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Bashkortostan seminar presents compelling case for strip-till

The substantial cost savings and yield increases achieved by strip-till and no-till cultivation techniques were key talking points at a major seminar and demonstration at Krasnaya Bashkiria farm in Bashkortostan.

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Held jointly by AGCO and its Dealer Delta Agriculture, the event was also supported by Bashkortostan’s Ministry of Agriculture. Among the 50 guests were representatives of the Ministry, local district authorities and heads of the largest farms in the region. Machines on display from AGCO brands included the Challenger 7610 strip-till cultivator and Challenger 9830 air-seeder.

Strip-till is a relatively new tillage method being introduced into farming practice in Eastern Europe and is gaining ground among sunflower and maize growers looking to boost both efficiency and productivity. It is classed as a conservation system which uses Conventional and No-Till tillage to promote sustainable farming. It combines the soil-drying and warming benefits of conventional tillage, with the soil-protecting advantages of conservation tillage. The strip-till technique involves disturbing only the portion of soil (or strip) that will contain the seedbed row. It leaves the residue of a prior crop between the new crop’s growing-rows. Chemicals and fertiliser can also be applied at the same time as tillage.

Guests at the AGCO demonstration event were greeted by Mr Rail Fakhrislamov, owner of the 16,000 ha Krasnaya Bashkiria and Mr Ildar Nasyrov Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Professor Khalil Safin from the Russian Academy of Sciences kicked off the day’s agenda with a presentation on the application of new technologies in agriculture.

Delta Agriculture’s Rinat Amirov gave a detailed insight into the benefits of Challenger strip-till cultivators. “The case for strip-till is compelling,” he says. “The prime costs of sunflower and maize production decrease by 30-40% thanks to lower fuel, labour and fertiliser inputs. On top of that, there is less soil erosion, while spring sowing can be started earlier. All in all, growers can expect yield increases of 20-30%.”

Celebrating AGCO’s 25th Anniversary: A History of Precision Farming Innovation

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2015 marks the 25th anniversary for AGCO. For 25 years, farmers have depended on AGCO to deliver world-leading innovation and a wide array of products for the complete agricultural lifecycle.

Agriculture has gone through significant technological changes since its humble origins; from horse to tractor, to the adoption of hydraulics, and now the information age.  Each technological innovation brought along a breakthrough in productivity for farmers.  Today, we are right in the middle of one of the most fundamental changes to agriculture that any of us will see in our lifetimes.  Precision farming represents a hinge point in the industry not seen since the mechanization of farming. These are exciting times!

Our technology solutions are best-of-breed. In 2013, AGCO launched Fuse®, the world’s first open, mobile, and mixed fleet precision farming approach. The Fuse strategy encompasses all technology products offered by AGCO and our partners across all brands and regions. Through connectivity of products and services and use of big data, Fuse enables growers to optimize their farming operations like never before.

The timeline to the right shows many, though not all, of AGCO’s precision farming innovations over the years. Many technologies, such as automatic guidance, that were once considered pioneering – are now considered a standard part of doing business for many operations. It is interesting to consider what groundbreaking technologies today will be commonplace in the future.

The list of innovations will only continue to expand. New products and partnerships will soon be announced, along with a refined focus on unparalleled service capabilities for our customers. Then as now, our goal remains to help our customers maximize productivity and profitability.

To see more recent announcements related to Fuse, visit http://www.agcotechnologies.com/news/.

To read more about the AGCO 25 Year Anniversary, visit http://www.agcocorp.com/about/agco-history.html.

One Beefy Tractor: the Massey Ferguson 1533

One of North America’s most accomplished whitewater pioneers, Paul Breuer spends more time these days riding his tractor than guiding a raft. Along with his wife Jennifer, Breuer owns and operates Country Road Cabins. The 89-acre rustic resort is home to 20 deluxe rental cabins near West Virginia’s New and Gauley rivers, where Breuer helped build the state’s whitewater industry.

Paul Breuer on the MF1533

Paul Breuer on the MF1533

In addition to maintaining the property’s miles of gravel roads, he mows fields and lawns, buries cable and water lines, clears snow and pulls a towable lift to work on those hard-to-reach places on his cabins, all with one tractor—a versatile, durable 33-HP Massey Ferguson® 1533.

In addition to stability and power, the MF1533 has a creeper gear that allows Paul to perform some exceptionally tricky tasks. “I have this 25-foot pole [that’s fitted to the] front of the tractor that I lift trusses with and set structurally insulated panels that are 400 and 500 pounds. You’ve got to go very slow and be very careful with it, and that’s where this creeper gear is just fantastic for me.”

From tractor to service, owning a Massey Ferguson has exceeded his expectations, says Paul, especially “after owning another ‘red brand’ that had 32 HP, but no real steel and guts under the hood. The Massey Ferguson is just heavier and more solid, but it’s got better fuel economy. It’s the best of both worlds.

“I don’t know how they do it, but they do it and it works. I wouldn’t trade that tractor for anything,” he says, pauses and adds, “except another Massey.”

For more, including a video of Breuer at Country Road Cabins, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/a-blue-sky-kind-of-guy-the-great-outdoors-with-paul-breuer/.

AGCO Training Centre Completed

AGCO Africa and Middle East Management team celebrated the handing over of the keys to the eagerly anticipated AGCO Future Farm Africa mechanization training centre in a ceremony with local staff in Lusaka last week. “AGCO’s new state-of-the-art regional mechanization training centre will promote best practice in modern farming technology” said Steve Clarke, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Brand Governance EAME, “Standing in the building today, I have seen how far we have come to maintain AGCO’s global training centre standards. This centre is the first of its kind in Africa and it will help us to boost the standards of our distribution network across the continent”.

Open for business! AGCO team (from left to right), Jaco Orsmond, Steve Clarke, Nuradin Osman and Jason Burbidge get their hands on the keys to the AGCO Future Farm Training Centre from Liege construction.

Open for business! AGCO team (from left to right), Jaco Orsmond, Steve Clarke, Nuradin Osman and Jason Burbidge get their hands on the keys to the AGCO Future Farm Training Centre from Liege construction.

The construction of AGCO’s Training Centre in Zambia at the AGCO Future Farm, was completed mid November 2015. The new training center is strategically located in the capital city Lusaka and is close to the International Airport, making it easily accessible for the whole East and Southern African region. “It is a milestone for AGCO to have the regional training center building completed,” explained Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director of Operations, Africa & Middle East, “Overall this is a huge achievement for the Africa Strategy. We set out to do something a little different in Africa and being able to have this infrastructure will help us build capacity of the highest global standards within the region, it is beyond amazing!

AGCO Technical Service Specialist Heiner Tschirpig with technicians from the Angolan and Ethiopian Massey Ferguson distributors on an MF7600 series advanced training course at the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia last week.

AGCO Technical Service Specialist Heiner Tschirpig with technicians from the Angolan and Ethiopian Massey Ferguson distributors on an MF7600 series advanced training course at the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia last week.

Efficiency Is Mission Critical

Nahar, who is in charge of potatoes at Kibbutz Nirim (second from left), with Omer Glili (far left), a part-time farm worker when he’s not working on his Ph.D.; Ofra Razz, who is in charge of Nirim’s pest management; and Ohad Gotshtat, Nirim farm manager.

Nahar, who is in charge of potatoes at Kibbutz Nirim (second from left), with Omer Glili (far left), a part-time farm worker when he’s not working on his Ph.D.; Ofra Razz, who is in charge of Nirim’s pest management; and Ohad Gotshtat, Nirim farm manager.

At Israel’s Kibbutz Nirim, farmers use Massey Ferguson tractors for a variety of reasons. One is the excellent service they get from farm equipment distributor Comasco. “They’re always here when we need them,” says Farm Manager Ohad Gotshtat through a translator. “They also ask us questions about what we are doing and how they can help. They don’t try to sell us things we don’t need.”

Another reason for using Massey Ferguson: fuel efficiency. “We try to make [farming] as mechanized as we can,” says Nirim farmer Nahar.

Nahar notes the kibbutz owns three Massey Ferguson tractors that are used for a variety of tasks, from pulling trailers to planting. Yet, he says, there’s a downside to mechanization, “diesel is very expensive here … and we found the Massey tractors to be fuel efficient. They’re not consuming that much diesel and that’s a good thing, a very good thing in Israel.”

Our exclusive customer magazine, FarmLife, has produced a complete package of stories about overcoming barriers to farming in difficult conditions. See the whole story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/special-report-water/farming-on-the-edge-raising-food-in-israel/ and the whole package at http://www.myfarmlife.com/israel.

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