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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?

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 www.fs4jk.org.

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?

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