Archive for April, 2011

Spring Safety Tip: Share the Road!

The following post is submitted by Tracy Schlater from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, a non-profit organization in North America which provides resources and training to individuals and communities to conduct farm safety awareness and education programs. Today’s topic talks about sharing the road with tractors and other farm equipment.

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Spring has arrived most places here in North America and with it comes farmers eager to get into the fields – a drive through the country proves it. Tractors are already shuffling discs and anhydrous ammonia between fields. It won’t be long and they’ll be pulling planters down the road.

Safety is a two-way street. The implement operators need to be mindful of their size and speed. And other vehicles who share the road with farm equipment need to give these massive machines the respect they demand.

Whether you’re behind the wheel of a tractor or a passenger vehicle, remember these tips:

  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Slow down
  • Give others plenty of space
  • Use your signals
  • Put your cell phone away

For more information on rural roadway safety, visit Farm Safety 4 Just Kids at

What are some other important safety tips to remember about sharing the road?

RoGator Purchase Translates to Paddock Efficiencies

In such an extreme season, one that has seen north west Victoria, Australia receive its annual rainfall in the space of a month, the Walters family says the operating efficiencies of its new 1386  RoGator from Croplands Equipment has proved its worth. “With a bit of share farming we put in about 12,500 acres of cereal and canola,” Trevor Walters said. Despite the tough start to a year with already more than 12 inches of rain falling on the district’s Mallee-type country, crop yields described as “quite good,” were offset by their winter crop harvest being downgraded to feed status. Interestingly, both Trevor and son Haydn have racked up plenty of experience using RoGator technology having previously purchased a 1274C unit.

“We just knew the way to go (forward) was with specialist spraying machines – a decision we made some three years ago,” he added.

Today, the property operates with a 120ft boom, plus enjoys a tank capacity that has been lifted from about 5000L to a fraction over 6000L, giving the Walters a further lift in operational capacity.

Trevor draws attention to the 1386 being very “health and safety compliant,” offering a chemical and dust-free cab environment through proven filtration systems, also drawing attention to its efficient water and chemical transfer. “Safety and overall handling of chemicals is so important when we are handling such large amounts,” he said. The family expects RoGators like its new 1386 model to cover between 500 to 600 hours a year, thereby quickly earning its keep.

The family says the 2011 season has been “a dream for spraying” because all the rain has translated into much higher humidity levels, resulting in a lot more work being carried out in day light hours. The Walters say it is difficult to pinpoint hourly outputs turned in by their 1386 newcomer. However, they can cover 1500-plus acres in daylight hours by which time the 1386’s tank usually has been re-filled six times.

“It all adds up to getting more done with less fills,” Trevor said. “Our spraying window is reasonably small and we like to keep the Delta-T levels right for ideal spraying,” he added. “You need to either spray at night – and we have found the machine very good from the perspective of its lights – or start very early in the morning and try and get two or three tanks out before it warms up,” Trevor Walters said.

Do you have examples of how your farm equipment has improved your efficiencies?

Faster Parts Turnaround for AGCO Customers

AGCO Parts is conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon for its recently renovated Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Stockton, CA. One of nine AGCO Parts’ PDCs in North America, our Stockton facility has been transitioned into a full-stocking parts center to better support the parts needs of our dealers and customers in the western United States.AGCO Parts Logo

The 35,500-square-foot PDC in Stockton has expanded its storage capacity and doubled the value of its parts inventory. As a full-stocking PDC, our dealers and customers will receive their parts faster with lower shipping costs. Parts will be delivered in half the time or sooner, because transit time to dealers will be reduced to three days or less.

The Stockton PDC transition is part of our overall service commitment. Over the past 18 months, we have pledged to create the best customer experience possible. In an effort to become the “Best in the Field,” we have invested heavily in training our service and support personnel, updating our processes and systems particularly with our PDCs and customer service center, and actively seeking input from our dealers and customers. Recent improvements have included transforming our parts facilities into full-stocking PDCs, such as the one in Stockton.

This customer commitment has paid off with recent industry awards for our service and quality. According to the 2011 Heavy Equipment Parts Manager Survey by Carlisle Research, AGCO Parts is the only agriculture original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to experience a double digit increase in overall satisfaction, which is more than double the increase in satisfaction of our nearest agriculture OEM competitor. In addition, our overall availability satisfaction rose 10 points and new model availability increased 12 points, according to the survey.

Last year, we received best-in-class awards from the North American Service-Parts Conference in recognition for our service, quality and safety. Also, we now have an industry-low of 10 days for backorders, a 75 percent improvement over the previous two years. To learn more about our parts programs and promotions, please visit us at

How was your recent customer experience with us? We would like to hear from you about our customer service. Go to or comment below to share your story.

Kimberly Gerke

Kim Gerke

Copyright 2011, Edward Fox Photography

Hello! I am a Marketing Communications Specialist for AGCO Parts, based in Batavia, IL. I joined AGCO in 2010 and am responsible for AGCO Parts Ag-events planning, media and editorial planning, digital communications and web editing. Before AGCO, I worked in other corporate settings in a variety of creative design, customer service and marketing roles. I am a native Chicagoan and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University in Kent, OH.

At AGCO Parts, I am a part of a team that provides parts solutions for our customers to increase uptime in the field. I plan on updating you on all the great things we’re doing to provide you the right parts at the right time, how to get the best value from your equipment, and the solutions we are creating to enhance your experience with us. Be sure to visit our website for more information.

Youth in Agriculture Make a Difference

I am continually amazed at the power and impact young leaders have these days. Here’s a story of a group of like-minded college men and women, working together through their interest in careers related to the agriculture, food or fiber industries, who are really making a difference. Their efforts not only support their local community, but are having an impact around the world.

Hello, my name is Sean Donegan, I am the Director of Philanthropy for the Alpha Gamma Rho Chapter at Cornell University, the premier Agriculture College in New York. Weare a National Fraternity that takes a particular pride in our affiliation to agriculture and the life sciences. On March 1st The Brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho enlisted the help of the Sisters of Alpha Phi, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Hockey Teams, to host a Philanthropy Skate Night.

AGR and Alpha Phi Cornell

Sean (far left) with brothers and sisters of Alpha Gamma Rho & Alpha Phi, Cornell University

Skate Night,held at Lynah Rink was open to the public and was advertised through  Facebook, Tri-Council fraternity communications and the Dean’s Office. Skate Night  participants paid $5 to rent a pair of skates and spent the duration of the event skating with members of the Men’s Hockey Team.

Made possibly by a sponsorship by AGCO, Skate Night was so successful we had to politely ask the over 400 participants to please make their skates available to others as we repeatedly ran out of skates. This is the second year AGR has put this event on growing in size substantially thanks in part to AGCO’s support.

The “AGR-Alpha Phi Skate Night” benefits Bridges to Community, a non-profit community development organization that aids public health initiatives in the Third World.  AGR holds a unique bond with this organization, as we send a Brother on a service trip every Spring Break to aid in their service of building public health facilities, such as hospitals. This year, Alpha Gamma Rho was able to raise nearly $2,700, a substantial increase from our $300 last year,  for an extremely worthy cause. I hope in the years to come our event will become a legacy that will continue to benefit the impoverished members of the Third World that Bridges to Community works so valiantly to protect.

Do you know any young ag leaders who are making a difference in your community?  What do you do to support and encourage their efforts?