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2010 Canadian Operator of the Year Winner Announced

Brett Bohachewski, 2010 Operator of the Year

Congratulations to Brett Bohachewski of Aylsham Agro in Aylsham, Saskatchewan, for being named Canada’s 2010 AGCO Operator of the Year. The announcement was made at last night’s Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) in Edmonton, Alberta, where Brett was on hand to take possession of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. With the amount of acres Brett has covered in a timely and precise manner, it’s hard to believe he’s only been a custom applicator for four years. In 2010, Brett covered more than 65,000 acres. His attention to detail and commitment to a job well done has quickly earned Brett serious field credibility among his peers and customers.

In addition to the long hours that Brett puts to the job, he also finds time to be an integral part of his community, acting as a full-time volunteer at the fire department and as a floor hockey coach for individuals with special needs. In fact, Brett is developing a system that will allow visually impaired individuals to play goalie with limited assistance.

In Canada, Operator of the Year was established by AGCO Canada Ltd to recognize the outstanding achievements and professionalism of the agriculture industry’s premier custom applicators. Agri-retailers from across the country submitted some of their best custom applicators.

Brett’s commitment on and off the field exemplifies what it means to be AGCO Application Equipment’s 2010 Operator of the Year. Thanks to everyone who participated. To see this year’s finalists, visit http://www.applylikeapro.ca

AGCO RoGator Wins Product of the Year

Think of it as the People’s Choice Award for agricultural equipment!  We couldn’t be more thrilled that the RoGator 1396 was named the 2010 CropLife IRON Product of the Year by readers of CropLife IRON magazine.

Eric Sfiligoj, editor, Crop Life and Crop Life IRON, presents the 2010 Product of the Year award to Lloyd Schmidt, AGCO regional sales manager.

The RoGator 1396 self-propelled sprayer was one of five finalists handpicked by editors of CropLife IRON, a major publication read by some of the most cutting-edge people in the industry – our customers! Online voting for the five nominees was opened to the public in mid-November, and most of the votes were cast by professional applicators and larger farm operators – again, the core of our customer base. RoGator was announced as the winner at the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association meeting in Peoria, Illinois, on January 19.

The new drive system on this sophisticated machine is designed with a hydraulic motor and a separate gear reduction hub. The control cab is specifically designed for application equipment and features a six-post design that provides more visibility to see the boom tips than competing machines, in which boom views are often obstructed by cab-frame posts. The wider visibility and lower boom rests also come in handy during transport from field to field. These key innovations were instrumental in RoGator receiving a nod for the nomination.

Hats off to our engineers for the many significant advancements they’ve brought to the RoGator and to the application industry as a whole. Thank you to CropLife IRON for creating the Product of the Year contest, and to everyone who voted for us. It’s been an honor to serve our customers in the application business for more than 50 years.

It’s gratifying to be a leader in innovative solutions for the application equipment industry, but the reward is tenfold when we see firsthand how these new offerings help our customers succeed – and we also pick up some significant awards along the way! Check out what others are saying about the 2011 RoGator and TerraGator at http://www.applylikeapro.com/AboutUs/Testimonials/.

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AGCO Announces Finalists for 2011 Canadian Operator of the Year

Following on the heels of crowing a U.S. winner for Operator of the Year, AGCO is excited to announce the three outstanding finalists for Operator of the Year in Canada, a program that recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of Canada’s best custom applicators. Judging criteria for Operator of the Year includes customer service, overall leadership and commitment to the application business and community involvement. Check back with us in February to see who takes home the title of Operator of the Year and a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Congratulations and good luck to our finalists!

Brett Bohachewski, Aylsham Agro (Aylsham, Saskatchewan) — In 2010, Bohachewski sprayed nearly 60,000 acres and floated 5,500 acres with a track record of excellence that rivals veteran custom applicators. He also finds time before peak season to personally visit his customers to educate them on the latest equipment or to troubleshoot issues in the field. Bohachewski’s sense of responsibility is evident throughout the community as he balances his professional duties with being a member of the volunteer fire department and a floor hockey coach for people with special needs.

Patrick Potter, Dow Fertilizer (Onoway, Alberta) — For the past 12 years, without fail, Patrick Potter has come to work at Dow Fertilizer with an attitude that this business is his business. It’s Potter’s keen understanding of the application business that has made a trusted resource for counsel and solutions-based advice on equipment troubleshooting and other operational issues that fellow custom applicators come across in the line of work. Potter also is a livestock producer and dog trainer.

Mike Rempel, Domain Co-op (Domain, Manitoba) — Rain around Manitoba dampened fields and the chances for a quick and timely spraying season in 2010, but Mike Rempel never waivered from first contacting customers to discuss field conditions and to also follow up if tracks were left in the field due to heavy machine weight on the damp soil. A careful and consummate professional, Rempel covers more than 50,242 acres annually with a nearly spotless record. Rempel farms part-time and also is an active member of the community, including serving as greeter at the Doman Community Hall.

Do you have an outstanding operator that you would like to give credit to? Tell us about them here!

AGCO Netherlands B.V. Wins PTC Design Award

AGCO Netherlands B.V. recently won a prestigious award for the design of its new Terra Gator 8333, launched at the Agritechnica show in November 2009. The award, organised by PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation), the supplier of engineering design software to the world’s leading manufacturers, is open to all users of the company’s Pro/ENGINEER software.

Held on a regional basis around the world, AGCO Netherlands BV’s engineering team took part in the BeNeLux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg) competition.

Following the first round of judging by the PTC board and registered users, three finalists were nominated and invited to present their designs to a group of their peers from across the region. These presentations took place in November of this year at the annual PTC user conference, held in Duiven in the Netherlands.

All the finalists were given the opportunity to present their chosen design and explain in detail how the various PTC software packages were used to help in the design process.

After the presentations, the audience of professional engineers judged that the AGCO TerraGator 8333 design was the winner!

In particular, the judges were impressed by the AGCO team’s intelligent use of the software to create a “smart and precisely structured design”. Ultimately this resulted in a design that reduced manufacturing time but more importantly to our customers, it allowed a significantly more detailed study of the machine’s stress characteristics, which will result in greatly improve durability. Additionally, the 3-D design tool allows virtual proto-typing of all component assemblies, greatly enhancing the machine’s reliability and ease of maintenance.

For this design, AGCO Netherlands B.V. used Pro/ENGINEER, Large Assembly techniques-Cabling-Piping, Pro/PROCESS and Windchill PDMLink 9.0.

Ronald Wouters, Chief Engineer at AGCO Netherlands B.V. and René Broers, lead engineer of the TG 8333 project, were very pleased to be there to receive the award on behalf of the team. In addition to a trophy, now proudly on show at the factory in Grubbenvorst, the team were given a special 3D computer mouse and a cash prize. They were also treated to a thrilling ride in an F1 Powerboat.

“Our entry in the PTC awards competition was a truly collaborative effort, involving our whole engineering team”, stated Ronald Wouters. He continued “with Pro/ENGINEER and the recent AGCO implementation of Windchill, all users are now working with the latest data, thereby improving the precision of our designs. This award makes us very proud and is a real stimulation for us to further improve as we work on the many exciting projects ahead of us”. Source: AGCO Netherlands B.V. wins PTC Design Award | Challenger

What could a TerraGator 8333 help you achieve on your farm?

Top Technical Magazine Features TerraGator 8333

The new Challenger TerraGator applicator (sold in Europe) is the subject of an in-depth 5-page article in the November edition of Industrial Vehicle Technology (IVT) magazine.

“New engine, new transmission, and new front and rear axles have been mounted on a ore advanced chassis to create a specialist applications vehicle that promises more productive and economical performance,” says the report.

The article features an interview with Challenger’s Adrie Kunst, Managing and Technical Director at AGCO Netherlands BV who explains how tapping into the considerable resources of parent company AGCO meant that Challenger could design a more advanced machine that meets the latest emission rules, tackles rising fuel costs and is easier to drive and more productive for contract operators.

Looking in detail at every aspect of the machine, IVT concludes that the TG8333 is ‘a whole lot of technology for efficiently dealing with one of farming’s most basic commodities.

To view the entire article, go to http://www.ivtinternational.com/latest_issue.php

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