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I attended a fantastic class yesterday hosted by AGCO’s own Seeding and Tillage expert, Bob Boelsen,  and I learned so much! For example: did you know that Sunflower has over 140 models and sizes available, making it the broadest line of seeding and tillage equipment available? Check out the video below to see our Beloit manufacturing site where our Sunflower implements are made:

Do you use Sunflower seeding or tillage equipment? Where is your farm located and what are the conditions in your area right now?

Kayla’s Farm Life Lesson #6: A Time for Rest

Once again, in case this is your first visit to the AGCO blog, it is my pleasure to introduce you to AGCO’s Blog Contest winner: Kayla Ferris from Texas USA.  Her “farm life lessons” have been very popular so we asked her to guest blog for us occasionally.  You can check out her latest life lesson below:

Farm Life Lesson 6:  A Time for Rest

I was working on stuffing in the last box of decorations into the closet.  The Christmas gifts had been unwrapped, the stockings un-stuffed, and the tree un-decorated.  I leaned against the door, willing it closed for another year.  And ever so slowly I sank down to the floor.  It had been a wonderful Christmas…but I was exhausted.  I really do love the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  I love all the fun activities and family gatherings, but come January, I am ready for a break!

You know…it reminds me of our fields.  All summer long those fields work at growing our crops.  Then comes the busy fall harvest and the field work that prepares the soil bed for next year’s crop.  But oh, the winter!  That is when our fields get their much needed rest.  It is a time for the natural break down to take place.  Last years stalks decompose, adding nutrients to the soil.  The winter snows collect and melt, building a water profile and adding nitrogen.  The dirt clods soften up, getting the soil composition just right for spring planting.  This time of rest is vital to next year’s crop.  My grandpa was a dry land farmer.  Field rest is so important with dry land farming. Grandpa discovered early in his career that by setting up a crop rotation, he was able to increase his yield, sometimes double.  Those fields needed a break!

I believe in working hard.  In fact, I love working hard.  But sometimes, a little rest is called for.  Appropriate even.  Maybe it even makes us more productive.

Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to grab my mug of hot chocolate and my garden seed catalog.  I’m thinking I could use a little break.

What do you do to take a break in the “off” season?

Kayla’s Farm Life Lesson #1: Good Equipment

In case you have only recently joined us, let me introduce you to AGCO’s Blog Contest winner: Kayla Ferris. Her “farm life lessons” resonated with so many people and since her blog entry was so popular, we asked her to guest blog for us occasionally.  Kayla and her husband found the AGCO Blog while searching for information on a Sunflower soil finisher. Her next lesson is maybe something that a lot of you have experienced as well.

Farm Life Lesson 1: Good Equipment is worth the extra mile

It was how I found the AGCO blog in the first place.  My husband had been searching for a Sunflower soil finisher (a product of AGCO) for months.  Maybe even a couple of years.  It appeared finding a used one which someone was willing to sale was quite a challenge.
That is, until last week.  Farmer Husband finally found the Sunflower soil finisher for which he had been searching.  The only problem was it was 5 states away.  And when you live in Texas, 5 states in any direction is a long ways.  So the boys talked it over.  I can tell you two things.
#1. We are the proud owners of a Sunflower soil finisher.
#2. 1500 miles, 750 of them pulling a wide, heavy load, and only driving 40 mph, covering the back roads of 5 states and 500 gas stations (or something close to that!)… makes for a VERY long trip.
Apparently good equipment is worth the extra mile.

Who out there thinks they have traveled the furthest to pick up their beloved AGCO equipment?

Last Day of Farm Progress Show

Well, Farm Progress Show is on it’s last day here in Iowa. Have you been following us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter? If so, then you already know what AGCO North America has been up to this past week. If not, you should visit our social media sites listed above to catch up on what is happening.Today (Thursday, September 2),  if the weather cooperates, we will have an AGCO Chat live from the show at 11am, CDT. Kevin Bien will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Check out this video from Larry Kuster on the Sunflower 6630 Vertical Tillage Tool.

New Sunflower SF1550 Disc Harrow

The new Sunflower SF1550 Series five section discs are here for U.S., Canada and Eastern Europe. They have a big, acre eating appetite that will manage over thirty acres per hour with five section flexibility, and 50 feet or 15 m working width. Tom Draper, Product Marketing Manager for AGCO’s Seeding and Tillage says:

“It is more than just a big disc harrow…..there are features that set it apart from the competition. The large producer in the U.S., Canada and in Eastern Europe, and in other broad acre areas and applications has the opportunity to work their ground with the combination of the biggest and the best.”

View the Sunflower SF1550 Series Disc Harrow product literature. You can also find out more information from your local dealer.

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