Archive for October, 2010

Operator of the Year Nominations due October 31

Help Your Custom Applicator Win a 2010 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle from AGCO. Time is running out to find this year’s Operator of the Year.

Custom applicators work extremely long hours to deliver the timeliest and most accurate application of nutrients and protectants on thousands of farm fields across North America.

Through its Operator of the Year program, AGCO is determined to make sure the best custom applicators get the recognition they deserve. Candidates for Operator of the Year display exceptional customer service, perform the highest quality work and offer an unmatched dedication to your crops. Does this sound like someone you know?

Contact your U.S. agri-retailer before October 31 and explain why the custom applicator who services your fields deserves the title Operator of the Year. With a few simple clicks, they can submit a nomination on your behalf.

This year’s winning operator will receive a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but we can’t reward these tireless workers without your help.

We believe the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division are the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the make up of the person behind the wheel.

Help the best in the business reward the best in the business. Hurry; the deadline to nominate is October 31, 2010.

AGCO CEO Upcoming Interviews

Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s Chairman, President and CEO, will be interviewed from the Business Council Meetings in Chicago, Illinois, USA today and tomorrow. You can watch him live today, Thursday, October 14, 2010 on CNBC TV at approximately 1:15 pm EST and tomorrow, Friday, October 15, 2010 on Bloomberg TV at approximately 2:45 pm EST. Check your local TV guide for channel listings. Here is some background on the state of agriculture in the United States:

“Major agricultural commodities continued their extended run-up in price, underscoring how much of America’s farm belt is booming even as the overall economy continues to struggle.

Contracts for the delivery of corn and soybeans into mid-2011 jumped Monday by 5% and 2%, respectively, after rising their daily permissible limits on Friday, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture sliced production estimates by small percentages. Cash cotton prices rose 3.3% Monday after a 3.9% gain Friday. They are 86% higher than a year ago.

For many crops, prices are climbing even as big harvests pile up, a rare combination. Farmland values are up while those for some other kinds of real estate languish. Debt on the farm is manageable. Incomes are rising.

And trade, of which many Americans are growing wary, is for agriculture a boon. Asia’s economic vigor and appetites make the farm sector’s reliance on exports—once thought a vulnerability in some quarters—a plus today.

“The farm economy is coming out of the recession far faster than the general economy,” said Don Carson, a senior analyst ” Source: Farm Economy Bounces Back –

How is the agriculture industry perceived in your area?

Fendt Hosts German Tractor Championship

The German Tractor Driving Championships was held for the third time at the Mecklenburg MeLa agricultural exhibition in mid-September. As in the previous years, the competitors had to demonstrate their skills and precision. After all, the course with the five stations had to be completed with as few errors as possible.

For the Tractor Championships 2010, the team from the Fendt sales region Northern Germany together with the Fendt dealership Marep and the weekly newspaper, Bauernzeitung, once again put together some very tricky challenges. The course included a rocker, mogul piste, goal wall and other demanding stations which the 35 competitors from six states had to master. The exciting finale was held in the big ring on the exhibition grounds in front of some 2,000 spectators. At the end Marec Henze, master carpenter from Saxony-Anhalt, had racked up the most points and was the happy winner of the championship title. Thirty-five competitors from six states took part in the tractor championships.

What kind of tractor championships do you have in your area?

Rapping Farmers: the Official Video

Do you remember the post two weeks ago about the rapping farmers? Well here is the official video. I personally find it amazing and have watched it about 5 times already. I can even sing along now “Yeo Valley! Yeo Valley!” It’s a must-see and I know that you’ll enjoy it.

What better way is there to express your passion for something than with music, especially in the form of a rap? Shot on location in Somerset, the Yeo Valley farmers “cooked a rap video” rapping not about their bling, girls and fast cars but instead their cows, tractors and wax jackets — matters a little bit closer to home. The Yeo Valley way of life is about living in harmony Source: Yeotube

They may have had a professional crew produce their video, but share with us your best farming/ag video. Send us your YouTube link and we’ll post them to the AGCO Facebook fan page for all to see!

Why Choose a Challenger MT600C Series Tractor?

From the grille to the three-point hitch, the all new Challenger® MT600C Series tractors are deliberately designed and specifically built for the North American professional producer who desires the latest in high-horsepower, row-crop technology. The MT600C Series boasts a myriad of standard features, including all-wheel drive, a deluxe operator’s seat, hydraulic cab suspension and four-wheel braking.

Indiana Corn and Soybean farmer, Kurt Stahl, talks about why he made the move to AGCO’s Challenger MT600C series tractors in the video below.

Learn more about the Challenger MT600C Series tractors.

What do you think about the new Challenger MT600C tractors?

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