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Big Dreams and Growing Pains on the Farm

This eastern Kansas farmer has more than doubled his ground in 2014, to 4,700 acres, and the rental parcels are as much as 200 miles apart.

Dustin Edwards with his MF8660

Dustin Edwards with his MF8660

“It’s like being in an office on the farm doing business,” says Dustin Edwards of the ride and technology in his MF8660 and MF8690 tractors, and the new MF9540 combine. “The CVT [continuously variable transmission] is awesome. I can literally stop in the field with the in-line ripper in the ground; I don’t even have to lift it out of the soil. When I start up again, the programmed computer just takes over and brings me up to speed, and can [reach] optimum rpm with the CVT. This is the best thing since sliced bread.”

Edwards believes the CVT saves him up to 2 gallons per hour in fuel over a tractor without. “Saving that kind of money just makes you more competitive.”
He’s just as happy, if not more so, with the MF9250 DynaFlex® header. “If I had to go back to an old auger head, I’d quit picking soybeans,” he says. The speed, efficiency and gentleness with which the header did the job so impressed a prospective landlord riding in the combine with Edwards that “it helped get the business. I didn’t even have to push him.”

His relationship with Schuck Equipment of Lawrence, Kan., is a big part of the reason for Edwards’ loyalty. The company is operated by Michael and Miles Schuck, who took over from their father, Howard, who had purchased the dealership in 1969.

For their part, the Schucks consider Edwards’ far-flung operation and increasingly high profile a benefit to their business. “If you’ve ever met Dustin, you’ll know he’s a stranger to no one,” says Miles Schuck. “He talks about what he’s doing and where he gets his equipment, so yeah, there is a benefit.”

For more on Dustin Edwards and his fast-growing farm operation, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/big-dreams-and-growing-pains-on-the-farm/.

American Farmland Trust: I Love My Farmers Market

A farmers market in Shreveport, La.

A farmers market in Shreveport, La.

The I Love My Farmers Market Celebration kicked off its summer-long event on June 13. Now in its sixth year, the program, sponsored by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), promotes USDA-listed farmers’ markets across the nation. Customers are encouraged to pledge dollars online and to follow through with a commitment to shop at their favorite farmers markets.

According to the AFT, for every $10 spent on local food, as much as $7.80 is re-spent in the local community, supporting local jobs and businesses. During the 2013 I Love My Farmers Market Celebration, a total of $259,690 was pledged to be spent at farmers’ markets, the majority of which the AFT calculates went directly to farmers.

The celebration, which is part of AFT’s No Farms No Food® campaign, helps emphasize “how important it is to put money directly into [farmers’] pockets, to help keep them on the land and to keep their operations viable.”

For more, including how to vote, visit: http://www.myfarmlife.com/first-gear/i-love-my-farmers-market-good-food-good-cause/

MF 6600 Series Wins Silver Award at Cereals 2014, UK

Massey Ferguson is delighted to have been awarded a Silver award for its MF 6600 range of tractors at the inaugural IMMA awards at this year’s Cereals event in Cambridgeshire, England.

The IMMAs are a totally new machinery awards scheme that recognises the best new farm equipment on the market today.

Campbell Scott, Director Sales Engineering and MF Brand Development EAME, and Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager, Massey Ferguson, UK and Ireland.

Campbell Scott, Director Sales Engineering and MF Brand Development EAME, and Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager, Massey Ferguson, UK and Ireland.

This new initiative organised by the Cereals Event and supported by the AEA, The Institution of Agricultural Engineers, The Royal Agricultural University and Farmers Weekly, recognises the very best in agricultural engineering.

The independent panel of judges awarded the honours based on the following criteria – Innovation, cost-effectiveness and value.

The judging panel consisted of a number of high profile names from the world of agriculture: Professor Dick Godwin, Harper Adams University (soils and cultivation); Professor Toby Mottram, Royal Agricultural University (robotics); Peter Redman (IAgrE); Prof Paul Miller, NIAB (sprayer expert); Phillip Clappison, Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year; Roger Lane-Nott (AEA) and David Cousins, Farmers Weekly.

Massey Ferguson submitted their entry back in April, in a comprehensive application that was co-ordinated by Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager for Massey Ferguson in the UK and Ireland. The package included not only technical information, but supporting collateral such as video, images and customer testimonial.

The MF 6600 award was highlighted by the following closing statement “Ruggedly powerful engines and intelligent design ensure all models in the MF 6600 range have a high power-to-weight ratio for extraordinary all-round machine ability and agility in all applications. The Massey Ferguson DNA clearly runs through the MF 6600 range, with the same familiar, contemporary styling and a presence that makes every Massey Ferguson tractor stand out from the crowd.”

The judging panel clearly agreed!

 

MF 8700 Storms Into the Final!

The mighty 400hp MF 8737 – Massey Ferguson’s most powerful tractor ever – has stormed into the final of this year’s Tractor of the Year competition.

mf8700Packed with an impressive array of features which deliver real benefits to the farmer, the MF 8737 scored well in the preliminary rounds. It’s now set to put up an equally spirited performance as the International Jury make their final decisions in the run-up to EIMA Bologna (November) where the top prize will be awarded.

“Our goal is to win,” claimed Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development. “This is the strongest of performers and will match anything else out there in this power class. We are now eager to get the machine onto the field and kick-off with the test-drive stage.”

MF 6600 Series — For the New Generation of Farmers

The MF 6600 Series from Massey Ferguson introduces the highest power four cylinder tractors on the market. This new five-model range precisely matches the needs of farmers and contractors employing modern and efficient crop establishment and mechanisation techniques.

“Massey Ferguson has developed the MF 6600 Series for the new generation of farmers who are looking closely at their asset management in terms of labour, power, soil protection, cropping and the environment,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Brand Development Manager. “This new range combines the right size and power with productive features that are needed to farm most effectively in today’s challenging conditions.”

The MF 6600 Series offers users the power, torque and operating benefits associated with a six cylinder tractor in a 4 cylinder compact and extremely agile tractor with a great power to weight ratio. Fitting in between the MF 5600 Series and the awarding winning MF 7600s, it offers a high level of standard specification with a wide choice of transmissions, hydraulic systems and cab comfort to suit their specific requirements.

As well as sharing a similar size and style of cab as the MF 7600 Series, the MF 6600 Series is also available with Dyna-4, Dyna-6 or Dyna-VT transmissions and in Essential, Efficient or Exclusive cab specifications. Together these provide 10 different variants.

Massey Ferguson MF 6600 Series       

Transmission Dyna-4
  MF 6612 MF 6612 MF 6615
ISO Max power 120hp 130hp 145hp
ISO Max (EPM) 135hp 145hp 160hp
Specification Essential

 

Transmission Dyna-6
  MF 6613 MF 6614 MF 6615 MF 6616
ISO Max power 125hp 140hp 150hp 160hp
ISO Max (EPM) 150hp 165hp 175hp 185hp
Specification Essential, Efficient, Exclusive

 

Transmission Dyna-VT
  MF 6614 MF 6615 MF 6616
ISO Max power 140hp 150hp 160hp
ISO Max (EPM) - - -
Specification Efficient, Exclusive

MF 6600 Series features

  • Pioneering high capacity 4.9 litre, four cylinder AGCO Power engine delivers enormous power and high torque and introduces the most powerful tractor in the sector. Equipped with Generation 2, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology with Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) for high efficiency and low emissions.
  • Superb maneuverability from a light, compact design providing excellent power to weight ratio with a short overall length, but long wheelbase for superb balance and traction. New front support for close coupled, integral front linkage.
  • SpeedSteer option offers effortless swift headland turns.
  • Leading Massey Ferguson Dyna-4, Dyna-6 semi-powershift with AutoDrive option as well as Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission for certain models, allow users to select the best for their business and tasks.
  • New combined flow, 100 litre/min hydraulic system and new right-hand joystick operates transmission, hydraulics and loader with one hand.
  • The same spacious and comfortable cab as the MF 7600, with mechanical and hydraulic suspension options and new controls. Owners can choose from three levels of specification to suit their budgets and needs.
  • Connected by AGCO’s Fuse Technologies:
    • New Auto-GuideTM 3000 guidance system operates through Datatronic 4 tractor terminal.
    • The tractors are AgCommand® ready allowing the simple addition of a control box to provide full telemetry. New APP allows the AgCommand option to be used with smartphones and tablets.
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