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Marc Ziesmann

Occupation: Intern

Location: Duluth, GA, United States

Currently I am working for AGCO as a marketing intern. I study Agricultural Economics at North Dakota State University and plan on minoring in Animal Science and possibly Agronomy. Even though my parents do not farm, I basically grew up on a farm. Since I was about eight years old I have been working for several farmers around my area.  Some of the tractors used on the farms where I worked were Fendt.

Taking over a farm was never an option, yet I always knew I wanted to work in a job related to the tractors I grew up on.  The internship program at AGCO gives me the opportunity to work for a company that builds not only the Fendt tractors I grew up with  but also connects me to old memories.  I feel I can make a difference by contributing to the success of the AGCO team.

When I am not working, I enjoy fishing, hunting, horse back riding and basically everything farm-related. Sometimes in College when I have to study for a big quiz or test, even fixing the fence does not seem too bad anymore.

Massey Ferguson Proud Sponsor of the NEW Melbourne Rebels Rugby Team.

In 2011, Massey Ferguson proudly became a major sponsor of Melbourne’s new Super 15′s Rugby Team, the Melbourne Rebels, in their inaugural year.

Massey Ferguson Proud Sponsors of the Melbourne Rebels.

The Super 15′s Rugby competition has been revamped for 2011, providing spectators across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with new teams, more games and more finals.

“It’s an honour to be associated with the new Melbourne Rebels team in their inaugural year,” says Managing Director of AGCO Australia, Warwick McCormick. “We believe it’s a good fit – the Melbourne Rebels have a strong sense of community and so do we; which is evident in our close relationship with the rural community.”

“The significance of the Super 15′s being an international competition, ties in perfectly with Massey Ferguson as we also have a global presence,” adds Mr. McCormick. “We also feel a large part of our rural customer base has a strong following of the sport.”

The Melbourne Rebels engaged in a number of close and thrilling matches both within Australia and overseas this year and have proven their presence in this exciting competition. With the first season now completed, we congratulate them and look forward to seeing them superior in the 2012 season! Go Rebels!

What is your community’s favorite sports team?

Sometimes Traction is Just Overrated…

… for example, when ag machinery gets repurposed for stuff that you really shouldn’t try at home.

Johnny Traber from Germany astonishes audiences by driving his Valtra N Series on two wheels. The trick is part of the Traber Stunt Show, which has been performing for decades. The trick tractor is a standard Valtra N Series that has been modified by stiffening the front end, increasing tyre pressures and decoupling the four-wheel-drive.

The relatively high centre of gravity, weight, low speed and price of the tractor make the stunt a real challenge. Johnny Traber trained intensively for months to learn how to drive on two wheels and the stunt requires precise planning. Johnny also tells us he focuses 150 percent on his performance, which is no doubt a smart thing to do considering the inherent danger of the stunt and the potential cost if it goes wrong!

This stunt has been performed by a professional driver, please do not try this at home. AGCO does not endorse unsafe driving of our products. AGCO supports farm safety efforts…check out the safety section of our blog.

Have you ever seen a professional tractor stunt driver?

Second-generation Walnut Grower Wins Use of a Massey Ferguson Tractor

Congratulations to Bruce Brandt of Exeter, California, USA for winning the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor through a drawing at the 2011 World Ag Expo.  Brandt, who recently took delivery of the machine, will have the Massey Ferguson 2680 HD Low-Profile Utility Tractor to use on his family’s 15-acre walnut farm for 200 hours.

“At the time, I hadn’t known my wife had entered us into the drawing,” recalls Brandt, who attends World Ag Expo annually to see what’s new in agricultural equipment and technology. “When I first received a phone call from the folks at World Ag Expo saying I had won a contest, I was trying to recognize the voice to determine who was playing a joke on me. Then, as they started to talk with me more and relay information my friends didn’t know, I realized this was no joke. Since then, this whole experience has been tremendous. Every time I walk out to my barn and open the doors, I still can’t believe there’s a nice, new tractor inside waiting for me.”Bruce Brandt

Brandt’s farming operation has been in his family since the mid-1940s, when his mother and father moved onto the land. The only tractor brands the farm has ever known are Ferguson and Massey Ferguson — the first tractor being a Ferguson 40, followed by a Massey Ferguson 165 tractor still used today

“Each tractor we’ve owned has always been dependable, something you can count on to help get the work done quicker and easier,” says Brandt. “The new MF2680 HD Low-Profile Utility Tractor has been a lot of fun to operate. The horsepower under the hood is tremendous, and the hydraulic lift capacity to work with attachments, such as a spring-tooth harrow, allows me to navigate equipment around the farm with ease. The greater gear selection with the creeper option is really useful when I’m moving through the field with implements and the difference with four-wheel drive is like night and day — I think this machine could move my house if I asked it to.”

Quality Machinery Center, which operates full-service equipment dealerships in Hanford and Tulare, Calif., delivered the Massey Ferguson 2680 HD Low-Profile Utility Tractor to Brandt’s farm. The dealership ensured the tractor was field ready and will serve as Brandt’s contact point for any machine operation and service needs.

The Massey Ferguson HD Series 2600 includes four models from 74 to 97 gross engine horsepower (62 to 83 PTO HP), available in two- or four-wheel drive with independent PTO and a choice of two transmissions. All models are available in platform, cab or low-profile styles. In addition, the HD Series provides the highest weight-to-horsepower ratio in its class for the perfect combination of maneuverability and power. And, unlike other utility tractors, all major tractor components are made of steel to deliver the durability and performance expected from a Massey Ferguson. Visit the Massey Ferguson website for more information on the HD Series tractors.

What Massey Ferguson tractor would you like to have on your farm?

Brazilian Customer Receives the First Massey Ferguson Sprayer in the World

It happened in Coronel Bicaco, on the countryside of Rio Grande do Sul;  a Massey Ferguson client received the first MF sprayer in the world.  The farmer, Marcio Luis Schreiner, will use the MF 9030 in his 450 hectares of soy, corn and wheat. The machine was delivered on June 11, 2011 by Pippi Máquinas Dealer, through its headquarters in Giruá city. Currently, Massey Ferguson sprayers are only offered in South America.

The farmer is already waiting for productivity gains with the sprayer work done on his crop. He plans to work with the machine in order to record the results by the end of the harvest. “With this sprayer capacity, I will be able to reduce the time of application from one week down to two days ”, celebrates the farmer who recently had sprayed his property with a machine adapted into a tractor.

The new machine acquired by Mr. Schreiner is also a brand value proof by the farmer. Besides MF 9030, the farmer still counts with a MF 297/4 tractor and one MF 5650 combine, as well as two Massey Ferguson planters. “I trust Massey Ferguson products and I know these machines are excellent for cropping”, affirms Schreiner.

The machine delivered on the countryside of Rio Grande do Sul indicates the first Massey Ferguson improvement in the self-propelled sprayer segment. The machine leaves the factory in Canoas with an innovative solution in the Flex Frame chassis. The main features of the new product is the capacity of keeping the contact of the wheels with the soil at any topography, absorbing the irregularities of the ground and ensuring, therefore, the maximum of traction and spray bar stability, regardless the application speed.

Other equipment features includes its 3 thousand liters tank and 24 or 28 meters spray bars, divided into five or seven sections. The ignition is made by electrohydraulic command and positioned in the joystick. MF 9030 is the only sprayer in the market which maintains a 1.5 meters free span with different options of wheels, a feature that allows working in greater crops without damage.

How would a sprayer improve efficiency and production of your crops?