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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.

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