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From Green to Gleaner: Darrell Kuhn

While with the AGCO Parts Tech Van in Billings, MT, I had the privilege of spending two days in the field with Kuhn Harvesting.

Darrell Kuhn of Kuhn Harvesting

Darrell Kuhn of Kuhn Harvesting, Lakin, KS

Darrell Kuhn of Lakin, KS is no stranger to satisfying customers.  “Ambitious” is the word his son, Ben, uses to describe Darrell. From a custom hay operation to an equipment dealership, Darrell Kuhn has been there and done that — successfully. Five years ago, Kuhn Harvesting was started and from the looks of it, Darrell has never looked back.

“Harvest is a crazy lifestyle,” Kuhn says. “But I love it.”

Each year, Kuhn and his crew load six combines and head south to Wichita Falls, TX. For the 2011 harvest, however, two combines of a different color made the trip south. Enticed by the light weight, bigger bins, and two-stage cleaning process, Kuhn started transitioning from green combines to Gleaner S77s.

“Our other machines are heavy,” Kuhn says. “The Gleaners are lighter to reduce compaction, and that’s what no-till farmers want. They don’t want weight on their fields.”

Besides the weight factor, Kuhn says he sees a better sample of wheat from the Gleaners, which makes his farmers happy. Plus, Kuhn says the Gleaners are consistently cutting faster than the other machines, translating into more grain harvested. At times, the Gleaners are running two miles per hour faster, which is a very significant difference in the field.

Gleaner S77 Cab

Ben Kuhn's view from the cab of a Gleaner S77

“We run faster, we cut more wheat, and we can store more,” says Ben, who operates one of the Gleaners. “These combines are also easier to service so we can spend more time in the field.”

Based on the Gleaners’ performance this season, Kuhn says he is planning on completing the switch to Gleaner S77 combines for the 2012 harvest.

“The farmers we cut for have been impressed by the Gleaners,” Kuhn says. “I have been too, which is why we are going with all Gleaners next year.”

While Kuhn Harvesting may be switching colors, Darrell remains focused on customer satisfaction.

“Our farmers trust us with their land and their crops,” Kuhn says. “We have one farmer who thinks we do a better job than he does.”

And that’s why Darrell harvests:  the people.

“Sometimes I get disgusted by the government and the regulations,” Kuhn says. “But I don’t know what I’d do if I missed out on the relationships I’ve built.”

What made you switch to an AGCO brand from another brand?

Kuhn Gleaner S77

A storm gathers over the field near Hardin, MT while the Gleaner S77 cuts on.

Kuhn Gleaner S77s

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief as the storm blew over, allowing for Kuhn Harvesting to finish their job in Hardin, MT.

Massey Ferguson Across America – MF 6400 – Tobacco in North Carolina

This summer, the Massey Ferguson high-horsepower team hit the road for a tour across America interviewing different farmers who own Massey Ferguson. We wanted to hear feedback from the customers about our tractors and what we are selling them.

On our Massey Ferguson Across America tour, we visited Joel Pace in Archer Lodge, North Carolina. Joel is an owner and operator of a Massey Ferguson 6400 who grows tobacco and soybeans. He said the best thing about being a farmer is being his own boss and seeing just how good he can grow a crop. Without the help of his Massey Ferguson tractor, Joel says this would not be possible. “This tractor gets the job done from planting, to cultivating, to harvesting; we use it from start to finish.”

Watch the video below and see what Joel thinks about his Massey Ferguson tractor and how it helps him get the job done in the field.

Make sure to visit the Massey Ferguson row crop tractor configuration tool. How does your Massey Ferguson help you get the job done?

Caroline Coarsey

Hi, my name is Caroline Coarsey, intern for Massey Ferguson high horsepower tractors. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Communication and have been with AGCO since June 2011. Growing up in south Georgia in a farming family, I have had the opportunity to see how important agriculture is to our economy. My dad farms row crops and his passion for farming and growing something healthy is a passion that has been passed down to me. We eat every day and that food comes from our farmers in local communities where every day there is something new to fix or another crop that needs more irrigation. It is because of farmers like my dad that I love working in this industry and I’m grateful that AGCO gives me this opportunity.

Construction Nearing Completion on Jackson, Minnesota Facility Expansion

In January 2011, AGCO announced its plans to produce Massey Ferguson® and Challenger® high horsepower wheeled row crop tractors in the company’s Jackson, Minnesota, USA, farm equipment manufacturing facility. The plans included a 75,000-square-foot expansion of the manufacturing facility and construction of a state-of-the-art visitors’ center. Click here to view the announcement video.

Construction began in April 2011 and we’re pleased to report that the construction is on schedule for completion in December 2011.  Due to popular demand, a video camera has been mounted overlooking the construction areas with a live video feed that is currently streaming on AGCO’s Ustream channel.  This past July, the 40,000-square-foot material kitting center was completed.  In late September 2011, the 180-foot assembly line expansion will be complete.  Then, pilot models will begin to roll off the line in December 2011.  Full production is projected in June 2012.  Here is an updated video compiled of time-lapsed photos of the construction leading up to this week.

Additionally, the new 17,000-square-foot visitor’s center construction is on schedule for completion at the end of 2011.  The new center will be the official starting point for all factory tours and will provide visitors a first-class and innovative experience – The Jackson Experience.  Guests will learn about AGCO’s brands and their history in agriculture innovation, and then see it first-hand on the guided tour.  The center will have a large interactive equipment showroom, auditorium, meeting rooms and a cafe – all with state-of-the art technology.

The facility and visitors center will be open to the public in Spring 2012 – check back or visit http://jackson.agcocorp.com for more details.

Get Ready for Cultivations With Datatronic!

If you own a Massey Ferguson 6400, 7400 or 8600 series tractor with the onboard Datatronic console, you have at your fingertips a powerful tool for use in  cultivations, planting and seeding!

In addition to the more obvious benefits of Datatronic like being able to read fuel consumption and work rates, you also have the possibility to set up, automate and manage many of the functions of the tractor. This could include flow rates and timings for spool valves, management of headland operations and auto control of wheel slip… all designed to optimise your performance and work rate in the field.

I would also like to draw your attention to two further options within Datatronic… Dual Control and Trailed Implement Control. Recognising that many bigger implements are not purely controlled by rear 3 point linkage, these two systems allow front and rear semi-mounted machines and rear drawbar pulled machines to fully utilise the tractor’s sophisticated control systems just as if they were fully mounted on the 3 point linkage.

Autumn cultivations... perfect time for MF's Datatronic

Bear in mind too, that you may also have opted for additional systems like ISOBUS, Video or Autoguide on your console and these too will help you get cultivations completed in a very smart productive way.

And the “icing on the cake”… if you also have datalogging or telemetry, you can relax back in the farm and analyse exactly what your tractor has been doing in the field and look for ways of  improving the performance even further!

Like most things, all of these functions will take a minute or two to set up and understand but the reward will be well worth it and you will be amazed at the results!

If you are in Europe and setting off on a few hard weeks of cultivations with your Massey Ferguson tractor fitted with Datatronic, take a bit of time to read up on its full capability and don’t hesitate to ask your Dealer for further advice on how to get the best from it… it is designed for you !

And finally, enjoy it… our tractors are straightforward and dependable and designed for a hard day’s work! What work do you do with your Massey Ferguson?