AES-25 Accurate Electric Steering System Now Available

AGCO and our technology partner, Topcon Precision Agriculture, are pleased to announce the availability of Topcon’s AES-25 Accurate Electric Steering kits for Challenger® and Massey Ferguson® high-horsepower tractors, selected Gleaner® combines, AGCO application equipment, as well as other brands of equipment in North America. The AES-25 system will be available through the AGCO dealer network.AES 25

“Topcon’s AES-25 is an innovative and high performance automatic steering system for professional producers who want high-accuracy results to help maximize productivity,” says Marlin Melander, technology marketing specialist with Advanced Technology Solutions at AGCO. “From its easy installation to operator-friendly operation and high level of accuracy, not only does the AES-25 system provide precise steering control, but it’s an excellent alternative to common hydraulic steering systems.”

With the AES-25 system, growers are able to start at the accuracy needed for a particular job. Then, if needed, they can step up to real-time kinetics with confidence to achieve full 2cm (0.8 inch) pass-to-pass and repeatable accuracy. This is because the AES-25 direct drive system is the only one in the industry with the power and torque to operate at centimeter accuracy. The System 150 Automatic Steering System coupled to an AES-25 electric steering option provides row crop accuracy on vehicles that have not been outfitted with a hydraulic based “Guidance Ready” option from the factory. AGCO dealers will have access to AES-25 installation kits for a wide range of vehicles, including machines sold by other agriculture equipment manufacturers. This will allow AGCO dealers to provide a complete technology solution, even to growers with other brands of equipment.

The AES-25 system’s quiet, high-torque direct-drive motor provides silent operation to prevent unwanted cab noise. Likewise, the AES-25 does not intrude into the operator’s working area. With its industry-exclusive direct-drive motor, there are no external components — such as scrubber wheel drive motors or large gear and motor housings — that could interfere with day-to-day operation. Plus, the AES-25 system can be installed and steering in just minutes, rather than requiring hours of setup like other steering systems. It also transfers easily from machine to machine.

“AGCO has long been committed to providing growers with efficiency-enhancing technology solutions that combine real-world practicality with world-class innovation,” explains Melander. “AES-25 is just one more in the growing line of advanced precision farming products AGCO brings to customers through our partnership with Topcon.”

For more information about precision farming product innovations available from AGCO, visit your local Massey Ferguson, Challenger or Gleaner dealer, or visit  If you are heading out to the National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 16-19 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, you can stop by and see it for yourself. When are you heading to your dealer to pick one up?

What is Precision Agriculture?

The greater the precision, the bigger the profit — it’s as simple as that!

The most up-to-date precision farming tools can enable you to increase returns by varying the rates at which inputs — such as fertilizer, pesticides and seed — are applied to match the yield potential of specific parts of individual fields. This means that with crop nutrients and chemical inputs, they are being applied where they are required and at a rate that will be effective in deficient or problem areas. These tools also gather extremely useful and accurate data, allowing quick and clear analysis to enable informed management decisions to be made. Take a look at the video below for more information.

Visit to find out more about what AGCO has to offer in precision ag. Are you looking into incorporating precision ag into your operation? If so, how?

AG CONNECT Expo 2011 Comes to AGCO’s Hometown of Atlanta

AGCO Chairman, President and CEO, Martin Richenhagen is also the show chairman of AEM’s AG CONNECT Expo 2011. Here are a few words from Mr. Richenhagen:

The inaugural AG CONNECT Expo in Orlando, Florida in January 2010 was indeed the global North American trade show we anticipated. A strong foundation has been built for the future and we expect AG CONNECT Expo 2011 in AGCO’s hometown of Atlanta at the World Congress Center, January 8‐10 (Preview Day January 7) will be even bigger and better.

“Thank you” to the high quality producers at this year’s show who made it such a success. Producers at AG CONNECT operate an average 2,900 acres and the vast majority possesses significant purchasing power. Producers and exhibitors who participated in this new agricultural exhibition, a show directed “by the industry and for the industry,” had the experience of quality, quality, quality.

AG CONNECT Expo provides the forum in North America where cutting‐edge international expertise provides focused solutions for the unique local needs of farmers around the world:
• Registrants from 62 countries
• The show featured pavilions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China and Europe
• More than 40 supporting organizations from around the world participated

At AG CONNECT Expo, agriculture stakeholders have one of the best opportunities to interact with each other and build their businesses during the coming years. We know that global food production will need to double in the next 40 years– a daunting challenge that can only be met with innovative technology and forward‐looking, science‐based agriculture.

AG CONNECT Expo is a showcase for prototypes, innovations and the best in efficiency‐creating technology. Producers say they want innovations, technological solutions, advances in machinery, education from the experts and the best in networking, facilitating high level discussions on all issues including legislation that is greatly influencing our industry. That’s what this trade show offers them. Source: AG CONNECT Expo 2011

Not only will AGCO be there showcasing new products and technologies, we will also be helping out with AgChat Foundation’s hands-on social media training. (Click here to register for the training.) We hope to see you out there!

Are you coming to AG CONNECT Expo 2011?

PrecisionAg Institute

AGCO’s Advanced Technology Solutions group provides specific solutions for satellite-based steering, data collection, yield-mapping and other capabilities as well as more comprehensive solutions for precision farming.

AGCO has shared our passion for precision farming and is a founding partner of the PrecisionAg Institute, an independent forum devoted to the sharing of precision agriculture practices, ideas, research, products, services and success stories. The Institute’s mission is to foster technology transfer, wider adoption and increasingly effective use of precision agriculture technology worldwide.

Through advocacy, education and research, the Institute intends to advance precision technology and its efficiency, stewardship and profitability on farms around the world through a variety of integrated media offerings:

* Grower research
* PrecisionAg eNews
* PrecisionAg Award of Excellence
* PrecisionAg Live Forums and Events
* Educational promotion
Source: PrecisionAg Works

How are you using precision farming on your operation?

New Technology at the Farm Progress Show

Out at the Farm Progress Show, the AGCO social media team is sharing a booth was some interesting characters. One of them happens to be Dave Swain with AGCO Technology Solutions. He so graciously taught me about the new Topcon AES25 autosteering system. He will share below why the AES25 option for the System 150 is the perfect solution for non-steering ready tractors.

Find out more about AGCO’s Advanced Technology Solutions and if you’re at the show, stop by to say hello!