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Big Iron Farm Show

AGCO is attending the Big Iron Farm Show at Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND. It connects more than 800 agricultural exhibitors and 80,000 attendees who all come together for one purpose—to advance agriculture. For more information, please visit www.bigironfarmshow.com.

Commitment to Service & Parts Quality at Stockton PDC

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From Left to Right: Hans Lehmann-AGCO, Scott Bailey-Quinn Company, Ed Potter-Quality Machinery, Brian Potter-Quality Machinery, Bob Crain-AGCO, Matt Ballard-Empire Ag, Darrell Vander Bloomen-AGCO

On April 7th, AGCO Parts held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our recently renovated Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Stockton, CA, USA. This is just one of the latest examples of our efforts to provide best-in-the-field customer service and parts quality to our dealers and customers.

Over the past 18 months, we have made significant investments in training our service and support personnel and updating our processes and systems, particularly inventory management. We have actively sought input from our dealers and customers to create the best customer experience possible.  Some of our recent improvements have included transforming our parts facilities into full-stocking PDCs, such as the one in Stockton.

By upgrading the facility, we are able to lessen the time it takes to get parts to our dealers and customers. This will help minimize downtime for our customers and help improve their productivity. In addition to reducing delivery time, moving more parts closer to our dealers and customers will lower shipping costs.

The renovations, which took five months to complete, included larger storage racks, additional storage bins, greater

Stockton PDC Interior

Stockton PDC Interior

bulk storage capacity and more outside storage. With the additional storage capacity, we doubled our inventory value and will now be able to ship daily orders, fulfill emergency requests and support backorders for AGCO Parts’ customers in other regions.

The 38,500-square-foot Stockton facility is one of nine PDCs in North America. It was previously a Massey Ferguson warehouse. We moved our parts center from West Sacramento to the facility back in 1993 when we purchased Massey Ferguson. The Stockton PDC stocks parts for such farm equipment lines as Challenger, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Valtra, Gleaner, Hesston, White Planters and Sunflower.

To learn more about our parts programs and promotions, please visit us at www.agcoparts.com.

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Hesston by Massey Ferguson Offers Assisted-Steering Kits for Self-Propelled Windrowers

We are pleased to bring the AES-25 Accurate Electric Steering Wheel and the System 150 automated steering system to the North American market for use on select self-propelled windrowers from Hesston by Massey Ferguson. These auto-steering products provide hay and small-grains producers with the most accurate and simple-to-operate assisted steering available in the industry for self-propelled windrowers.

Field demonstrations show these steering systems work together to reduce overlap and allow windrower operation at faster speeds, helping operators cut as much as 7 to 10 percent more hay each day than with manual steering. In fact, at the 2-centimeter accuracy level, which results in virtually no overlap, operators were able to harvest as much as 155 acres in a 10-hour day when using a 16-foot sickle-bar head. Fewer passes across the field, reduced fuel use and less operator stress and fatigue result.

Select Hesston by Massey Ferguson windrower products may be equipped with the AES-25 and System 150 and now producers considering purchasing machines will want to take advantage of incredible purchase incentives. During the Auto-Steer, Auto-Save Event, those who purchase a new Hesston by Massey Ferguson self-propelled windrower (offer good on select models only) between April 1 and June 30, 2011 in North America will receive a free System 150, AES-25 electric steering wheel kit and a self-propelled windrower field installation kit. That’s over a $15,000 value for free!

Visit your local dealer today or www.masseyferguson.us/windrowers to learn more about this incredible offer. There has never been a better time to buy a Hesston by Massey Ferguson windrower. Will you be taking advantage of this offer?

Fendt Hosts DLG Expert Committee

Back in March, the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft or German Agricultural Society) Committee for Work Management and Process Technology convened at Fendt in Marktoberdorf, Germany. Attendees took advantage of the opportunity to discuss current issues in the field of electronics in agricultural equipment with Fendt experts.

Dr. Bernhard Schmitz from Fendt Product Marketing and responsible for the area of electronics, gave the guests a detailed presentation of the new electronics concept, the Fendt Variotronic. He pointed out that a neutral test performed by the trade magazine top agrar has proven that the new electronics concept and, in particular, the VarioGuide automatic steering system live up to the typically high Fendt standards.DLG Expert Committee visits Fendt factory

In his lecture “Experience Variotronic”, Rainer Vogt from the Fendt Sales Promotion team focused on the user-friendly menus together with the flat menu structure and practical touch technology. The flat menu hierarchy is evident in the small number of terminal pages, despite a greater number of functions. In the Fendt Variotronic, the tractor controls, ISO bus implement control, VarioGuide automatic steering and VarioDoc documentation have been consolidated in the terminal and can all be operated using the same operating logic.

Rainer Hofmann, Head of Fendt Electronics Development, gave a lecture in his function as Chairman of the AEF, an international, manufacturer-independent platform for electronics in agricultural equipment. Dr. Heribert Reiter, Managing Director Research and Development, reported about current issues at Fendt and made clear that compliance with legal emissions standards is a great challenge for the entire industry and demands a good deal of time and money. Roland Schmidt, Fendt Marketing Director, presented the Fendt product portfolio in detail and focused on the topic of efficiency.

The DLG committee for Work Management and Process Technology, comprised of practicing farmers and representatives from science, consultation services and industry, meets twice a year to discuss current issues in business management.

If you had a day to meet with the top experts at Fendt, what would you want to talk about?

Building the Massey Ferguson Brand in Key Growth Markets

As a truly global brand, Massey Ferguson is making inroads in key parts of the world where farm machinery markets are on the move.

Massey Ferguson tractor sales are continuing to forge ahead in Turkey following the establishment of the brand-new company, Massey Ferguson Tarım Makineleri Ltd. based in Istanbul.  At the same time, in Poland, one of central Europe’s biggest tractor markets, the brand is experiencing a strengthening of business.  In China, new factories are set to see production of MF machines.

MF tractor sales in Turkey hit 2,580 units in 2010.  The 2011 target is even more ambitious and sales are already well on track. This makes Turkey not only one of the largest tractor markets by volume for Massey Ferguson in Europe, Africa and the Middle East but also one of its fastest-growing sales markets.  Since the inception of Massey Ferguson Tarım Makineleri in 2008, more than 60 MF dealers have been appointed throughout the country to give virtually 100% geographical coverage.

MF tractors await delivery at Korbanek in Poland.

In Poland, the MF flag is being flown by distributor, Korbanek, who has made major investments in the business infrastructure to support the brand.  Over 550 Massey Ferguson tractors were shipped there in 2010 and a further increase in volume is expected this year.  MF combines are also now being sold in Poland for the first time in many years.  Earlier this year, product training was carried out for over 80 dealer sales staff, while more than 100 Polish farmers recently visited the Beauvais factory in France to see Massey Ferguson tractors being built.

Changzhou in southeast China and Daqing in Heilongjiang in the northeast are the planned sites of two new plants to produce MF low to high horsepower tractors.  China is one of the world’s largest farm equipment markets and offers tremendous growth opportunities.  AGCO, Massey Ferguson’s parent company, has been a market leader in China for imported tractors for seven consecutive years.  Over the past decade, it has established a strong local after-sales service and parts capability, serving the needs of local end users in the key farm equipment regions of the country.

Do you farm with a Massey Ferguson tractor? Where are you from and what do you raise on your operation?

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