Massey Ferguson has been presented with France’s prestigious Foreign Exporter award (Le prix de L’Exportateur Etranger). The award recognises the major contribution that the Beauvais Tractor Manufacturing Facility in Picardy makes to the country’s economy and cites the plant as a leading example of a foreign company established and investing in France.
The Export Grand Prix Awards are organised by BFM Business, France’s Economics TV and Radio news channel. In selecting the Foreign Exporter award-winner, the jury looks for a foreign company with significant activity in France, a strong record in new product launches and a recognised Brand in its sector. Key partner of the awards event and a member of the judging panel is Business France, a French government agency which helps businesses in France to boost their exports. At the Grand Prix ceremony in Paris, Muriel Pénicaud from Business France presented the Foreign Exporter prize to Massey Ferguson’s Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director Europe/Africa/Middle East.
Operated by Massey Ferguson’s parent company, AGCO, which is headquartered in Duluth in the United States, the Beauvais site designs and manufactures Massey Ferguson tractors from 80-400hp. It is France’s largest producer and exporter of farm machinery. Some 14,500 tractors leave the assembly lines each year, 85% of which are shipped to markets all over the world. In the last 12 months, four new MF tractor ranges built at the plant have been unveiled for global markets.
“We are thrilled and honoured to win this coveted award,” says Richard Markwell. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our 2500-strong workforce at Beauvais and the global strength of the Massey Ferguson Brand. The Brand has universal appeal and farmers in all parts of the world are choosing our agricultural equipment to help run their businesses.”
“AGCO continues to make major investments in the Beauvais facility and we are renowned as a global centre of innovation, engineering and manufacturing excellence,” he remarks. Our manufacturing expertise and agility coupled with our wide-ranging, high-quality product line ensures we stay ahead of competitors, meet our customers’ expectations and continue to maintain our lead as France’s number one producer and exporter of farm equipment.”
Between U.S. Sugar and Glades Planting LLC, the South Florida operations this past year used no fewer than 52 tractors from AGCO to help put sweetener on tables worldwide. Between last October into this coming April, U.S. Sugar leased 20 MF7622s that will haul heavy wagons loaded with sugar cane from the fields to rail car elevator collection points.
Those tractors work 24 hours per day, says Juan Cervera, U.S. Sugar’s harvest operations manager. “One harvest crew comes on at 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., then a second crew from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. They are hauling an average of 4,500 tons of cane per day.”
“When you look at our operation, we put 3,500 hours on a tractor in a season,” says Heather Banky, managing director of grower relations, fleet & special projects. “You don’t see that happen in three or four years in other businesses. This year, all the tractors were equipped with AGCO’s AgCommand® monitoring system, which will increase their ability to monitor performance, including fuel usage.
U.S. Sugar is on its second year using the MF7622. The reviews are glowing. “They pull really well,” says Cervera. “They pull better than the John Deeres of the same size. The operators like them. They are comfortable.”
Glades Planting contracts with U.S. Sugar to plant cane, spray crop-protection chemicals and apply fertilizer. In 2015 they leased eight MF5612s, eight MF5613s, and 16 Challenger® MT465B tractors. Like U.S. Sugar, they leased the machinery from Kelly Tractor in Clewiston.
“The biggest thing is to be able to support the tractor,” says Trey Dyess, co-owner of Glade Planting. “And we have to say Kelly Tractor does a really good job.” Dyess and partners also own two of AGCO’s RoGator® sprayers, an RG1100 and an RG900.
“We get 32 tractors from them. We’re the biggest ag rental for Kelly Tractor,” says Dyess. “As long as they do good service work, we’ll stay with them.”
U.S. Sugar depends on Kelly as well and, as with Glades, the commitment from Kelly Tractor is solid. “They have to be running all the time,” says Clayton Jones of Kelly Tractor. “Any downtime is expensive. They depend on our parts department, and we stay pretty stocked up. We are on call 24 hours per day.”
For more about this operation and how it uses Massey Ferguson tractors, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/sugar-cane-hard-work-sweet-result/.
Managing a 30,000-acre ranch and caring for as many as 11,000 head of cattle demands that everyone and everything work on schedule. Fortunately for the Sloan family, owners of Sloan Cattle Company, they love the work, have terrific help and run a 10-machine fleet of dependable, comfortable and fuel-efficient Massey Ferguson® equipment.
“The fuel consumption is just unbelievable,” says Chris Sloan, who runs the ranch with his father, Frank, and brother Frankie. About their 7600 and 8600 Series tractors, Chris says, “They burn 33% less than their competitors. And our two [windrowers], they burn 50% less fuel to cut the same amount of acres.”
The cabs on the WR9700 Series windrowers are, says Frankie, “the most roomy as compared to other brands. Visibility is better too. John Deere is pretty enclosed, and in that Massey you can definitely see twice as good. Those Massey [windrowers] are definitely the best made on the market.”
“The Masseys seem way smoother too,” says Chris about the benefits of the CVT transmission. “You don’t feel any jerks or any shifts. They’ve got plenty of power too. They’re just amazing.” And, he continues, “I’ve never sat in a more comfortable tractor than the 7600 Series tractor … and they’re tough. We had one start the other day at –30 degrees [Celsius].”
The Sloans also recently switched to two Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2270 large square balers, which Chris says are dependable and easy to use. Even in their first year owning the large square, says Chris, “we could make 1,000 bales in a day. That [square baler] is a very impressive piece of equipment.”
For more on this story, see the full article at http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/cool-running-ranching-in-albertas-cow-country/.
Among a host of tasks, the new Massey Ferguson® 4700 Series is designed for heavier and larger implements, draft work and demanding applications. Yet, even with all that beef, these tractors are still amazingly fuel-efficient. That’s in large part due to electronic engine management coupled with a high-pressure common-rail (HPCR) fuel injection system.
A high-pressure fuel pump and single-pressure vessel deliver fuel to each cylinder at more than 23,000 psi. Individual overhead injectors use the high pressure to atomize fuel for optimized combustion. Meanwhile, the engine management system monitors every aspect of the engine’s operation and adjusts fuel flow, injection timing and other functions to deliver outstanding performance with very low fuel consumption.
The 4700 Series is hitting the North American market, and producers, landscapers and those who simply need a tractor on their farmsteads are offering rave reviews of the series. See the whole story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/advantage/field-test-heavy-duty-utility-tractors/.
The last two winters on Prince Edward Island have been epic. Just ask Jamie Fox, who not only lives on PEI, but owns a truck stop that—no matter the depth of the snow—he keeps open 24/7.
How does he do it? He gives a chunk of the credit to his Massey Ferguson tractor.
Last winter, Fox could often be seen clearing drifts that were 4 to 5 feet above the tractor, an MF1635. “It’s so user-friendly,” he says. “It’s a pleasure to drive. The cab has plenty of visibility, and it has a much shorter turning radius than most tractors, which makes it easy to maneuver around the fuel pumps and service islands.
“I bought the tractor in 2011 and it already has close to 1,100 hours on it. Yet it’s never once failed me,” he adds.
Although the MF1635 that Fox uses is no longer part of the Massey Ferguson lineup, Brandon Montgomery, AGCO product manager for <160 HP tractors, says the MF1700 Series that replaced it is equally adept at snow removal.
“We’ve had customers buy a whole fleet of them just for that purpose,” he relates. “The MF1736 through MF1759 models are all available with a very large cab that provides excellent visibility, while blowing and pushing snow. Plus, they have a good transport speed for moving from one job to the next,” he adds, noting that the excellent power-to-weight ratio has also been beneficial in snow removal applications.