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China Opens Third AGCO Brand Store in Heilongjiang

AGCO China’s third Exclusive Brand Store – Harbin Honghan Technology Development Co. Ltd. grandly opened in Nenjiang County, Heihe, Heilongjiang Province on Sept 29th. Mr. Li Youji, AGCO Senior Director Commercial Development China & General Manager Beijing attended the opening ceremony with his commercial team and cut the ribbon. Around 80 guests attended the event. 

Harbin Honghan Technology Development Co, Ltd follows a traditional “store in the front & yard in the back” operation mode

Harbin Honghan Technology Development Co, Ltd follows a traditional “store in the front & yard in the back” operation mode

“The opening of Honghan marks a successful step of AGCO’s Exclusive Brand Store into North-East China. As AGCO China builds up 3 stores of this new mode within just half a year, the company is striving to serve mass Chinese customers more comprehensively and deeply, through a more unified image, a higher level of quality and a more considerate set of facilities.” Commented Fred Yang, AGCO Vice President & Managing Director, China, “Along with a further expansion of AGCO’s dealer network and deepening of our cooperation model, we will aim to provide an all-in-one service to our customers, to fulfill our sacred mission of satisfying customers’ needs with higher standards.”

The store covers an area of 2,000 sq. meters totally with the building occupying 300 sq. meters, following a traditional “store in the front & yard in the back” operation mode. The ground floor has the reception and parts displaying area, while the meeting rooms and main administrative area are located on the 2nd floor. In the show zone of the backyard with the size of more than 1,000 sq. meters, local hot sellers — 4 units of Massey Ferguson High HP tractor MF7624 and 2 units of large square baler MF2170 are magnificently displayed. A full, yet detailed function design not only meets daily needs of sales, service and parts supply, but also brings customers the most considerate and all-around product appreciation and purchasing experience.

4 units of Massey Ferguson High HP tractor MF7624 and 2 units of large square baler MF2170 are displayed grandly in the yard

4 units of Massey Ferguson High HP tractor MF7624 and 2 units of large square baler MF2170 are displayed grandly in the yard

“AGCO has been consistent in offering best-quality and most suitable products to all regions in order to meet various demands from customers.” Commented Li Youji, AGCO Senior Director Commercial Development China & General Manager Beijing, “Nenjiang County is one of the main grain production zones of Heilongjiang and has been developed into National Non-GMO soybean production protection zone and Non-GMO soybean food development zone in recent years. With the store opened in Nenjiang, AGCO is not only meeting a vast demand for agricultural machines from local farmers, but also undoubtedly unleashing a strong and stable power for Heilongjiang’s autumn harvest. This will increase farmers’ revenue and help local agriculture economy move forward.”

Mr. Li Youji, AGCO Senior Director Commercial Development China & General Manager Beijing grants an “AGCO Authorized Dealer” Sign to Mr. Li Nan, GM of Honghan at the ceremony

Mr. Li Youji, AGCO Senior Director Commercial Development China & General Manager Beijing grants an “AGCO Authorized Dealer” Sign to Mr. Li Nan, GM of Honghan at the ceremony

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Li Nan, General Manager of Honghan delivered six Massey Ferguson Combine MF-T7 units to Mr. Wang Shumin, Nenjiang Liming Cooperative onsite, with total price equivalent to about 13 million RMB. In addition, two more coops have ordered products onsite as well which cost approximately 10 million RMB in total.

Vision of the Future – Melbourne, Australia 2014

MF4700 Global Series

MF4700 Global Series at Vision of the Future, Melbourne 2014

Vision of the Future, Melbourne 2014, showcased Massey Ferguson’s range of machinery and technology solutions for grounds care applications right through to modern broad acre farming operations.

With 4,500m2 of exhibition space and over 80 display units, information kiosks and multimedia displays all under one roof, Vision of the Future was a great opportunity for agricultural operators across the APAC region to see the latest in Massey Ferguson products and Fuse technologies before the busy Harvest period.

Running over three days, the event unveiled new Massey Ferguson products as part of a wider global release.

Vision of the Future – Melbourne featured a glimpse of the new generation of Massey Ferguson products now available in Australia and New Zealand,  including the New 74-82 HP MF4700 Global Series and Massey Ferguson’s most powerful tractor yet, the new 270-370 HP MF8700 Series.

260 Massey Ferguson dealers from across the region along with over 400 customers were also introduced to the global series concept, unique in the farm machinery industry and a major component of Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future.

Massey Ferguson’s parent company, AGCO has already started the Global Series investment in new facilities and systems that will create a highly flexible network of manufacturing plants, enabling major units and complete tractors to be produced and assembled at multiple locations throughout the world to meet the demands of local markets.

“This is an exciting time for Massey Ferguson and our customers as we embark on a new generation of products that offer features and quality that will make them very attractive to Australian and New Zealand farmers and operators,” says Simon Hole, Director of Marketing, AGCO Australia.

Product specialists, parts specialists, dealers and finance representatives were available with the latest information and product knowledge about the exciting Massey Ferguson range and the future of Global Series.

Also featured at the event was the exciting and ongoing development in technology products.

Taking the central stage across the three day event, Fuse technology Product Manager Jeremy Duniam outlined the huge benefits of technologies currently available on Massey Ferguson products and the enormous market potential these products have, as well as their positive impact on the profitability and efficiency of farming worldwide.

“Fuse is a new generational open approach to precision agriculture for Massey Ferguson products.  Fuse connects the entire crop cycle from enterprise planning to planting, crop care, and harvesting and grain storage. For Massey Ferguson customers it means access to seamless advance technology and data management that can be integrated into their current operations and service providers with immediate benefits and improvements in efficiencies into the future. It is an exciting time for advanced technologies”, Jeremy said.

Fuse Technologies Presentation to Massey Ferguson Dealers

Fuse Technologies Presentation to Massey Ferguson Dealers

Dealers and customers also got the opportunity to be amongst the first people in the world to test drive the new MF4700 Global Series, with several MF4708 models available at an off site testing location.

The Vision of the Future event was a huge success and the Massey Ferguson team at AGCO Australia thanks all APAC attendees, many of whom travelling from around Asia Pacific, New Zealand  and regional Australia, for their positive participation in the event.

Idaho Dealer Agri-Service Holds Series of Fall Tillage Days

Photo taken by Adam Hubbard, Marketing Manager Agri-Service, LLC

Photos taken by Adam Hubbard, Marketing Manager Agri-Service, LLC

While the skies above may look ominous in this picture, the tractors and equipment were in for a day of hard work ahead.  Several weeks ago in American Falls, Idaho, AGCO dealer Agri-Service, LLC had its first of a series of events called Fall Tillage days.  This is a chance for their customers and prospects get behind the wheel of our tractors and demonstrate them along with our tillage equipment.  “In attendance at this particular event were approximately 18 guests representing about 8 local farm operations,” said Adam Hubbard, Marketing Manager at Agri-Service.

Available to demo were a Challenger MT685 pulling a Sunflower 4511 Disc Chisel, a Challenger MT765 pulling a Sunflower 1436 Disc Harrow, and a Challenger MT865 pulling a Sunflower 4630 Disc Ripper.  Everyone in attendance was able to demonstrate each of these machines and Agri-Service salesmen as well as AGCO Product Specialists were on-hand to answer questions and point out key features of the equipment and highlight their benefits.  All were able to easily demonstrate the ability to till under the crop residue while leaving an impressive finish.

Tillage 1435 Shot

CH Low field shot

 As these machines were parked on a well-traveled road prior to the start of the day, there were some walk-ups inquiring about the impressive display including the static Gleaner Super Series S88 which was prominently showcased as well.

“We had positive feedback from all of the customers that attended.  All were able to operate the equipment and were impressed by the tractors as well as the performance of each tillage piece.  Some of them had used Sunflower [before] and some hadn’t,” stated Hubbard.   When asked if anything in particular stood out to the guests, Hubbard replied, “the SF 4630, the big disc ripper and it performed very well in addition to the incredible ability and performance of the MT865 tractor.”

Agri-Service has three more upcoming Fall Tillage events in October.  To learn more, click here.

Small Hay, Big Needs

Hammann walks with his son, Jason, who kicks in some much-needed help at harvest time.

Hammann walks with his son, Jason, who kicks in some much-needed help at harvest time.

Most days, from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., you can find Galen Hammann working what might be called his first shift. He’s an assistant engineer at the Truman Hotel in his hometown of Jefferson City, Mo.

By mid-afternoon, he’s working closer to home on his 185-acre farm, where he raises about 80 head of cattle a year, as well as oats, wheat and hay—a mixture of fescue, orchardgrass, brome and clover—to use as feed for his cow/calf operation. No matter what he’s up to, the work usually doesn’t stop until dark, if not later.

That’s much the same story for Ken Thalman. Living and working about a three-hour drive east from Hammann, Thalman is a full-time postal employee in Centralia, Ill., who, in addition to his day job, grows grass hay on 18 acres of his 40-acre spread.

Thalman and Hammann are among the growing ranks of the do-it-yourself hay producers. One of the main drivers of the trend is that less hay is being produced, leading to higher prices.

Also, significant advances in equipment have made it more cost-effective for many farmers to grow their own as opposed to buying feed or hiring custom harvesters. Even growing hay on plots of land once considered too small to be worth the effort has become an increasingly popular solution for producers looking to squeeze the value out of every dollar, hour and acre.

To be sure, the rising cost of hay and the demand on custom harvesters have made the DIY option more cost-effective for greater numbers of small-acreage farmers. In addition, not only can they now grow hay themselves, small-acreage producers can also grow the quality their operations demand.

Both Hammann and Thalman battle hills and sharp corners that make operating with large mowers and balers difficult. That’s a big reason why they use small, nimble equipment that’s more suited for rolling land often carved into small parcels.

“The smaller length of the cutterbar on Ken’s Massey Ferguson® 1326 disc mower allows it to cover rough terrain,” says dealer Jeff Suchomski, of Suchomski Equipment. “And Ken’s Hesston® 1734 [round] baler, with the smaller overall size, can handle the terrain better too.”

Thalman checks over a 600-pound round bale made with his Hesston 1734 baler.

Thalman checks over a 600-pound round bale made with his Hesston 1734 baler.

Thalman can also pull his new equipment with relatively low-horsepower tractors. Considering many small-acreage farmers aren’t likely to own anything much larger, that’s a valuable feature.

“I don’t need a big tractor [for] farming,” says Thalman. “I’ve got my own tractor, and Jeff can match me up with equipment that will work with what I’ve got. It’s a win-win situation.”

Both Thalman and Hammann also have to travel over the road with their equipment to reach smaller patches of land they clear for neighbors. When he needs to be mobile, Hammann runs a Hesston 4550 square baler he purchased from Tom Lauf, of Lauf Equipment. “The square baler is built very compact compared to how it used to be built. It’s narrower and still makes a better bale than the old balers did,” Lauf says.

Thalman also likes the way his equipment handles in tight spots. “When I show you some of the places that I take hay off of, you’d think there’s no way you could get your equipment in,” he says. “I’ve got places up and down the road here with 4, 5 and 6 acres that I mow. And my equipment is small enough, I can just run right down the road.”

Read the full story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/small-hay-operations-have-big-needs/.

The Farm Animal Photo Contest is here!

The second annual Farm Animal Photo contest is here! Did you enjoy the AGCO Farm Dog photo contest last year?

This year we’re doing things a bit differently and you can now show off any animal for a chance to win the new iPad! Upload up to three different photos into the contest from now until Thursday, April 19, 2012. AGCO will then pick finalists from the pool of photos, where everyone will then vote for the winner! The grand prize winner will win the new iPad and four of the top finalists will win $25 iTunes gift cards.

Which of your farm animals will you show off? Enter now!

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