AGCO Innovations

RoGator 1396

Now that it’s autumn, market analysts are looking for signs of recovery in many parts of the general and agricultural economies. A good gauge of this could come from the ag equipment suppliers, who tend to wait for sure positive signs before making major market moves.

Using this criteria, Duluth, CA-based AGCO Corp. is expecting big things in 2011. In late July, the company invited many members of the media to attend a 2011 product showcase in St. Paul, MN. Here, visitors got to see and hear about seven new and upgraded AGCO brands making their way to market in time for 2011. This included four with ag retail applications.

Application Moves

First up are a series of new models in the company’s popular RoGator self-propelled sprayer line, including the 1194H, 1194 and 1396. “The application business is changing all the time, so innovation and continuous improvement is critical to our customers’ success,” said Mark Sharitz, director of marketing for the AGCO Application Equipment Division. “Even though we introduced many significant enhancements in our 2010 RoGators, from larger product tanks to unmatched visibility on the road, we knew we couldn’t stop there.”

The 2011 RoGators feature a new drive system with two-piece construction — a hydraulic motor and separate gear reduction hub. This allows the systems to run cleaner, says Jim Lipscomb, business development specialist, AGCO Application Equipment, extending the life of the hydrostatic components. Other new features include a flexing C-channel frame to handle tough terrain, optional GatorTrak four-wheel steering and choice of boom options from 80- to 120-feet.

In addition to these extras, 2011 RoGators will also feature new tires. According to Michael Vandel, agriculture tire segment manager, Michelin North America Agricultural Tires, the Michelin SprayBib will now be the tire of choice for RoGator models.

This D-speed-rated radial tire is the only high-clearance sprayer tire that can carry 14,330 pounds at speeds up to 40 mph. “The new Michelin SprayBib tires flexes more than competitive products, and it runs at significantly lower air pressures,” said Vandel. “As a result, it delivers a larger footprint with more lugs in the soil, giving the operator better traction, less slippage, a better ride and the opportunity to get into the fields sooner without damage.”

With its popular TerraGator line, AGCO is planning to add models 6303 and 8303 in 2011. According to Sharitz, these units will feature the company’s Continuously Vari­able Transmission, SISU Power 8.4-liter diesel engines and several cab upgrades, including an adjustable floating armrest and a semi-active deluxe seat.

“From the frame to the application system, the TerraGator has historically been tougher than any other applicator on the market,” he said. “None of that has changed in the new model 6303 and 8303 machines. Our goal was to put even more brains to the brawn of the TerraGator.”

Speaking of brains, this is coming to AGCO application models in the way of the company’s AgCommand vehicle-tracking system. For years, AgCommand’s telematics-based data-recording has been used on AGCO’s combine lines to monitor machine location, operation and efficiency. But for 2011, the system will be made available for use on RoGators and TerraGators as well.

“Telemertry-based tracking is an emerging trend within agriculture that has the potential to help managers optimize the performance of their equipment and cover more ground more efficiently,” said Martin Melander, technology marketing specialist, Advanced Technology Solutions. “The AgCommand system collects GPS satellite location and machine performance every 60 seconds, allowing users to see where machines are, where they have been and the information collected at each interval. Machine data can then be sent via a modem over a cell phone network to a Web site that users can access at any time.”

Leave a Reply

Sprayers Stories

SprayersHooded Sprayers Help Minimize Spray Drift
May 15, 2014
Willmar Fabrica­tion's hooded sprayers have the potential to minimize pesticide drift, especially when combined with other drift reduction technologies, such as drift retardant adjuvants or low-drift nozzles. Read More
Sprayers14 Self-Propelled Sprayers For 2014
January 16, 2014
Ag retailers looking for new self-propelled sprayers will have these models to choose from this year. Read More
Case IH 2240 Patriot Sprayer
SprayersNew Patriot Sprayer Wins 2013 CropLife IRON Product Of The Year
January 13, 2014
Case IH’s new Patriot 2240 self-propelled sprayer has been named one of the winners of the 2013 CropLife IRON Product of the Year trophy. Read More
EquipmentHagie Launching Redesigned STS Sprayers In 2014
December 11, 2013
The new 2014 STS self-propelled sprayer product line features a new drive system, cab design, engine and solution system for optimal operator efficiency, safety and performance. Read More

Trending Articles

InsecticidesNew Research Study Shows The Value Of Neonics
October 29, 2014
The study evaluated seed treatment, soil and foliar uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in the U.S. and Canada. Read More
Crop InputsPlatform Specialty Products To Acquire Arysta LifeScience
October 20, 2014
Once the acquisition is complete, Platform Specialty Products will combine Arysta LifeScience with previously acquired companies Agriphar and Chemtura Crop Solutions. Read More
Seed/BiotechMonsanto Offers New Support For Ferguson, Area Communities
October 8, 2014
Monsanto Co. has committed $1 million in new support for several collaborative efforts in Ferguson, MO, and surrounding communities in North St. Louis County. Read More
Seed/BiotechUnapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Found In Montana
October 3, 2014
USDA reports that one year after discovery of Monsanto's unapproved wheat in a single Oregon field disrupted U.S. wheat export sales, the GMO wheat has again been found in Montana. Read More
Equipment2014 Product Of The Year Voting
September 19, 2014
The deadline to vote for the 2014 CropLife IRON Product of the Year is October 31. Please cast your vote today to help us determine the winner. Read More
FertilizerFall Fertility 2014: Forecasting Fertilizer Use
September 7, 2014
Great crops this year have tapped the soil, and fall work is definitely called for, but how challenging will that get? Read More

Latest News

Seed CareSeed Care Success Stories: Hefty Seed And Monsanto BioA…
November 1, 2014
Growers in the Dakotas have always looked for extra ways to boost crop nutrients to their seeds, with plenty of help from their ag retail partners. Read More
Seed CareThe Growing Importance Of Seed Care
November 1, 2014
Ag retailers continue to value the seed treatment portions of their businesses — as do their grower-customers. Read More
Seed CareGrowing The Future Of Seed Treatment Equipment
November 1, 2014
Seed treatment equipment manufacturers are focusing on flexibility and customer stewardship. Read More
Soybean Field
Seed CareState Of Seed Care Study: Top 8 Key Findings (Infograph…
November 1, 2014
Results from our survey of ag retailers provide valuable insight into the state of the seed care industry. Read More
StewardshipTFI Recognizes Michigan, Maryland Farms For 4R Stewards…
October 31, 2014
As farming practices increasingly attract interest from the general public, two farmers are ensuring they meet public approval. Read More
Eric SfiligojBig Brother Is Already Watching
October 31, 2014
Opponents to UAVs seem to think they could be used to spy on other people. But spying is already taking place, through the Internet. Read More
StewardshipAsmark Institute’s New Training Center Focused On…
October 31, 2014
The newly dedicated Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture will be used as a national training and education center for professionals in the ag input industry. Read More
StewardshipCTIC Tour Dives Deep Into Everglades
October 31, 2014
The most recent Conservation In Action Tour (CTIC) hit South Florida recently to tour the Everglades Agricultural Area. Read More
StewardshipResponsibleAg Begins Auditor Training
October 31, 2014
ResponsibleAg auditor training is now underway at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY. Read More
CropLife 100ValueAct Buys Stake In Fertilizer Dealer Agrium
October 30, 2014
ValueAct has bought 8.2 million shares in Calgary, Alberta-based Agrium, making them the second largest investor in the fertilizer dealer. Read More
InsecticidesNew Research Study Shows The Value Of Neonics
October 29, 2014
The study evaluated seed treatment, soil and foliar uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in the U.S. and Canada. Read More
StewardshipUSDA To Provide $4 Million For Honey Bee Habitat
October 29, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to Read More
Crop InputsValent Launches New Low VOC ProGibb LV Plus Plant Growt…
October 29, 2014
ProGibb LV Plus PGR is a high-potency, liquid gibberellic acid formulation designed to comply with California’s new air quality standards for high volatile organic compound agricultural products. Read More
Crop InputsBayer CropScience Acquires Certain DuPont Crop Protecti…
October 29, 2014
Bayer CropScience and DuPont Crop Protection have signed an agreement for Bayer to purchase certain DuPont Crop Protection Land Management assets in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Read More
ManagementWest Central Names New President
October 29, 2014
West Central’s board of directors have announced their unanimous decision to name Milan Kucerak President and CEO-elect following Jeff Stroburg’s retirement at the end of the fiscal year. Read More
InsecticidesValent U.S.A., MGK Form Marketing Agreement
October 24, 2014
Valent has formed an agreement with Minneapolis-based MGK to manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products within the U.S. beginning April 1, 2015. Read More
StewardshipFlorida’s 4R Advocate Keeps Improving
October 24, 2014
Florida farmer Alan Jones uses the 4R principles of nutrient stewardship as the core of his fertility program, which allows him to maximize production and keep costs in check. Read More
Seed/BiotechMonsanto Named One Of The World’s Best Multinational …
October 23, 2014
Monsanto ranked No. 8 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture. Read More