By Nyasha Mudukuti, AGCO Africa Ambassador 2016
Under the theme “Vision of the Future” AGCO held a farm mechanisation event between the 6th and 8th of April 2016 at its Future Farm in Zambia. l had the opportunity to take part – and when I arrived l thought for a moment l was not in Africa. It was the most majestic agricultural place l have ever been to and it reminded me of the farms l once saw in Iowa, USA. For me, to see this farm in Africa was like a wakeup call to the African agriculture sector. In short, it’s just a state of the art farming center.
Most farmers view seeding as the most important task they complete each year. With few exceptions, the old axiom, “How you start is how you’ll end,” holds true in crop production. If seed is not planted at a uniform depth, into moisture and with proper seed furrow closure, it will come up erratically at best. Poor spacing and uneven emergence are two major yield limiters that must be avoided. At the same time, it’s important to get the crop in the ground in time to take advantage of the growing season, while there is still moisture for the crop to germinate and emerge. In addition, many growers are expanding their acreage to spread fixed costs and improve profitability, which puts even more pressure on the need for efficiency and accuracy at seeding. Fortunately, both the Sunflower 9800 series single disk drill and the White 9800VE series planter lineup combined with the power and precision of Fendt tractors solve these problems with ease.
- Replace worn sweeps, blades, and harrows
- Level tillage tools
- Set working depths
- Monitor speed
- Avoid Compaction
Developing a good seedbed is important to get the crops off to a good start; yet often overlooked or difficult to obtain. Seedbeds need to have uniform residue distribution, loose aerated soil structure, and a level soil profile on both the surface and at the working depth of shanks or blades. As we move into spring consider the following:
REPLACE: Now is a good time to check spring tillage tools for damage and wear. Replace worn shovels, blades, and harrow components. It is difficult to do a good job with worn ground-engaging components.
By: Darren Goebel, Director – Global Commercial Crop Care
- Improve Farm Profitability
- Reduce Nutrient Losses
- Improve Nutrient Use Efficiency
- Increase Yield
- Reduce Nutrient Stratification
Growers are always looking for ways to improve farm profits, even more so in a down commodity market. One opportunity to achieve better margins is incorporation of fertilizer banding into nutrient management programs. Banding nutrients, as shown above, allows producers to variably apply nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, blending the right source at the right rate in the right place, at the right time. These are the four R’s of nutrient management that improve farm profitability and promote environmental stewardship.
Why Banding? Banding concentrates fertilizer in the root zone. This is beneficial in several ways. Read the rest of this entry »
Hesston by Massey Ferguson® unveiled its historic 100,000th windrower on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in the midst of the 70th anniversary of Hesston and 60th anniversary of the self-propelled windrower celebration at the Hesston manufacturing, in Hesston, Kansas.
The 70-year-old Hesston brand is a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, most famous for its high quality haymaking equipment since 1947. The Honorable David K. Kauffman, Mayor of Hesston, was in attendance and declared it “AGCO Hesston Windrower Day.” Read the rest of this entry »