Randy Bauwens, Town & Country Supply Association in Edgar, Montana
Ben Hayes, Crop Production Services (CPS) in Lanark, Illinois
Tom Leuthardt, Cenex Harvest States (CHS) in Chokio, Minnesota
Tony Randolph, Southern States in Farmville, North Carolina
The four finalists will join AGCO as honorary guests at the 2013 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Dec. 3 – 5, in Miami, Fla. During the conference, the winner of Operator of the Year will be awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
We strive to make the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the makeup of the person behind the wheel.
Again, congratulations to all the nominees for all their hard work and dedication to the application profession and to the four finalists whom truly represent the best of the best.
Go to http://www.applylikeapro.com/operator-of-the-year/2013-finalists/ to learn more about the finalists.
North America’s custom applicators put in longer hours than the sun as they ensure pinpoint delivery of nutrients and protectants to crops on millions of acres of farm fields across thousands of farms.
Through its ongoing Operator of the Year program, AGCO is making sure the best of the best custom applicators get the recognition they deserve for helping North America’s farmers provide the food, fuel and fiber this world needs. Candidates for AGCO Operator the Year exemplify the honor, service and commitment that people have long associated with agriculture and those who live and love this industry. Candidates for AGCO Operator of the Year consistently showcase outstanding customer service, routinely perform the highest quality work and deliver unmatched dedication to your fields. Who do you know that fits this description?
Contact your agri-retailer before Oct. 15 and explain why the custom applicator who services your fields deserves the title Operator of the Year and they can submit a nomination on your behalf. Keep in mind that while the online submission form is easy the more detail provided the better chance your applicator has of winning.
From the nominations, four finalists will be invited to join AGCO as honorary guests at the 2011 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Nov. 29–Dec. 1, in Boca Raton, Fla. During the conference, the winner of Operator of the Year will be awarded a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
We can’t reward these tireless workers without your help. It’s more important than ever to encourage your agri-retailer to submit those applications early.
We strive to make the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the makeup of the person behind the wheel. We’d like to hear what you have to say.
Help the best in the business reward the best in the business. Hurry; the deadline to nominate is Oct. 15.
Have you ever noticed how true winners seem to find each other and join forces to make things happen? This has been the case for two truly innovative products in Canada – the RoGator® and BASF’s HEAT® herbicide.
Our top-of-the-line self-propelled sprayer and BASF’s innovative new herbicide are enjoying a co-promotion across the western part of Canada. BASF is featuring the RoGator in all of its print advertising, positioning our machine as the applicator of choice for use when applying HEAT herbicide, which features a unique class of chemistry designed for burndown of targeted weeds and grasses for pre-seed and chemfallow applications.
In the first quarter of 2011, BASF held a contest across western Canada in which growers signed up in record numbers to win a one-year lease on a RoGator 1194 self-propelled sprayer and a case of HEAT herbicide.
The prize winner was chosen in April: Gordie Mueller of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, who manages a 3,500-acre farming operation that grows canola, peas, wheat, oats, barley and lentils. As the winner, Mueller gets to use a 1194 Self-Propelled RoGator for one year or 200 hours – whichever comes first, in addition to winning enough BASF HEAT herbicide and MERGE® to treat 640 acres. The total value of the prize is more than $54,000.
Upon winning, Mueller said the prize was a “pretty big shock!” He even added that he was intending to switch to a high-clearance sprayer next year, so this win was an absolutely perfect fit for him.
The RoGator is a common sight across the prairies of Canada, providing application of a wide variety of fertilizers and crop-protection products for wheat, canola and other crops common to that country. With large tracts of land to cover – often when racing the clock to make timely applications in a short timeframe – the RoGator is a natural choice for Canadian farmers and professional applicators alike.
Paired together, the RoGator and HEAT herbicide are simply unbeatable. Check out http://www.applylikeapro.com/AboutUs/Testimonials/ to see what customers are saying about the RoGator and www.agsolutions.ca/heat on BASF’s HEAT Herbicide.
Be on the look out for our next co-promotion. In the meantime – what are some of the winning combinations you’ve put together with your AGCO machines?
Congratulations to Brett Bohachewski of Aylsham Agro in Aylsham, Saskatchewan, for being named Canada’s 2010 AGCO Operator of the Year. The announcement was made at last night’s Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) in Edmonton, Alberta, where Brett was on hand to take possession of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. With the amount of acres Brett has covered in a timely and precise manner, it’s hard to believe he’s only been a custom applicator for four years. In 2010, Brett covered more than 65,000 acres. His attention to detail and commitment to a job well done has quickly earned Brett serious field credibility among his peers and customers.
In addition to the long hours that Brett puts to the job, he also finds time to be an integral part of his community, acting as a full-time volunteer at the fire department and as a floor hockey coach for individuals with special needs. In fact, Brett is developing a system that will allow visually impaired individuals to play goalie with limited assistance.
In Canada, Operator of the Year was established by AGCO Canada Ltd to recognize the outstanding achievements and professionalism of the agriculture industry’s premier custom applicators. Agri-retailers from across the country submitted some of their best custom applicators.
Brett’s commitment on and off the field exemplifies what it means to be AGCO Application Equipment’s 2010 Operator of the Year. Thanks to everyone who participated. To see this year’s finalists, visit http://www.applylikeapro.ca
Think of it as the People’s Choice Award for agricultural equipment! We couldn’t be more thrilled that the RoGator 1396 was named the 2010 CropLife IRON Product of the Year by readers of CropLife IRON magazine.
The RoGator 1396 self-propelled sprayer was one of five finalists handpicked by editors of CropLife IRON, a major publication read by some of the most cutting-edge people in the industry – our customers! Online voting for the five nominees was opened to the public in mid-November, and most of the votes were cast by professional applicators and larger farm operators – again, the core of our customer base. RoGator was announced as the winner at the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association meeting in Peoria, Illinois, on January 19.
The new drive system on this sophisticated machine is designed with a hydraulic motor and a separate gear reduction hub. The control cab is specifically designed for application equipment and features a six-post design that provides more visibility to see the boom tips than competing machines, in which boom views are often obstructed by cab-frame posts. The wider visibility and lower boom rests also come in handy during transport from field to field. These key innovations were instrumental in RoGator receiving a nod for the nomination.
Hats off to our engineers for the many significant advancements they’ve brought to the RoGator and to the application industry as a whole. Thank you to CropLife IRON for creating the Product of the Year contest, and to everyone who voted for us. It’s been an honor to serve our customers in the application business for more than 50 years.
It’s gratifying to be a leader in innovative solutions for the application equipment industry, but the reward is tenfold when we see firsthand how these new offerings help our customers succeed – and we also pick up some significant awards along the way! Check out what others are saying about the 2011 RoGator and TerraGator at http://www.applylikeapro.com/AboutUs/Testimonials/.
What do you think about the new 2011 RoGator and TerraGators?