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AGCO Parts Books to Go™ Mobile App

A year ago, the AGCO Parts Books to Go™ mobile app initially successfully launched on the Apple iOS platform into 35 countries through the Apple Store. Now even more robust, today’s mobile app launch represents advancement in providing anytime, anywhere access to replacement service parts information on AGCO products.5549-POGO-_0000_Layer Comp 1

Already established in the mobile space, the AGCO Parts Books to Go™ is now available in both the Android and Apple iOS platforms, with the new Android version of the app available on the Google Play Store. Its functionality includes similar Interactive Parts Catalog functionality like the Apple iOS app while maintaining the natural Android user experience. Interactive drawings with capability for zooming, panning, and call-outs; parts lists; Google-like searches; cart functionality; off-line capability and multi-language support are part of this newly delivered Android app. The Apple and Android versions are now available for customers and AGCO dealers/distributors.

AGCO is committed to supporting parts service for the duration of the service life of AGCO machines. Besides the Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra brands, content on the Apple and Android app is now expanded to include parts book information for many of AGCO’s other brands— like Gleaner®, Fella®, Laverda®, Hesston®, Ag-Chem®, Spra-Coupe® and more. Language support has also expanded. Initially released in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Finnish and Italian, support is now extended to accommodate Chinese, Turkish, Polish, Russian and the Scandinavian languages.

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Life in the Rodeo

By: Nicole Schrock, Miss Rodeo Oregon

For me, rodeo and agriculture go hand in hand. Both represent our western heritage, a way of life, and most importantly, family. Family is what got me involved in the sport of rodeo in the first place and it’s what kept me coming back year after year. My love of the sport began at a young age. As a young girl in 4-H, I remember sneaking over to the rodeo arena to watch the cowboys rope, the powerful bulls and majestic horses buck with all their might, and the cowgirls chase their dreams three barrels at a time. Rodeo was an amazing adventure in my eyes, and it was an adventure that I had the honor of taking with my community and my family.

Nicole Rodeo Queen

Now, I didn’t come from a rodeo family, but we all found a way to get involved and give back to our community. Neighbors were sponsors, friends volunteers, and when it all came together, I had found myself a large extended family; one that became an invaluable support system for years to come. As I grew older, my fascination with the sport became a desire to do more, and to find a way to be a part of it. In 2007 I ran for local fair and rodeo queen, and won the title. To this day, I still remember how nervous I was competing for my first queen title. Thankfully, my cousin Dayle Ann, who was the very first Benton County Fair and Rodeo Queen, and who mentored me for the role, was there to offer her support and encouragement. To this day, I still count her as a role model for all the help she gave me in getting ready; I never could have done it without her. It was an amazing year of self-growth for me, and I got to be a part of a sport that I loved.  Read the rest of this entry »

White Planters Shares Tips for Using Plant Emergence for Planter Evaluation

As farmers around the country evaluate young plants at emergence, it is also the perfect time to judge whether or not their planters performed up to expectations.

“Farmers only get 30 to 40 opportunities to plant in their entire career,” said Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer with Iowa State University. “Farmers can benefit from taking a step back and evaluating how effective their planting was to make changes for next year.”Driven by pressure from higher costs, farmers expect more return than ever on their investment in seed. A consistently accurate planter plays a vital role in farmers’ ability to see their return become a reality.


Plant emergence can reveal poor planter performance in several ways, including: Read the rest of this entry »

New Sunflower Tillage Tools Cover More Acres in Less Time

Sunflower® is expanding its tillage offering to include the new 6650-48 vertical tillage tool as part of the 6600 Series, along with two larger split-wing disc harrows from the 1436 Series. The 6650-48 provides farmers with a class-leading, true working width of 47ft, 11 inches. The new split-wing 1436SW models provide 600 pounds-per-foot of residue-cutting weight for tough residue management operations.

SunflowerSunflower® 6650-48 Vertical Tillage Tool

“Sunflower® is excited to offer the 6650-48 vertical tillage tool to today’s conservation-minded farmers,” says Larry Kuster, AGCO senior marketing specialist for tillage. “It provides a significant boost in productivity by harnessing the potential of high-horsepower tractors with the ability to cover more than 38 acres an hour.”


  • Sunflower Saber Blades™, combined with proven staggered offset gang design in a large-width, five-section 6×6-inch frame, provide superior performance in the field, all while folding to transport dimensions of 18 feet, 2 inches wide and 13 feet, 11 inches high.
  • The blade design and 18-degree offset gang angle of Sunflower vertical tillage tools provide optimum performance in cutting and sizing crop residue. The residue left behind by these tools creates a surface that is resistant to wind and water erosion.
  • The frame features thicker-wall 6×6-inch tubing (3/8-inch thick in high-stress areas) for a stronger, heavier frame, and is cross-braced and gusseted for added strength and maintenance-free service.
  • The 6650-48 rides on a patented walking triple design, which uses two walking-beam pivot points to create a series of walking tandem wheels.

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New Full-tilt Tillage Tools Hit Market

Manufacturers are switching their focus from moisture conservation implements to full-tilt tillage tools as waterlogged fields become the muddy new norm rather than the exception.

In response to farmer demand, Sunflower introduced two new implements in September: the 6650-48 vertical tillage tool and two split-wing 1436 disc harrows.

Dennis Lewallen, chief engineer on both cultivator projects, said there are valid reasons why farmers are adding tillage implements to their equipment lineups.

The bottom line is that zero tillage has inadvertently created four distinct problems for farmers that only tillage can fix:

Sunflower_1436_Disc_Harrow“We’re seeing a lot more herbicide problems,” Lewallen said.

“More weeds are becoming resistant to chemicals, so some form of tillage is necessary.”

Weed specialists in the northern Great Plains states and across the prairie provinces are nearly unanimous in their belief that glyphosate was too easy to use and farmers came to rely on it too much. Herbicide resistance is the ugly result.

Many regions have had almost a decade of above-average rainfall, but some farmers are still adjusting to the idea that they should do everything possible to conserve soil moisture. Those waterlogged fields need tillage to dry the soil.

Tire ruts have become another big factor because of the mud, and tire ruts don’t take care of themselves.

However, it’s not only muddy conditions that call for surface tillage. Depending on soil type, long-term zero till fields can develop a rough surface that’s hard on sprayers and combines.

Many zero-till producers are beginning to realize that the frost they once figured would break up soil compaction isn’t doing the bang-up job they assumed it would.

Read the full article on The Western Producer. 

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