Archive for September, 2010
The e3 system is AGCO’s brand for selective catalytic reduction or SCR. AGCO introduced e3 before the 2011 Tier 4 regulation, because there was a market demand for powerful and fuel-efficient agricultural tractors. The exhaust gas recirculation or EGR option will remain until 2011, at which time it will no longer be in compliance, and production will end.
Energy: Since e3 equipped engines deal with the regulated pollutants after the exhaust gas has left the engine, these engines create more power. This is after-treatment.
Economy: When e3 was introduced, AGCO and Challenger Tractor advertised up to 15% savings versus competitive (tier 3, EGR) engines. In fact, testing was completed at the Nebraska Test Lab and the results (made public in December of 2009) showed that e3-equipped tractors save up to 17% over comparable tractors.
Ecology: In current Tier 3 products, e3 reduces particulate matter by up to 70% and brings the NOx emissions to near Tier 4 interim levels.
► e3 is AGCO’s brand of SCR or Selective Catalytic Reduction
► Energy: After-Treatment for Exhaust Emissions
► Economy: Up to 17% Fuel Savings
► Ecology: 70% Fewer Particulate Matter” Source: What is e3 and how will it reduce your farm tractor’s emissions?
Johanna last claimed the championship 12 years ago. Her brother Matti Herlevi drove “Caesar” to the bronze medal position.
“In the beginning it looked really bad, as Countdown stalled twice on the start line. Luckily I was the first competitor to pull, so my first attempt was just a test run. Still, I felt very confident, because when I started my third pull with Doris I knew where the problem was and that it had been fixed,” Johanna commented.
Her father Pekka Herlevi did not have so much luck, as Sigma Power suffered a gearbox failure in the first pull. The Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s third tractor Countdown placed sixth. The overall success of Valtra tractors was backed up by Next Sensation from the Netherlands, which came in second.
“The engine in Doris was damaged a week ago at the Euro Cup event in Bouconville, France when one of the cylinders water jets was clogged. I have to admit that we had a bit of a hurry with the repairs, as the journey from France to Finland and then to Sweden took its own time. Nevertheless, we still managed to make a few test pulls before the event.”
Doris, Sigma and Caesar have all received new turbos in recent weeks that offer around one bar of extra boost pressure thanks to better bearings and other improvements. The tractors’ new tyres have also been softened somewhat, in part by driving long distances with low air pressure. The engines’ valves have also been further developed.
The team has a busy week ahead before the Euro Cup finals in Bakel, the Netherlands next weekend. In the overall Euro Cup standings Sigma Power is still in the best position among the team’s tractors, but it will have to have its transmission repaired in a hurry at the workshop belonging to the Next Sensation team. The point standings are so tight that the Valtra Shell Pulling Team could claim the top three positions, but it is also possible that the team will go home without any medals.” Source: Valtra – Johanna Herlevi wins European championship, Matti third
Have you seen any Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson or Valtra’s at a tractor pull recently?
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.
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.