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The first videos in the Hesston Knows Hay series received rave reviews from producers across North America. Now, you can see the newest hay tips videos from the series, including soil prep and planting advice, the latest on varietals and how to minimize field traffic, even how to reduce the risk of bale fires. It’s the ultimate video course on producing quality hay. Check it out here (https://myfarmlife.com/hayvideo).

Preparing the Soil and Field for Alfalfa


Before you plant alfalfa, follow these steps to ensure you maximize yield potential and stand longevity.

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Alfalfa Planting Tips


From advice on tillage and leveling the field, seeding rates, and equipment, two of North America’s top experts help you get your alfalfa off to a great start. 

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Matchmaking: Choosing The Best Hay Variety


Among the most important decisions you can make, picking the right varieties for your fields and climate can help maximize the yield and quality of your stands. 

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Minimizing Equipment Traffic In Hay Fields


Check out these tips on how to reduce equipment traffic on hay fields. You could boost yields by as much as 30%. 

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How To Decrease The Risk of Hay Bale Fires


It’s a serious threat. So, before storing bales, consider these tips to decrease the risk of overheating and potentially disastrous fires.

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Protect Your Investment: Hay Bale Storage Tips


From top to bottom, shield your hay from the elements and microbial growth. Check out how—whether you’re keeping it off the ground, putting it under cover or both—and increase your ROI. Watch This Video >>

See these videos and more from the Hesston Knows Hay Video Series, brought to you by BALE magazine.

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AGCO uses Crop Tour sites around the globe to educate agronomists, dealers, and farmers on the latest agriculture techniques and equipment options. For the past two years, the sites have followed the AGCO Crop Tour plot protocol, which included studies focused on the importance of even emergence, precise depth control, proper downforce, and highly accurate seed singulation and spacing. In 2018, we will begin looking at the effect of organic matter on a variety of factors such as plant population, hybrid selection, and nitrogen management.

AGCO North America Crop Tour 2017 included AGCO Crop Tour events at the locations in this photo.

North America

AGCO Crop Tour 2018 will conduct on-farm research at the following locations in North America:

  • Morning Sun, Iowa
  • Falls City, Nebraska
  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Fremont, Nebraska
  • Gladbrook, Iowa
  • Irwin, Illinois
  • Arthur, Illinois
  • Hankinson, North Dakota
  • Union City, Ohio
  • Precision Planting Institute in Pontiac, Illinois

Planting occured in late April to early May, and AGCO Crop Tour 2018 events will take place in June and August.

Read past years’ information, stay up-to-date and sign up for the 2018 events here: AGCO North America Crop Tour.

Africa

There were two research trials in South Africa where AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 activities took place. Both locations are near Lichtenburg, and plots include both corn and sunflowers.

Planting occurred in December of 2017, and the AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 events took place during the week of April 23.

AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2017 was held at Rail Fakhrislamov’s 44,000-acre Krasnaya Bashkiria (KB) farm located just east of the Ural Mountains in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.

Europe

AGCO Crop Tour 2018 will be held in Russia, Ukraine and three locations in western Europe.

AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2018 will be held on August 15 at the same farm where AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2017 took place, which is Rail Fakhrislamov’s 44,000-acre Krasnaya Bashkiria (KB) farm located just east of the Ural Mountains in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.

The AGCO Ukraine Crop Tour 2018 will be hosted on September 6 by Kernel whose headquarters is in Kyiv, Ukraine. Kernel is is the largest Sunflower oil producer in the world producing close to ten percent of the global supply of sunflower oil.

In western Europe, there will be an event on August 23 at Fendt Field Day in Wadenbrunn, Germany and an event on September 19-23 at the Swiss Future Farm in in Tänikon, Switzerland.

Planting occured in April and early May.

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Stay tuned! We will also publish an AGCO Global Crop Tour 2018 blog post once all events are complete to discuss results and key takeaways.

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A soldier returns to his farm. A Quebecois producer looks for new opportunities. The AGCO Crop Tour goes international. Horses help those in need. Check out these stories and more in the spring issue of FarmLife.

Familiar Ground

A farmer serves his country, then returns home to raise crops and a family. We sit down with soldier, farmer and AGCO employee John Menssen, who reveals how the military and working with family influenced his life on the farm.

At Home On His Farm

He grew it into one of Quebec’s largest farm operations. Still, Laurent Bousquet continues to look for new opportunities provided by the markets, his own ingenuity, even the weather.

Doing Well By Doing Good

A Russian producer’s mission to improve the health of his soil, increase yield and share knowledge with others offers all the more proof that farmers, no matter where they live, have a lot in common.

Healing With Horses

Time in the saddle changes lives at this therapeutic riding center.

There’s much more in the full issues of the magazine, as well as online at myFarmLife.com. Visit often for the latest in crop care trends, stories from our best customers, and even projects for your farmstead.

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The latest issue of Performance Agronomy offers expert advice on laying the ground work for a successful harvest. It all starts now! Check out these stories on planter preparation, effective application of starter fertilization, how to balance the 4Rs of N application and more.

Get Off To The Right Start

Lessons learned on the 2017 AGCO Crop Tour can help give every seed its best shot. See how proper down force and singulation, as well as ground-truthing and general field scouting can help you maximize your yield potential this year, as well as the next and beyond.

7 Tips To Prep Your Planter

Good planter maintenance will not only help maximize its performance, but your yield potential as well. From seed meter calibration and cleaning to checking for wear and tear on seed tubes and disc openings, find out what to check and how.

Start And Finish Faster

Corn yield isn’t the only consideration when applying starter fertilizer. Placing phosphorus either alone or with nitrogen near or with the seed at planting offers several agronomic advantages. University researchers discuss the latest findings based on geographic differences, application method and more.

Make A Nitrogen Plan

Balance the “4Rs” for each field to improve fertilizer efficiency. Because the soil is a terrible place to store nitrogen, learn more about the correct form, time, placement and rate of application, and how that can improve your yields and save on input costs.

Best Of Both Worlds

The new SF6830NT high-speed rotary finishers let growers work wide and transport narrow. Released in 2015, the 6830 Series already has proved its ability to make one-pass, high-speed seedbed preparation a reality across a variety of field and soil types. Now, however, the 6830 is available in two models that fold to an exceptionally narrow, 9-foot, 10-inch width for safer, more convenient road transport and easier field entry.

Precision Partnership

What does the pairing of AGCO and Precision Planting mean for customers and dealers? Continued industry-leading innovation and growth of the network of certified Precision Planting Premier dealers. You could call it a win-win-win-win for producers, dealers, Precision Planting and AGCO.

2017 Crop Tour Results

Harvest results prove precision technology and best practices boost yields and ROI. The 2017 AGCO Crop Tour involved 11 crop test plots at seven locations across the Midwest, with AGCO and its partner dealers and cooperatives hosting nearly 500 farmers at nine events. Learn more about the results and how they can help you maximize yield potential.

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The potential of software development, IoT and Big Data in agriculture is beginning to be understood and realised worldwide. Yet with any new products there are understandable hurdles to overcome. In Australia, the elephant in the room for all producers, developers, and entrepreneurs is internet connectivity.

A Tough Environment Requires Efficiency

Australian farmers operate in a tough environment, operating within the driest and flattest inhabited continent with very high weather variability. From Australia’s 370 million hectares of agricultural land, our farmer’s export 77% of everything they produce, which highlights the critical need for our industry of staying competitive in a global economy. On top of this, Australian farming is among the most self-sufficient in the world with only 1% of farm income coming from government support (China 21%, European Union 19% and the US 9%) and over the past 30 years we have maintained an average productivity growth of 2.7% a year (National Farmers’ Federation, 2017). Given the above conditions and the ever changing market economy for agriculture, Australian farmers are looking at the next best way to improve their operation.

IoT without the Internet?

As with the other regions of the world, the next biggest movements in productivity and growth for future generations will come from technological advancement. The level of agtech development occurring throughout Australia is quite impressive; however, there is one considerable barrier to entry for the majority of producers: the infrastructure connecting these devices to the internet.

The risk to the Australian agriculture industry is our lack of internet connectivity in rural regions, which restricts our ability to adopt the latest technological developments. On top of this, start-ups with great products risk failing due to the inability to have large portions of their potential market able to access their product. Understanding this restriction from a policy perspective is easily comprehensible; Australia’s population is primarily distributed around the coastline, with 80% of our 25 million living in our capital cities and surrounding areas (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012). Distributing the other 5 million people between the remaining agricultural land results in a very sparse landscape of only 0.8 persons/km2. For this reason alone, it is understandable that the economics for telecommunication infrastructure does not stack up to sufficiently cover all our production regions.

Coverage is not the only concern facing farmers, as upload/download speeds and service plans vary significantly from region to region with some customers paying up to AU$250/month for only 6 GB (Farm Weekly, 2017). Imagine a young family dealing with this limitation, who also want to access this data for schooling and day to day life, while the business attempts to operate properties up to and greater than 6000Ha. Access to reliable and cost effective coverage isn’t only needed for the adoption of precision agriculture technologies, but also for productivity gains in general day to day operation (i.e. communicating effectively with staff) and safety concerns.

Solutions on the Horizon

Current government infrastructure plans are underway with the rollout of the National Broadband Network which still favours the populated areas, and the Sky Muster Satellite network that will service the most remote of homes and businesses.

While these services are greatly needed, the time to completion and the issue of whole farm coverage is still unresolved for most operators. As a solution to these problems, local innovators such as WI-SKY and Agrinet have developed solutions by installing permanent Wi-Fi networks across a property with a node at the farm house or shed acting as a gateway to the internet. Other companies are going about this problem in other ways. Myriota is another Australian company that is planning ahead for the remote connection of IoT devices via low-earth orbit nano-satellites, not only for Australian farmers, but for a number of industries at a global scale. Myriota has impressed the industry so much that it has recently received $15 million in Series A funding from a suite of global investors, pretty good for a company launched in 2015.

It is plain to see that connectivity issues are likely to be a recurring problem for our Australian customers, until a unified approach can be established. In the meantime AGCO understands the importance to have critical information get back to the farmer or the dealership in a timely manner. AGCO seeks to provide a variety of solutions to meet existing conditions, such as leveraging the Iridium Satellite network for our AgCommand telemetry tool, giving 100% coverage globally.

For the latest news on precision farming developments from AGCO, visit www.AGCOcorp.com/Fuse.

Written by: Angus Hogan

Angus Hogan is the Product Manager for Fuse in Australia and New Zealand. To read more from our precision farming experts, follow our #TechTuesday series here on our blog.

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AGCO uses Crop Tour sites around the globe to educate agronomists, dealers, and farmers on the latest agriculture techniques and equipment options. For the past two years, the sites have followed the AGCO Crop Tour plot protocol, which included studies focused on the importance of even emergence, precise depth control, proper downforce, and highly accurate seed singulation and spacing. In 2018, we will begin looking at the effect of organic matter on a variety of factors such as plant population, hybrid selection, and nitrogen management.

AGCO North America Crop Tour 2017 included nine AGCO Crop Tour events at seven locations this summer, including this one in New Hampton, Iowa at Ag Land Implement, Inc.

North America

AGCO Crop Tour 2018 will conduct on-farm research at about a dozen locations in North America.

Planting occurs in late April to early May, and AGCO Crop Tour 2018 events will take place in mid-June and early August.

Read past years’ information and stay up-to-date on AGCO North America Crop Tour.

Africa

There are two research trials in South Africa with AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 activities taking place. Both locations are near Lichtenburg. Plots include both corn and sunflowers.

Planting occurred in December of 2017, and the AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 events will take place during the week of April 23.

AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2017 was held at Rail Fakhrislamov’s 44,000-acre Krasnaya Bashkiria (KB) farm located just east of the Ural Mountains in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.

Europe

AGCO Crop Tour 2018 will be held in two locations in Russia, two locations in Ukraine and two locations in western Europe.

AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2018 will be held at the same farm where AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2017 took place and Bizon dealer’s farm in Rostov on Don, Russia.

Ukraine locations in the northeast and northwest will be hosted by Kernel whose headquarters is in Kyiv, Ukraine. Kernel is is the largest Sunflower oil producer in the world producing close to ten percent of the global supply of sunflower oil.

Locations in western Europe include a farm in Waldenbrunn, Germany where Fendt field day will also take place and at the Swiss Future Farm in in Tänikon, Switzerland.

Planting will occur in April and early May, and AGCO Crop Tour 2018 events will take place in late August and early September.

Follow AGCO Global Crop Tour 2018 around the globe this year with us on social media:

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Stay tuned! We will also publish an AGCO Global Crop Tour 2018 blog post once all events are complete to discuss results and key takeaways.

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Recap

AGCO helped conduct AGCO Crop Tour 2017 in Russia to share best practices on the farm according to a specific plot protocol, which includes studies focused on the importance of even emergence, precise depth control, proper downforce, and highly accurate seed singulation and spacing. People from all over the country came to Rail Fakhrislamov’s farm to learn about agriculture.

The event, which showed the use of strip-till and no-till, also demonstrated the yield-increasing effects of equipment, such as the White Planters™ 9800VE Series planter and associated Precision Planting® components. Fertilizer banded with strip-till, or applied with the planter at different rates, also was studied, and growers had the chance to review different hybrids and varieties for both corn and sunflower offered by Syngenta.

Overall, the Russian Crop Tour was similar to events AGCO held in the United States last year and in 2016. Nearly 300 farmers attended the Crop Tour at the KB farm. Four AGCO dealers brought their customers, while one dealer, Matrix Universal, sponsored the event. Scientists and agronomists from the United States, Denmark, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Bashkir State Agrarian University took part.

Darren Goebel, director of global commercial crop care, speaking at AGCO Russia Crop Tour 2017.

Part of Fakhrislamov’s credibility arises out of what he’s been able to do in a region where farming is difficult and margins are slim. “His farm,” says Darren Goebel, director of global commercial crop care at AGCO, “is located in a very challenging region, where the cards are stacked against you. There’s adequate moisture, a short growing season and soils that need help to recover. Still, through innovation and technology, KB farm, with the help of Rail and a strong leadership team he’s put in place, is doing well.”

This Crop Tour event, like those that took place in the United States, gives farmers a chance to see the agronomic benefits of the plantmachine- soil interaction, according to Goebel. “Crop Tour is a very important platform for exchanging experiences. It gives farmers around the world a chance to evaluate different technologies under actual field conditions and, most importantly, the results of their implementation,” he says.

You can read the entire story of AGCO Crop Tour 2017 in Russia and Rail Fakhrislamov in the future Spring 2018 issue of FarmLife.

Learn more about AGCO Global Crop Tour plans for 2018!

Results
  • Fertilizer had the biggest impact on yield in this study.
  • Quality of planting has a significant impact on final corn grain and silage yield.
  • Strip-till improves yield in water limited regions.
  • Planting of seed at consistent depth is key to increased yields. Corn must be planted at least 4 cm deep and then into uniform moisture to maximize yield.
  • Downforce has a significant effect on yield – Too little downforce and planter row units bounce causing seed to be planted too shallow. With too much downforce, the gauge wheels cause compaction around the seed furrow causing reduced root growth.
  • The AGCO Challenger planter equipped with Precision Planting components is the most accurate planter in the world for corn and sunflower planting leading to increased yields.

Финальный этап Crop Tour 2017. Красная Башкирия - YouTube

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AGCO has the fortune of having great customers and dealers all over the world. Africa is no exception. You may have heard about the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia, focused on bringing new technology and agronomic knowledge to the region. But, that’s not the focus for this blog. I want to tell you about South Africa and one of the exciting projects we have in place through collaboration with Cerealis, an AGCO dealer, and Precision Planting equipment distributor.

South Africa is an important agriculture producer, growing maize (corn), wheat, sunflower, soybeans, beans, grain sorghum, peanuts, cotton, and sugarcane. But, like in the United States, maize is king. This makes Precision Planting’s maize agronomy expertise a great fit for South Africa. And, AGCO with Massey Ferguson planters and other agriculture equipment is a recognized leader in the region.

Surprisingly this AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 project actually started at Agritechnica, a global farm show held in Germany, in November of 2017. I had a chance meeting with Josey Hendriks, managing director for technology at Cerealis. We chatted a bit about maize production and what Cerealis was doing in Africa to educate growers on the latest agronomy practices. He asked about conducting an AGCO Crop Tour event in South Africa. Josey had heard about the AGCO Crop Tour initiative in the United States aimed at educating growers on ways to improve corn yield through improved management practices at planting. I was excited, and we engaged in a fast paced discussion about the benefits to growers in South Africa, what it would take to pull it off, and when we would need to get started.

“Now!” Josey replied. “I have guys ready to get started planting as soon as we get enough rain to ensure proper germination. Can you send me the AGCO Crop Tour plot protocol tonight?” It seemed that even though it was cold in Germany, planting season was on the verge of breaking loose in South Africa.

Since then, a team at Cerealis has been doing what they do best – setting up the right environment to ensure learning will take place later in the season. They implemented the AGCO Crop Tour plot protocol that includes studies focused on the importance of even emergence (see photo), precise depth control, proper downforce, and highly accurate seed singulation and spacing. They have plots focused on both corn and sunflower established and growing near Lichtenberg, South Africa.

During the week of April 23, 2018, AGCO, Precision Planting, and Cerealis will host farmers for an educational event at the AGCO Africa Crop Tour 2018 plots. We will evaluate the effects of our differing planter treatments on corn growth and development. I am looking forward to being there to talk to growers like I have throughout the United States and Russia AGCO Crop Tour events in 2016 and 2017.

Written by: Darren Goebel, director, agronomy and farm services, AGCO 

Darren has been a crop consultant and agronomist throughout his career, with work encompassing virtually all crops and geographies including Southeast Asia, China, India, Eastern Europe, Brazil, Mexico, U.S., and Canada. Areas of specialization include soil fertility, crop management, precision farming, and agronomic research.   He grew up on a grain, livestock and specialty produce farm in southwest Indiana.

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Stay tuned! We will also publish an AGCO Global Crop Tour 2018 blog post once all events are complete to discuss results and key takeaways.

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Culture, lean manufacturing initiatives drive AGCO toward goal of being No. 1 in customer-perceived quality

How does the manufacturing team at AGCO Jackson operations build complex row crop tractors and applicators to the high level of quality customers expect, when no two are exactly alike? When there may not even be two similar machines on the line at one time?

Managers at the Jackson site will tell you one big reason is a culture that empowers employees. From the individual floor operators to the department managers, every employee is empowered to make suggestions that increase efficiency and improve product quality and safety.

“We have a culture built with the strong belief that employees and small teams working together can do really great things,” says Eric Fisher, director, operations in Jackson. “The employees who build these machines every day know them extremely well, so our employees are great resources for improving the processes used to build the range of tractors and applicators manufactured in Jackson. Their input is vital to help AGCO meet its global goal of being No. 1 in customer-perceived product quality.”

In 2013, AGCO Jackson began using Kaizen Action Sheets (KAS) a three-step, problem-solving online tool employees could use to offer their suggestions for ways to improve safety, product quality or reduce costs in their work areas. Delivering high-quality products is a major goal for AGCO, and employees are taking the initiative to ensure AGCO delivers on that promise. Since the inception of KAS, 21,739 ideals have been submitted. The recordable savings from employee ideas that were implemented in 2016 and 2017 have reach $1.5 million.

Ideas, large and small create positive change

Suggestions from employees have brought about both minor changes and large adjustments in the manufacturing processes at AGCO. Employee suggestions can be simple or complex and broad in scope. For example, an employee-driven redesign of the spray nozzle flow validation test allowed AGCO to test the liquid system with the spray booms folded in as well as to capture all the liquid put through each individual nozzle. This was a complex suggestion but it resulted in a significant step forward in our production process, says Fisher.

When a drip formed on a spray nozzle during the assembly process, an observant employee took notice, checked out sprayer units at the plant and fired questions to other employees who knew about spray nozzles. The result – a seal with a more effective design was incorporated into the nozzles.

In the weld department, an employee suggested a simple modification to a weld fixture, so parts can only fit into the jig the correct way.

“It was a simple, yet effective modification that ensures mistakes aren’t made in this area when a tractor is being built,” notes Fisher.

A welder responsible for welding “legs” for the RoGator® C Series self-propelled row crop applicators couldn’t see a problem, but he felt one on the surface of a machined kingpin he installed regularly. When he asked support teams to double check the kingpin, they discovered the supplier had switched machines processing this piece. That change meant the surface finish didn’t meet AGCO’s requirement and the acceptable tolerance level. Continuing to use the substandard part could have led to a shortened life of the joint. The employee headed off what could have been downtime for the customer and dealer.

“These are just a few examples of positive outcomes that happen when employees are engaged, understand AGCO’s business and make a conscious effort to ensure equipment leaving the plant is of the highest quality possible,” says Fisher. “We wouldn’t have achieved our goals if it weren’t for employee insights and suggestions on everything from quality control steps to time-saving measures that improve our overall processes,” says Fisher.

Measurable product quality improvements at the Jackson plant are impressive. Changes implemented from 2014 through 2017 have reduced early-hour repair frequency by more than 55 percent. A higher quality, more reliable product in the hands of customers and dealers improves their experience and product satisfaction.

Lean manufacturing initiatives bring team together

Lean manufacturing practices are another innovation implemented in Jackson since 2011 when the plant adopted a mixed model manufacturing line to streamline processes and provide the flexibility to custom manufacture machines where no two are exactly alike. Today, five distinct products in multiple variations are built at the Jackson plant, including the Challenger® and Massey Ferguson® high-horsepower tractors, Challenger track and articulated tractors and RoGator and TerraGator® row crop applicators.

One lean manufacturing initiative used very effectively in Jackson is a lean daily management system that ensures critical information is communicated in timely, systematic forums. Each morning, the Jackson management team meets on the plant floor to review cost, delivery, quality and safety targets, or more importantly, any risk to meet them. The management team meeting takes place after a standardized flow of shop floor startup meetings and department meetings. All meetings are driven by standardized control points and metrics posted on boards and kiosks on the plant floor.

“By openly involving everyone when discussing starting points and our goals, we’ve gotten phenomenal results,” says Fisher. “We’re all working together and pulling in the same direction.”

Team effort garners national manufacturing awards

The manufacturing innovations implemented at AGCO Jackson operations and the results have not gone unnoticed throughout the manufacturing industry. In fact, AGCO Jackson operations is the only agricultural manufacturer to receive the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Excellence Award and to be named the ASSEMBLY Plant of the Year. The AME award involves completing an extensive achievement report to demonstrate continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation in manufacturing. Facilities then are evaluated during a site visit that validates the achievement report.

The 2017 Assembly Plant of the Year Award from ASSEMBLY magazine. The award is presented to a state-of-the-art facility in the United States that has applied world-class processes to reduce production costs, increase productivity, shorten time to market or improve product quality. To top off its 2017 recognitions, in early March, Jackson also was named a recipient of IndustryWeek’s Best Plants of the Year award.

“We’re very proud of the employees and everything that they have accomplished,” adds Fisher.  “Our team is setting a standard of excellence for all AGCO manufacturing sites by delivering high-quality products to meet the demand of our customers and dealers. The awards are proof of their commitment and hard work.”

AGCO's Award-Winning Jackson, Minnesota Operations Leads in Culture & Technology - YouTube

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AGCO Blog by Agco - 3M ago

After the launch in Fall 2016 of the 1000-series tractors sold under both Fendt and Challenger, AGCO was able to announce the first production milestone for the world’s most powerful standard tractor. On Wednesday, 20 December 2017, much earlier than expected, the 1000th Fendt 1000 Vario rolled off the production line.

The 380 hp Fendt 1038 Vario was ordered through the highly successful Canadian Fendt dealer, Maple Lane Farm Service Inc., in Mount Forest, Ontario, for Jeremy and Herman Terpstra at their dairy farm, Terpstra Farms Ltd, in Brussels, Ontario, Canada.

“We are delighted with the excellent worldwide acceptance of our new 1000 Vario high-power tractor models. At up to 517 hp, they have shaped a new market and are now delivered in a total of 35 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Asia,” says Peter-Josef Paffen, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board (left).

The 1000-series was a blank-canvas innovation that filled the previous gap in the 380-517 hp power range for standard tractors. This was the first time a model has been designed to the requirements of professionals in large-scale farming from around the world. It is an international award-winning tractor, including the “Tractor of the Year 2016“, “Machine of the Year 2016” in the XXL Tractor category and the coveted “Public Award”, gold medals and much more.

We followed the 1000th Fendt 1000 special-milestone tractor on his journey from Fendt’s factory and headquarters in Marktoberdorf, Germany to Ontario, Canada:

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