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Live AGCO Chat: Harvesting

Do you have questions about the new Gleaner S7 Super Series, DynaFlex draper header or other AGCO combine products?  Join us next week for two live AGCO Chats with North America Combine Product Marketing Manager, Kevin Bien to get your questions answered! You can watch the chat on AGCO’s Ustream Channel but in order to fully participate  and ask real-time questions, you will need to sign up for a free account at www.Ustream.tv.

If you would like to submit your questions in advance of the chat, RSVP for the event on Facebook and you then post questions there. The chats will take place on May 4th and May 5th, 2011 from 9:00-10:00 pm, EST.

RSVP and pre-submit any questions at:

May 4th: http://on.fb.me/AGCOChat5-4
May 5th: http://on.fb.me/AGCOchat5-5

We hope that you will come join in the fun while learning more about AGCO’s harvesting solutions! In the meantime, you can watch an interview of  Kevin Bien explaining the innovations inside and out of the re-designed Gleaner S Series combines.

Will you be joining the chat? What questions do you have for Kevin?

AGCO Announces New Acquisition in China

AGCO announced yesterday that we have agreed to acquire an 80% equity interest in Shandong Dafeng Machinery Co., Ltd. (Dafeng Machinery) in China. Dafeng Machinery was established in 1995 and currently produces a complete range of corn, grain, rice and soybean harvesting machines for domestic markets. The transaction is expected to close later in the year subject to various closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Dafeng Signing

During the past 10 years, China’s combine market has experienced growth due to large advances in agriculture mechanization and government support. AGCO is aiming to become a future market leader in the Chinese combine sector by introducing high horsepower products and advanced technology into the current product offering of Dafeng Machinery, with a clear focus on meeting new customer demands. This ambition of industry leadership is built upon a strategy focused on key areas of products, operations and distribution. You can read the complete press release here.

So, what does AGCO leadership have to say about the acquisition?

  • “This is a very important step in delivering our global harvesting strategy. In combination with the recent investments in our combine operations in Brazil and the United States as well as the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in the Laverda combine business in Italy, we hope to achieve an annual combine production volume in excess of 10,000 units globally.” -Martin Richenhagen, AGCO Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • “The Chinese agriculture market is a big opportunity. As a critical step of AGCO’s China strategy, the acquisition of Dafeng Machinery will bring significant complementary benefits and substantial value to AGCO’s harvesting offering, with an existing production and supplier base for combines as well as an established distribution network.”  -Hubertus M. Mühlhäuser, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Integration and General Manager, Eastern Europe & Asia
  • “The acquisition marks an important step in AGCO’s China strategy. Significant synergies are expected in both domestic as well as global operations with exports planned to Asia, Far East and African markets.” -Andreas Weishaar, Vice President and Managing Director, China and India

What do you harvest? Have you checked out AGCO’s wide range of harvesting equipment?

The History of Challenger

Challenger’s history is rooted in the legendary track technology of Caterpillar, but has since been extended to incorporate wheeled tractors, combine harvesters, balers and application machinery, which has its own deep-rooted history. Over the years the Challenger brand has developed and grown, going from strength to strength. We’ve written about the history of Challenger Track Tractors on the blog before, now take a look at a video recount of Challenger’s history:

What was your favorite fact about Challenger? Did you learn something new?

1110hp Gensets On Standby

Several newly-built villages in Angola, Africa are using Massey Ferguson 990 Series generating sets for standby power in the event of utility failure.

Inspecting one of the MF 950-860 gensets prior to despatch to Angola.

Supplied by Massey Ferguson dealer, Impormaquinas, these giant 990-860kVA sound-attenuated models are powered by 12-cylinder, 24-litre engines, packing nearly 1110hp at 1500 rpm.  With noise levels of just 85 dBA at one metre, the gensets are equipped with the latest digital ATS2 Automatic Transfer Switch which automatically switches on the generator when mains power failure is detected.

Powered by AGCO SISU POWER diesel engines, the standard Massey Ferguson Power Series generating set line-up is available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and covers a huge range with nearly 100 models extending from 9kVA to 700kVA.

Where do you have a need for a generator set?

With The Power of Technology, the Impossible Becomes Imaginable

The current advancements in agricultural technology are changing the way farmers take care of business. With break through seed cloning techniques, crops are now able to withstand less water yet produce higher yields. But in my opinion the real technological break through in farming is the farmer’s ability to receive and record data. Erin Hutchinson from CropLife says “Continuous technological advances in agriculture aim to make us more efficient, more effective, more profitable and better managers; the ultimate goal being to get the highest amount of outputs with the least amount of inputs. It’s about working smarter, not necessarily harder.”

With machine’s capability to diagnostically communicate with each other as well as to the Back Office, farmers have the ability to record endless amounts of data they can use for future reference. Now with the ability to save an exorbitant amount of overhead on seeds, fertilizer, time and currently one input that is getting more expensive all the time, fuel!

AGCO’s solution is AGCOMMAND and it offers farmers a wide variety options on how to save data and money. Customers have the ability to see engine hours, fuel consumption, operator efficiency, field specific information and service needs. If your tractor leaves the ‘Geofence’ an alert can be sent to the farmer’s cell phone via SMS message or email. Utilizing Google maps, the farmer can see precisely where their machines are located along with a fleet summary showing if vehicle is off, parked, stopped, idle, working headland turning, or being transported. Growers also have the option to share their information with their local AGCO dealer, letting the dealer plan an upcoming maintenance and schedule the service call in advance.

Hutchinson continues to say “Diagnostic systems will allow buyers to look at all machine efficiencies daily, monthly and annually including idle time, travel time, spreading or spraying time, fuel consumption, gallon used per acre, etc.” Adding AGCOMANND to your fleet of tractors and combines is a no-brainer! It has never been easier to track your return on investment on your Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra or competitor’s equipment!

To learn more, watch a guided tour of AGCOMMAND.

How much money could you be saving using AGCOMMAND?