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Mahindra Donation

Mahindra North America (MNA) and sister company genZe partnered to make a donation of a Mahindra mPACT XTV 750 S and two genZe eBikes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona, the host city of its sixth National Dealer Meeting (NDM). Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton accepted the gifts on behalf of the city during Mahindra’s opening session at NDM. The utility vehicle will be used to support the city’s sustainability programs and the eBikes will be put to work in the growing Phoenix police department.

“As part of each National Dealer Meeting, we find a way to give back to the community we visit. We worked closely with the Mayor’s office to determine what would best serve Phoenix and, as part of our Rise philosophy of driving positive change, we provided the city with a utility vehicle to be used as part of their composting and green organics initiative,” said Cleo Franklin, Vice President Marketing and Strategic Planning, Mahindra NA. “In addition, we learned there was a need for reliable, high-quality personal transportation at the Phoenix Police department, leading to the donation of two genZe eBikes.”

John Deere 2320 Field Cultivator

To help producers prepare a more agronomically sound seedbed ahead of the planter in often short time windows, John Deere introduces two new tillage tools. These next-generation secondary tillage implements are designed from “below the ground up” to work faster and smarter, making customers more productive while effectively handling tough soil conditions and high levels of crop residue at speeds up to 10 mph.

“Producers are continually demanding more from their tillage equipment in terms of soil mixing and residue management, faster operating speeds and more precise depth control,” says Jarred Karnei, product marketing manager for John Deere. “To meet those needs, we’ve increased working widths and operating speeds, and provided a wider array of finishing attachments to create that custom field finish and firm seedbed that’s so important for uniform germination and crop establishment.”

Kubota Geared to Give

Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced that the latest recipient of a donated tractor in its “Geared To Give” program is farmer veteran Chad Tackett, owner of Tackett Family Farms in Lincolnton, Georgia. During a special ceremony, Tackett was presented with the keys to a new Kubota L-Series compact tractor in recognition of his years of service in the U.S. Army and for his dedication to farming. The donation was made by Kubota in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), in an effort to provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a future in farming.

Tackett and his wife Shirlene, a U.S. Air Force veteran, manage roughly 200 acres of land including planted pines, hardwoods and pastures where they raise grass-fed Texas Longhorn cattle. Tackett grew up feeding cattle and raising hogs on family farms, and with his experience and new Kubota tractor, he plans to develop the farm and expand his cattle operation to sell meat locally by late next year. A father of four, Tackett’s son Zach serves in the U.S. Navy where he is stationed in King’s Bay, Georgia. Tackett served in the U.S. Army for 22 years where he was stationed across the U.S. and overseas before retiring in 2012.

New Holland Acquires Kongskilde Industries

New Holland Agriculture will expand its wide offering with new implement product lines as a result of CNH Industrial’s  agreement to acquire the agricultural Grass and Soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish Group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab (DLG A.m.b.A.). This business develops, manufactures and sells solutions for agricultural applications in the Tillage and Hay & Forage segments under various brands, including Kongskilde, Överum and JF. Kongskilde will continue to operate through its current sales organization and its dealer network ensuring continuity in its customers’ support.

AGCO Parts Logo

AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is now offering an innovative financing solution on qualifying Parts and Service transactions. Now through December 31, 2016, AGCO Plus+ account holders can take advantage of the No-Interest, No-Payments for 180 days offer on any AGCO Parts and Service purchase over $1,000 USD.

Fluctuating commodity prices, along with the steep costs of seed, feed and fertilizer, can make budgeting for in-season expenses challenging. With the 180 day No-Interest, No-Payments program we can help address those challenges for our customers. Also, the 180 day No-Interest, No-Payments program can be used with the PM360 preventative maintenance program allowing our customers to get that extra edge.

Wildly Farmer of the Year

David Wildy, the 2016 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award winner will be using a new Massey Ferguson tractor free for the next year, compliments of sponsor, Massey Ferguson. Wildy and his family operate a 12,000-acre farm near Manila, Ark., where they raise cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat along with peanuts and potatoes, recent additions to their cropping program.

Bill Hurley, vice president of Sales for AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), the manufacturer of Massey Ferguson products, recognized Wildy and his family in conjunction with the Willie B. Withers Luncheon held during the opening day of the 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show.

Hesston Triple Window Attachment

Hesston by Massey Ferguson, the industry-leading hay equipment brand from AGCO Corporation, introduced an all-new triple windrow attachment (TWA) for WR9800 self-propelled windrowers during Husker Harvest Days 2016. Designed specifically to enhance forage harvesting efficiency, the TWA allows operators to place freshly cut forage in the windrow configuration best suited to the capacity and capability of the operator’s forage harvester or baler. This capability eliminates raking or merging windrows together, reducing trips through the field, lowering fuel and equipment costs and reducing labor needs.

“The new triple windrow attachment is designed to match the preferences and needs of most producers and commercial forage harvesters,” says Shaun Allred, tactical marketing manager for hay and forage products at AGCO. “Whether windrowing heavy first-cutting alfalfa, light grass hay or thick, heavy forage crops, the TWA attachment installed on a WR9800 Series windrower will produce uniform and consistent single, double or triple windrows.

Challenger MT400E

Challenger, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, launched the MT400E Series tractors at Husker Harvest Days 2016. Five new models in this series feature Challenger toughness and the most robust offering of features available in mid-range tractors from Challenger. With max engine horsepower ratings from 120 to 160 and the choice of three transmission options, including the TechStar™ (CVT), they are ideal for all-around use on livestock and row crop operations. Models include the MT455E (120 hp), MT465E (130 hp), MT475E (140 hp), MT485E (150 hp) and MT495E (160 hp).

“Customers who have previewed these tractors have been impressed with the range of operator conveniences available from tractors with this level of power, stability and lift capacity. With features such as our optional industry-exclusive multi-function joystick and three transmission options, many customers are finding the MT400E Series offers the right combination for their operations,” says Eric Zimmerman, AGCO tactical marketing manager.

Challenger 1000 Series

Challenger, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, introduced an entirely new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The Challenger 1000 Series tractors, the largest fixed-frame tractors in the world, are the agricultural industry’s next ‘must-see’ innovation. Designed to deliver lower cost of ownership and improved productivity per acre, the Challenger 1000 Series tractors can be the single solution for both heavy draft and row crop work.

The Challenger 1000 Series tractors combine the power of a small-frame, articulated 4-wheel drive with the flexibility and speed of a lighter-weight, fixed-frame row crop machine. They are offered in four models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower with a weight range of 31,204 lbs. (14,153 kg) to 50,706 lbs. (23,000 kg).

John Deere 3025E

To meet varied customer needs and budgets, John Deere expands its popular 3E Series Compact Utility Tractor line to include the 3025E model. With the addition of a 25-horsepower option, John Deere now offers a reliable trio of compact utility tractors all the way up to 38 horsepower.

“Our 3E Series compact tractors have a reputation for being reliable machines that customers can trust to power through the toughest of jobs,” said Michelle Bentley, product marketing manager. “With the new 3025E, John Deere has combined capability and comfort at an affordable price, meeting a diverse range of needs for our hardworking customers.”

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