At the Agritechnica show in Hannover on 10th to 16th November Massey Ferguson will be celebrating award-winning success as well as introducing a huge array of innovative equipment. While the new MF 8700 Series, which is being launched at the show, is set to be the star of the stand, it will be on show alongside a wide range of new combines, balers and telescopic handlers.
“Agritechnica is set to be another highlight in an already enormously exciting and successful year for Massey Ferguson,” says Campbell Scott, Brand Development Manager. “We continue to invest in developing new and innovative products to help farmers to improve efficiency in all operations and are proud this is being recognised with awards.”
On show at Agritechnica for the first time are three, new four cylinder tractors in the MF 5600 Series. These go on display alongside a wide range of new harvesting equipment introducing significant changes to the MF DELTA, MF CENTORA and BETA combines, as well as the new MF 2200 Series large square balers, the new MF 1840 in-line, small square baler and new MF 9000 Xtra Series telescopic handlers.
Agritechnica will also see the introduction of the MF 470 tractor. This Brazilian-built, 120hp model is aimed specifically at Eastern European countries, which do not require engines to comply with the strict emission regulations and is likely to attract much interest.
Award winning success
Massey Ferguson is proud that, yet again, its investment is tractor innovation has been recognised by the Jury for the respected Tractor of the Year Awards, which has nominated the MF 6616 as a finalist for this year’s awards.
“We are, of course, extremely gratified and honoured the MF 6616 is a finalist in the awards,” says Mr Scott. “We are pleased the jury appreciate how this advanced design offers users the power, torque and operating benefits associated with a six cylinder tractor, but in a compact and extremely agile machine with a great power to weight ratio. Indeed, with the MF 6600 Series Massey Ferguson has created a new class of 150hp+ four cylinder tractors. Developing 185hp, with Engine Power Management on the Dyna-6 model, makes the MF 6618 the most powerful four cylinder tractor available.”
Massey Ferguson is also very proud to be receiving a prestigious Milestone 2013 Award at Agritechnica for its pioneering innovation in farm mechanisation in developing the MH-20 – the world’s first self-propelled combine harvester.
The timing of this award could not be more appropriate, with 2013 seeing Massey Ferguson celebrating the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the MH-20 combine harvester.
To mark this special occasion Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East will unveil a stunning new bronze sculpture at the awards presentation ceremony, in Hall 7 at 11.00hr on Sunday 10th November. This unique artwork, especially commissioned by Massey Ferguson, has been crafted by the internationally recognised artist, John Sherlock.
“The MH-20 SP combine was a masterpiece of engineering and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate it with this new sculptural masterpiece,” says Mr Scott. “We were determined to produce a symbol that would have lasting significance beyond the 75th anniversary date and which could be enjoyed for years to come.”
Massey Ferguson invests in farming’s future
At the Agritechnica Show Massey Ferguson will also sign a new partnership with CEJA – The European Council of Young Farmers – and will be hosting its members from across Europe at a series of events at the show.
“The goals of CEJA – to promote the interests of, and be a serious voice for, young farmers in the EU are identical to that of Massey Ferguson and are aligned with our “For a New Generation – From Massey Ferguson” approach and is a further commitment to the industry that we all work within,” explains Mr Scott.
This involvement not only translates into action the message from its unique ‘New Generation’ study, but also builds on Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future Event, held this summer near Beauvais in France.
“This research indicates a dramatic step change is taking place in global farming. It shows how a New Generation of farmers is transforming the way the world is farmed and they are demanding the most appropriate tractors, harvesters and equipment.
“The New Generation of younger farmers across Europe are forging ahead, farming larger areas than their forebears as well as producing more from less. But the report also shows it is important that the industry has the correct balance of experience and young, dynamic thinking as we move forward,” he adds.
“By working with CEJA Massey Ferguson will be at the heart of these exciting developments – using our experience and expertise to provide equipment to meet future needs, while garnering the enthusiasm and ideas from young farmers who are the future of European Agriculture.”
Tommy Porter chokes up when he talks about the land. As he tops a hill, he leans on a young oak tree. Eyes misting. Cheeks flushing. Spring green hay fields and cattle pastures roll out behind him.
Porter owns these 600 acres and another 308 down the road. He raises beef cattle, poultry and hogs, but he subscribes to the belief that he’s a borrower, a steward.
“The bank and I may hold this property, but we’re here for a short time,” he says.
“To be able to tend to part of God’s creation, that means something to me.”
Just 30 miles to the southwest sits the glass-and-steel, corporate skyline of Charlotte. It’s North Carolina’s largest, most metropolitan city. Here on the outskirts of the town of Concord, however, Porter has carved out his peace.
By the late 1970s, he and his wife Vicki were ready to chase the dream and started their cattle herd with five cows. In the mid-1980s, they bought 200 acres of corn and soybeans, and converted them to pasture.
In 30-plus years, they have grown the herd to 350 Hereford-Angus cows and calves. Along the way, Porter invested in the chicken business, expanding that operation to 68,000 broiler pullets and 30,000 broiler egg layers for Tyson Foods. The third leg of the livestock operation includes 2,200 large, white sows that breed between 102 and 105 pigs per week for Murphy-Brown.
Porter’s family has been a large part of his farm’s success. Growing up, his sons, Derek and Jared, and his daughter, Erin, performed daily chores and remained interested in the farm. Even though they’ve all got other full-time careers these days, Derek, a firefighter, still works the farm on his days off. And Jared’s wife, Colleen, now manages the layer houses.
“Tommy started with a dream,” says Chip Blalock, executive director of Sunbelt Ag Expo. “He didn’t inherit anything. He did it all the old fashioned way from scratch.” Judges considered the scope of Porter’s success a major factor when naming him the 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
Part of Porter’s award as Farmer of the Year included the year-long use of any Massey Ferguson tractor serviced by Statesville Ag and Turf. He says he selected the MF5465 for its size. The 100 pto horsepower is the perfect fit for spreading fertilizer on his hay fields, then cutting and baling it when the time is right.
“It’s nice and roomy,” says Tommy, which is no surprise considering it has one of the largest cabs in its class. And the 61 square feet of glass translates to an immense amount of visibility. Another feature they really love is that the cab has its own suspension. “It makes a big difference when you spend 8 or 10 hours riding in something that’s comfortable,” says Tommy.
With one hand, they can move smoothly through the gears of the clutchless Dyna 4, 16-speed transmission. And because the environment, and quite frankly the economy, are so important to the Porters, the AGCO Power engine, with exceptional fuel economy and low emissions, makes a great deal of sense.
Because in the past there were no large Massey Ferguson dealers near the Porters, their farm has used John Deere equipment. But this honeymoon period with the MF5465 has made a believer of Derek, who uses it the most.
“Every time he uses it,” says Tommy, “he makes a point to say, ‘I really like that tractor. I like it better than the John Deere.’”
For 65 years, this rural burg on the eastern edge of the Great Prairie has been home to a brand that shares its name and is fertile ground for the development of game-changing agricultural machines.
During the Dust Bowl years, a “hill” on an otherwise flat stretch of the Great Prairie was often a piece of farm machinery buried by the era’s black blizzards of blowing topsoil, then deserted due to a hole in the social fabric called the Great Depression. Folks did what they could to survive, and a young Kansan named Lyle Yost helped make ends meet by scouring the countryside around his family’s farm for these mounds of dirt and steel.
“He was as young as 14,” says his daughter Susan, “and as soon as Dad learned how to drive, he would take the truck out into the countryside and look for [abandoned] farm equipment.” Yost, who passed away last year, would excavate what he found and bring it home, where he and his father would use it for spare parts or repair it for sale. “Not only did Dad learn how to build and rebuild [farm equipment], but he got acquainted with farmers,” Susan says. “He learned from them and found out what they needed. The idea of Hesston Corp. was planted when he was a teenager. I don’t think he knew the direction, but he knew that he had a calling, which was to help farmers.”
That direction became clear years later when he took on a problem that afflicted practically every farmer and harvester who owned a combine back in the day. Unloading just took too much time. Yost’s contemporaries used shovels and gravity to get the grain out of the bin, losing valuable time to get the grain up and out of harm’s way.
Yost, however, had an idea for a better way to move that grain, and after a particularly difficult harvest in 1947 and with memories of Dust Bowl storms still fresh, he and blacksmith Adin Holdeman went to work developing his unloading auger design. They made five of them in about a month, Susan recalls, and sent Yost’s cousin Earl Burner out to sell them. “He got back in 3 hours and said he needed 10 more.”
When they returned to the harvest the next summer using their new machine, others witnessed the speed at which the augers unloaded grain, and orders began arriving from as far as Texas and North Dakota. Buoyed by that success, the three men set up an assembly line near their homes in Hesston, and Hesston Manufacturing was born.
More than a half-century later, Yost’s focus on farmer-oriented solutions lives on today. Still located in the small, rural town where it all started, the Hesston facility has gone on to develop some of the most productive machines in agriculture, with the harvesting equipment made there now being sold worldwide.
Read the full story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/advantage/uncovering-the-hesston-story/.
The Planter’s Positive Air Metering system (PAM™) handles seed gently and accurately with low, positive air pressure, resulting in controlled populations and higher yields for farmers.
Unlike vacuum seeding systems, which typically draw air from around metering units, The PAM™ system draws air from above of the planter’s row units. This reduces the amount of dust drawn into the metering system and the amount of wear and tear on parts – making the MF Precision Planter virtually maintenance free.
Demonstrations of the MF Precision Planter have been taking place at Griffith, a productive row cropping region in southern NSW and are set to move to northern NSW and southern QLD in the coming weeks.
Local farmers and agronomists are able to see first hand the exceptional performance of the planter in a variety of crops including cotton and corn and hear from the MF Seeding and Tillage Product Manager about the machine’s application in sorghum, sunflower, soybean and canola planting.
Australian MF Dealers in row cropping regions will also be undertaking comprehensive planter training, equipping them with the information and skills to support customers with knowledge that will improve the productivity of their farms.
The MF Precision Planter demos have also featured the MF7600 Row Crop Series tractor – impressing farmers with low fuel use and flexibility in various applications, it has proved the ideal row crop machine.
“Designed with comfort and versatility in mind, the new Massey Ferguson® 6600 Series tractors are an ideal fit for loader work, hay production, planting and tillage, livestock and dairy applications, and general on-the-farm use in any operation,” says Matt McDonald, advanced product marketing manager for under-150-hp Massey Ferguson tractors.
“Each model features a standard-powered front axle, as well as a new six-post cab that is identical in size to the larger Massey Ferguson 7600 Series tractors.
“They also feature a newly refined 4.9-liter, 4-cylinder AGCO Power engine that meets the stringent Tier 4i emissions requirements for North America.”
Available in three models from 130 to 150 engine hp (100 to 125 PTO-hp), McDonald adds, “this engine is the newest rendition of a proven power plant featuring AGCO’s advanced e3 clean air technology. The benefits include exceptional power and performance with greater fuel economy.”
Making them all the more versatile, the new 6600 Series tractors, which include the MF6614, MF6615 and MF6616, can be tailored with multiple configurations and features to fit the exact needs and specifications of the customer. The options begin with three different transmissions, depending on the model: the Dyna-VT™ (continuously variable), Dyna-6 (24-speed, semi-powershift) or Dyna-4 (16-speed, semi-powershift). All three transmissions provide efficient power transfer under any field condition.
The 6600 Series tractors are available in a choice of Classic, Deluxe or Premium editions for the desired amount of comfort and control. The Premium version, for example, features everything from electric mirrors to advanced Control Center Displays and a multipad joystick control. Other advanced options—seldom available on a midsize tractor—include a suspended front axle (standard on Deluxe and Premium editions), front 3-point hitch and Auto-Guide satellite-assisted steering.
“Customers also have a choice when it comes to the type of hydraulic system, flow rate and remote valve controls,” says McDonald, noting that three different systems are available. “The most basic package provides 15 gallons per minute (gpm), while a high-performing closed-center, load-sensing system delivers up to 29 gpm of flow to the implements and remotes.”