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Farm Science Review

The Ohio State University  College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be hosting the 49th Annual Farm Science Review. The latest technologies in agriculture and natural resources will be exhibited and demonstrated here. For more information, please visit www.fsr.osu.edu.

Massey Ferguson 9280 DELTA Debut Impresses

The MF 9280 DELTA combine’s debut harvest season saw more than 20 machines showing their paces across Europe in every conceivable crop.

The last unit finished in Northern Germany in maize as late as mid-December 2010. This Hybrid harvester was the world’s first combine to use e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and is packed with a range of innovative features to provide high capacity with exceptional economy.

“In many cases the combines were working head-to-head against competitor machines,” says Adam Sherriff, Manager Powered Harvesting. “The MF DELTA impressed users with its exceptional output, clean sample and low losses. This, coupled with extremely low fuel consumption, places the Massey Ferguson DELTA combine at the top of its class.”

The MF DELTA impressed at demonstrations throughout Europe. Among the crops harvested were wheat, barley, oats, grass seed, triticale, peas, beans and maize.

The demonstration teams were out in force in Germany, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland and harvested over 6000 ha between them. “All units were fitted with the new AGCOMMAND telemetry-based machine management system which enabled us to view the machines on Google maps on a daily basis,” Adam remarks. “We could see which machines were working and where – right from our desktop. It also allowed us to produce a raft of performance information at the touch of a button.”

The HyPerforma threshing and separating system really proved its worth, clearly demonstrating that the MF DELTA is an efficient high output combine harvester suitable for the largest enterprises throughout Europe – whether operating singly or in fleets. “Tests have shown the combine not only provides the performance, but uses 10% less fuel for the same output in equivalent conditions. It takes the lead for us in terms of combine capacity, efficiency and economy,” continues Adam. The MF 9280 DELTA merges Massey Ferguson’s unrivalled experience in conventional drum and concave threshing with its rotary separation expertise. Together this technology offers high capacity, an exceptional grain sample and low power requirements.

“Each of the key elements in the MF 9280 DELTA combine has been developed to not only offer leading technology to boost harvesting performance, but also to improve economy,” explains Adam. “To do this the combine employs top technology in every area – from the AGCO SISU POWER e³ engine, the new HyPerforma threshing system and new Venturi cleaning system through to the Min-Till chopper with the Maxi-Spread chopper hood option.”

Did you see one of the demos last season?  Tell us about it.

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


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.

How does using quality AGCO Parts make your business more efficient? We would like to hear from you. Go to Facebook.com/AGCOcorp or comment below to share your efficiency innovations.

Increased Efficiency From Challenger and Massey Ferguson Tier 4 Interim Tractors

Professional producers purchasing interim Tier 4-compliant Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600D Series high-horsepower row crop tractors will experience greater efficiency and lower operating costs beyond those delivered by Tier 3-compliant machines, thanks to engineering advancements featured in these 2011 models. Producers also will have access to increased horsepower as Massey Ferguson introduces the fifth model in the Series, the new MF8690 featuring 290 PTO horsepower. The popular Challenger MT600D Series also will be expanded to five models with the introduction of the MT685D at 290 PTO horsepower.Massey Ferguson 8600

“As we launch new machines with additional levels of environmental compliance, we’re striving to provide our customers with both engineering advancements and new design features that deliver added value to their operations,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors. “Our 2011 models do just that through refinements to our e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. These changes allow us to further improve fuel efficiency and improve diesel exhaust fluid use efficiency, meeting interim Tier 4 emissions compliance without compromising engine performance. These improvements also offer the operator some nice savings on operational costs.Challenger MT600D

“In addition, we’ve improved operator comfort and convenience through updates to the cab and the external design of these machines,” Alvin adds.

For Massey Ferguson, 2011 model numbers will not change. However, the Challenger Series designations will become MT600D. Each series will continue to offer machines with PTO horsepower ratings of 205, 225, 250 and 275.

Engineering Enhancements

  • A nearly 50 % increase in pressure within the common-rail fuel injection system to more thoroughly atomize fuel, improving diesel use and lowering overall fuel usage.
  • Addition of an industry-exclusive pivoting cooling system helps improve fuel efficiency by capturing, cooling and directing unburned fuel back into the fuel system.
  • A new DEF injection system featuring a NOx sensor measuring the exhaust before it enters the diesel exhaust catalyst. The system then injects the most appropriate rate of DEF needed to match the engine load and best oxidize the emissions being produced to reach the interim-Tier 4 95 percent NOx reduction requirement. This real-time injection process varies the DEF rate, averaging about 5 percent DEF to diesel, but lowers the overall DEF use as compared to the previous system.
  • Maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst designed to be in service for the lifetime of the machine.
  • The only operator-required activity is addition of DEF to the resized tank. These 2011 models feature a 167-gallon diesel tank and a 16-gallon DEF tank for a 2:1 diesel to DEF refill ratio as well as less frequent refueling to keep the machines in the field and working longer.

Cab Comfort and Operator Convenience Updates

  • More conveniently placed controls and a new CAN software customized control keyboard improving operator comfort and efficiency. The keyboard includes controls for the 3-point hitch, depth, cruise speed, hydraulic lock function as well as A and B engine presets.
  • New right-side integrated cab steps, with adjustable bottom step offer better operator access.
  • New placement and increased capacity of the diesel and DEF tanks make refills easier and less frequent while a more open-style fender option is another change for the 2011 models.

How much do you think this increase in fuel efficiency could save you in a year?

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