Massey Ferguson introduces the Pro DM Series mowers, providing hay producers with another choice in efficient, durable disc mowers to keep hay operations on schedule cutting the most tonnage possible each season.
Each of the new Pro DM Series mowers from Massey Ferguson works fast and efficiently to cut hay at the highest-possible capacity, and is built with durability and safeguards that reduce downtime, maintenance and manpower. Ranging from 8 to 11 1/2 feet in width, the three new mowers (DM1358, DM1361 and DM1362) deliver the smooth, clean cut expected from Massey Ferguson products.
Dean Morrell, product marketing manager, Hay and Forage, says, “We’ve deliberately built this mower tough, with safeguards like the driveGUARD cutterbar protection system, to keep operators out of the shop and in fields cutting hay.”
The new driveGUARD cutter bar protection system prevents damage to the internal parts of the cutterbar. If the mower hits a rock or large object, the shear disc will break, leaving the mowing disc in place and keeping parts from flying off, extending the life of the cutterbar. Shear discs can be replaced in just minutes, without leaving the field. The cutterbar’s modular design allows quick and easy servicing in the field if needed, and a standard quick-change knife system minimizes downtime needed for replacing cutterbar knives.
The low-profile cutterbar on Pro DM Series mowers is lightweight and shaft-driven, boasting a double-bevel gear design. This lets the mower run at a shallower angle, for a fast, clean cut.The Pro DM Series disc mowers also feature individual compact angular gears that provide an extremely smooth power transfer to all discs, for less wear than a conventional gear drive, ensuring a longer and more reliable cutterbar life.
Pro DM Series model DM1358 and DM1361 mowers also may be equipped to help hay dry down more quickly with the fast, easy addition of Massey Ferguson’s KC Tine or RC Roller conditioners. While tine conditioners on many disc mowers scuff the waxy coating off the hay stem, the unique coil design of the KC Tine conditioner gently fluffs, conditions and aerates the crop for accelerated drying times. It takes just moments for either of these conditioner attachments to be removed or reattached.
Massey Ferguson introduced the all-new 4600 Series utility tractors to farmers during the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show. This Series of heavy-duty utility tractors is a direct replacement for the popular 2600 HD Series, and each of the three new models is an ideal fit for loader work, hay production and general on-the-farm use.
Powered by an all-new three-cylinder AGCO Power™ diesel engine, the MF4608, MF4609 and MF4610 tractors offer rated engine horsepower of 75 HP, 85 HP and 95 HP, respectively. Fuel economy, power and torque are key benefits delivered by the new engine, while state-of-the art emissions technology, a power-shuttle transmission and improved hydraulic performance top off the features found in these new tractors.
“The 4600 Series is a great choice for operators who need a tough, reliable tractor for hay production, utility work and day-to-day on-the-farm use. They’ll find these new 4600 Series tractors comfortable and convenient to operate, as well as responsive and efficient for handling nearly any job,” says David Bercik, product marketing manager at Massey Ferguson.
The three new models are currently available in 4wd, with 2wd available on order. Cab or open-station with ROPS options offer comfort and versatility for the challenges of any job, and help further position the 4600 Series as a popular entrant to the market.
Stay tuned for more information on the 4600 Series.
As a Fendt owner for more than 10 years, Jerry Ryerson, who farms near Ames, Iowa, says there are only two things wrong with Fendt tractors.
“First, if you buy one, you’re going to want another one within a year,” he says with a grin. “The other is if you have any hired help, you won’t get much chance to
drive it yourself.”
On a more serious note, however, Ryerson says he loves everything about the two Fendt tractors he presently owns. Having already owned and traded an 818, an 820 and a 716, which was his very first Fendt, his current lineup includes a Model 412, which he describes as one of only a handful in the United States, and a Model 824. The latter serves as his planter and tillage tractor, while the 412 — equipped with a Fendt loader and a 3-point mounted backhoe — serves as a utility tractor.
“I also use the 824 as a transport vehicle, pulling two 760-bushel wagons behind it, in place of a truck,” he continues. “Even though I’m hauling grain up to five miles, I can still keep ahead of an 8-row combine.” Ryerson says there are plenty of features that make his largest Fendt the ideal transport vehicle, not the least of them being the 32-mph road speed. “With the Vario transmission and the ABS braking, stopping and starting are just as smooth as can be,” he relates. “Plus, with the reactive steering and the Fendt Stability Control system, I can run wide open and not have a bit of sway with the wagons.”
Of course, Ryerson is just as happy with the tractor in the field. In fact, he says he covered 110 acres with a 20-foot soil aerator after corn harvest and used just 7/10th of a gallon of diesel per acre. He’s impressed, too, with all the details Fendt thought of, like a built-in air compressor, enough hydraulic pressure to lift the rear of the tractor so he can install or remove the duals, and the touch screen multifunction Varioterminal that controls everything from one screen.
“I just love the TI (teach in) feature in the headland management program,” he says. “I can write and edit while I’m running in the field. I even figured out how to tie the autosteer into the program so it reengages after the turn. “Once you drive a Fendt, you never want to drive anything but a Fendt,” he concludes. “But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. I’ve had people ride with me and drive it, only to comment, ‘Why would anybody want to buy anything else?’”
As a group, those who work in agriculture are some of the most generous people on the planet. It’s that spirit we salute here, noting several extraordinary people and their stories of sacrifice and perseverance.
From those who travel to distant lands to assist people less fortunate to those who work in their own community, each person profiled here said they helped themselves while helping others.
They used words and phrases such as “rewarding” and “got way more out than I put in” to describe their own experiences. As you’ll see, their humility is as awesome as their generosity.
Below is the story of two such generous farmers from the story “Doing Good,” from the Winter 2012 issue of FarmLife.
Bill Troxel & Kristie Lee
As a Teenager, Bill Troxel would occasionally help customers pay off their grocery tab in the store where he worked. “I’d finish paying for their bill instead of making them put stuff back,” he recalls. “It’s just something I kind of get into.”
Troxel not only gets into it, he’s made giving a habit and something of an art form. Since those days working as a clerk and assistant manager in his hometown grocery store, Troxel has also given backpacks to area schoolchildren, helped fund scholarships and donated to FFA. He’s also given away gift cards via a local radio station, but with a twist: Those who won the cards had to, in turn, give them away to someone in need. And he spent some $13,000 of his own money in 2010 to help give 200 families a Thanksgiving dinner.
“The need is always around us,” says Troxel, who’s farmed full-time since 1996 and now works about 3,000 acres on rented land as a custom operator. “But so many families have faced hardships in these tough times that we decided to provide a real dinner with turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, butter and pumpkin pie.” And that was only a partial menu. Each dinner also included ham, carrots, stuffing, milk and more—enough to feed up to 15 people.
The original idea was to help 155 families, a figure that represents the average number of people each U.S. farmer is estimated to feed. So, Troxel and his girlfriend, Kristie Lee, reviewed nominations for and applications from those wanting to receive meals. The only information needed for the review was why a family or individual should be a recipient. Some were awarded meals because they were single parents; one family had recently suffered through a fire; a few were senior citizens; and some were nominated for time they committed to helping others.
“It quickly became apparent,” Troxel says, “we couldn’t and didn’t want to stop at 155. We received help from other individuals and organizations, and ended up giving away 200 meals.”
There are many reasons he’s driven to do these kinds of good deeds, explains Troxel, who says he annually donates about 1% of his business’s total operating budget to charitable work. “The key thing is everybody needs a little help, and I guess my thought is to make the world a better place, you start in your own community. Eventually if you get enough people doing the right thing, it’ll kinda grow and get bigger, and more and more people will be helping more people.
“It’s about … helping people and just working together, living together,” Troxel continues, “and getting along and not trying to be the richest guy in the cemetery.”
To read about the other 7 folks featured in the FarmLife article “Doing Good,” as well as learn about what AGCO is doing to help others around the world, visit MyFarmLife.
Who in your community does exceptional charitable work?
AGCO announced this week that Nina Pathy, AGCO Director, Global Parts Data and Parts Books and Tammie Nelson, AGCO Welding Technician, CWS, were recognized by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award for their excellence and leadership in manufacturing. Ms. Pathy and Ms. Nelson join 120 other woman honorees, representing all levels of manufacturing from the factory floor to the C Suite.
“We are very pleased that Nina and Tammie’s contributions to AGCO were recognized by this important new initiative,” said Lucinda Smith, AGCO SVP Human Resources. “The STEP program supports the same core values as our AGCO Global Women’s Network (AGWN). AGWN is a business advisory group within AGCO set to develop, promote and advocate women as leaders and growers of profitability, collaboration and a diverse culture across AGCO. These two women are shining examples of what we are setting out to promote.”
“These 122 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.”
The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.
“The STEP Ahead initiative was founded to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector,” said Latondra Newton, group vice president at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and chairwoman of the STEP Ahead initiative. “This initiative is the call for action to transform the face of today’s manufacturing talent and ensure that women can contribute to the future of this industry.”
Congratulations to Nina and Tammie!