Archive for December, 2010

An Exciting Year Ahead for Massey Ferguson

“2010 has been a year of new products and continued investment for Massey Ferguson, but there is still plenty to look forward to in 2011.”

That’s the message from Richard Markwell, MF’s Vice-President and Managing Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East in his end-of-year webcast. This video is Richard’s opportunity to speak directly to customers, distributors, dealers and employees alike, and is now available to view by clicking the link below.

Filmed at the Beauvais tractor manufacturing plant in France, Richard gives his personal review of the year and looks forward to the prospects for 2011.

He speaks of the powerful new products introduced this year on both the tractor and harvesting sides of the business; and of the investment that AGCO has made in its European manufacturing facilities to enable Massey Ferguson to continue producing world beating machinery well into the future.

With SIMA and Agritechnica to look forward to next year, 2011 is shaping up to be another busy and exciting year for

Massey Ferguson. What do you hope to see in the future from Massey Ferguson?

Play AGCO’s New Farmyard Dash Game

Just not enough hours in the day to drive your Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson or Valtra? Let AGCO help you out. You can drive your favorite tractor online anytime with AGCO’s fun holiday game: Winter Farmyard Dash. Team up with your favorite brand and head for the start line. Take your tractor for a spin around the snow-covered farm, avoiding the obstacles (watch out for those cows!). Complete the track using the least amount of fuel for a place on our leaderboard and some fantastic prizes for the top 3 plus some great raffle prizes. I am actually quite bad at the game, so you can definitely beat my score!

We will not be posting the rest of the week so that we can spend time with our families. We hope you are able to take the day off too, but for those of you working on Christmas, we sincerely thank you for your dedication to providing us with the food, fuel and fiber that we use everyday all around the world. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.See you on Monday. Cheers!

What was your score?

Top Technical Magazine Features TerraGator 8333

The new Challenger TerraGator applicator (sold in Europe) is the subject of an in-depth 5-page article in the November edition of Industrial Vehicle Technology (IVT) magazine.

“New engine, new transmission, and new front and rear axles have been mounted on a ore advanced chassis to create a specialist applications vehicle that promises more productive and economical performance,” says the report.

The article features an interview with Challenger’s Adrie Kunst, Managing and Technical Director at AGCO Netherlands BV who explains how tapping into the considerable resources of parent company AGCO meant that Challenger could design a more advanced machine that meets the latest emission rules, tackles rising fuel costs and is easier to drive and more productive for contract operators.

Looking in detail at every aspect of the machine, IVT concludes that the TG8333 is ‘a whole lot of technology for efficiently dealing with one of farming’s most basic commodities.

To view the entire article, go to

What is your favorite magazine to follow ag equipment news?

Deck the Farm Photo Contest Winner:Joan Grott

Congratulations to Joan Grott, the winner of AGCO’s 2nd Annual Holiday Photo Contest “Deck the Farm”.  Joan was also the winner of our first Annual Holiday Photo Contest.  She and her dad stepped it up this year big time with their photo submission and rallied all of their friends to vote. Start planning for next year’s contest now and maybe you can give Joan a run for her money! However, I’m sure that she has already started planning too! Check out our other finalists too.

Stay tuned for our next photo contest: Farm Dogs! Start planning your photo now with your best farm dog. What are some other contest themes that you would like to see us offer in the future?

ABS – For The Highest Level of Braking Safety

The safety of the operator has the highest priority at Fendt. That is why the 900 Vario now has the anti-lock braking system ABS. It guarantees better steerability and control of the tractor on wet and dry roads, even when braking sharply. On unpaved roads – for example, gravel or snow – the 900 Vario with ABS brakes reliably without the wheels locking. Check out the video below to see some testing. The video is in German, but the visuals speak to every language.

What do you think about the ABS on the Fendt 900 Vario?