As a Fendt owner for more than 10 years, Jerry Ryerson, who farms near Ames, Iowa, says there are only two things wrong with Fendt tractors.
“First, if you buy one, you’re going to want another one within a year,” he says with a grin. “The other is if you have any hired help, you won’t get much chance to
drive it yourself.”
On a more serious note, however, Ryerson says he loves everything about the two Fendt tractors he presently owns. Having already owned and traded an 818, an 820 and a 716, which was his very first Fendt, his current lineup includes a Model 412, which he describes as one of only a handful in the United States, and a Model 824. The latter serves as his planter and tillage tractor, while the 412 — equipped with a Fendt loader and a 3-point mounted backhoe — serves as a utility tractor.
“I also use the 824 as a transport vehicle, pulling two 760-bushel wagons behind it, in place of a truck,” he continues. “Even though I’m hauling grain up to five miles, I can still keep ahead of an 8-row combine.” Ryerson says there are plenty of features that make his largest Fendt the ideal transport vehicle, not the least of them being the 32-mph road speed. “With the Vario transmission and the ABS braking, stopping and starting are just as smooth as can be,” he relates. “Plus, with the reactive steering and the Fendt Stability Control system, I can run wide open and not have a bit of sway with the wagons.”
Of course, Ryerson is just as happy with the tractor in the field. In fact, he says he covered 110 acres with a 20-foot soil aerator after corn harvest and used just 7/10th of a gallon of diesel per acre. He’s impressed, too, with all the details Fendt thought of, like a built-in air compressor, enough hydraulic pressure to lift the rear of the tractor so he can install or remove the duals, and the touch screen multifunction Varioterminal that controls everything from one screen.
“I just love the TI (teach in) feature in the headland management program,” he says. “I can write and edit while I’m running in the field. I even figured out how to tie the autosteer into the program so it reengages after the turn. “Once you drive a Fendt, you never want to drive anything but a Fendt,” he concludes. “But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. I’ve had people ride with me and drive it, only to comment, ‘Why would anybody want to buy anything else?’”
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In 1979, the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) proclaimed October 16th as World Food Day.
Today is a global observance designed to raise awareness and understanding of different approaches to ending hunger. Food is a wonderful thing, and thanks to new technology and innovation in farming practices, farmers today are able feed around seven billion people globally! However, because our population is growing at such a fast pace, there are still roughly a billion people around the world that do not get enough food. This means that almost 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every night. As our population has grown, hunger has become an increasingly prevalent issue. World Food Day seeks to remind us of this challenge, and also spotlight the different ways in which we can help the farmers tasked with overcoming it. Every year, World Food Day is accompanied with a theme. Last year, the theme was “Food prices- from crisis to stability.” This year, the theme is “Agricultural Cooperatives- key to feeding the world.” As many farmers know, an agricultural cooperative is a member owned organization which allows farmers to pool all of their resources into different areas of activity. According to the FAO, agricultural Co-ops are fundamental in providing solutions to the hunger problem because they allow smallholder farms to negotiate better prices for resources such as seed, fertilizer, and equipment. Take for example one of AGCO’s customers, Agrifirm. Agrifirm is a Dutch cooperative that serves over 17,000 Dutch farmers and horticulturists. They offer “maximum purchasing advantage of high quality products like animal feeds, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.” In addition to product purchasing power, Agrifirm also offers knowledge and sustainable solutions to its members. Cooperatives such as Agrifirm allow farmers to access to knowledge and equipment that will help boost farm productivity at a lower cost. The more that small scale farms are able to produce, the better they will be able to support their local regions. This is why the U.N believes agricultural cooperatives to be a key element in providing for our world. It is no secret that farmers are faced with a huge task in supplying food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population. It will not be easy—but with the proper resources, continued advances in technology, and widespread participation—it will be possible. Learn more about world food day, and see how you can help make a difference!
Celebrated for its rich agricultural industries, vineyards, orchards and cereal production, Griffith situated in South Western New South Wales, has a new full line AGCO dealer for the town and surrounding areas.
At an evening event marking the beginning of the company’s promising new relationship with AGCO were 130 local guests and AGCO representatives from management, sales and technical support.
From humble beginnings in 1996, well-known local Darryl Serafin has built a successful business offering outstanding service and support for different tractor and machinery brands while developing extensive experience in the Australian agricultural industry.
His awareness of different challenges and factors affecting farming practices has made Serafin Ag Pro the success it is today. With 22 experienced and fully equipped staff, Darryl and his team understand the importance and urgency of ensuring customers continue to operate in the field.
Previously a dealer for various other tractor brands, Serafin Ag Pro is now on board with AGCO and can supply recognised major brands including Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Fendt, Gleaner and Iseki.
Today AGCO proudly published our first global sustainability report. The report describes our approach to enhancing the sustainability of our business processes and global agriculture. It presents data supporting the strategy and updates progress towards change. “At AGCO, sustainability is vital to our vision to offer high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO. “We are in a very unique position to impact sustainability along the manufacturing and agricultural value chains. We developed our approach to provide the best impact to both.”
In 2011, AGCO kicked off a comprehensive corporate sustainability initiative. We developed a plan to invest in projects and program development in areas that will reduce operating expenses, develop revenue opportunities, and reduce operating risks.
We are already working to design and develop solutions that address the evolving needs of farmers and reduce environmental impacts. The report, which aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative™, includes company accomplishments such as:
- Downstream-focused innovation: In 2011, AGCO directed $275.6 million to research and engineering, a 25.5% increase over 2010.
- Operations: Among AGCO’s largest wholly-owned sites, more than half are certified to ISO 14001 and/or the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. Going forward AGCO will monitor and report energy use by source and develop an energy management program that drives efficiency and cost saving across its organization.
- Supplier relations: AGCO released the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct to build and strengthen relationships with preferred suppliers that support quality, environmental stewardship and high labor standards.
During the first half of 2012 AGCO began building the structures to drive accountability for our performance. AGCO’s development and progress will be disclosed yearly in our sustainability report.
The full report can be accessed at http://www.agcocorp.com/company/sustainability.aspx.