Archive for May, 2011

Valtra ARM – Now With A Colour Display

ARM gets a colour display

Valtra’s T Series models with the new SCR engines now come with a colour display on the driver’s armrest. The display has separate day and night settings. The daytime setting allows the information to be viewed even in bright sunlight, whereas at night the display is not too bright for the eyes.

The screen now has separate daytime and nighttime settings.

All power at your fingertips

Valtra’s patented ARM armrest also has other new features. The joystick on the armrest can now be used to control the front or rear hydraulics, or both. The PTO and 4WD switches are now also on the armrest. In addition, it is now possible to make changes to programmes stored in the U-Pilot Headland Management System when the tractor is standing still.

Have you already tried the new Valtra ARM armrest?

AGCO Parts to Be Featured on “This Week in AgriBusiness”

Max Armstrong “This Week in AgriBusiness”

Max Armstrong “This Week in AgriBusiness”

Recently, popular farm broadcaster Max Armstrong, host of “This Week in AgriBusiness” visited AGCO’s Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Batavia, IL, USA, to learn more about the inner-workings of farm equipment parts logistics. Max was also interested in recent service and quality enhancements of AGCO Parts, which have resulted in industry recognition.

His visit included a tour of the Batavia PDC and Customer Service Center. In addition, Max also conducted interviews with some members of the AGCO Parts leadership team. The interviews and tour will be part of a feature on AGCO Parts that will air during this week’s episode of “This Week in AgriBusiness,” a weekly recap of the nation’s top agriculture news, weather and markets hosted by Armstrong and Orion Samuelson.

The program is available online at and also airs four times each week on RFD-TV at:

AGCO Parts Distribution Center in Batavia, IL

  • 7:00 a.m. (CT) on Saturdays
  • 5:30 a.m. (CT) and 8:00 p.m. (CT) on Sundays
  • 8:00 a.m. (CT) on Mondays

Check out the program and let us know what you think!  Go to or visit our Facebook page at to share your comments.

Scribble – the Fendt Vision

Imagine a vehicle formed according to your specific needs. A vehicle with optimum values. Wouldn’t that be P-E-R-F-E-C-T? See the Fendt vision and stay tuned to find out more starting June 15, 2011!

What sorts of things would YOU like to see in a tractor developed specifically for YOU?

What Will Unfold in Our Future? Hopefully Dinner!

What is going to unfold in the future? There are no guarantees, the rapture did not happen (again) last Saturday, but I am pretty sure the sun is going to come up tomorrow. Unwanted bills will continue to clutter your mailbox, no matter what happens and food does not put itself on the table. For that matter, the dishes will not clean themselves either.

All things considered, we can make educated assumptions based on what has happened over the past two decades. Cell phones will become, smaller, smarter and lighter. Farmers will continue to feed the growing global population. Computers will continue become more interactive. My guess is parachute pants will not come back into fashion, unless Doc Holiday shows up in his Delorean yelling at you to jump in!

One certainty is that farming is our future. Without agriculture how would we eat? All commodities from cotton to corn to rice are extremely important for society to progress further. To make our industry more viable, farms are becoming more time, fuel and energy efficient. By spending less time in the field, the farmer has more time to repair the fence on the far edge of the farm that had been on the to-do list all summer, but just hadn’t had the time to repair.

What is changing the agriculture industry to become more viable? How are farmers becoming more time and fuel efficient? The answer is technology. “Precision technology is one of the hottest things in agriculture,” claims Randy Taylor, Kansas State University Research and Extension agriculture engineer. Taylor goes on to say “The (technology) equipment increases productivity by minimizing overlap and skipped areas to reduce use of chemicals, fuel and time.

Out of the many uncertainties in life’s future, the importance of agriculture is an exception to the rule. The world’s population will continue to grow and cannot be sustainable without food on the table. Do you have a fence that needs mending or culvert that desperately needs attention? By investing in AGCO’s technology, you will have time at the end of the day to pay attention to the details.

Check out all that AGCO has to offer at How are you going to create more time this summer with AGCO’s technology?

AGCO Employees Making a Difference

The following post was submitted by Jo Herian at AGCO’s Beloit, Kansas facility:

AGCO’s core values include Team Spirit and Accountability.  These values are never more evident than at AGCO’s Beloit and Cawker City, Kansas, USA facilities before the annual ‘Relay for Life’ fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

AGCO employees support Relay for Life

AGCO employees in Beloit, Kansas support Relay for Life

Our Sunflower team has supported the Relay for Life for more than fifteen consecutive years.  Funds raised do not come from the community nor the company, but from the pockets of AGCO’s 300 employees.  Over the past five years, the average amount contributed is $5,500 (USD) and they are on target to exceed that goal this year!

Whenever possible, FUN goes into the FUNdraisers. This year Kirk Cool, AGCO Supervisor, has agreed to cut his hard-earned ponytail for ‘Locks of Love’ if the goal in the “hair fund” is met.  Scissors are ready!

Spaghetti meals, bake sales, motorcycle poker runs, homemade quilts and tickets to major league baseball games have all encouraged employee generosity.  One of the most popular prizes is a designated Relay for Life parking spot.

Monies for the American Cancer Society count in the fight against cancer.  But what really counts is the heart of AGCO Sunflower employees who give of their time and money because they BELIEVE.  They believe one day cancer can be controlled and there can be more birthdays.

Does your community support Relay for Life? How do you get people engaged?