Archive for April, 2013
Today is the second official day at the 2013 Agrishow in Ribeirão Preto city, São Paulo, Brazil, showing great products and many attraction to the visitors. Have a look at what Valtra has prepared for the most important farm show in Latin America.
For this year’s Agrishow, Valtra will not only showcase new products but also innovation and its exclusive customer service. During the five day show visitors will be able to experience tractors, combines, balers, sprayers, planters in addition to the Farming Function technology. The customer service teams will be ready to answer any questions the visitors may have.
Visitors will be able to celebrate Valtra’s new BH Geração III line: it includes a brand new cabin and hydraulic system design that improves the machine’s turning radius. These exclusive models will be part of the new line with the objective to increase the power options, among them, the BH 135i (137cv) tractor, with 4 cylinders turbo-intercooler engine designed for the farmer who needs a machine for many different functions and activities on the farm. Also part of the Geração III family: the new BH200 (200cv) and BH210i (210 cv) tractors. These models follow the global standards of the Valtra tractors, specified to Brazilian agricultural operations. The new machines will be shown at the Agrishow and available to the market during the second half of this year. The traditional BH145, BH165 and BH180 models will also receive the technology package available in BH Geração III line.
Today is the first official day at the 2013 Agrishow in Ribeirão Preto city, São Paulo, Brazil, showing great products and many attraction to the visitors. Have a look at what Massey Ferguson has prepared for the most important farm show in Latin America.
Including around 60 products and dealership teams delivering customized service, the Massey Ferguson booth will showcase new product releases and present exciting attractions to the visitors.
Two garden tractor lines are arriving at our brand dealership: MF 2000 series (model20/42) and MF 2900 series (model 27/78). Both models are equipped with Briggs & Stratton® engines of 20 cv and 27cv of power, respectively.
Besides that, the MF 8600 series will be once again in Ribeirão Preto with the biggest and most recent models. Presenting its cutting edge technology, the MF 8670 and MF 8690 of 320cv and 370cv, respectively, are the first in Brazil to be equipped with CVT transmission (Dyna-VT).
The MF 4200 series will also be displayed at the Agrishow. The tractors, with power ranging between 65cv and 130 cv, are known for their productivity and versatility in Brazil.
The visitors can also have a look at the most versatile combine in the market, the MF32 SR, with its ability to work rice crop and grains such as soybean, corn and wheat.
A Massey Ferguson tractor that took part in the spectacular opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games has become a star feature at Fishers Farm Adventure Park, an award-winning family visitor attraction located at Wisborough Green, near Billingshurst, West Sussex.
Supplied to Fishers Farm through local Massey Ferguson dealer, Yeowart Agricultural Ltd, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead, the 102hp MF 5440 tractor has swapped a supporting role within the Olympic Stadium for almost continuous action seven days a week pulling a visitor-packed trailer past a variety of livestock pens and paddocks located alongside a circular route through the farm park.
Known as “The Big Red Tractor Ride”, the tour – which takes between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on season – can include adult and young sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas, Shire horses, Cobs and Shetland ponies, dairy and beef cattle, hens, ducks and geese plus visiting wildfowl that may have dropped-in during the day. A recorded commentary is broadcast during the ride telling the history of Fishers Farm and the activities that now take place throughout the year on the 20ha holding.
Owned and managed by the Rollings family since 1985, Fishers Farm was initially planted with soft fruit and run as a “pick your own” enterprise by husband and wife team, Tim and Trina Rollings.
A chance remark by a customer led to the introduction of refreshments and toilet facilities followed soon after by casual viewings of the Rollings’ own domesticated livestock, events which sowed the seeds for the creation of Fishers Farm Adventure Park. The venue welcomed its first paying customer on 1 June 1990.
Today, visitors to the attraction number more than 1,000 a day during the summer months, drawn by a heady mix of exciting rides, absorbing activities and informative animal features which provide a great day out for all the family.
“Both Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors were being used on the farm long before we bought the land and planted soft fruit,” explained Tim Rollings. “Our first tractor back in 1985 was a Massey and we have remained loyal to the brand right through to the present day, having used Massey Ferguson models to provide our big red tractor rides since they first began.”
In autumn 2012, Tim Rollings decided that he needed a slightly more powerful tractor to comfortably pull the trailer carrying large numbers of visitors around the outdoor livestock feature attractions.
“I sought advice from local dealer, Yeowart Agricultural, and was told that the firm had acquired one of the tractors loaned by Massey Ferguson to assist at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” explained Tim. “That tractor, an MF 5440, had exactly the power output that we wanted. Its unique celebrity status made it a must-have for Fishers Farm Adventure Park and I ordered the tractor the same day.”
Delivered in November 2012, the MF 5440 tractor has been a huge success with visitors and the Rollings family from the outset.
The turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine is quiet, economical and provides loads of torque at low engine speeds while gear changes are fast and simple thanks to Massey Ferguson’s Dyna- 4 transmission which provides four clutchless gear changes within each of four different speed ranges.
The tractor’s crowning glory, said Tim, is its spacious flat-floor cab which offers excellent all-round visibility, low sound levels and a very comfortable ride.
“Our tractor played a part at the opening of the world’s biggest sporting event,” he concluded. “I am delighted that it has now taken on a very important and high-profile role within our business and is being appreciated by the thousands of people, young and old, who visit Fishers Farm Adventure Park every week.”
To read more about Fishers Farm Park.
AGCO celebrated the opening of its African Master Parts Distribution Center together with its local distribution partners in Johannesburg last month. “AGCO’s new state-of-the-art warehouse will allow us to better serve our customers in Sub-Saharan Africa with high quality products and services,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO.
The construction of AGCO’s African Master Parts Distribution Centre was completed at the end of 2012. The new warehouse comprises initial space of more than 7,000 square meters with flexibility to expand within a 16,000 square meters site. The strategic location of the African Master Parts Distribution Centre, close to Johannesburg Airport, makes it easily accessible, and puts it at the heart of a well-connected logistics network. “
Our new Master Parts Distribution Centre is a significant step to improve our after-sales services in African markets,” explained Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director for Africa & Middle East, “Overall AGCO is investing about $35 million in the after-sales service infrastructure in Africa to ensure excellent parts availability and machine uptime.” Up to 40,000 parts are stocked to significantly improve response times and reduce machine downtime. AGCO’s objective is to bring Africa’s after-sales service for the local distribution partners and customers in line with the highest global standards. “Having successfully established the new African Master warehouse, we will now focus on developing satellite warehouses in East and West Africa to support these growing markets,” added Nuradin Osman.
The African Master Parts Distribution Centre will not only support AGCO’s Sub-Saharan distribution partners, but also parts shipments to the dealer network of Barloworld, AGCO’s Southern Africa distributor. The joint approach will allow Barloworld to offer improved service to its customers due to the expanded range of locally stocked parts.
In addition to the implementation of the new Master Parts Distribution Centre in Johannesburg, AGCO has taken further strategic steps to expand its presence in Africa – opening a Global Learning Center and Future Farm in Zambia that allows local farmers and dealers to be trained on modern farming technology. Farmers can benefit from a wide range of training classes and get access to professional farming equipment. Moreover, in December 2012, AGCO established a joint venture operation with local partners in Algeria to manufacture Massey Ferguson tractors for the African market.
Whether you choose large-round, large-square or small-square bales, making high-quality bales that preserve hay quality, maximize protection from the weather, and are easy to store or transport boils down to following a few rules.
The first, and most basic rule, is simplest of all: “Get out of the tractor, and check your baler and the first bales from a field to make sure adjustments are right, so the density and shape of the bales are correct,” says Dean Morrell, AGCO Product Marketing Manager for Hesston by Massey Ferguson hay products.
“The biggest mistake people make is moving too fast when they start baling. They don’t get out of the tractor to verify that everything is right, and if it is not, to tweak adjustments until it is,” he says. “The same rule applies to cutting, conditioning and raking. It’s a missed opportunity if you don’t get out of the tractor cab.”
Adjusting a baler to produce high-quality bales is relatively straightforward, says Morrell. Of course, by starting with windrows that are uniform in width and in the amount of hay they contain, producers help ensure bales are consistent in shape and density. Also, windrows that are as large as possible to meet the baler capacity help minimize the amount of loss during the baling process when hay is at its driest and most subject to leaf loss from handling.
Operating manuals provide a full rundown on how to set balers to make dense bales that are consistent in size and shape. Here are Morrell’s quick tips for doing the job right:
• Set baler pickup tines about one inch above the ground. This helps prevent contaminating the hay with dirt, which raises ash percentages and reduces digestibility. Baler wear and tear caused by picking up stones also is reduced or eliminated.
• Set the hay pickup flotation so that the pickup follows the contour of the ground at or just above the tine height setting. If the tines aren’t digging into the dirt, the flotation setting is about right. Regularly check the hay pickup for bent or broken tines and replace them as necessary. Be sure to stock up on replacement parts before the hay season begins.
• Synchronize the field speed and the baler pickup speed so the hay is lifted from the windrow and flows into the bale chamber. Pickup loss is lower when windrows are heavy because the baler is operated at a slower field speed, and there is less contact between the hay and the baler components.
• Bale chamber loss, particularly of the valuable leaves, is typically two to three times greater in round balers compared to square balers. To minimize bale chamber losses in round balers, the feed rate should be as high as possible to minimize the number of turns the hay makes within the bale chamber. This can be accomplished by using large windrows and high forward speeds. Since pickup losses are normally lower than chamber losses, it’s usually better to have some pickup loss by driving faster but reducing the amount of time it takes to form the bale.
• Monitor bale density. Even if your baler has a density gauge, it is still critical to get out of the cab and “thump” bales to verify that the density is high enough so that bales hold their shape and provide maximum protection from the elements. “You really don’t want to be able to stick your fingers into the bale,” Morrell says. “If you kick the bale, it should hurt your foot.”
• Follow drive directional arrows on the baler monitor to make sure hay is fed consistently across the width of the bale chamber so bales have square shoulders. This helps round bales shed moisture, and improves stacking attributes of square bales.
• Hay moisture at baling is a critical factor in determining superior hay quality and long storage life. Assessing moisture before baling depends on whether it is stem moisture or moisture from dew. The moisture present from dew will seep through the hay to some degree, while stem moisture will not. When the stem moisture is too high, spoilage can occur. Moisture at baling for large square bales should be no greater than 12 to 15 percent; for round bales, no greater than 16 to 20 percent; and no greater than 18 to 20 percent for small-square bales. The exception to this rule is when hay preservative is applied during baling, which allows hay to be baled with moisture content up to 30 percent.
• To reduce leaf shatter and resulting nutrient losses, avoid baling when hay moisture is too low.
• Make sure all operators know how to adjust the baler for top quality.
• Keep up to date on regular maintenance to ensure peak machine performance. Be sure to visit your local dealer to stock up on pickup tines, common bearings, chain repairs, belts, shear bolts and other common repairs before the hay season starts to minimize downtime from common breakdowns. Dealers often have a list of recommended parts for on-farm stocking and may offer preseason discounts for parts purchases.
Hesston has been providing innovation and solutions to farmers since 1947, and is the industry leader in hay-harvesting products. For more information about Hesston by Massey Ferguson products or to find a dealer near you, visit hesston.com.