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Technology an important part of Agrishow 2015

By Rafael Antonio Costa

For the first time in 22 editions, Agrishow – one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive agricultural technology trade shows – saw a decline in total sales volume over the previous year (1.8 billion in business). According to show organizers, high interest rates and political/economic uncertainty were responsible for the loss of business. Yet despite the downturn, the show was still exciting for AGCO customers, with two AGCO brands (Massey Ferguson and Valtra) bringing new launches to the show:

Valtra

  • Sugar Cane Harvester (BE1035e)
  • New rotary combine class 6 (BC6800)

Massey Ferguson:

  • New rotary combine class 6 (BC6800)
  • Planter Fertilizer (MF 700 CS)
Inside the “war room” at the AGCO Ribeirão factory

Inside the “war room” at the AGCO Ribeirão factory

Technology played an important role at both stands, especially at Valtra for the new sugar cane harvester launch, including:

  • Automatic guidance through Auto-GuideTM 3000 – critical to a sugar cane harvesting operation, and comes standard.
  • AgCommand® – also comes standard, and enables dealers to monitor the sugar cane harvesters for their customers (with their permission).

The new harvesting machines will have a tracking service included as part of the AgCommand technology, which will allow the AGCO Ribeirão factory to better support the first machines in the field and ensure our customers have the machines working at the maximum efficiency possible – a key component of the Fuse strategy.

Inside the “war room” at the AGCO Ribeirão factory

Inside the “war room” at the AGCO Ribeirão factory

A “war room” was assembled at the factory site to support the 35 machines forecasted to be produced this year. In the war room, specialists track the status of the sugar cane harvesters sold with AgCommand® installed. The room counts on a 42’’ TV and a workbench with the Auto-GuideTM 3000 system installed, to speed and facilitate technical support.

 

To see photos from Agrishow 2015, visit our Facebook album.

To learn more about Fuse, visit http://www.agcotechnologies.com/.

 

Rafael Antonio Costa is a Product Marketing Manager for AGCO’s Advanced Technology Solutions group in South America. He is based in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo.

 

AGCO Australia hosts the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders

As innovation in precision farming becomes increasingly important to Australian and New Zealand farming practices, the latest innovations in guidance technology are vital in any young graduate’s university curriculum.

With Fuse Technologies at the forefront of this innovation, AGCO Australia recently played host to a group of Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) students from Geelong’s Marcus Oldham College.

Students were taken through a detailed information session by Advanced Technologies Product Manager Jeremy Duniam, followed by a question and answer session and a chance to take a closer look at some of the other exciting AGCO products.

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Marcus Oldham students during their Fuse Technologies presentation.

 

Accompanying the students, Senior Lecturer Des Umbers said that it was vital graduates are exposed to advancements in on and off farm technologies to prepare them for best practice farming methods.

“Agribusiness courses can’t afford to have students graduate without an understanding of the latest technologies and innovations. It will help them in the future if they intend to work at large corporate farms or their own operations as well as help the older generation of farmers adapt,” says Des Umbers

Attending the visit was Marcus Oldham student Alex Baum already has a strong interest in precision farming. His family operates an 18,000 acre property in Western Australia and applies no-till “tram lining”  to help reduce input costs and make fertiliser application more efficient.

“I am passionate about precision farming, it is really important on the farm as we try to save on inputs where we can. We need to add significant amounts of fertilizer – reducing those costs with efficient application is really important,” says Alex Baum.

AGCO Broad Acre manager Fergal Meehan was impressed by the quality of the student group and their positive attitude, seeing a bright future for the next generation of farm managers, contractors and consultants.

“It is great to see such an enthusiastic group embarking on a career in agriculture keen to learn about exciting advancements in precision farming. It was also a great opportunity for AGCO to showcase our industry leading technology to the next generation of agriculture leaders,” says Fergal Meehan.

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Marcus Oldham College students visit AGCO Australia

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Your Farm and Your Data: AGCO’s Data Management Approach

By Carla Gasparin

Partnerships through connectivity solutions, and utilizing industry standards, are key enablers for today’s farmers. With Fuse®, AGCO is pioneering an open approach to precision farming built on adherence to industry data standards and a growing list of partnerships. Fuse is AGCO’s precision farming and precision machine management strategy that allows farmers freedom and flexibility in their choices of machinery, farm management and agronomy software, and service providers – while providing unique solutions for managing their valuable data.Data Management

A rapidly growing area of machine technology is remote connectivity, with solutions integrated into products that communicate equipment performance information and wirelessly send agronomic (task) information from the field to the office and from the office to the field. In order to preplan, manage and analyze agronomic data, AGCO offers the wireless transfer of task data from the machine terminal to the office computer through a unique data pipe, separate from raw machine data. AGCO recognizes and respects customers’ data privacy rights and acknowledges that all equipment and crop data generated during a grower’s operation belongs to the grower. An AGCO customer can choose between task and fleet management products and data paths to wirelessly transfer operational information:

  • AgCommand®, AGCO’s telematic machine and fleet monitoring system, captures and wirelessly transfers equipment status, location and performance data to a unique user interface used by farmers and AGCO dealers to provide machine optimization, performance monitoring and machine uptime. Customers and dealers can access data through the AgCommand website and app on an iOS smart device. Telemetry focuses on keeping equipment in the field and ensuring the machine is optimized for the best performance. Focusing on minimizing downtime, AGCO uses technology to make sure farm equipment is not only continually moving, but also running optimized. Products that are never idle and providing the current status is the target. We develop solutions that help farmers to understand where his/her pieces of equipment are, and let him/her knows what operations it is doing.
  • Task data management is possible with a wide selection of AGCO’s partner Farm Management Information Systems including FarmWorks, Claas Agrocom Net, Helm, BASF and Land-Data Eurosoft AgrarOffice. Since 2010 the VarioDoc/TaskDoc offering from AGCO has been based on the ISO 11783-10 standard. AGCO’s task management solutions include wireless transfer of crop data in the form of work orders and work records. This can be done through an exchange server directly from a machine terminal through cellular connection or Bluetooth. AGCO is not locked into a single service provider or FMIS. We are the connectivity partner between the farmers and service providers, so our customers are free to choose which trusted advisors he/she wants to work with. It is important we offer capabilities that link service providers with our customers, more specifically to business data and field operations. It is important to respect customers’ choices, and let them to choose their service providers.

We in AGCO recognize that task and fleet management data are important information that should be handled differently. We want to make sure the farmers are connected to each step of the crop cycle, and also connected to AGCO dealers and service providers. The data collected in one operation can be used to create information that will be used in the next operation, from planning and planting, to growing, harvesting and storage. Fuse Technologies address each step of the growing cycle, focusing on adding new technologies on all AGCO equipment.

To learn more about the Fuse data privacy policy, visit http://www.agcotechnologies.com/about-fuse/data-privacy/.

 

Carla Gasparin is a Manager for AGCO’s Advanced Technology Solutions group, working in  Product Management for Global Off-board Technologies for Fuse Technologies.

Fuse® Technologies Farm Show Presence: Q1 2015 Round-up

By Whitney West

Fuse® Technologies continues to further educate and inform by participating in key regional events the first quarter of 2015. Customers had the opportunity to learn more about current technology products, hear from leaders in the industry, and visit with Fuse Technologies experts about what to expect in the coming months from AGCO technology products and services.

 

National Farm Machinery Show (February 11-14, 2015)

The National Farm Machinery show offered an array of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services for the visitors to the Kentucky based show. Fuse Technologies was there offering our customers an opportunity to view the connected farm through our augmented reality experience. This walked visitors through the crop cycle beginning with planning to planting to harvesting and grain storage all through the lens of products offered within the Fuse Technologies portfolio.

 

World Ag Expo 2015 FuseWorld Ag Expo (February 10-12, 2015)

Held at the same time in Tulare, CA, World Ag Expo offered a view into the largest annual agricultural exposition. More than 1,400 exhibitors displayed the latest in farm equipment and technology. AGCO had a welcoming presence inviting visitors to our farm. Visitors learned about AGCO’s equipment and Fuse Technologies while visiting each turn of the crop cycle, and learned from industry experts on how to increase their profit potential over lunch.

 

SIMA (February 22-26, 2015)

This year’s SIMA event, held in Paris, hosted 1,740 exhibitors from 42 countries, and welcomed 238,848 professional visitors from 145 countries. New areas of interest included soil tillage, irrigation, beet harvesting, trailers and handling, and cereal harvesting. AGCO had much to celebrate with the successful mission of the recently returned team from the Antarctica2 expedition, an ambitious 5,000km round trip to the South Pole on a MF 5610. This is the first standard farm tractor to reach the Geographic South Pole overland. The tractor was fitted with AgCommand®, AGCO’s telematics solution, from the Fuse Technologies product portfolio. A special version was used on the Antarctica2 expedition to track the tractor and monitor its performance. The Antarctica2 MF 5610 expedition tractor was a highlight of Massey Ferguson’s stand at SIMA.

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Expodireto MFExpodireto (March 9-13, 2015)

Expodireto ValtraFuse Technologies was present at South America’s Expodireto. Held the second week of March, this was the 16th edition of the agricultural and technology farm show. Massey Ferguson and Valtra offered separate stands for visitors to interact with technology solutions, learn more about Fuse through the technology team and our interactive display, and spend time with their local dealer.

 

Precision Farming Expo (March 17-18, 2015)

Fuse Technologies, for the first time, participated in the Precision Farm Expo 2015. The second annual event returned to Oregon with a mission of “bringing clarity to farmers” through displays and presentations of currently available and near future agri-tech innovations. This expo was designed for those interested in learning how new and increasingly affordable technology solutions are becoming available to farmers of all sizes. Fuse presented their interactive Fused farm walking farmers through our current suite of technology solutions by crop cycle.

 

Fuse Technologies continues to make its way around the globe as we build on the continued strength of AGCO, and the technology products and services offered to support and enhance our customers’ bottom line. Please make plans to join us at an upcoming summer or fall farm show where you can learn more about all that Fuse has to offer. For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

To see more photos from recent events, visit our Facebook page.

To learn more about Fuse Technologies, visit the Fuse website.

 

Whitney West is a Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist for the global Advanced Technologies Solutions (ATS) group, helping to bring the Fuse Technologies message to our customers, dealers, stakeholders, employees and the media.

 

Challenger E Series Makes a Grand Entrance into the Australian & New Zealand Market

How do you get a tractor into the middle of Australia’s third largest city? Drive it down a river of course!

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Challenger E Series making tracks on the Brisbane River

 

The long awaited Challenger E series made a dramatic entrance to the Australian and New Zealand region, surprising a gathering of Challenger Dealers on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Built upon three decades of Challenger’s tracked tractor leadership, the industry leading E Series demanded an unveiling that would leave a lasting impression with the dealership team and kick off the launch of this exciting new range with a bang.

Local challenger dealers were invited to  a social evening at a restaurant overlooking the Brisbane River in Brisbane’s business district. As guest presenters introduced the new ground breaking E Series with informative presentations and videos, Challenger dealers would have been excused for assuming the evening was following a familiar schedule.

Drifting down the river under the cover of darkness, on a barge set up as a stage, the Challenger E series was poised to disrupt that familiarity.

Arriving at its destination with precision timing, the floating E series nudged closer towards the dealer group now congregating on the restaurant’s balcony and was revealed in a coordinated show of lights, smoke and the beat of ACDC’s thunderstruck.

And thunderstruck the crowd was. The unique unveiling was captured by a contingent of photographers as well as the dealership group and onlookers, with hands quickly diving into pockets in search of iphones to capture the sight.

Speaking after the event, key organiser of the E series launch and Challenger Product Manager Jeremy Duniam said that the evening went as planned.

“There were a couple of dealers that had a suspicion of what was going to happen, but most were stunned when the tractor was lit up and floating only metres from the river bank.”

“It was an exciting way to introduce the exciting new Challenger E Series,” Jeremy said.

A behind the scenes video of the spectacular unveiling will be available soon on AGCO Blog and www.facebook.com/ChallengerAg

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