Massey Ferguson‘s winning streak continued today as two major awards were scooped up at this year’s Hungarian Farm Machinery Expo in Budapest.
Massey Ferguson’s new MF 7600 series was awarded the “Grand Innovation” prize, having stood the scrutiny of the team of Independent experts who assessed the latest new products on the market. With its AGCO SISU POWER engines and new e3 Generation 2 SCR delivering power, economy and performance coupled to industry leading Dyna transmissions, topped by the comfortable new cab with its straightforward ergonomics, the MF 7600 is quickly becoming the European benchmark in the medium/high horsepower category.
Renowned MF distributor in Central Europe, Austro Diesel also pulled off the top prize for its logistics operation which offers MF customers top class parts and service back up!
The awards were presented during the Show’s opening ceremonies by the Hungarian minister of agriculture.
5 big awards at Agritechnica, 2 big awards at AGROMASH , all voted on by panels of independent experts? I think they are trying to tell us something!
Hey there! I recently picked up an iPad2 and I am addicted to all the different Apps that are available, even more so than on my iPhone! Everything from sports to financial news and most importantly Agriculture! While most farmers are not walking around with an iPad around the shop or in the field all the Apps below are also available on the iPhone. Every farmer wants to know the future weather patterns; the Weather Channel App is interactive and intuitive. It provides “layers” on the radar map for everything from “feels like” to “UV index”.
Most importantly, the Ag Apps! In no order of importance I have listed my Top 5 Apps that help the everyday farmer around his/her day to day tasks as well as commodity news and updates.
1) AGWEB – Their news is broken down by Crops, Business, and Livestock. Providing detailed information on the biggest headlines that can help you grow your business.
2) Spray Lite – Spray Lite customizes to your farm! The app provides entries for detailed information regarding your farm, where you sprayed, what chemical you applied and what crops you are growing. The settings are adjustable to focus on a specific operator, including the spray pressure, water rate, and speed of application. Over all a great crop management App.
3) AgriBusiness – This is the most detailed informational Ag App I have found. Subcategories include BioFuel, Corn Markets, Dairy, Fertilizer, Fruit, Forestry, Rice, Nuts, Tobacco, and Wheat. Some subcategories break down regional information into as many as 110 different countries!
4) PrecisionEarth – Using the GPS in your phone, this App can map out field boundaries and utilize Shapefiles. It also has the functionality to Import Imagery, Analysis Results, and Export Shapefiles. Entering grower, farm and field information, has never been easier!
5) Tank Mix Calculator – Who wants to do math all day? I know I sure don’t. Select the acreage, tank size and gallon per acre, then select the chemical (over 170 to pick from) and you are off to the field! This is a real time saver, not to mention eliminates mathematical errors that could kill your crops!
These are only a few of my favorites; farmers are designing their own to suite their needs. If you could design an App to help you run your farm what would it include?!?
AGCO has been recognized as a 2011 Champion of Learning by the American Society of Training and Development during Employee Learning Week. Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, is recognizing the contributions of professionals who make the state’s highly skilled workforce a reality and declared December 5‐9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in the state of Georgia. Employee Learning Week is the time dedicated annually to recognize organizations that are committed to learning. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development coordinated the observance as part of its efforts to promote awareness of workplace learning and performance.
“Businesses and organizations that are committed to creating a highly skilled workforce recognize the competitive advantage of employee education as skilled employees improve performance and productivity,” according to the proclamation signed by Governor Deal. “Continued employee learning develops individual and organizational knowledge and expertise.”
In 2011, AGCO invested more than $1MM to build the AGCO Global Learning Center, a 19,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Duluth, Georgia, whose primary mission is to support and develop AGCO employees and AGCO dealers around the world. The AGCO Global Learning Center is home to AGCO Academy and AGCO University – “Champions of Learning” and Development initiatives.
The AGCO Global Learning Center grand opening in May 2011 welcomed several hundred people, including Nancy Harris, Mayor of Duluth, Georgia; Gary Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and staff from the University of Georgia School of Agriculture.
AGCO Academy and AGCO University were excited to participate for the first time in ASTD’s Employee Learning Week. During December 5 – 8, 2011, the AGCO Global Learning Center hosted Dealer Service Manager Training for AGCO dealers and employees from all over North America. The goal of the Dealer Service Manager Training is to provide participants with the skills to improve the profitability and productivity of their dealership and service department. This will be the largest event since the opening of the Global Learning Center and will also be celebrated by the presence of the AGCO Board of Directors.
AGCO’s 2011 learning story does not begin with the opening of the Global Learning Center. AGCO demonstrated a commitment to learning earlier in the year by hosting a five week National Training Event in Glendale, Arizona February 7 – March 10, 2011. More than 900 AGCO employees and dealers participated in one of five week-long sessions during this sales training event. Four learning tracks were offered based on varying levels of sales and management experience. Participants learned both in the classroom and hands on during field training sessions while engaging in individual and group activities.
As a result of a commitment to learning, ASTD’s Employee Learning Week and AGCO’s Dealer Service Manager Training have built momentum, put a foot on the accelerator and put learning and development initiatives on the move into 2012 and beyond.
Gaston Marx, takes us on a tour of Challenger Technology at Agritechnica 2011. The AgCommand system can be installed on all machines, even if they are non-AGCO machines, to log data including fuel usage and data of work that has been completed yearly. From this information the user will be able to monitor and improve efficiency on their farm.
As previously announced by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), Fendt was awarded a Gold Medal and two Silver Medals for innovations shown at Agritechnica 2011. The Fendt GuideConnect, in which two tractors act as a unit, where one vehicle is unmanned, received a Gold Medal. The intelligent front loader, the Fendt CargoProfi and the load relief control for the comfort front linkage were each awarded a Silver Medal.
The experts from the neutral Agritechnica Innovations Commission have selected two Gold Medals and 39 Silver Medals from the 300 innovations that were submitted. Gold Medals for Innovations are awarded to products that have a concept that offers completely new functions or significantly improves known processes. Decisive is the importance for practical application, advantages for farm and labour management, improvement of the environmental and energy situation, as well as facilitation of work and improved operating safety. The Fendt GuideConnect system more than meets these criteria and will therefore be awarded a Gold Medal at the Agritechnica. “For the first time, farmers will be offered a system in which an unmanned tractor fully automatically follows a guiding tractor on the field. Both vehicles communicate wirelessly and are controlled by a highly accurate GPS steering system. The driver of the guiding tractor monitors both machines and can access the complete operating interface of the following machine. Having two tractors working at the same time significantly increases operator productivity. In contrast to a large machine with similar capability, two smaller tractors can be used more flexibly and cause less soil compaction,” stated the jury.
Silver Medals for Innovations are awarded for products which have been developed further in such a fashion that an essential improvement of the function or process is expected. Fendt was able to convince the jury of the Agritechnica Innovations Award twice here. The developers from Fendt received an award for the intelligent front loader Fendt CargoProfi and also for the load relief control for the front linkage at Agritechnica 2011, each of which will receive a Silver Medal. The jury’s verdict on the Fendt CargoProfi: “The functional range of the front loader has been significantly expanded with the aid of additional sensors and therefore enables new functions: two end positions for the arm and attachment can be preselected and approached automatically and therefore limit the working range (Memo function). The results of the integrated weighing system, featuring a tilt sensor, are documented. There is also a vibrating function, a speed-dependent damping system and end position damping. The controls are completely integrated in the tractor terminal.” The jury awarded the load relief control for the comfort front linkage a Silver Medal for the following reasons: “While driving, the bearing pressure of contour-hugging implements (e.g. mulcher, mower or snow plough) can be adjusted from the driver seat using the terminal. A position sensor on the front linkage actively detects uneven ground immediately and adapts the relief pressure automatically. The implement dynamically follows the changing ground contours while maintaining a constant bearing pressure.”
AGCO is proud of all the awards that we will be taking home from Agritechnica this year. Are you visiting the show? Share your photos with us on our Facebook page!