It’s fast approaching harvest time in and around the town of Horsham in Victoria’s west, which provided an idyllic backdrop for a recent photo shoot for Massey Ferguson.
The first star of the show was a new 320hp MF 8680 tractor pulling the new 40’ MF9800 Series single disc air drill. With the camera crew in place, shooting both video and still photography from various vantage points, a great selection of shots were taken showing the awesome power of the MF8680 pulling the new air-seeder through its paces on a fallowed paddock.
Also making an appearance on a beautiful sunny day in the heart of the Wimmera was the new MF9760 self-propelled swather which was fitted with a mower conditioner front and captured making light work of a healthy crop of oats & hay in a nearby paddock.
Shots taken from the day’s shoot will be used in future promotional campaigns. Have you been in the Wimmera lately?
AGCO introduces the new Sunflower 6631-35 and 6631-40 vertical tillage tools, which will be on display at the 2012 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28–30 in Boone, Iowa. The new Sunflower 6631 Series Vertical Tillage Tools deliver seedbed consistency across entire machine. The latest addition to the 6600 Series, these new tools have the width to meet early spring tillage needs of large farms and are designed to create a consistent seedbed across the entire width of the machine. With the Sunflower-exclusive Split-Wing design featuring locking wing extensions, these tools offer strength and stability, but fold to a compact package for transport. The tough vertical tillage tools easily shred and mix tough crop residue to enhance warming of cold, wet soils so planting can begin earlier. Available in 35- and 40-foot working widths, they allow farmers to cover ground efficiently while creating a soil surface that reduces wind and water erosion, and a consistent seedbed that enhances uniform emergence and early crop growth. Farmers will find a number of unique features in the new Sunflower 6631 vertical tillage tools that not only allow the machines to size and mix residue very effectively, but that also ensure long life and consistent performance in the field, says Tom Draper, Sunflower seeding and tillage product marketing manager. They were intentionally designed with a low horsepower-per-foot requirement to help farmers cover more acres with less fuel. That increases return on investment in both time and dollars. In addition, each machine is backed by the Sunflower three-year limited warranty.
AGCO introduces five new Sunflower 5056 Series field cultivators for 2013 at the 2012 Farm Progress Show. Ranging from 45 to 63 feet wide, the new field cultivators join the industry-leading Sunflower 5000 Series field cultivator line. The 5056 models offer ground-hugging flexibility across the full width of the machines, and are among the largest in the industry to quickly and consistently handle seedbed preparation during the short spring planting window. The Sunflower 5000 Series field cultivators have long been the seedbed preparation tool of choice for many farmers,‖ says Tom Draper, Sunflower seeding and tillage product marketing manager. As with previous models, the Sunflower 5056 Series field cultivators have outstanding ground clearance and superb flotation plus the capacity to cover acres fast to get fields ready for the optimal spring planting window. They are built strong, in the Sunflower tradition, and have a truss-style main frame with rotational-torque-compensating wing frames so they will be strong enough to stand up to years of high-acre use in challenging field conditions, Draper explains.
AGCO introduces three new Sunflower 4700 Series in‐line rippers. The newest 4700 in-line rippers are built for farmers searching for a rugged machine that will dig deep and stand up to tough soil and residue conditions, while helping restore optimum yield potential to heavily compacted soils. The 4700 Series in-line rippers are intended for primary fall tillage and are available in three models and five widths. They are built on beefy Sunflower-tough frames, with heavy-duty shanks designed to slice through tough crop residue and deeply penetrate and shatter compacted soils. With three models in three styles and five widths, there is a Sunflower 4700 Series in-line ripper to match any farm size and all field conditions, says Tom Draper, Sunflower seeding and tillage product marketing manager. All are backed by the Sunflower three-year limited warranty. The SF4710 is a three-point-mounted rigid frame, available with five, seven or eight shanks and a maximum 20-foot working width. The SF4730-8 is an eight-row flat-fold frame with eight shanks and a 20-foot working width. The SF4730-12 is a 12-row pull-type with an over-center fold frame. With 12 shanks and a 30-foot working width, it is one of the largest in-line rippers in the industry.
We announced the expansion of our current Kansas City, MO, AGCO Parts facility to a full-service parts distribution center (PDC). The facility (specifically, located in Independence, MO) covers 900,000 square feet and now includes $100 million of parts inventory, an increase of nearly 40 percent. To mark the official opening, more than 100 dealer representatives and customers toured the facility April 10 and 11 during Grand Opening activities.
Our effort to expand this center and increase our inventory is expected to improve order responsiveness, which means that parts deliveries that can arrive as much as two to three days faster than before. Changes implemented will result in faster delivery of in-stock parts and earlier delivery of emergency and priority shipments for nearly 90 percent of the dealers served by the Kansas City PDC. This is the third of our AGCO Parts PDC’s to be upgraded to a full-service facility in the last two years. Collectively, the upgrades offer significant benefits for customers to reduce shipping times, since now one-half (four of eight) of AGCO Parts’ North American PDC locations are full-stocking. These are just a few examples of our intensive efforts to improve parts availability.
“As growers continue to increase the size of their operations, the need to minimize downtime becomes increasingly important,” says Joe DiPietro, director, Supply Chain, AGCO Parts.
“Transitioning our Kansas City parts distribution center to a full-service location further illustrates AGCO’s commitment to support our dealers and their customers. This will provide faster service to our dealers and enhance their efforts to keep customers’ equipment in the field and performing at optimum levels. ”
With its central location at the crossroads of major Interstate systems, the Kansas City facility serves dealers in the Midwest, northern Plains and eastern Mountain regions which are all important markets for AGCO Parts. Parts for all product lines from tractors and combines to tillage and application equipment are stocked there, with shipments to dealers made daily.
Additional changes implemented by AGCO Parts across North America during the past three years that also are designed to improve customer experience include:
• an updated and reorganized inventory management system;
• increased dealers’ parts inventories
• revisions to online parts books, making it easier and faster to order the correct parts;
• PM360, a pro-active preventative maintenance program, designed to enhance machine uptime, resale value and operating efficiencies, as well as provide peace of mind and optimum machine productivity;
• extended customer service hours during planting, spraying and harvest seasons.
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The Sunflower® 9610 conventional drill delivers precise seed placement for grasses, legumes and small grains in conventional tillage systems. The 9610 offers 15- and 20-foot wide working widths, one of the industry’s largest-capacity seed hoppers, easily adjustable down pressure and a maintenance-free meter-drive system to help producers accurately and efficiently seed more acres in a day.
The Sunflower 9610 conventional drill is built on a heavy-duty frame and offers varied row-spacing options to meet producer needs. Two down-pressure zones ensure consistent seed placement in different soil conditions, such as behind tractor tires.
• Largest capacity seed hoppers in the industry
• Available in 15- and 20-foot wide working widths
• Row-spacing options of 6 inches, 7 1/2 inches or 10 inches
• Easily adjustable seeding depth in ¼-increments from minus 1 inch to plus 3 inches
• Single-arm-mount conventional openers placed at an 8-inch stagger for increased residue flow
• Choice of four press wheels for varied soil conditions
• Heavy-duty frame withstands the rotational forces created by the openers
Growers in North America will definitely want to see the all-new White Planters™ model 8936-30 planter at farm shows this fall. This amazing new planter is AGCO’s answer to three requests from farmers:
- Big, to help plant more acres in a day.
- Efficient, to optimize the amount of running time in the field.
- “Light on its feet”, allowing earlier planting with reduced compaction.
The White Planters 8936-30 is built to minimize compaction while providing performance in the field and convenience in transport. The 8936-30 is a 36-row planter with 30-inch row spacing and is the industry’s first row crop planter equipped with a 30-inch by 67-inch, factory-installed rubber track transport system. This track system combines with four large gauge wheels on each wing to provide three times the floatation as similar planters equipped with wheels – to significantly reduce soil compaction.
With a 150 bushel central fill system (CFS), the 8936-30 allows the operator to plant 450 acres before stopping to fill with seed.
In addition the 8936-30 is built on a heavy-duty, durable frame of 7-inch square by ½-inch thick steel tubing. The five-section tool bar is designed with exceptional wing flex to ensure consistent seed depth regardless of the terrain. From the convenience of the tractor cab, the operator can have the planter unfolded in just over two minutes. It folds to a width of 15 feet for convenient transport.
A 12-cc piston-style orbit motor on the CFS fan provides consistent airflow to distribute seed to all 36 rows, and the planter’s three-section variable-rate hydraulic seed drives are controlled by a microprocessor terminal/monitor. Pneumatic row-unit down pressure and GPS-compatible automatic row-shutoff come standard. The White Planters 8936-30 can be configured with several tillage attachments as well as granular chemical and liquid fertilizer tank options to meet producers’ individual production practices.