It’ll definitely be a different kind of year for members of the Decatur, Ill., Heartland FFA. They have the opportunity to work directly with a Fortune 300 ag company, developing and providing stewardship for AGCO’s plot of land at the nearby Farm Progress Show (FPS) this August.
After a successful relationship with the Gilbert, Iowa, FFA chapter in 2014, AGCO is partnering with Heartland to prepare its next exhibition site. The difference is “We’re bringing them in earlier this year,” says Phil Jones, segment strategy manager for AGCO. “They’ve already been involved in soil testing and stewardship, working cooperatively with local farmer David Brix.”
Brix’s farm is contiguous with the FPS property, and is used for demonstrating equipment during the show.
While last year was production-focused, this time the expanded time frame will allow emphasis on science as well. Steve Carlson, ag science instructor at Heartland Technical Academy and FFA adviser for 16 years, says the AGCO program “allows the students to understand the agronomy of agriculture and how those scientific principles [work].”
For instance, says Carlson, students “AGCO wants there to be at least three different crops planted at the site. So, we will take the samples and prepare them for shipment to a local soil-testing laboratory. I’ll share the results with my FFA students and have them make suggestions or recommendations for fertilizer applications for the specific sites where individual crops will grow.”
The project benefits both FFA and AGCO. Students learn from practical experience and expand their understanding of the ag industry. AGCO gets the chance to connect directly with future agriculturalists.
“It’s very hands-on,” says Jones. “They get the practical side but also a window into the world as to how a company like AGCO works.
See for yourself the results of this collaboration between FFA and AGCO this week! Visit the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, September 1-3.
Tractor pull legend Joe Eder took time out from the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville earlier this year to talk to FarmLife about pulls and his love for Massey Ferguson.
“We’ve been with Massey Ferguson for, I believe, going on 11 years now,” says the four-time Louisville champion. He recently acquired two MF8727s, replacing two 8650s. “Had no complaints; they’re a great tractor. But we like to update every two years and go with the newest thing through Massey.”
Eder rattles off a number of reasons he likes Massey Ferguson: “The 31 mile-per-hour road speed, front suspension, probably the best cab suspension on the market. We custom farm—we do custom mowing and custom harvesting.”
In addition to the custom work, Eder also runs a bark mulch business. He uses MF8737 tractors for that work as well. “They’re really good tractors,” he says. “They’re excellent on fuel.”
Eder appreciates being able to see the new AGCO products at Louisville. “It’s very exciting because, not only can we tie in our sport of truck- and tractor-pulling, but we can actually go out and look at the new product. It’s nice to come here and see everybody, and learn about the latest, greatest thing on the market.”
Pressured by downstream property owners and their own desire to conserve their soil and keep their water drinkable, many farmers are looking for conservation programs that are both affordable and effective.
One such potential solution, under development for about eight years now, is called STRIPS—an acronym for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The program, researched at Iowa State University, involves sowing native prairie plants on carefully selected parcels of farmland. These “strips” of grasses, forbs (non-grass flowering plants) and other plants have been proven to slow, even stop, runoff of soil, as well as phosphorus and nitrogen.
Tim Youngquist, a fifth-generation Iowa farmer and farmer liaison on the STRIPS team, says, “Not a single farmer wants to see the soil wash away, or to see nitrogen and phosphorus in the rivers. No one wants that.”
Says Iowa State University Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, one of the STRIPS team leaders, “The big picture is that we are trying to get the most conservation bang for the buck on private lands, recognizing right now that corn and soybeans pay the bills for farmers in the Corn Belt. We are trying to figure out, how do we meet our water quality goals, and how do we maintain our soil?”
Data from STRIPS plots first established in 2007 has provided a sort of ground floor for the initial phase of the study. Results were unprecedented and definitive. Between 2007 and 2012, strategically placed prairie strips covering 10% of a field were able to reduce soil sediment runoff by 95%, phosphorus by 90% and total nitrogen by 84%, when runoff was compared to that from a field of no-till row crops with no remediation.
Massey Ferguson and our exclusive customer magazine, FarmLife, are committed to providing farmers with big-picture ideas and best practices. See much more from customers and experts at http://www.myfarmlife.com/category/land-management/.
The newest in a long line of industry-leading combines, the Massey Ferguson 9505 Series promises increased comfort and enhanced grain-saving features. “Customers will still enjoy the tremendous throughput and enhanced grain quality provided by the Trident™ processor that we introduced in the 9500 Series,” says Caleb Schleder, senior tactical marketing specialist for AGCO brand combines. “The same goes for our unique V-Cool™ cooling package. The 9505 Series simply builds on that technology with new features that improve performance and further reduce grain loss.”
Massey Ferguson engineers started up front with an enhanced header drive system that offers increased durability and additional muscle to the header. Modifications include a variable-speed header drive, heavier drum bearings, a double clutch, and a three-groove header drive pulley and belt.
For improved cleaning performance, the 9505 Series machines also enhance the proven Massey Ferguson Trident processor with a new variable-speed hydraulic-drive fan that offers a wider speed range—from 100 to 1,350 rpm. The extended fan-speed range eliminating the need for a fan choke and removes that setting to simply adjusting to various crop types, while providing enhanced performance for harvesting grass seed and canola.
To provide better control of material distribution on the shoe and to enhance rotor and shoe performance, corn/soybean models have also been equipped with perforated left-side rotor panels, complete with removable covers. The panels also provide better distribution of material in the separation and threshing area.
“One of the unique new features is an optional powered grain saver that is installed on the end of the unloader tube,” Schleder adds. “Acting much like an internal gate, it rotates open and closed when the unloading auger is engaged or disengaged to eliminate grain loss, especially when unloading on the go.”
Cab features include a more spacious layout, ergonomic control placement and a new steering column. A new option is an Ag Leader® kit that allows for a yield-monitoring technology upgrade.
For full details about the new MF9505 Series combines—which comprises two models, the 460-HP MF9565 and 375-HP MF9545—see a Massey Ferguson dealer or log onto masseyferguson.com.
As a demonstration of our commitment to delivering exceptional aftersales service, AGCO Parts are once again running the highly regarded AGCO Harvest Promise programme during the 2015 harvest season*.
“Our unique AGCO Harvest Promise is our commitment that, in the exceptional situation where we can’t deliver critical parts** within 24 hours***, then AGCO will pay for a contractor to step in and harvest your crop until you’re up and running again****” says Falk Seidenfaden, Director Global and EAME Harvesting Parts.
This Harvest Promise assurance has been added to the great range of services, products and back-up already available through AGCO’s industry-leading aftersales support. AGCO makes major investments to deliver this exceptional Aftersales service. Our technical training schemes ensure that every Dealer technician knows your harvesting machine inside out. Our Dealers also have access to AGCO’s vast stocks of genuine replacement parts which are shipped using cutting-edge logistics. All of this is driven by one single goal – to keep you harvesting when your crop is ready to be harvested. Without compromise.
The programme is available in certain markets for specified current production harvesting machines. To register for the programme contact your local Massey Ferguson Dealer.
*The 2015 Harvest Promise programme is available 1st May to 31st October 2015 for registered machines only
**Your dealer can advise which parts are classified by AGCO as ‘critical’
***48 hours for offshore islands
****Maximum refund amounts apply; €3,500 for combines and €2,000 for large square balers