Massey Ferguson is honoured to receive a Tractor of the Year 2015 finalist Award at the EIMA Show in Bologna, for its powerful MF 8737.
“Massey Ferguson is always proud when our tractors are nominated by members of the jury, which is made up of experts from leading magazines across Europe,” says Campbell Scott, Director Sales Engineering & Brand Development.
“We are, however, not surprised that the MF 8737 was nominated for Tractor of the Year, because its predecessor the MF 8690, took the title in 2009. This was the first agricultural tractor to employ efficient, maintenance-free selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to control exhaust emissions.
“The MF 8737 builds on these very strong foundations, combining well-proven quality with new features to provide even better performance and productivity with outstanding fuel economy.”
The MF 8700 Series tractors are available in two levels of specification – Efficient or Exclusive – to suit users’ businesses, budget and workload.
No matter your annual precipitation or what you’re raising, protecting water sources on your land is critical. However, when your yearly rainfall averages only 9 to 11 inches, as it does for rancher Dan Forsea, the task is all the more crucial.
The Richland, Ore., cattleman raises 650 Angus-Hereford cows at his Eagle Valley headquarters in the winter and on the 15,000 to 20,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management range they graze in the summer. Forsea and his cattle depend on every bit of that precipitation, as well as area creeks and rivers.
As a result, Forsea does all he can to keep the springs, streambeds and riparian areas—the land bordering the creeks and rivers—in top-notch shape. For starters, he depends on fences. “We try to fence off most of the creeks in the valley. If we do graze, we only keep the cattle in there for a short time. The fences keep the cattle where I want them, it makes them easier to manage, and it keeps the streambanks in [good] condition.”
He’s also undertaken other methods, such as placing salt licks on ridges to draw the cattle away from streambeds. When his streambanks do erode, he employs various methods, such as using cables to tie back saplings that then help stabilize the bank.
The creek through his feedlot was probably the most in need of help. “The cattle made a mess. I was going to do the work on my own but the Natural Resources Conservation Service [NRCS] helped me with cost-share money. We fenced it out and put in four troughs. Now we have a good buffer. Even the feedlot is grassy. I could hay it if it wasn’t so rocky.”
For more on how Forsea protects the water and depends on Massey Ferguson equipment to help get the work done, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/farmstead/protect-the-water/.
In the first three years of raising potatoes—what was then Southern Alberta’s hot new crop—John Vossebelt almost lost the farm.
“When we started in 2000, we were partly froze out,” says John, noting an early frost that destroyed a large portion of his first harvest. While the next year provided a good yield, “2002 froze us out again.
“When you just start in this business [making] the big investments, you cannot have a bad year,” continues John. “But we had two.”
“We’d gotten the equipment, prepared the land and ourselves by learning about growing [potatoes],” John says. “We knew potatoes would be a high-risk crop, but we knew in our gut we could be successful.”
A decade and a half later, with the help of his wife, Ann, their five children and, says John, “many others,” the Vossebelt patriarch has built a successful, 2,500-acre operation named Chin Coulee Spud Farms. John now shares management with his two sons, Delbert and Dwayne, and runs a fleet of farm equipment that’s almost entirely AGCO-made.
We’re proud to be one of the Vossebelt’s partners in their farming enterprise. They put a lot of trust in our equipment, depending on it to get the job done reliably and effectively. We don’t take that lightly. After all, to John and his family, farming is more than a business.
“The potatoes have been good. We’ve had success as farmers, even though we had a difficult start, and it allows me to work with two of my children.”
He then looks around, smiles and asks in that booming, Dutch-laced baritone, “I can say that over the years we’ve been blessed in a lot of things, yes?”
The bold and ambitious Antarctica2 mission to drive an MF 5610 tractor to the South Pole is ready to roll. The team is standing by to fly from Cape Town in South Africa to Novo Base in Eastern Antarctica.
This is the first chapter in an unfolding modern-day adventure story which will see the realisation of a dream for the lead driver, Manon Ossevoort, and an extreme test of endurance for the tractor and the entire crew. Depending on conditions, the expedition is scheduled to depart Novo Base in the latter part of November and reach the Geographical South Pole sometime around mid-December.
In a 5000 km return journey across the unforgiving icescape, Antarctica2 follows the achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary, who drove a specially-adapted Ferguson TE20 tractor to the South Pole in 1958.
This second Antarctic tractor expedition is being organised to highlight the need for the provision of accessible technologies and innovative services to allow future farmers to meet the world’s growing requirement for food
Along with Massey Ferguson which is supplying the tractor, Antarctica2 has enlisted the help of leading industry partners including Trelleborg, Castrol, AGCO Finance, AGCO Parts, Fuse Technologies and MechaTrac.
“The journey will demonstrate tenacity, engineering skills, reliability, teamwork and achievement,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development. “The MF 5610 is a straightforward, dependable machine and the members of expedition team bring an ideal range of skills and experience to the project.”
The 2014 Antarctica2 mission to take a tractor to the South Pole emulates the achievement of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary who led the first mechanised expedition to the South Pole in 1958 using a fleet of Ferguson TE20 tractors.
In 2014, 56 years since Hillary’s journey and 56 years since the birth of the Massey Ferguson brand, an MF 5600 tractor will make a similar trek across the ice.
On January 4 1958, driving 28hp TE20 tractors, Hillary’s team became the first overland explorers to reach the South Pole since Captain Scott’s expedition in 1912.
In his now famous telegram he told the ‘Massey-Harris-Ferguson Farming Company’:
“Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Fergusons performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the Pole possible. Stop. Thank you for your good wishes = Hillary”
At the time, the press described this as the ‘The Last Great Journey in the World’, although the expedition’s official title was The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58. Led by Englishman, Sir Vivian Fuchs, its aim was to be the first to cross the continent overland – 50 years after Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt – while gathering scientific data.
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