Archive for July, 2012

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These are the last days of AGCO’s Farm Sustainability Blog Contest. Write a short blog or submit a video post about what sustainability means to you, or on your farm. Winning entries will be posted on the AGCO blog and shared with others. In addition, 10 winning authors will help AGCO distribute $5000 in donations.
With the population growing every day, sustainable farm operations are now more important than ever before. Farmers on the field know sustainability; we want to hear from you.

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Excellence from the Combine Harvest Support Team during Wheat Run, NA

Combine Harvest Support

The AGCO Combine Harvest Support Team has been following the wheat run over the past few months providing support to keep them running and on schedule. Four AGCO interns have been with the Combine Harvest Support team helping and gaining valuable first-hand experience working in the agriculture industry. One of the largest surprises for the interns was how a short drive to the next farm can drastically change crop conditions and yield. “In parts of Oklahoma, some of the harvesters were saying that it was the best [harvest] they had ever seen, while others said it was one of the worst,” explained Andrew Voegeli. Due to the warm spring, the harvest started two to three weeks earlier and has progressed extremely fast this year.

Massey Combine RepairThe weather plays a large part in the harvest, and when the weather is ideal the custom harvesters are out in the fields for 12 to 16 hours per day. With uptime being one of the most important things during a busy harvest, the Combine Harvest Support Team has been working hard to ensure that the combines are running smoothly. When a problem does occur, speed is the name of the game, and the harvesters are very happy and appreciate what the tech van is doing to help. “For instance, the support team put on new valves for the cylinder of a downed combine. After ten minutes, they were up and running again,” said Voegeli. That’s why many custom harvesters buy AGCO branded combines like Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger; they know that the AGCO Combine Harvest Support Team will be there when they are needed the most and can even repair competitor’s machines as well.Gleaner

One of the best experiences for James Petrich thus far has been the ability to listen to the custom harvesters and learn what works and what could use improvement. “As an Ag Engineer, I have gotten a better understanding of the harvest and have come up with ideas to further improve on the machines.” “One of the nicest things we’ve experienced was when Bruce Nelson invited all of us to eat with his crew at the Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Pierre, SD one night in mid July. We all had a good time getting to know each other and Bruce made it known that he very much appreciates us being there right away when things break and our willingness to help anytime,” explained Josh Martinez.Currently in Billings, MT, the harvest has slowed with some of the worst wheat crop that harvesters have seen. Montana didn’t get much precipitation this past winter or spring, so there was little to help the wheat grow, making it hard for both farmers and for harvesters. Hot, dry conditions put excess wear and stress on the combines, making them more prone to problems. Fortunately, the AGCO Combine Support Team is there to keep the harvest going.

Last Week to Submit Your Farm Sustainability Contest Entry!

This week is the last week of AGCO’s Farm Sustainability Blog Contest! We still want you to share what you’re doing with sustainability on your farm. Write a short blog or submit a video post on what you’re doing to increase efficiency on your farm. You could also share how you are interacting with your community, or what you are doing to help support your local economy.
We will select 10 winning entries, and those entries will be posted on the AGCO blog so that they can be shared with others. In addition, the 10 winning authors will choose select organizations to receive a total of $5,000 in donations from AGCO!
Faced with the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population, efficiency on the farm is becoming increasingly important. We know that nobody knows this better than the farmers on the ground today, and that is why we want to hear from you! Sign up here, and share your story!

Grey Fergie Challenge Raises Cash for Help for Heroes

A group of students has completed a 2,000 mile charity drive from Dover via Lands End to John O’Groats in a Ferguson TE20 tractor dating from the late 1940s.

The Grey Fergie Challenge team reach Lands End ready for the long drive to John O’Groats.

The Grey Fergie Challenge team reach Lands End ready for the long drive to John O’Groats.

With sponsorship from Massey Ferguson in the form of drivers’ kits and fuel, the Grey Fergie Challenge saw six friends from Harper Adams University College make the trip to help raise funds for Help for Heroes. Their target is to raise £5,000.

Despite many challenges along the way, poor weather and long hours without sleep, they made the journey in the just two weeks.

Team leader, 19-year-old Sean Nixon commented: “Three of us own Massey Ferguson tractors and we felt that the a little Grey Fergie was an iconic model to undertake the trip.”

“The challenge was definitely a test of mental strength and mechanical ability,” he says. “We would like to thank all those who have donated and all those who supported us and helped us along the way. The website and charity link are still open for anyone who would like to make a donation and help us reach our target.”

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Sponsored by Massey Ferguson, the team visited the company’s UK offices at Abbey Park Stoneleigh.

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson, the team visited the company’s UK offices at Abbey Park Stoneleigh.

AGCO Fendt Hosted the African Farmers’ Association

In the context of the seven-day Africa seminar of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) under the slogan “Farmers help farmers”, seven leading representatives of farmers’ associations from six African countries visited AGCO/Fendt in Marktoberdorf, Germany, in June.  In the Fendt Forum the guests were provided with information about the company and had the opportunity to experience the Vario tractors for themselves on the test site.

“In the next years the world’s population will continue to increase rapidly and with it the need for food. To ensure that the world’s population can be fed high-tech machines like the ones from AGCO are an important prerequisite.” explains Peter-Josef Paffen, Vice President and spokesman of the AGCO/Fendt Management during his company representation of AGCO/Fendt.

One area of particular interest was the high technology of Fendt tractors and its large number of application possibilities. “The important thing is that the African farmers start to organise themselves in independent associations like the African Farmers’ Association and try to create a better policy framework. Agriculture inGermanyandEuropeserves as a good example. In producer groups where the farmers can market their products together, they get the chance to discuss the current price situation. Such platforms having a certain multiplication function are essential for agriculture mechanisation.”, says Willy Kampmann, Manager of the DBV office inBrusselsfor international relations, during the event in the Fendt Forum.

A major topic of the DBV seminar sponsored by AGCO from June 6 to 10 in Bavaria and Berlin was the importance of well organised farming families and independent trade organisations for the African continent. In lectures, discussions, case studies and while visiting farms, producer groups and machinery rings the representatives of African farmers’ associations learned about organisational, structural and market-oriented practices.