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AGRITECHNICA

AGRITECHNICA – the worldwide meeting point for the agricultural machinery sector.

With 24 exhibition halls, over 320,000 m² exhibition floor space and more than 2,600 exhibitors, AGRITECHNICA  is the world’s largest exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment. 15-19 November 2011 at the Exhibition Grounds Hanover (Preview Days 13 & 14 November)

Reward Your Custom Applicator with a Chance for a 2011 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle from AGCO

North America’s custom applicators put in longer hours than the sun as they ensure pinpoint delivery of nutrients and protectants to crops on millions of acres of farm fields across thousands of farms.

Through its ongoing Operator of the Year program, AGCO is making sure the best of the best custom applicators get the recognition they deserve for helping North America’s farmers provide the food, fuel and fiber this world needs. Candidates for AGCO Operator the Year exemplify the honor, service and commitment that people have long associated with agriculture and those who live and love this industry. Candidates for AGCO Operator of the Year consistently showcase outstanding customer service, routinely perform the highest quality work and deliver unmatched dedication to your fields. Who do you know that fits this description?

Contact your agri-retailer before Oct. 15 and explain why the custom applicator who services your fields deserves the title Operator of the Year and they can submit a nomination on your behalf. Keep in mind that while the online submission form is easy the more detail provided the better chance your applicator has of winning.

From the nominations, four finalists will be invited to join AGCO as honorary guests at the 2011 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Nov. 29–Dec. 1, in Boca Raton, Fla. During the conference, the winner of Operator of the Year will be awarded a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

We can’t reward these tireless workers without your help. It’s more important than ever to encourage your agri-retailer to submit those applications early.

We strive to make the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the makeup of the person behind the wheel. We’d like to hear what you have to say.

Help the best in the business reward the best in the business. Hurry; the deadline to nominate is Oct. 15.

Grain Safety on the Farm

The following post is brought to you by Progressive Ag Foundation in support of National Farm Safety and Health Week:

The 2011 harvest will soon be under way, and with National Farm Safety and Health Week occurring Sept. 18–24 here in the US, now is a good time to remind children everywhere how dangerous grain can be during harvest and throughout the year as it is transported and stored on the farm. Grain safety is often a high-priority topic during Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®, which teaches children 8 to 13 years of age things they need to know to remain safe and healthy on a farm or ranch.

Though grain may not seem to be an obvious risk on a farm or ranch, the dangers of grain during harvest, transport and storage may be deadly. Adults and children alike die every year from grain incidents that are highly preventable. 2010 was a record year for grain-related deaths. Fifty-one grain accidents occurred and 25 people died — five being children under the age of 16. The most common occurrences include suffocation when grain bridges collapse, or being trapped by flowing grain or by an avalanche of a vertical grain wall.

Grain safety is a high-priority topic.

“In a matter of 10 seconds, one can lose their life in flowing grain,” says Bernard Geschke, program specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF). “Across agriculture, grain-related deaths occur far too often, and we believe it is critical to have this often unrecognized danger be a part of our education program.”

What can parents teach their children to help them avoid a grain-related injury or death?

1.      Always stay out of and away from grain bins and grain wagons even if grain isn’t flowing. Bridged grain can unexpectedly collapse and submerge humans. It only takes three or four seconds for a human to become completely helpless in flowing grain.

2.      Never try to save someone who is being entrapped by going into the grain yourself. Attempting to rescue someone without proper equipment and assistance may result in you being entrapped as well.

3.      Always use a harness or rope and have a spotter when walking or working around grain. This way, your spotter can help pull you to safety or stop the flow of grain.

Safety tips such as these are examples of the things children learn when they attend Progressive Agriculture Safety Days, which are held each year in more than 400 local communities throughout North America. Check out the video below to learn more about the dangers of grain entrapment.

Massey Ferguson Across America-8680-Discing in Idaho

In 1979, Cliff Surle decided to become a farmer in Burley, Idaho. Little did he know today he would be farming around 5,000 acres along with his four brothers on their farm known as Moo Valley Cow Palace. With the help of his Massey Ferguson 8680, Cliff raises many different crops such as potatoes, sugar beets, oats, wheat, barley, alfalfa, corn silage and grain corn. When he is not tending to his crops, he and his family also raise 500 dairy cows. Watch this video to see how Cliff’s Massey Ferguson 8680 helps out on the farm.

Build and price your own Massey Ferguson 8680. How long have you used Massey Ferguson on your farm?

Harvest Hazards

In the spirit of National Farm Safety and Health Week here in the United States, AGCO would like to share a message with everyone from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Make sure to visit our Safety tab to learn more about keeping your farm safe.

The shorter days of fall puts farmers and ranchers in a race against the clock during harvest. Factor in weather conditions and working hours always seem to be at a premium. With time and money on the line, a farm accident would grind harvest to stand still.

A little preparation can go a long way in preventing accidents. Planned maintenance and skilled equipment operation can minimize downtime and reduce potential for mishaps during harvest.

In addition manufacturers, like AGCO, have taken great strides to build safety features into equipment; however some potential hazards simply can’t be eliminated. Use guards and shields when possible and make sure everything is in working order.

The pressure of harvest often leads to fatigue, another major factor in farm accidents. Take your time and think safety. You can’t afford not to.

A few more things that will help make your harvest season a safe one for the entire family:

• Carry out preseason maintenance and repair several weeks before harvest.

• Clear plugged equipment only after the engine is turned off.

• All guards and shields should be secured before equipment is started.

• Wear comfortable, close-fitting clothing, including sturdy, protective shoes.

• Teach kids not to approach machinery while the engine is running and not to play on equipment.

• Always let someone else know where you’re working. Check in regularly.

• Avoid sleep deprivation and extreme physical exhaustion.

• Drugs or alcohol can impede safety.

Cheers to a save and abundant harvest!

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