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Practically every farmer or rancher has at least one piece of equipment on the “someday” list. Maybe it’s a combine, tractor, sprayer or hay tool. Unfortunately, budget or other factors may not have allowed the purchase of a new machine.

Now, however, with the introduction of its new Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, AGCO has another option: used equipment at a cost lower than new, but backed with an AGCO Protection extended coverage plan. Initiated last year as a trial with 16 AGCO brand dealers, the program has now been unveiled throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To make sure systems and parts are up to strict standards, every machine that meets eligibility requirements undergoes a thorough 120- to 200-point inspection and testing process.

According to Eric Lescourret, AGCO director of commercial strategic initiatives, AGCO was the first agricultural equipment manufacturer to stand behind equipment with a certified pre-owned program, and is still the only company to offer extended coverage on big square balers and windrowers.

“The things we learned from the pilot program, combined with the improvements we’ve made, have convinced AGCO that the program will provide farmers with maximum peace of mind and the best value in the market for their used equipment purchases,” says Lescourret, explaining that all certified equipment “comes with one year of comprehensive extended service coverage.”

To make sure systems and parts are up to strict standards, every machine that meets eligibility requirements undergoes a thorough 120- to 200-point inspection and testing process. Next, each unit goes through a rigorous reconditioning regimen to repair or replace any necessary components. Some machines are even upgraded with new technology. Equally important, every step of the inspection and reconditioning process is performed by AGCO-certified technicians, who have passed two levels of specialized inspection and product training.

“With such exacting standards and inspections, and a comprehensive AGCO Protection extended coverage plan, the customer can hit the field knowing his new investment is covered,” Lescourret concludes. “That means you can now own the equipment you always wanted, without a second thought.”

For more, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/products/combines/used-not-abused-agco-introduces-certified-pre-owned-program/.

Massey Ferguson Wins Prestigious Export Award in France Le prix de L’Exportateur Etranger

Massey Ferguson has been presented with France’s prestigious Foreign Exporter award (Le prix de L’Exportateur Etranger). The award recognises the major contribution that the Beauvais Tractor Manufacturing Facility in Picardy makes to the country’s economy and cites the plant as a leading example of a foreign company established and investing in France.

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©Fotagora – Olivier Boucherat

The Export Grand Prix Awards are organised by BFM Business, France’s Economics TV and Radio news channel. In selecting the Foreign Exporter award-winner, the jury looks for a foreign company with significant activity in France, a strong record in new product launches and a recognised Brand in its sector. Key partner of the awards event and a member of the judging panel is Business France, a French government agency which helps businesses in France to boost their exports. At the Grand Prix ceremony in Paris, Muriel Pénicaud from Business France presented the Foreign Exporter prize to Massey Ferguson’s Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director Europe/Africa/Middle East.

Operated by Massey Ferguson’s parent company, AGCO, which is headquartered in  Duluth in the United States, the Beauvais site designs and manufactures Massey Ferguson tractors from 80-400hp. It is France’s largest producer and exporter of farm machinery. Some 14,500 tractors leave the assembly lines each year, 85% of which are shipped to markets all over the world.  In the last 12 months, four new MF tractor ranges built at the plant have been unveiled for global markets.

“We are thrilled and honoured to win this coveted award,” says Richard Markwell. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our 2500-strong workforce at Beauvais and the global strength of the Massey Ferguson Brand. The Brand has universal appeal and farmers in all parts of the world are choosing our agricultural equipment to help run their businesses.”

“AGCO continues to make major investments in the Beauvais facility and we are renowned as a global centre of innovation, engineering and manufacturing excellence,” he remarks. Our manufacturing expertise and agility coupled with our wide-ranging, high-quality product line ensures we stay ahead of competitors, meet our customers’ expectations and continue to maintain our lead as France’s number one producer and exporter of farm equipment.”

A Non-Stop Fleet of AGCO Tractors

Between U.S. Sugar and Glades Planting LLC, the South Florida operations this past year used no fewer than 52 tractors from AGCO to help put sweetener on tables worldwide. Between last October into this coming April, U.S. Sugar leased 20 MF7622s that will haul heavy wagons loaded with sugar cane from the fields to rail car elevator collection points.

Those tractors work 24 hours per day, says Juan Cervera, U.S. Sugar’s harvest operations manager. “One harvest crew comes on at 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., then a second crew from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. They are hauling an average of 4,500 tons of cane per day.”

“When you look at our operation, we put 3,500 hours on a tractor in a season,” says Heather Banky, managing director of grower relations, fleet & special projects. “You don’t see that happen in three or four years in other businesses. This year, all the tractors were equipped with AGCO’s AgCommand® monitoring system, which will increase their ability to monitor performance, including fuel usage.

U.S. Sugar is on its second year using the MF7622. The reviews are glowing. “They pull really well,” says Cervera. “They pull better than the John Deeres of the same size. The operators like them. They are comfortable.”

Glades Planting contracts with U.S. Sugar to plant cane, spray crop-protection chemicals and apply fertilizer. In 2015 they leased eight MF5612s, eight MF5613s, and 16 Challenger® MT465B tractors. Like U.S. Sugar, they leased the machinery from Kelly Tractor in Clewiston.

“The biggest thing is to be able to support the tractor,” says Trey Dyess, co-owner of Glade Planting. “And we have to say Kelly Tractor does a really good job.” Dyess and partners also own two of AGCO’s RoGator® sprayers, an RG1100 and an RG900.

“We get 32 tractors from them. We’re the biggest ag rental for Kelly Tractor,” says Dyess. “As long as they do good service work, we’ll stay with them.”

U.S. Sugar depends on Kelly as well and, as with Glades, the commitment from Kelly Tractor is solid. “They have to be running all the time,” says Clayton Jones of Kelly Tractor. “Any downtime is expensive. They depend on our parts department, and we stay pretty stocked up. We are on call 24 hours per day.”

For more about this operation and how it uses Massey Ferguson tractors, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/sugar-cane-hard-work-sweet-result/.

What can precision agriculture do for you?

By: Amanda Wemette

Precision agriculture technologies can provide multiple benefits to producers through input savings, improved time, labor and equipment management, and environmental benefits. Automatic section control (ASC) technology, available for use on sprayers, planters, spreaders, and other application equipment, works by automatically turning sections of equipment off in areas where inputs have been previously applied or in unwanted zones (e.g. environmentally sensitive areas such as grassed waterways).

Research at Auburn University found that ASC can provide a 4.3% average savings on inputs with a payback period of less than 2 years for most application equipment. These savings are a result of reduced overlap at headlands and within point rows. In return, farmers can expect savings between $1.50/ac/yr to $25.00/ac/yr for this technology depending upon crop, management, and field shape and size.

Automatic guidance systems, which reduce overlap and input usage, can save approximately 10% on input savings with farmers seeing a possible 15% to 30% overall savings when using both ASC and automatic guidance systems together. Additional benefits of automatic guidance systems include reducing the concentration time needed during driving, which in turn leads to less fatigue and an increased ability to focus on other tasks.

Yield maps can be used not only to evaluate current and new management practices, but also as a data source for development of site-specific management strategies (e.g. management zones, variable-rate seeding and nutrient prescription maps, etc.).

Furthermore, the adoption of variable-rate technology to vary inputs can provide additional savings and yield benefits to producers by placing the ideal amount of inputs in the right place.

With machine and fleet management, you gain a higher level of understanding about the efficiency, performance and logistics of your entire operation from a computer or mobile device – putting fleet and asset information at your fingertips and enabling you to make big-picture decisions about your operation.

Amanda Wemette is a Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist for AGCO’s Advanced Technology Solutions group, focusing on bringing AGCO’s Fuse precision farming technologies and services to market . Connect with Amanda on Twitter @AmandaWemette.

To see the benefits of precision agriculture, try our simple payback calculator.

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A sample shot of the editable ROI Calculator

 

For more information on AGCO’s precision farming products, data management policy and Fuse Connected Services, please visit www.AGCOcrop.com/Fuse.

 

Sources: http://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/submission/pdf161_pdf.pdf

http://www.precisionag.com/works/institute/eight-of-10-adopters-say-precision-agriculture-pays/

http://www.precisionag.com/works/institute/precision-agriculture-higher-profit-lower-cost/

“Unbelievable” Massey Ferguson® Equipment Helps Get the Work Done on a Giant Ranch

Managing a 30,000-acre ranch and caring for as many as 11,000 head of cattle demands that everyone and everything work on schedule. Fortunately for the Sloan family, owners of Sloan Cattle Company, they love the work, have terrific help and run a 10-machine fleet of dependable, comfortable and fuel-efficient Massey Ferguson® equipment.

0116sloan2“The fuel consumption is just unbelievable,” says Chris Sloan, who runs the ranch with his father, Frank, and brother Frankie. About their 7600 and 8600 Series tractors, Chris says, “They burn 33% less than their competitors. And our two [windrowers], they burn 50% less fuel to cut the same amount of acres.”

The cabs on the WR9700 Series windrowers are, says Frankie, “the most roomy as compared to other brands. Visibility is better too. John Deere is pretty enclosed, and in that Massey you can definitely see twice as good. Those Massey [windrowers] are definitely the best made on the market.”

“The Masseys seem way smoother too,” says Chris about the benefits of the CVT transmission. “You don’t feel any jerks or any shifts. They’ve got plenty of power too. They’re just amazing.” And, he continues, “I’ve never sat in a more comfortable tractor than the 7600 Series tractor … and they’re tough. We had one start the other day at –30 degrees [Celsius].”

The Sloans also recently switched to two Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2270 large square balers, which Chris says are dependable and easy to use. Even in their first year owning the large square, says Chris, “we could make 1,000 bales in a day. That [square baler] is a very impressive piece of equipment.”

For more on this story, see the full article at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/cool-running-ranching-in-albertas-cow-country/.

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