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September 2009 Archive for Machinery Journal

RSS By: Aimee Cope, Farm Journal

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Father of Ten Wins Compact Tractor

Sep 30, 2009
Massey Ferguson held a contest to emphasize the comfort of their new 1600 Series compact tractors. They boast that operating the tractor is better than being on Cloud 9–it’s Cloud 10.
When the contest mailer arrived in David Griffin’s mailbox, he didn’t have any previous experience with the tractor brand, and entered the contest. This fall, a brand new Massey Ferguson 1635 was delivered to his 25-acre farm in Indian Trail, N.C.

Chris Fowler, Statesville Tractor, Statesville, N.C., and Doug Grant, Massey Ferguson, presented the tractor to David and Gena Griffin. The Griffins have 10 children, and David put the tractor to quick use in reseeding the yard for his oldest daughter’s October wedding.


New Big Bud Scale Model Available

Sep 29, 2009
When the Big Bug 747 was in the field in Illinois this summer, it stirred up interest in the high-horsepower Big Bud tractors. Albeit slightly smaller than the 1,000 hp mammoth, the first model of Big Bud, the HN 320 has its own place in tractor history.
The HN 320 was built in Montana: the H stands for Hensler, the N for Nelson. It was Willie Hensler and Bud Nelson that formed the Northern Mfg. Co. after their Wagner dealership was stripped away from them in Havre, Montana.
To commemorate Big Bud history and the recent resurgence since Big Bud 747 made its big trip from Montana to Illinois, there’s a new scale model of the HN 320 available. Click here.
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You Know Harvest is Slow When...

Sep 22, 2009

On a recent trip in corn-growing country it was obvious many farmers hadn't been in the field yet. I counted one harvested corn field across 600 miles, and I saw one combine harvesting soybeans.

The slow start to harvest was backed up by a conversation with the folks at Ag Leader Technology. So far, the past couple of weeks have been below the call volumes for the past three years.

Their 30-person tech support team will field as many as 4,500 calls in a week during the peak of planting and harvesting seasons. As a pioneer of yield monitor technology, Ag Leader says it places a priority on customer service to keep farmers in the field and not in the stopped in headlands and frustrated.

Case IH Brings Back the Scout

Sep 17, 2009
Although it carries the same name, the second go-around for the Scout is quite different. In 2010 Case IH will launch the Scout utility vehicle.

This resurrects the Scout brand name, which was first introduced in 1961 as the first SUV. Scout SUVs were manufactured from 1961 to 1980 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by International Harvester as a way to compete with the emerging popularity of Jeep.
Case IH is introducing its four-wheel drive utility vehicles in two sizes: 
  • Case IH Scout - a two-passenger, 14 horsepower gasoline-powered mid-size UV
  • Case IH Scout XL - available in two-passenger and four-passenger versions, with gas or diesel engines, with 23 hp gas/20 hp diesel
The Case IH Scout UV has a 14 hp gas engine, can reach 25 mph and fits in the back of a pickup truck.
A full range of Case IH Scout accessories will be available, including: windshield, winch, front blade, bed dump, bed liner, camouflage, gun rack, and more. The Case IH Scout can be equippped with a Case IH AFS receiver to mark scouting notes on georeferenced field maps.
If you’re interested in an International Harvester Scout, I hear they pop up on Fastline and eBay every now and then!
For More: Case IH

Kinze’s Anthem

Sep 11, 2009
The song goes:
“We do things in a different way/ smarter than we did them yesterday/ and we stand behind every word we say”
That’s a lyric from Kinze’s new anthem song. You can listen to the full version here.
The lyrics are generated from Kinze’s Think in Rows marketing campaign, and the video features a parade of Kinze products and the faces of Kinze (including Jon Kinzenbaw and daughter Susanne Veatch).

You can check out the video on the recently redesigned Kinze web page, (the video is embedded toward the bottom on the left.)

Keep your ears perked for the song on many Kinze dealer's hold music...

Enter AGCO's Fan Photo Contest

Sep 10, 2009
Get you and your friends to vote your machinery picture to the top. AGCO is hosting a contest to find the fan favorite photo of its equipment.

Submit your photo on their Facebook page: www.facebook./AGCOcorp. Then recruit your friends to vote your's as the best. The winner will receive a limited edition AGCO hardcover book.

Entries must be submitted by Sept. 25, and the votes need to be cast by Oct. 15.

While you are on Facebook, be sure to connect with Farm Journal Media! 

Join Facebook. Then, Look for Farm Journal and Top Producer and click to become a “Fan”.

We post the top news, video and pictures during the week and let you connect with others via the discussion boards. After you become a fan, suggest it to your friends and let the agriculture community continue to grow!
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See Agritechnica 2009 for Yourself!

Sep 09, 2009

Every other November in Hanover, Germany, agricultural machinery and visitors from around the globe convene at Agritechnica.

If you’ve ever wanted to be one of the many who attend, this may be your chance! Farm Journal and Top Producer are teaming up with the DLG (German Agricultural Society), which organizes the show, to offer two free trips for two.

Farmers older than 35 years are invited to enter the contest to take part in the Farm Journal trip, Nov. 7–11. Included is coach airfare for two, four nights in a hotel, breakfast daily, show tickets and the chance to attend the VIP official opening ceremony.

Farmers 35 years and younger are invited to enter the contest for the Top Producer trip, Nov. 11–15. Included is coach airfare for two, four nights in a hotel, breakfast daily, show tickets and invitations to the Young Farmer party and the international conference. Recipients will also take part in the Top Producer Young Farmer Program in Chicago on Jan. 26, 2010.

To enter send an e-mail to with the following information:
  • Name
  • E-mail Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Birth Date
  • Valid passport number(s)
  • Phone Number
  • 150 words describing why you want to attend Agritechnica and what you hope to learn

Enter by Oct. 1!

For more show information, see
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