Earlier this month, we traveled to Decatur, Illinois, for the 62nd Farm Progress Show—the largest outdoor farm equipment show in the United States. Our exhibit included a 61,000-square-foot scaled-down farm that showcased the newest innovations in farm equipment, crop life cycle demonstrations, and a productivity lab.
We introduced attendees to the SOLOTM AGCO Edition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the X-Edition Challenger tractor (a limited-edition, all-black model), our all-new 3300 Command Series corn heads, the Massey Ferguson 6600M Series tractors, and Fuse Connected Services.
Here are some of the highlights from the show:
To view additional pictures from the AGCO Farm, check out our Facebook photo album.
If you weren’t able to visit us in The Prairie State, we’ll be at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, North Dakota, both September 15-17, and AGRITECHNICA in Hanover, Germany, November 10-14.
Ron Mellon has had his share of tractor problems. “I needed something smaller, around 100 HP,” he says. He bought a new Case IH and “had nothing but trouble with it.” So he returned it. He also put plenty of money into a certain “green” tractor, whose hydraulics and air conditioning constantly gave him trouble.
That’s when Ron decided to try something new. “I stopped in at Vahrenberg Implements, where I’d bought mowers,” he says. “They were so good to deal with, I bought a new tractor and a manure spreader.” That new tractor matched the Mellons’ wedding barn: a shiny red Massey Ferguson® 4610.
And, it fit the bill for the more compact workhorse he needed. Ron says, “I was leery at first, because it’s a 3-cylinder, but it has plenty of power and doesn’t burn that much fuel. It’s just really economical.”
“I put about nine hours on it today,” says Ron, who uses the tractor for everything from feeding cattle to cutting silage. “Just today, I was moving dirt to make another entrance in from the highway for the new rustic barn we’re putting up.”
“It’s the perfect size,” adds Doug Vahrenberg, of Vahrenberg Implement, in Higginsville, Mo. “The 80 PTO-HP fits lots of cow/calf operations like the Mellons’. And it’s the right price. The 4610 has all the best features for the dollar.”
It’ll definitely be a different kind of year for members of the Decatur, Ill., Heartland FFA. They have the opportunity to work directly with a Fortune 300 ag company, developing and providing stewardship for AGCO’s plot of land at the nearby Farm Progress Show (FPS) this August.
After a successful relationship with the Gilbert, Iowa, FFA chapter in 2014, AGCO is partnering with Heartland to prepare its next exhibition site. The difference is “We’re bringing them in earlier this year,” says Phil Jones, segment strategy manager for AGCO. “They’ve already been involved in soil testing and stewardship, working cooperatively with local farmer David Brix.”
Brix’s farm is contiguous with the FPS property, and is used for demonstrating equipment during the show.
While last year was production-focused, this time the expanded time frame will allow emphasis on science as well. Steve Carlson, ag science instructor at Heartland Technical Academy and FFA adviser for 16 years, says the AGCO program “allows the students to understand the agronomy of agriculture and how those scientific principles [work].”
For instance, says Carlson, students “AGCO wants there to be at least three different crops planted at the site. So, we will take the samples and prepare them for shipment to a local soil-testing laboratory. I’ll share the results with my FFA students and have them make suggestions or recommendations for fertilizer applications for the specific sites where individual crops will grow.”
The project benefits both FFA and AGCO. Students learn from practical experience and expand their understanding of the ag industry. AGCO gets the chance to connect directly with future agriculturalists.
“It’s very hands-on,” says Jones. “They get the practical side but also a window into the world as to how a company like AGCO works.
See for yourself the results of this collaboration between FFA and AGCO this week! Visit the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, September 1-3.
Tractor pull legend Joe Eder took time out from the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville earlier this year to talk to FarmLife about pulls and his love for Massey Ferguson.
“We’ve been with Massey Ferguson for, I believe, going on 11 years now,” says the four-time Louisville champion. He recently acquired two MF8727s, replacing two 8650s. “Had no complaints; they’re a great tractor. But we like to update every two years and go with the newest thing through Massey.”
Eder rattles off a number of reasons he likes Massey Ferguson: “The 31 mile-per-hour road speed, front suspension, probably the best cab suspension on the market. We custom farm—we do custom mowing and custom harvesting.”
In addition to the custom work, Eder also runs a bark mulch business. He uses MF8737 tractors for that work as well. “They’re really good tractors,” he says. “They’re excellent on fuel.”
Eder appreciates being able to see the new AGCO products at Louisville. “It’s very exciting because, not only can we tie in our sport of truck- and tractor-pulling, but we can actually go out and look at the new product. It’s nice to come here and see everybody, and learn about the latest, greatest thing on the market.”
2015 is the biggest year yet for technology in the history of AGCO, and we’re bringing our newest innovations to the Farm Progress Show! We’ll be introducing six new products and services as part of AGCO’s Fuse strategy. Come see how AGCO’s Fuse Technologies and technology-enabled services can help you:
- Revolutionize the way you manage your operation
- Make decisions based on actionable data
- Eliminate guess work
Introducing a new approach to farm optimization
We’ve got a great lineup planned, including a 61,000-square-foot, scaled-down version of a farm to demonstrate how we’re tackling the complex challenges in farming. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the latest innovations from all of our brands.
Here’s a sneak peak at a few other highlights:
- Live, Pre-Owned Equipment Certification
- FUSE Observation Deck & Giveaway
- Headland Management Demo Experience
- And more!
Visit the Fuse Tower on the AGCO lot between Second and Third Street, at Central Progress Avenue.