In most instances, compromise is a good thing. That’s not necessarily true, however, when you are talking about agricultural engines. According to Matt Rushing, AGCO director of product management for global engines and global electronics, nearly every company but AGCO shares most of their engines with other applications. Consequently, trade-offs on performance and price are generally the result.
“That’s not the case with the AGCO POWER engines Massey Ferguson® uses to power the majority of its tractors and harvest equipment,” says Rushing. “We purposely build our engines for particular agricultural products.”
In contrast, Rushing says many of Massey Ferguson’s competitors are forced to build a line of engines for multiple applications—from excavators and marine usage to trucks and forestry machines. “They really have to design their engine families with those things in mind. When you do that, you’re going to have to compromise somewhere.”
As a result, he continues, “one group of customers is often penalized in terms of cost, size or performance, because the engine has to be built a certain way for another specific group of customers … whether that involves using a certain type of cooler, a certain SCR dosing system or even special internal components.” However, because AGCO POWER engines are designed and built for agricultural applications, the machines can often be built smaller to allow for greater ease of handling or provide greater visibility than if an off-the-shelf engine were fitted under the hood.
As one example, Rushing points to the AGCO POWER 9.8-liter, 7-cylinder in-line diesel engine used in the Massey Ferguson 9500 Series combines. “It’s basically one cylinder longer than the 8.4-liter engine we use in the 8600 Series tractors, so that gives us and our customers a lot more parts commonality for lower maintenance costs. Yet, the in-line design gives us as much torque and power as we had with the [12.5-litre] Cat, while leaving space for all the turbos, after-treatment components and in-line cooling systems that are required to meet current emissions standards.”
In 2005, at an international theater festival in the Netherlands, Dutch storyteller and actor Manon Ossevoort performed her live narrative, “DO.” It’s a story about a girl on a tractor taking the dreams of many to the end of the world. So, when the story ended, Ossevoort drove out of the theater on a tractor and began a journey.
Ossevoort’s odyssey led her through Europe, the Balkans and down through the continent of Africa. Along the way, she performed her story and collected, on little slips of paper, the dreams and hopes of the people she met.
After four years and more than 23,000 miles, Ossevoort reached the Cape of Good Hope. “I literally missed my boat,” she says. The ship she had planned to take to Antarctica—the symbolic end of the world—had canceled its trip. “I had no sponsors, nothing,” says Ossevoort. “But I had thousands of dreams in the back of my tractor that I had promised to bring to the South Pole, a continent where there’s never been war.”
Cue Massey Ferguson. The company has a unique connection to Antarctica. Sir Edmund Hillary and his team drove three Ferguson TE20 tractors to the pole in 1958. That same year also marked the introduction of the Massey Ferguson brand. Sponsoring another trek to the South Pole on Massey Ferguson tractors seemed like a perfect way to celebrate both milestones.
Ossevoort and a Massey Ferguson assembled team of specialists have begun polar training in Iceland and northern Canada with a new Massey Ferguson 5600 Series tractor that has been modified to create “the ultimate polar-expedition tractor,” she says. The expedition plans to sail to Antarctica in December 2014, where it will follow the same path as Hillary’s expedition.
Ossevoort explains what she’ll do with the stories she’s collected on her journey: “I’ll symbolically finish my epic story at the geographical South Pole by building a snowman with the ‘dreams of the world’ in its belly.”
The RG700 self-propelled sprayer and Gleaner Super Series combines have been chosen as Agri Marketing magazine’s 2013 New Product of the Year and 2013 Product of the Year, respectively. AGCO is the first company in the 15-year history of the Agri Marketing product awards to take home both honors in a given year.
“Our panel of independent agriculture industry professionals chose these two innovative machines based on the value they provide to today’s farmers and the unique marketing approaches that have helped contribute to their success in our industry,” says Lynn Henderson, publisher of Agri Marketing. “The RG700 and Gleaner Super Series join a distinguished group of winners, all of which contribute to making growers more successful in producing feed, food and fiber for a growing world population.”
Agri Marketing’s 2013 New Product of the Year, the RG700 self-propelled sprayer, debuted this fall, proving the axiom that good things can come in small packages. The RG700 is a compact, 700-gallon tank machine that brings growers the benefits found in larger, professional-grade RoGator® sprayers.
The Tier 4 interim-compliant RG700 has an industry-leading AWD Smart Drive System™, even weight distribution and Parallel C-channel flex frame, providing consistent field speed without shifting, plus excellent traction with all four wheels remaining in constant contact with the ground. The result is a smooth ride and more precise product application, even under varying field conditions. Other key benefits include a powerful, yet fuel-efficient high-torque engine, adjustable track widths, and outstanding cab comfort and safety.
The Gleaner Super Series combine, Agri Marketing’s 2013 Product of the Year, was first introduced in 2010 with the S7 Super Series transverse rotary combine. Built to solve the challenges of greater yields, more residue, more acres and rising fuel costs, the S7 Super Series represented a large leap forward in harvesting capacity and efficiency, while reinforcing Gleaner’s reputation for durability, simplicity, low grain loss and very clean grain sample.
The new S8 Super Series, introduced in August 2013, takes harvesting technology even further — and includes the world’s first Class 8 transverse rotary combine. Built on the Optimum Harvesting Performance platform, the S8 Super Series is designed for ultimate efficiency and reduced parasitics. This drives horsepower to the rotor to process and thresh the crop, so growers can get more done while burning less fuel. The S8 Series features the lightest Class 6 through 8 combines on the market, and provides growers with unmatched grain quality and great throughput.
“We are incredibly honored that these products have been recognized for their innovation and value to agricultural producers,” says Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager for AGCO North America. “In 2007, AGCO began an era of significant investment in new-product research and development, driven by listening to the needs of our customers in the United States and Canada. The innovations these products deliver are a result of that investment, plus a lot of hard work. We’re proud these products provide producers with the solutions they need.”
Full details about the products and the marketing case studies behind them are available in the November/December issue of Agri Marketing magazine. For more information on the RG700, visit www.applylikeapro.com/RG700. For more information about Gleaner combines or to find a dealer near you, visit www.GleanerCombines.com.
Three new telescopic handlers in the MF 9000 Xtra Series from Massey Ferguson make their debut at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover on 11th to 16th November. All are powered by new Stage 3b/Tier 4 interim compliant engines and feature a new multi-function joystick option, which allows operators to control the transmission without removing their left hand from the steering wheel.
These new models build on the success of the MF 9000 Series, which introduced the best visibility on the market through a unique curved rear screen. The new MF 9000 Series Xtra models remain compact, agile and manoeuvrable machines that sit on a short, wide chassis, which provides exceptional stability, while the laterally, side-mounted engine offers great access for service.
MF 9000 Xtra Series telescopic handler features
All models powered by latest 3.6 litre, four cylinder engines that employ efficient, straightforward technology to meet the latest exhaust emission regulations
New joystick option allows operators to control the transmission without removing left hand from the steering wheel
Unique and patented curved rear window provides unrivalled, industry-leading visibility to the rear right three quarters, with no cab post to obstruct the view
Short, wide chassis combines the benefits of superb stability with exceptional manoeuvrability from standard four-wheel steer system. Four-speed hydrostatic transmission provides a true 40km/hr top road speed. Ability to fit wide tyres to all models
Novel boom configuration with low rear pivot point for a clear view of the rear right-hand side; up to 190 litres/min closed centre load sensing (CCLS) hydraulics with fully proportional joystick control boom suspension option.
Once again, the Agritechnica 2013 is an exhibition that sets new records. On 420,000 square metres, the entire industry presented itself to some 450,000 visitors to the world’s leading agricultural equipment and machinery exhibition. The exhibition not only set a new record in terms of the number of visitors, but also for exhibitors as well as in its internationality. For the first time, all 27 exhibition halls were occupied with 2,900 exhibitors from 47 countries. The exhibition was therefore fully booked. And accordingly there were crowds of visitors at the Fendt stand in Hall 9, where the premium brand and trend-setter in agricultural engineering presented its new innovations in the areas of tractors, combines and balers.
“There was a very positive atmosphere here at our stand. The agricultural industry is currently in a stable economic environment, so that we were able to conduct excellent, concrete talks here with our customers and dealers,” summed up Peter-Josef Paffen, Vice President and Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board. This impression is substantiated by the DLG exhibitor survey. Seventy percent of the farming and forestry enterprises said they plan to invest in the next two years. “We already reached our sales target of 18,000 tractors before the Agritechnica. Here at the exhibition we are already talking about orders for the upcoming year. Thanks to our new factory, we are ready to deliver and also aim to attain these high sales figures in 2014. The Agritechnica has given us the right impetus and tailwind for this,” said Paffen.
Fendt presented its complete line-up – from the 200 V/F/P specialty tractor range with 70 hp to the 939 Vario with 390 hp – on 2,550 square metres within the 7,200-square metre AGCO stand in Hanover. There was an especially high interest in the innovations. Under the motto “Experience Fendt. Making things happen.”, Fendt presented new high-horsepower machines in all areas this year. The new 800 and 900 Vario high-horsepower tractors convinced visitors with a number of new technical innovations, such as the integral tyre pressure regulation system VarioGrip. Fendt also presented the new combines from the Fendt X-Series with hybrid technology and the most powerful Fendt of all times – the Fendt Katana 85 forage harvester with 850 hp. “The demand for Fendt harvesting machinery is climbing noticeably. Today we also offer high-quality products in this area,” commented Paffen. The topic of precision farming was presented at both the Variotronic and the AGCO Fuse stands. In this area, Fendt now also offers SectionControl and the AGCOMMAND telemetry system. On the basis of the Fendt X Concept, visitors were able to get a first impression of the direction development in agricultural engineering will take regarding electrical drives for tractors.
Innovative technology is rewarded with awards. Fendt received the silver medal from the DLG for its new flat-sealing hydraulic coupling system. The “Machine of the Year” was awarded to the Fendt 516 Vario for tractors and the new 9490X for combines. Fendt also received the official DLG test mark for the VarioGuide RTK automated steering. “Of course, it is a great pleasure to reap awards. However, it is important to us that we bring innovations onto the market that provide real benefits for our customers and take all of their requirements for practical use into consideration. The new hydraulic coupling system is an excellent example for this, because it enables farms to convert to modern hydraulic systems flexibly, step by step, and there are no oil leaks during handling,” added the Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board.
At the Agritechnica, AGCO/Fendt finds the ideal environment to present its new technologies. “The Agritechnica is an innovation driver and provider of ideas for global agriculture and has impressively demonstrated the growing worldwide significance of farming and agricultural engineering,” explained Dr. Reinhard Grankdke, The share of visitors from outside of Germany is continually climbing, in 2013 every fourth visitor came from abroad – a new peak. “In Hanover, we meet our customers from many different countries. These included investors from Central and Eastern Europe as well as large groups from North America, who we gave a better understanding of our latest technology. We took this as an opportunity to gear up our exhibited machines accordingly and presented a 724 Vario with row crop tyres for the North American market for the first time at our stand. Overall, it was an excellent mix of expert farmers and entrepreneurs, which is becoming increasingly more international,” explains Peter-Josef Paffen. Hall 9, where the AGCO Corporation with Fendt and its other brands was found at the Agritechnica, proved to be a true magnet for visitors. The Fendt stand was one of the best visited stands over all the exhibition days. “With a team of more than 150 employees from Marketing and Sales, we were there for our customers at the Agritechnica and are pleased with the high-level conversations and the great resonance our brand found with customers,” summed up Paffen.