Archive for June, 2011

Ice Hockey World Champions at Valtra’s Suolahti Factory

Finnish ice hockey players Antti Pihlström, Jarkko Immonen and Jyrki Välivaara recently visited Valtra’s factory in Suolahti. The three players are part of the Finnish National Ice Hockey team that won the 2011 IIHF World Men’s Championship in Slovakia in May.

The “dude”, nickname for the world championship trophy, also made an appearance at the factory. Valtra staff was invited for a meet and greet with the players. Many used the opportunity to congratulate them in person and for a photo opportunity with the Finnish heroes.

Jarkko Immonen, forward and championship’s top scorer, continues to be amazed at the reception the team is receiving throughout the country. Likewise, the visit to Valtra was a positive experience for the players. For defense Jyrki Välivaara, the factory also proved a place of happy memories. In 2009 he had successfully completed a week-long internship at the assembly plant. “I wonder how many of the tractors I built then have since been returned to the factory”, he jokingly commented  his experience.

Pihlström, Immonen and Välivaara have close ties to Central Finland and Valtra. During the 2008-09 season they won the Finnish ice hockey championships while playing for Jyväskylä-based ice hockey team JYP. Valtra has been the main sponsor of JYP since 2004.

Ice hockey is undoubtedly the most popular sport in Finland. What sports do you follow?

2011 Gleaner Super Series Roadshow

Less than twelve months ago, Gleaner launched its Super Series combines. Following the launch, Gleaner sent five Super Series combines out for tests and demonstrations in the 2010 harvest. The new series logged more than 1,200 separator hours in wheat, canola, corn, soybeans, milo and barley to test the productivity, fuel efficiency and ability to deliver a clean grain sample of the new S7 Gleaners.

When compared to competitive combines, the new Super Series stands out with a largest currently available grain tank capacity, up to 3 tons lighter machine weight to decrease soil compaction, and very good fuel efficiency to just name a few of the many improvements on the new Super Series. The new Gleaner combines also have a lower center of gravity and unique accelerator roll technology that make it possible to harvest on slopes up to 23%.

In Australia, Gleaner dealers were able to sell the entire inventory before it arrived to customers.

For the upcoming 2011 North American harvest, Gleaner has almost doubled its Super Series demonstration fleet to give more owners of Gleaner combines and competitive combines more opportunities to see and drive the difference they can achieve when using a Gleaner combine.

In order to better explain and document the efficiency of the Gleaner threshing and cleaning technology, new state of the art AgCam cameras have been installed at important locations inside the demonstrator combine. These videos will then be transmitted to a location where field demo observers can see what is going on inside the combine instead of just watching it go back and forth in the field. The cameras are built by Dakota Micro, who also makes cameras for the military which are legendary for their toughness. Looking at these cameras while operating the combine you can really see what changes have been made in the Gleaner Super Series to make them more productive and efficient. Take a look at the video below to see and experience the new Super Series Gleaner combines.

Do you plan to see a field demo of the Super Series this harvest season?

Massey Ferguson 7499 with Autoguidance to the Rescue!

The following post was submitted by Campbell Scott, AGCO Product Marketing based in Beauvais, France:

A Massey Ferguson 7499 fully equipped with Topcon autoguidance is ensuring that potatoes are being planted to the highest standards of accuracy and precision, ready for discerning Norwegian customers buying top quality chips and fries next season!

The MF 7499 is equipped with a Topcon System 150 running at 5cm accuracy using a base station and RTK technology. This ensures the spacing between the rows is 100 percent accurate and no amount of fuel, time or effort is wasted during the critical time window for planting.

The Massey Ferguson 7499, Finalist in last year’s Tractor of the Year Competition, is exactly what is needed for this kind of work, with its Dyna-VT transmission ensuring the optimum forward speed, ASP 7.4 litre engine delivering performance with fuel economy and the comfortable cab with controls and information at the driver’s fingertips.

Commenting on the high quality of the work achieved, Jorgen Skjelin, MF’s Product Manager in Norway said ” It runs really well, perfectly. All who have seen it are impressed by the precision down to 5cm”

See the results for yourself on the video:

Do you have examples of how precision technology has saved you time and / or money?

DISCussions: “Putting the Fun in FUNdraising”

Team co-captain Arlene Zachary cuts Kirk Cool’s 13-inch ponytail for Locks of Love

How do 350 employees generate $6,631 for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” event? They put FUN into fundraising. For more than 15 years, the employees at the AGCO-Beloit and Cawker City facilities have supported their Relay team by opening their wallets and giving generously. You may remember reading about this in an earlier post.

This year the AGCO team was able to contribute to two worthy organizations, American Cancer Society and Locks of Love , through the “Get ‘er Cut Fund”. Kirk Cool, Beloit Machine Shop Supervisor offered to cut 10 inches of his ponytail for $500 for the Relay. Then he agreed to an additional one-half inch for every $50 over the goal.

The goal of $500 was met fairly quickly. The fund leveled off at $615 until someone donated $85 which put the haircut at 12 inches. Just before the deadline for contributing, an individual presented $100. During a plant-wide employee meeting June 8, Kirk Cool got a haircut from team co-captain Arlene Zachary; and Locks of Love got a 13-inch gift.

This year’s team members are: Arlene Zachary, co-captain; Eve Flynn, co-captain; Steven Isley; Kathy Hargett; Ethan Smith-Esogbue; Ruth Roberts, and Chandra Ackerman. AGCO employees in Beloit and Cawker City have demonstrated their support of the Relay for Life event for many years. They have donated their personal time and money because they believe there should be more birthdays.

What is the funnest thing you have ever done for charity?

Massey Ferguson Announces Rodney Atkins Concert at 2011 Farm Progress Show

Massey Ferguson®, the “official tractor” of Rodney Atkins for 2011, and the 2011 Farm Progress Show are proud to jointly announce his August 31 performance in Decatur, Illinois, USA. Rodney Atkins is slated to take center stage for a live country music concert on Wednesday, August 31, at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

“We are excited to have Rodney Atkins performing at the 2011 Farm Progress Show to conclude the show’s second day,” states Don Tourte, vice president, shows and events, at Farm Progress Companies, St. Charles, Ill. “Rodney has established himself as one of country music’s biggest talents, and his performance marks another milestone for the show. The concert, which we are presenting in conjunction with Richland Community College, is sure to bring greater enthusiasm to the event and attract an even larger crowd this year.”

The 58th annual Farm Progress Show will be held August 30, 31 and September 1 at its permanent biennial location in Decatur. The show is recognized as the nation’s largest outdoor farm show, featuring the most extensive state-of-the-art information and technology available for today’s agricultural producers. The country’s top agribusinesses, plus many regional and local manufacturers and suppliers, are exhibitors.

The concert sponsored by Massey Ferguson, follows the close of the second show day; concert gates open at 5 p.m. A Decatur-area band, to be announced at a later date, opens the concert prior to Atkins’ scheduled 6:30 p.m. performance. The concert will be held at Richland Community College, just south of the Farm Progress Show exhibit field.

“As the ‘official tractor’ of Rodney Atkins for 2011, Massey Ferguson is proud to sponsor his performance at the 2011 Farm Progress Show,” explains Meghann McNally, brand marketing manager for Massey Ferguson. “Growing up in a small town in east Tennessee, Rodney understands what it means to take pride in a long day’s work on the farm. That deep connection with rural America really comes through in his music, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate venue for this concert than the Farm Progress Show.”

Atkins has collaborated with some of country music’s biggest stars during his career. He has toured with Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride and ZZ Top. He has charted five No. 1 hits, including “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” and “It’s America.” Atkins’ most recent single, “Take a Back Road,” released just four weeks ago, is already his fastest chart-climbing single ever. Since its premier, the song has received nearly 50,000 downloads. In 2006, Atkins received the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist Award. His music has been nominated for numerous other awards by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Ticket Information
Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. Tickets may be ordered online at All tickets are general admission and lawn seating. Concert admission is separate from show admission. The public is welcome. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges. Additional show and concert information is available at

For more information on Massey Ferguson and our partnership with Rodney Atkins visit

Do you plan to attend the Farm Progress Show this year?