Once again, the Agritechnica 2013 is an exhibition that sets new records. On 420,000 square metres, the entire industry presented itself to some 450,000 visitors to the world’s leading agricultural equipment and machinery exhibition. The exhibition not only set a new record in terms of the number of visitors, but also for exhibitors as well as in its internationality. For the first time, all 27 exhibition halls were occupied with 2,900 exhibitors from 47 countries. The exhibition was therefore fully booked. And accordingly there were crowds of visitors at the Fendt stand in Hall 9, where the premium brand and trend-setter in agricultural engineering presented its new innovations in the areas of tractors, combines and balers.
“There was a very positive atmosphere here at our stand. The agricultural industry is currently in a stable economic environment, so that we were able to conduct excellent, concrete talks here with our customers and dealers,” summed up Peter-Josef Paffen, Vice President and Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board. This impression is substantiated by the DLG exhibitor survey. Seventy percent of the farming and forestry enterprises said they plan to invest in the next two years. “We already reached our sales target of 18,000 tractors before the Agritechnica. Here at the exhibition we are already talking about orders for the upcoming year. Thanks to our new factory, we are ready to deliver and also aim to attain these high sales figures in 2014. The Agritechnica has given us the right impetus and tailwind for this,” said Paffen.
Fendt presented its complete line-up – from the 200 V/F/P specialty tractor range with 70 hp to the 939 Vario with 390 hp – on 2,550 square metres within the 7,200-square metre AGCO stand in Hanover. There was an especially high interest in the innovations. Under the motto “Experience Fendt. Making things happen.”, Fendt presented new high-horsepower machines in all areas this year. The new 800 and 900 Vario high-horsepower tractors convinced visitors with a number of new technical innovations, such as the integral tyre pressure regulation system VarioGrip. Fendt also presented the new combines from the Fendt X-Series with hybrid technology and the most powerful Fendt of all times – the Fendt Katana 85 forage harvester with 850 hp. “The demand for Fendt harvesting machinery is climbing noticeably. Today we also offer high-quality products in this area,” commented Paffen. The topic of precision farming was presented at both the Variotronic and the AGCO Fuse stands. In this area, Fendt now also offers SectionControl and the AGCOMMAND telemetry system. On the basis of the Fendt X Concept, visitors were able to get a first impression of the direction development in agricultural engineering will take regarding electrical drives for tractors.
Innovative technology is rewarded with awards. Fendt received the silver medal from the DLG for its new flat-sealing hydraulic coupling system. The “Machine of the Year” was awarded to the Fendt 516 Vario for tractors and the new 9490X for combines. Fendt also received the official DLG test mark for the VarioGuide RTK automated steering. “Of course, it is a great pleasure to reap awards. However, it is important to us that we bring innovations onto the market that provide real benefits for our customers and take all of their requirements for practical use into consideration. The new hydraulic coupling system is an excellent example for this, because it enables farms to convert to modern hydraulic systems flexibly, step by step, and there are no oil leaks during handling,” added the Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board.
At the Agritechnica, AGCO/Fendt finds the ideal environment to present its new technologies. “The Agritechnica is an innovation driver and provider of ideas for global agriculture and has impressively demonstrated the growing worldwide significance of farming and agricultural engineering,” explained Dr. Reinhard Grankdke, The share of visitors from outside of Germany is continually climbing, in 2013 every fourth visitor came from abroad – a new peak. “In Hanover, we meet our customers from many different countries. These included investors from Central and Eastern Europe as well as large groups from North America, who we gave a better understanding of our latest technology. We took this as an opportunity to gear up our exhibited machines accordingly and presented a 724 Vario with row crop tyres for the North American market for the first time at our stand. Overall, it was an excellent mix of expert farmers and entrepreneurs, which is becoming increasingly more international,” explains Peter-Josef Paffen. Hall 9, where the AGCO Corporation with Fendt and its other brands was found at the Agritechnica, proved to be a true magnet for visitors. The Fendt stand was one of the best visited stands over all the exhibition days. “With a team of more than 150 employees from Marketing and Sales, we were there for our customers at the Agritechnica and are pleased with the high-level conversations and the great resonance our brand found with customers,” summed up Paffen.
The Massey Ferguson MF DELTA combine harvester has won the prestigious Machine of the Year Award at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover.
“Massey Ferguson is now reaping the reward of our investment in developing new and innovative harvesting machinery,” said Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
“We are very proud to receive the Machine of the Year Award I and must thank all our colleagues in the harvesting division for their innovative ideas, hard work and commitment that has resulted in this great achievement.
“Our clear goal is to deliver combine harvesters of the highest quality and upmost reliability. Our major investment in manufacturing and engineering development at Breganze is now delivering the results that have been recognised by this award,” he said.
The wide range of novel, innovative features on the MF DELTA combine help improve harvesting performance and increase efficiency while reducing power and fuel consumption.
By Bernhard Schmitz
AGCO’s new technology strategy, FuseTM Technologies, was a major component of AGCO’s presence recently at Agritechnica, the world’s largest exhibition of agricultural machinery and equipment. Held in Hanover, Germany, from November 12-16, 2013, the show attracted 450,000 visitors from across the globe.
Show attendees could experience Fuse products and learn more about the strategy in several ways. The Fuse booth was located at the center of the AGCO floor plan, where visitors could interact with touch screen stations to learn about the Fuse connected strategy.
The Fuse booth also included the interactive smart farm display that showed how Fuse Technologies helps growers through each phase of the crop cycle. Eric Hansotia, Senior Vice President of Global Harvesting and ATS, and Helmut Endres, Senior Vice President of Engineering Worldwide both visited the Fuse booth and interacted with the Fuse smart farm screen.
After learning about what Fuse is and how it helps growers, visitors could venture out to each brand area—Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, as well as Fella—which featured technology stands staffed with experts ready to answer attendees’ precision farming questions.
Show attendees could interact with each brand’s precision farming products, especially some of the new products that made their debut at the show such as VarioGuide Light and the latest AgCommandTM integrations.
Additionally, AGCO’s own Matt Rushing, Vice President of Product Management, Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) and Electronics Functional Group, was on-hand at the Massey Ferguson stand to explain the Fuse Technologies strategy: click here to see the video.
Dr. Bernhard Schmitz is the Commercial Manager of ATS Products for EAME based in Neuhausen, Switzerland.
The Planter’s Positive Air Metering system (PAM™) handles seed gently and accurately with low, positive air pressure, resulting in controlled populations and higher yields for farmers.
Unlike vacuum seeding systems, which typically draw air from around metering units, The PAM™ system draws air from above of the planter’s row units. This reduces the amount of dust drawn into the metering system and the amount of wear and tear on parts – making the MF Precision Planter virtually maintenance free.
Demonstrations of the MF Precision Planter have been taking place at Griffith, a productive row cropping region in southern NSW and are set to move to northern NSW and southern QLD in the coming weeks.
Local farmers and agronomists are able to see first hand the exceptional performance of the planter in a variety of crops including cotton and corn and hear from the MF Seeding and Tillage Product Manager about the machine’s application in sorghum, sunflower, soybean and canola planting.
Australian MF Dealers in row cropping regions will also be undertaking comprehensive planter training, equipping them with the information and skills to support customers with knowledge that will improve the productivity of their farms.
The MF Precision Planter demos have also featured the MF7600 Row Crop Series tractor – impressing farmers with low fuel use and flexibility in various applications, it has proved the ideal row crop machine.
As recently as a decade ago, most farmers didn’t give much thought to the notion that their tractor could have GPS-guided automated steering. Most sure didn’t think they needed it. Now, producers rave that automated steering has taken a lot of stress out of farming’s long hours, while increasing efficiencies.
The experts at AGCO are certain the same kind of appreciation will come as a result of AgCommand™, the company’s new telemetry system. AgCommand can log and transmit numerous bits of information about an operation’s machinery to a web site easily accessible to the farmer or others involved in the operation. AgCommand is only a part of AGCO’s larger Fuse™ initiative that encompasses all aspects of AGCO’s technology offerings. It will enable farmers to optimize their farms through current and future AGCO products and services. To learn more about Fuse, click here.
The data becomes a big tool for the farmer and can translate into improved equipment and overall operational efficiencies. Here are just a few examples:
A farm manager in the office (or the machine operator) might receive a message via the AgCommand web site that one of their tractors is experiencing wheel slippage. If there is slippage, maybe conditions in the field aren’t right yet for cultivation. The producer may have to check for compaction in areas where slippage occurs.
Monitors on the combine might tell the operator or manager—in real time—that they are experiencing grain loss. The combine setup can be adjusted before any more grain is lost.
A farm’s machinery dealer can be tied into the AgCommand monitoring system. They can see when service intervals are going to hit—when more filters and fluids are going to be needed and have them on hand. If the farmer does his own servicing, the dealer can automatically ship supplies directly to the farmer.