Archive for November, 2010

Gleaner Super Series Episode 5 Video

Have you seen the Gleaner episode 5 video for North American yet? Well, we have it here for you. In this film, our Super 77 cuts green stem seed beans using a 40-foot DynaFlex draper header. The operation of the DynaFlex is examined and explained why it complements the Super Series combines so well. Also in the film, the new Tritura processor is discussed along with its results. Please continue to follow our progress as we work to finish this year’s harvest.

If you have not seen the first, second, third or fourth episodes, photos or discussions you can view them by visiting www.gleanersuper7.comDid you see Kevin Bien on RFD TV recently? You should be able to pick up copies at your dealer soon.

AGCO Supports Ag Learning

AGCO has recently loaned a Challenger MT765C tractor for use in classroom, research and extension activities to the agricultural and biosystems engineering program at Iowa State University.
The growth in AGCO support over the past few years has made a tremendous impact on our students. The AGCO scholarships not only offer financial support to our undergraduate students, but they also provide an opportunity for our students to learn about career opportunities that exist within AGCO,” said Ramesh Kanwar, department chair.

Support for graduate research provides funding for graduate students to pursue advanced degrees and for AGCO to benefit from the expertise within the advanced machinery engineering group at ISU according to Brian Steward, associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering. “Today’s agricultural vehicles are a blend of mechanical, hydraulic and electronic systems. Our graduate students perform research and learn how to interact with these highly integrated systems. Such research results in next generation technologies to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability,” he said.

The MT765C features an engine producing 320 horsepower, a one-touch management system for operator functions and an electronic system that allows the tractor to communicate with a variety of standardized implements. The tractor will provide a technology platform for several courses including auto-steering and precision agriculture activities within the agricultural systems technology program and the electronic integration courses offered to agricultural engineering students.

The MT765C will also help support the production scale cellulosic biomass feedstock collection work that ISU ag engineers conduct at the ISU BioCentury Research Farm. ” Source: Iowa State University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

What are your communities doing to support ag education?

A Story of Love and Loyalty to the Brand

An extra special touch was added to the Rinaldo’s wedding day in Monte Mor, Brazil on September 11, 2010. The bride’s cousin had an unexpected idea and decided to place a miniature Massey Ferguson tractor with the wedding cake toppers. The result of this curious event is now part of Murilo Antonio de Souza Rinaldo’s and Milena Braga Pereira Braz Rinaldo’s love story forever. This is also an outstanding moment in the tractor factory’s 49 years of operation in Brazil. The surprise made by the cousin to the bride and groom celebrates the couple’s affinity with the brand and the beginning of a new phase in their lives.

Working as an agricultural engineer, used to the life in the crops, Murilo and his family have been loyal customers of the brand for more than 45 years. The wedding ceremony was a huge success. The groom wanted to show his heartfelt appreciation for Massey Ferguson. “We have been working with Massey Ferguson tractors since the time my grandfather, who is now 98 years old, took care of our business. We grow soybean, potato, and edible beans, and we strongly trust these red machines,” describes the newlywed. The miniature on the cake, according to Murilo, was another thoughtful detail that made the wedding an unforgettable event in their lives. As a Massey Ferguson tractor customer, the agricultural engineer is already planning to buy a Massey combine too. “We know the tractors very well and now we intend to buy a combine, too,” he says. Congratulations to the Rinaldo’s!

You can read this article in Portuguese too!
Share with us here if you have used any of our equipment at your wedding too. We’d love to see some photos!

New Fendt 939 Vario Tractor with SCR Technology

Fendt launched their new 900 Vario SCR tractor range recently in Germany.

“With the new range comes a new flagship model, and the firm has launched the 390hp 939 Vario Fendt. According to Fendt, it has a market share of more than 30pc in the 250hp+ bracket across Europe.

Fendt has used Deutz engines for quite a few years now and this has not changed — all models in the new generation 900 Vario SCR range are all powered by a new six-cylinder, 7.8-litre capacity Deutz engine with SCR.

The new engine has a larger bore and longer stroke, increasing capacity to 7.8 litres. The common rail fuel injection pressure has also been increased to 2,000 bar and the engines are equipped with a new turbocharger with electronically controlled waste gate. There is also a new cooler and heat exchanger system for the transmission and hydraulic oil.

SCR exhaust treatment technology uses a second liquid, AdBlue, to treat the exhaust gases and convert the harmful NOx content into nitrogen and water.

According to Fendt’s marketing director, Roland Schmidt, “there are a number of advantages to using SCR technology. But the primary reason is that it reduces fuel consumption by allowing the engine to be set for optimum combustion. Unlike EGR, using SCR creates less exhaust gas back pressure and does not consume fuel for filter recuperation. It also calls for significantly reduced cooling capacity.”

The firm claims that fuel tests show a saving of about 7pc in fuel. ” Source: Big machines lead way in switch to smaller emissions – Farming, Frontpage –

Watch the video we shared in an earlier post about the Fendt 939 Vario and tell us why you like SCR over EGR.


First of all, we wanted to thank everyone who entered the ARTICULATING AGRICULTURE contest.  Stories were submitted from nine countries, showing a wide diversity of types of farming and roles people hold within the industry.  Each entry was so good, so many great stories, making very hard to pick the top five – even harder to pick the winner!

Thank you also for all the comments – we were BLOWN AWAY with the response to this contest. We had over 500 comments and new ones are still being added.  This shows us the huge power these personal, very compelling stories have in articulating agriculture’s importance and impact. Continue to share your stories with us on Facebook, or post your ideas and comments here on the AGCO Blog. So, drumroll please…….

Congratulations to Kayla Ferris, AGCO’s Blog Contest winner! Kayla is from Texas, USA and will be the proud owner of a new Apple iPad. Read Kayla’s second story below.

Farm Life Lesson #14: The Middle of Nowhere Ain’t so Bad

KaylaFerris16.2I was watching the YouTube video of the rapping farmers of Yeo Valley. Hilarious. My daughter came in, heard the music, and started to dance. Home-girl can bust some moves, yo!  So, I had a brilliant idea. She should take a dance class! I looked up the closest dance studio. We live in “The Middle of Nowhere.” There is something you should know about “The Middle of Nowhere.” We have excellent farmland. But, apparently, we do not have many dance teachers. As in…zero. Instead of tap lessons that afternoon, she and her sister rode in the tractor with Daddy. They pushed buttons. They talked on the CB radio. They took naps on a towel on the floorboard. I picked them up later and headed to our scale house. Again, instead of wearing leotards and practicing jazz hands, we weighed trucks, measured corn, and played in the back of the semi truck like it was a giant sandbox. We came home that night filthy and smiling. It had been a wonderful day of harvest. In fact, my girls declared it the best day EVER! Apparently that afternoon, instead of learning the proper technique for a ballet plie, my daughters had learned how good it feels to work and play hard. That’s when I decided…the middle of nowhere ain’t so bad.

What life lesson have you learned in “the middle of nowhere?”