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AGCO Jounce Test

AGCO is in the midst of a multi-year, $42 million upgrade and expansion to its engineering and manufacturing facility in Jackson, Minn. The motivation behind the project, which kicked off in 2013, is to further improve the quality of the agricultural equipment built there, as well as the efficiency and production capacity of the facility.

“Farmers expect the best when they purchase AGCO equipment built here in Jackson, and we have a history of meeting those expectations,” says Eric Fisher, AGCO director of operations. “With the continuous improvements we’re making here and at other AGCO facilities, we continue to provide our dealers and farmers the highest-quality agricultural equipment available.”

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Massey Ferguson Woods Partnership

Massey Ferguson, a tractor brand of AGCO, and Woods, an implement and attachment brand of the Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture Division of Blount International, have joined together to provide consumers compatible and color-matched implements and tractors.

“Through this agreement, customers have access to more than 70 Woods implements paired with Massey Ferguson tractors,” says Jerry Johnson, president of Blount International’s Farm, Ranch and Agriculture Division. “We’re proud to provide Massey Ferguson dealers a broader product offering and to have sales of these implements supported by AGCO Finance programs.”

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Curtis Cab Massey Ferguson GC1700

Curtis Industries LLC has announced the release of its cab system for the Massey Ferguson GC1700 Series sub-compact tractors.

The all-steel cab frame, doors and roof are constructed of powder-coated commercial grade steel. Tilt out windshield and dual sliding glass windows offer ventilation in any weather condition.

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Massey Ferguson 8700 Tractor

Massey Ferguson introduced and displayed its 8700 Series high-horsepower tractors at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

Featuring AGCO POWER 8.4-liter diesel engines, hefty hydraulics, CVT transmissions and a redesigned cab, Massey Ferguson boasts these tractors “deliver unparalleled performance while maximizing operator comfort around the dairy or in the field.”

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Hesston WR9800 Windrower

Hesston by Massey Ferguson has unveiled its Tier 4 Final WR98000 Series of self-propelled windrowers.

According to Hesston, two new Tier 4 Final models smooth, consistent cut and uniform, precisely conditioned windrow plus a quiet, comfortable ride.

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Massey Ferguson 1739E

Massey Ferguson has introduced its new 1700E Series of economy compact tractors. Three models are available ranging from 24.0 to 38.5 horsepower, along with two transmission choices.

“Simple design, powerful engines and rugged construction make the 1700E Series a steadfast workhorse,” says David Bercik, Massey Ferguson product marketing manager. “On the farm or at the work site, operators will find just what they need to make short work of a variety of tasks, from mowing and grading to hauling and loader work.”

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 Hesston 2900 Series Round Baler

Hesston by Massey Ferguson has introduced its new 2900 Series round baler. This high-capacity baler is designed to feed faster and more smoothly, achieving dense, uniform big round bales regardless of the crop or crop conditions.

“The Hesston 2900 Series features design enhancements that keep pace with the productivity needs of our largest hay and livestock-feeding customers,” says Dean Morrell, product marketing manager for hay and forage equipment. “The Hesston legacy of innovation and commitment to quality is evident in the detailed engineering and rigorous testing that this Series has undergone.”

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Massey Ferguson 1700 Series Pair

Massey Ferguson will introduce its new 1700 Series compact tractors at the 2013 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27-29 in Decatur, Ill.

The 1700 Series tractors, building upon the success of the popular 1600 Series, feature new Tier 4-compliant turbo-charged diesel engines.

“Operators today are looking for a comfortable tractor that is productive and powerful, yet efficient, regardless of what type of work they’re doing,” says David Bercik, product marketing manager for Massey Ferguson. “These newly designed 1700 Series tractors deliver exactly that.”

The Series offers six models from 35 to 60 gross engine horsepower, all featuring four-wheel drive, the option of a cab or open platform, a choice of two transmissions, plus rear and/or mid PTOs. Those attending the Farm Progress Show can stop by the AGCO lot and see these productive tractors in person.

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AGCO takes an active role in helping youth by funding scholarships, as well as showing young people the opportunities available in agriculture beyond farming.

In addition to providing nearly 130 individual scholarships worth more than $120,000, AGCO and its Challenger, Massey Ferguson, and Gleaner dealers across the country work directly with youth and many local National FFA Organization chapters.

“Agribusiness locally and nationally needs to be better understood by all and viewed by young people as a viable and exciting career choice,” says John Bookmiller, president of Java Farm Supply in North Java, New York. “We work with our local chapters to provide equipment, classroom materials and tours of our entire operation from parts and sales to technology, so young people here can see that agribusiness offers many career choices and many opportunities beyond operating a farm.”

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Massey Ferguson Rotary CutterMassey Ferguson has introduced three new rotary rakes, designed to help hay producers optimize hay quality and create windrows that increase baling efficiency and capacity.

The new models expand the RK Series line of rotary rakes from Massey Ferguson to offer more options that help both small and large operations produce quality hay. All three models are designed to help speed drying time because they sweep the hay or forage into a uniform windrow. According to Massey Ferguson, their gentle action helps maximize leaf retention for optimum protein content, resulting in more valuable hay.

“Rotary rakes form more even windrows without roping or plugging, and the tine angle and gentle sweeping motion result in a cleaner crop in the windrow,” says Dean Morrell, product marketing manager for Hay and Forage. “In addition, the tines on these rotary rakes last two to three times longer than tines on traditional wheel rakes.”

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