 calendar for the next one. I know I just did.

For more videos go to or Fendt’s YouTube channel.

Challenger MT700C Series Tractor

The Challenger MT700 Series Track Tractors offer efficient transfer of power to the job with reduced soil compaction. Ash Alt from AGCO explains the benefits and workings of a Challenger track tractor. For more information visit

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It’s YOUR Choice!

Come vote for your favorite Massey Ferguson or Challenger tractor for Iron Search’s “Producer’s Choice Award”.
“Equipment is the second largest capital investment in a producer’s operation. At IRON Search, we realize you need a reliable machine for your operations and why not recognize that machine for a job well done! The first annual IRON Search® Producers’ Choice Award gives you — hard-working producers and tractor enthusiasts — with a platform to express your opinion on your favorite machine. The IRON Search® Producers’ Choice Award will honor producers’ favorite tractor model. The nominees for this award are the top 25 models searched for on this year. This is the only major award presented in the industry where real people like you determine the winners.

So here’s your chance – We are empowering you to vote on your favorite tractor model with the IRON Search® Producers’ Choice Award. ” Source: IRON Search® Producer’s Choice Award

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