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Used, Not Abused

Practically every farmer or rancher has at least one piece of equipment on the “someday” list. Maybe it’s a combine, tractor, sprayer or hay tool. Unfortunately, budget or other factors may not have allowed the purchase of a new machine.

Now, however, with the introduction of its new Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, AGCO has another option: used equipment at a cost lower than new, but backed with an AGCO Protection extended coverage plan. Initiated last year as a trial with 16 AGCO brand dealers, the program has now been unveiled throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To make sure systems and parts are up to strict standards, every machine that meets eligibility requirements undergoes a thorough 120- to 200-point inspection and testing process.

According to Eric Lescourret, AGCO director of commercial strategic initiatives, AGCO was the first agricultural equipment manufacturer to stand behind equipment with a certified pre-owned program, and is still the only company to offer extended coverage on big square balers and windrowers.

“The things we learned from the pilot program, combined with the improvements we’ve made, have convinced AGCO that the program will provide farmers with maximum peace of mind and the best value in the market for their used equipment purchases,” says Lescourret, explaining that all certified equipment “comes with one year of comprehensive extended service coverage.”

To make sure systems and parts are up to strict standards, every machine that meets eligibility requirements undergoes a thorough 120- to 200-point inspection and testing process. Next, each unit goes through a rigorous reconditioning regimen to repair or replace any necessary components. Some machines are even upgraded with new technology. Equally important, every step of the inspection and reconditioning process is performed by AGCO-certified technicians, who have passed two levels of specialized inspection and product training.

“With such exacting standards and inspections, and a comprehensive AGCO Protection extended coverage plan, the customer can hit the field knowing his new investment is covered,” Lescourret concludes. “That means you can now own the equipment you always wanted, without a second thought.”

For more, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/products/combines/used-not-abused-agco-introduces-certified-pre-owned-program/.

AGCO Training Centre Completed

AGCO Africa and Middle East Management team celebrated the handing over of the keys to the eagerly anticipated AGCO Future Farm Africa mechanization training centre in a ceremony with local staff in Lusaka last week. “AGCO’s new state-of-the-art regional mechanization training centre will promote best practice in modern farming technology” said Steve Clarke, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Brand Governance EAME, “Standing in the building today, I have seen how far we have come to maintain AGCO’s global training centre standards. This centre is the first of its kind in Africa and it will help us to boost the standards of our distribution network across the continent”.

Open for business! AGCO team (from left to right), Jaco Orsmond, Steve Clarke, Nuradin Osman and Jason Burbidge get their hands on the keys to the AGCO Future Farm Training Centre from Liege construction.

Open for business! AGCO team (from left to right), Jaco Orsmond, Steve Clarke, Nuradin Osman and Jason Burbidge get their hands on the keys to the AGCO Future Farm Training Centre from Liege construction.

The construction of AGCO’s Training Centre in Zambia at the AGCO Future Farm, was completed mid November 2015. The new training center is strategically located in the capital city Lusaka and is close to the International Airport, making it easily accessible for the whole East and Southern African region. “It is a milestone for AGCO to have the regional training center building completed,” explained Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director of Operations, Africa & Middle East, “Overall this is a huge achievement for the Africa Strategy. We set out to do something a little different in Africa and being able to have this infrastructure will help us build capacity of the highest global standards within the region, it is beyond amazing!

AGCO Technical Service Specialist Heiner Tschirpig with technicians from the Angolan and Ethiopian Massey Ferguson distributors on an MF7600 series advanced training course at the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia last week.

AGCO Technical Service Specialist Heiner Tschirpig with technicians from the Angolan and Ethiopian Massey Ferguson distributors on an MF7600 series advanced training course at the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia last week.

AGCO Instrumental in Creating “Chair of Agro-Machinery” at LaSalle Beauvais Campus

There is broad consensus about the growing demand for food and feed over the next 50 years. Along with that comes the realization and responsibility of sustainable agricultural production. Picardie is a very progressive region of France with a vast agricultural footprint and vibrant industrial base. In addition to machinery makers like AGCO, the region is home to agronomic service companies as well major educational institutions that support the vast French and European farm economy. Over the past couple of years, regional policy and business leaders in Picardie have been discussing ways to harness this potential. The culmination of these discussions was the announcement of a Chair of Agro-Machinery at the SIMA show in Paris earlier this year. The Agro-Machinery Chair will be located at the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais campus in France. AGCO is one of the four founding members of the Chair along with the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, Michelin and the Picardie regional government, the latter being a priority region for European research funding.

Soil and Agronomy classroom training on July 15-17 near the LaSalle Institute's Beauvais, France campus.

The objectives of the Agro-machinery Chair are two fold,

  • Develop research capabilities that will offer value to the industrial sector so that our future designs meet sustainable farming and environmental needs.
  • Train students with a dual expertise in engineering and agronomy, as well the training of machinery company personnel on agronomic issues.

Thus, it will serve as a vital link between evolving agronomic practices and future machinery solutions.

Initially there will be two dedicated professors, one active in agronomic issues, and the other to focus on integrated machinery solutions. A steering committee has been formed to oversee the Chair, and a scientific committee to advise the Chair on research projects and proposals.

While the search for professors is in full swing, AGCO R&D team is already active in engaging LaSalle faculty and other partners. A planning workshop concluded that the Chair’s focus should be man-machinery-environment interaction.  Another fresh initiative was a 3 day training event organized by LaSalle Agronomy faculty to introduce senior managers and engineers from AGCO and Michelin to soil health and sustainability issues, and culminated in an intensive brainstorming session. The training exposed all participants to the variability and uncertainties of agriculture and was very much appreciated by all them. We are already planning another session for key AGCO participants!

LaSalle and AGCO have forged a great partnership already and once the Agro-Machinery faculty is fully in place the cooperation is sure to grow strongly!

New ProCut™ option launched for 2200 Series Large Square Balers

The new ProCut rotary cutter system introduces a range of new features to deliver a huge increase in capacity, a more uniform & consistent cut length, and exceptional service access. This new option is offered in 2250, 2270, and 2270XD models.

With a 10% speed increase, the new re-designed Hesston manufactured rotor promotes aggressive & even crop flow to bale edges. Combine this with the new Quad-Auger pick-up system to promote smooth feeding with a reduced potential for plugging and you will see your baling & cutting capacity greatly increase. Also, a unique feature for the ProCut option that will increase capacity is that the packer of a “non-cutter” baler remains behind the rotor – maximizing baling feeding capacity.

ProCut Field

For a more uniform & consistent cut length, the bolt-on rotor teeth have been designed wider with two hydraulically selectable knife banks in the magazine to allow operators the ability to quickly engage or disengage the knives and change cut lengths. No gaps in the knife bank provide uniform cut length across the entire bale width. These selectable knife configurations can be easily selected through the ISOBUS compatible C1000 or C2100 monitor. All models are equipped with minimum 1.5” cut length increments supported by a new serrated knife design for longer life and reduced wear. These knives can be removed to desired cut length easily, with no tools required.

ProCut Knife DrawerWith the need for improved service access, the new ProCut design is equipped with a hydraulic drop down & slide out knife bed drawer. This gives the operator easy access to all knives with no tools required.  Another feature for reduced maintenance costs & time is the unique bolt-on rotor teeth, which allow for easy replacement, in the case that a foreign object is met.

 

To see the new ProCut features in action, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9VgvQP5wgU  within the NEW Hesston Hay Youtube page.

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AGCO Looks to the Future of Agriculture at the 2015 Farm Progress Show

Earlier this month, we traveled to Decatur, Illinois, for the 62nd Farm Progress Show—the largest outdoor farm equipment show in the United States. Our exhibit included a 61,000-square-foot scaled-down farm that showcased the newest innovations in farm equipment, crop life cycle demonstrations, and a productivity lab.

We introduced attendees to the SOLOTM AGCO Edition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the X-Edition Challenger tractor (a limited-edition, all-black model), our all-new 3300 Command Series corn heads, the Massey Ferguson 6600M Series tractors, and Fuse Connected Services.

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

Fuse Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenger X-Edition

Challenger X-Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fendt 900 Series

Fendt 900 Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
To view additional pictures from the AGCO Farm, check out our Facebook photo album.

If you weren’t able to visit us in The Prairie State, we’ll be at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, North Dakota, both September 15-17, and AGRITECHNICA in Hanover, Germany, November 10-14.

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