Archive for November, 2010

Passion 4 Farm Kids’ Safety

If he were alive today, Keith Algreen would be 35 years old and would, most likely, have children of his own. Unfortunately, Keith died in the fall of 1986 at the age of 11 when he suffocated in a gravity-flow wagon filled with shelled corn on his family’s Iowa farm. While grieving his loss, Keith’s mother, Marilyn Adams, discovered that 299 other children had died in farm accidents that same year. Determined to spare others from the heartache of losing a child in a preventable farm incident, she began a campaign in 1987 to promote farm safety awareness through an organization she named Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK).

Today, Adams continues to promote farm safety as spokesperson and president of FS4JK by building public awareness and understanding of the hazards to children on the farm. With the help of several corporate sponsors, including AGCO Corporation, FS4JK provides individuals, families and communities throughout the United States and Canada with educational opportunities and resources to make the farm a safe and healthy environment.

Last year, about 5,500 volunteers donated 44,200 hours of their time to deliver the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids message to more than 86,000 children, youth and farm families.

“Much of the volunteer work and training is done through Farm Safety 4 Just Kids chapters,” says David Schweitz, executive director of FS4JK. “These are usually started, and continue to be led, by people who have a real passion for keeping kids safe … people like emergency room nurses, school teachers, bankers, elevator managers and FFA leaders. Anyone can start a FS4JK chapter; however, we’d like the group to have at least 10 people.”

On the other hand, Schweitz says anyone can order materials through the FS4JK web site and put on a safety or health presentation. Topics include everything from animal to tractor safety.

The program is working, contends Schweitz. “Injuries on traditional farms are down,” he says, noting that last year there were just over 100 deaths, which represents a 66% decrease from 1987, when Adams started FS4JK.

To learn more about Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and any of the safety programs they offer—or to get involved in a local FS4JK chapter—call 515-331-6506 or 800-423-5437 or log on to the web site at

This article was written by Tharran E. Gaines and will run in the winter 2010 issue of Farm Life magazine. To request a copy of the magazine, please contact your local North American dealer.

How do you teach the children on your farm about farm safety?

AGCO Operator of the Year Finalists

AGCO is proud to announce this year’s finalists for Operator of the Year. You may recall we covered the search for this year’s best U.S. custom applicator in AGCO Blog posts in July and October. The following four dedicated professionals provide agricultural chemical application services and were chosen from over 100 nominations.

Gary Brandt, Gateway FS Inc. (Red Bud, IL) — A 17-year veteran to the custom application business, customers have come to expect nothing but the best from Brandt’s work. His reputation has allowed Brandt to expand his applied-acres year after year without ever receiving a complaint from one of his customers. In addition to the 32,500 acres Brandt covers each year, he also provides his customers with valuable field scouting and precision application data.

Marcos Duarte, Crop Production Service (Galva, KS) — Duarte has been in the custom application business for 11 years and sprays more than 55,000-acres annually. He is continually looking for ways to please his customers, as well as improve efficiency and quality while spraying. His work ethic, leadership and service on and off the field have earned him respect and admiration among many in the community.

Tony Kornder, Genesis (Le Center, MN)
— Kornder began his career as a custom applicator in 1997 and quickly impressed his employers and customers with his abilities. His acreage covered has steadily increased year-over-year to more than 33,000-acres in 2010. Kornder has a passion for learning and does everything he can to stay on the cutting-edge of crop protection.

Mike Pluimer, Ceres Solutions (Templeton, IN)
— Pluimer treats all of his customers’ fields as his own. They appreciate his keen understanding of both the agronomic and business aspects of custom application. With more than 20 years of application experience and an average of 68,000 acres over 3,000 work hours each year, it’s no surprise that Pluimer is well respected by his customers, as well as his suppliers and colleagues.

The winner will be announced December 1, 2010. Who do you think will win?

AGCO’s 2nd Annual Holiday Photo Contest

Here in “the states” we are gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. Thanksgiving is traditionally a celebration of a bountiful harvest. Unfortunate to a slender waistline, we emulate that tradition present-day by filling our tables and our bellies with bountiful amounts of food.

A big tradition in my family is decorating our house for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Regardless of where you are in the world, or if you are celebrating Thanksgiving, you may be thinking about decorating your house for the holidays. Well, you should also be thinking about decorating your farm or farm equipment too! If you do, make sure to submit a photo of your decorated farm and/or AGCO equipment for your chance to win a flip camera! Take a look at last year’s entries for some inspiration.

We will not be posting to the AGCO Blog on Thursday and Friday so that we can spend time with our families. Whether or not you are celebrating Thanksgiving, we wish you the best and hope you enjoy a beautiful holiday season with those dearest to you.

Did you have a harvest to be thankful for this year? Tell us about it!

Win a Massey Ferguson Combine for the 2011 Harvest

To mark the amalgamation of Massey Ferguson‘s European harvesting manufacturing, Massey Ferguson is giving one lucky UK/Ireland resident the chance to win the use of an MF combine for the 2011 harvest.

But that’s not all! The team at Massey Ferguson are also throwing in a three day all expenses paid VIP break for two to Italy in May 2011. You’ll have a chance to discover the sights of Venice before receiving a guided tour of our Breganze factory, Massey Ferguson’s Centre for Harvesting Excellence in Europe.

Four lucky runners up will also win a three day all expenses paid VIP break for two. To enter, simply complete the form and answer a qualifying question.

If you know the answer and you are a UK or Ireland resident, go enter for your chance to win a Massey Ferguson combine for your 2011 harvest.

What are your predictions for next year’s harvest? Better, equal to, or not as good as the 2010 harvest?

Gleaner Super Series Episode 6 Video

We are please to bring you the final installment from the 2010 harvest of our web video series following the new Gleaner Super Seven. In this sixth episode, we’ll examine some of the falsehoods that surroud transverse combines and provide the truth about this truly innovative and unique design.

We hope all of you have enjoyed the films, photos and discussion. As next harvest approaches, make sure you’ve talked with your Gleaner dealer about seeing the Super Series in a field near you. Until then, we’ll keep you updated as our activities and upcoming plans.

If these films have peaked your interest in possibly replacing your current machine, now is the time to talk with your Gleaner dealer. Orders placed before December 31st 2010 will get the very best deals we’ll offer this year. Gleaner is available in North America, Australia, and Argentina.

If you want to catch up on any of the episodes, photos or discussions you can view them by visiting

Did you ask for a Gleaner Super Series combine for Christmas?