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Challenger Supports Soil and Water Management Center in the UK

As preserving water and improving soil becomes increasingly vital, the pre-launch meeting of the Soil and Water Management Centre in the UK supported by Challenger marked an important development for farmers.

Created in response to a report on the current status of soil and water management, the Centre, based at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in the English Midlands, aims to provide ‘sustainable improvements’ in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.

Challenger has committed to backing the Centre for three years and will be involved in knowledge transfer days, ongoing research and extensive educational programmes for farmers and agronomists.

“Challenger’s mission statement: ‘Your Soil, Our Territory’ fits particularly well with the project,” explained Martin Hamer, Challenger Manager National Sales, UK. “Our tracked machines are already helping farmers to look after their most valuable resources – the land.”

On Show at the event was a TerraGator 2104 applicator. “Farmers and contractors are looking towards more efficient and soil-friendly methods of applying liquid slurry and other nutrient-rich by-products, and the TerraGator is an ideal method of achieving this,” said Martin. Visitors were interested to hear about how features like the dogwalk steering system could efficiently spread large load weights over the whole width of the machine, rather than distribution only in the tramlines.

Happy International Youth Day!


 

When looking to build a better future for our world, it is only practical that we consider our world’s youth. Plain and simple, the youth of the world are the world’s future. In December of 1999, the United Nations officially declared August 12th as International Youth Day(IYD).

IYD seeks to highlight good practices in developing and expanding successful partnerships with people. This year’s theme is “Building a better world—partnering with our youth.” The UN is encouraging organizations to form partnerships with the youth. Some encouraged areas of partnership are employment, education, and entrepreneurship.

This summer, I was given an opportunity to intern with AGCO from May to early August.

As my final week as an intern comes to a close, I have had some time to look back on my experience with the internship program. In doing this, I have been able to reflect upon what the program meant to myself and the other interns. Whether it is your first time holding a job, or if you have been in the corporate setting before, the AGCO internship program gives you a chance to better understand the synergies between business, education and employment. My time as an intern has been a great experience. With access to various people and resources, it has given me a hands-on opportunity to apply my education and further develop the skills I will need to be successful in the labor force, and add value to my community.
Partnerships such as the one AGCO has with its interns are instrumental in providing youth with continued education and development. The boys and girls that compose our world’s youth today will eventually be the men and women making our world’s biggest decisions. This is why it is important that they receive support from people and organizations globally.
The U.N wants to hear your thoughts and recommendations about effective ways to support our young people. If you want to offer your thoughts or share your success stories, email them at youth@un.org!

 

Let AGCO Make a Charitable Donation on Your Behalf

These are the last days of AGCO’s Farm Sustainability Blog Contest. Write a short blog or submit a video post about what sustainability means to you, or on your farm. Winning entries will be posted on the AGCO blog and shared with others. In addition, 10 winning authors will help AGCO distribute $5000 in donations.
With the population growing every day, sustainable farm operations are now more important than ever before. Farmers on the field know sustainability; we want to hear from you.

Sign up here, and share what you have been doing with us!

Excellence from the Combine Harvest Support Team during Wheat Run, NA

Combine Harvest Support

The AGCO Combine Harvest Support Team has been following the wheat run over the past few months providing support to keep them running and on schedule. Four AGCO interns have been with the Combine Harvest Support team helping and gaining valuable first-hand experience working in the agriculture industry. One of the largest surprises for the interns was how a short drive to the next farm can drastically change crop conditions and yield. “In parts of Oklahoma, some of the harvesters were saying that it was the best [harvest] they had ever seen, while others said it was one of the worst,” explained Andrew Voegeli. Due to the warm spring, the harvest started two to three weeks earlier and has progressed extremely fast this year.

Massey Combine RepairThe weather plays a large part in the harvest, and when the weather is ideal the custom harvesters are out in the fields for 12 to 16 hours per day. With uptime being one of the most important things during a busy harvest, the Combine Harvest Support Team has been working hard to ensure that the combines are running smoothly. When a problem does occur, speed is the name of the game, and the harvesters are very happy and appreciate what the tech van is doing to help. “For instance, the support team put on new valves for the cylinder of a downed combine. After ten minutes, they were up and running again,” said Voegeli. That’s why many custom harvesters buy AGCO branded combines like Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger; they know that the AGCO Combine Harvest Support Team will be there when they are needed the most and can even repair competitor’s machines as well.Gleaner

One of the best experiences for James Petrich thus far has been the ability to listen to the custom harvesters and learn what works and what could use improvement. “As an Ag Engineer, I have gotten a better understanding of the harvest and have come up with ideas to further improve on the machines.” “One of the nicest things we’ve experienced was when Bruce Nelson invited all of us to eat with his crew at the Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Pierre, SD one night in mid July. We all had a good time getting to know each other and Bruce made it known that he very much appreciates us being there right away when things break and our willingness to help anytime,” explained Josh Martinez.Currently in Billings, MT, the harvest has slowed with some of the worst wheat crop that harvesters have seen. Montana didn’t get much precipitation this past winter or spring, so there was little to help the wheat grow, making it hard for both farmers and for harvesters. Hot, dry conditions put excess wear and stress on the combines, making them more prone to problems. Fortunately, the AGCO Combine Support Team is there to keep the harvest going.

Last Week to Submit Your Farm Sustainability Contest Entry!

This week is the last week of AGCO’s Farm Sustainability Blog Contest! We still want you to share what you’re doing with sustainability on your farm. Write a short blog or submit a video post on what you’re doing to increase efficiency on your farm. You could also share how you are interacting with your community, or what you are doing to help support your local economy.
We will select 10 winning entries, and those entries will be posted on the AGCO blog so that they can be shared with others. In addition, the 10 winning authors will choose select organizations to receive a total of $5,000 in donations from AGCO!
Faced with the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population, efficiency on the farm is becoming increasingly important. We know that nobody knows this better than the farmers on the ground today, and that is why we want to hear from you! Sign up here, and share your story!

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