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Fast Forward-What Did You Think About the Launch?

From the powerful Massey Ferguson HD Loader to the luxurious Fendt 800 Series, the 2011 Fast Forward AGCO North America Launch had much to reveal to dealers this year. We hit the red carpet to get reactions. Here is what we heard…

Are you excited to see these products first-hand at the fall farm shows? Which ones will you be attending?

Winning Combo Makes for Dynamic Duo

Co-promotion ad with BASF featuring RoGator

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?

The History of Challenger

Challenger’s history is rooted in the legendary track technology of Caterpillar, but has since been extended to incorporate wheeled tractors, combine harvesters, balers and application machinery, which has its own deep-rooted history. Over the years the Challenger brand has developed and grown, going from strength to strength. We’ve written about the history of Challenger Track Tractors on the blog before, now take a look at a video recount of Challenger’s history:

What was your favorite fact about Challenger? Did you learn something new?

RoGator Purchase Translates to Paddock Efficiencies

In such an extreme season, one that has seen north west Victoria, Australia receive its annual rainfall in the space of a month, the Walters family says the operating efficiencies of its new 1386  RoGator from Croplands Equipment has proved its worth. “With a bit of share farming we put in about 12,500 acres of cereal and canola,” Trevor Walters said. Despite the tough start to a year with already more than 12 inches of rain falling on the district’s Mallee-type country, crop yields described as “quite good,” were offset by their winter crop harvest being downgraded to feed status. Interestingly, both Trevor and son Haydn have racked up plenty of experience using RoGator technology having previously purchased a 1274C unit.

“We just knew the way to go (forward) was with specialist spraying machines – a decision we made some three years ago,” he added.

Today, the property operates with a 120ft boom, plus enjoys a tank capacity that has been lifted from about 5000L to a fraction over 6000L, giving the Walters a further lift in operational capacity.

Trevor draws attention to the 1386 being very “health and safety compliant,” offering a chemical and dust-free cab environment through proven filtration systems, also drawing attention to its efficient water and chemical transfer. “Safety and overall handling of chemicals is so important when we are handling such large amounts,” he said. The family expects RoGators like its new 1386 model to cover between 500 to 600 hours a year, thereby quickly earning its keep.

The family says the 2011 season has been “a dream for spraying” because all the rain has translated into much higher humidity levels, resulting in a lot more work being carried out in day light hours. The Walters say it is difficult to pinpoint hourly outputs turned in by their 1386 newcomer. However, they can cover 1500-plus acres in daylight hours by which time the 1386’s tank usually has been re-filled six times.

“It all adds up to getting more done with less fills,” Trevor said. “Our spraying window is reasonably small and we like to keep the Delta-T levels right for ideal spraying,” he added. “You need to either spray at night – and we have found the machine very good from the perspective of its lights – or start very early in the morning and try and get two or three tanks out before it warms up,” Trevor Walters said.

Do you have examples of how your farm equipment has improved your efficiencies?

RoGator 600 Series at SIMA

The video below shows Thom Sanders, Challenger Product Specialist, Sprayers in Europe introducing the new Challenger RoGator 655 sprayer at the 2011 SIMA show in Paris. The brand new RoGator 600 Series (available in Europe) has been designed, developed and engineered to the highest standards, from its exclusive chassis to its novel spraying system. Radical innovations have increased performance, a fully independent suspension system offers industry-leading features and the spacious cab provides exceptional operator comfort. All three models, the 635, 645 and 655 are powered by the latest generation, economical AGCO SISU POWER engines. For more information, please visit the Challenger website.

Did you see the new RoGators on display at SIMA?

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