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The First Fendt Katana 65 Out of the Factory

Series production starts at the factory in Hohenmölsen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Fendt celebrated the completion of the first two Fendt Katana 65 pilot production machines on 4 May 2011. After three years of intensive development work, the first Fendt forage harvesters have now left the new manufacturing facilities in Hohenmölsen and have already been delivered to the first customers.

Since the Fendt Katana 65 was first presented to the public at the Fendt Field Day in Wadenbrunn last year, development of the Fendt forage harvester has continued to move forward intensively. “The Fendt development team has done outstanding work and has realised the ambitious goals. I am convinced that the Fendt Katana 65 sets new standards and will convince buyers with its numerous technical details,” said Peter-Josef Paffen, Spokesman for Fendt at the ceremony. “Buyers can expect the forage harvester also meets the high demands Fendt typically puts on quality and efficiency. The Fendt Efficient Technology philosophy also applies here: More from less, which means “harvest more with less energy requirement”. Now we will prove this to customers,” emphasised Paffen.

Technical highlights

The powerful 650-hp Fendt Katana 65 is powered by a 16-litre Mercedes-Benz V8 engine, which features the fuel-saving SCR technology. The Fendt Katana 65 not only sets a new benchmark with the 720-mm diameter chopping drum, which is currently the largest available on the market, but Fendt also takes a completely different path than competitors in the design of the corn cracker. The completely new cab, developed especially for the forage harvester, features the same operating concept as the Vario tractors and thus meets the highest demands. The standard-equipped rear axle suspension also guarantees ride comfort customer come to expect as high Fendt standards.

The Fendt forage harvester will be produced at the new AGCO production site in Hohenmölsen. The manufacturing facilities have been one of the four German locations of AGCO since July 2009. More than 80 employees are now at work on the 42-hectare site in the south of Saxony-Anhalt. In addition to forage harvesters, the heavy plate parts for the tractor factory in Marktoberdorf are also manufactured there.

Have you seen the Fendt Katana 65 in action yet?

Agri-Tourism: Great Way to Diversify

One of the best parts of my job is visiting different customers around the world to learn more about their farming operations and how they are using our products. I like meeting the interesting people, sharing their stories and developing a greater understanding of the variety of agriculture while capturing videos for AGCO’s YouTube channel. I’ve blogged about this topic before and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.

My latest trip to the field brought me to the Heartland of the US, to a very interesting operation near Kansas City, MO. The visit was arranged by Doug Vahrenberg of Vahrenberg Implement, our Massey Ferguson dealer in Higginsville, MO. Vahrenberg not only sells  high horsepower tractors to large-scale grain and livestock operations, but also to homesteaders wanting to do their own lawn maintenance with a utility tractor and to specialty farmers using powerful compact tractors, like the the one I visited.

Owner and head vintner, Al Renner told me why he loved the work he was doing at Albonée Winery, and how he was looking forward to ‘retirement’ so he could work full-time tending his vineyard and making wine for his guests. Al and his wife and partner, Bonnie, have learned to diversify their operations by growing the grapes, making the wine, selling it in their charming shop and even offering quaint accommodations in their lovely Country Inn with a spectacular view of the valley below their farm.

Hear him tell his story in this video, plus take a look at more videos on our YouTube channel to learn why his MF 1643 tractor is an important and reliable part of his operation. Oh, and you’ll also hear why he won’t let his wife, Bonnie drive the tractor.

Tell us about your unique farm and how you have benefited by diversifying your operations by commenting below.

AGCO Opens Doors to New Global Learning Center

Today, AGCO is opening the doors to the all-new Global Learning Center, Duluth (GLC), a state-of-the-art agriculture equipment and technology learning center. The 19,500 square-foot facility, the new home of AGCO Academy and AGCO University, will serve as the cornerstone of the company’s comprehensive learning program for dealers and employees.Global Learning Center

“At our current pace, as much as 30 percent of the company’s product line is replaced with new production-enhancing technology every three to four years. As growers invest in new technology, they rely heavily upon their dealers for information and assistance. It’s our responsibility to ensure our employees and dealers fully understand these new products and their applications,” explains Tim Miller, manager, global learning for AGCO. “The Global Learning Center will help us deliver hands-on learning in a facility designed to meet the needs of adult learners. This investment is a testimony to an increased emphasis in education for our people.” Consistent with AGCO’s corporate mission of ‘Profitable growth through superior customer service, innovation, quality and commitment,’ the GLC is the latest in AGCO’s efforts to serve the expanding needs of customers around the world.

“Investments in educating our dealers and employees will deliver tremendous return to our increasing global success,” states Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO of AGCO. “Continued education prepares our team to embrace the innovations we’re developing, adapt to the challenges of a changing economic environment and ultimately help our customers produce feed, food, fuel and fiber as efficiently as possible.”

Located in Duluth, Ga., just steps from AGCO’s Global headquarters, the GLC features three classrooms that boast the latest learning technologies to provide a more comprehensive instructional experience. Just as AGCO customers operate all aspects of machine and implement operation with the touch of a finger, instructors at the GLC can operate all technologies and classroom amenities from a single desktop control system.

Click here to read the rest of the press release.

Sunflower Manufacturing

I attended a fantastic class yesterday hosted by AGCO’s own Seeding and Tillage expert, Bob Boelsen,  and I learned so much! For example: did you know that Sunflower has over 140 models and sizes available, making it the broadest line of seeding and tillage equipment available? Check out the video below to see our Beloit manufacturing site where our Sunflower implements are made:

Do you use Sunflower seeding or tillage equipment? Where is your farm located and what are the conditions in your area right now?

The Valtra ANTS Story

Farmers and contractors in the future will need versatile, lightweight and powerful machinery that allows them to handle tasks beyond traditional tractor usage and maintain maximum efficiency on their farm. Valtra ANTS was designed to meet these challenges while still respecting Valtra’s traditions.

ANTS is a play on words. It refers to Valtra’s current model series: A, N, T and S; but it also characterizes the concept. ANTS is strong, friendly, dynamic, agile and lightweight just like real ants. (It even looks like one!)

Ever wonder how the ANTS concept came about? Check out this new video below:

What do you think about this concept tractor of the future?