Soaring diesel costs have highlighted the need for farmers to not only invest in the latest technology from reputable brands like Massey Ferguson, but also to adopt precision or smart farming practices to increase productivity and efficiency. efficiency. This was the message from AGCO Africa MD Dr. Dominik Reusspeaking at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day in Bothaville in the Free State on Thursday May 19.
The impact of the diesel price increase was such that Agri SA even offered a rebate system to cushion potential increases in food prices. “Our strategy is always to put the farmer first. Improved technology leads to more efficient fuel consumption,” Dr. Reus pointed out. Here he referenced state-of-the-art tools such as MF Guidance, Autopilot and MF Section Control.
MF tractors ensure that engine, transmission and hydraulic performance and efficiency are optimized to minimize fuel consumption and maximize output without compromising the environment and requiring high operator workload . The AGCO Power engine has been designed to meet the latest emissions regulations using SCR technology, considered one of the most advanced designs of its kind on the market.
Fueling is designed to give a flat torque curve, essential for consistent delivery under load despite prevailing conditions. Coupled with the low-friction drives, this results in incredibly low fuel consumption per ton and excellent fuel economy. The impressive performance and efficient design of the Dyna-4 transmission offers unbeatable productivity, control and convenience, with fully clutchless shifting of 16 forward and 16 reverse speeds.
The operation of today’s largest and most sophisticated modern implements involves a number of functions using the linkage, hydraulics, PTO and transmission, especially when turning at the headland. Combining these functions or automating them allows you to get the best out of the tractor and the implement. MF Guide is MF’s complete hands-free steering system, available on new tractors or as an aftermarket installation, can provide sub-meter, decimeter and centimeter accuracy, increasing the efficiency of agricultural operations.
Trailed implement control raises and lowers trailed equipment based on wheel slip for trailed equipment, reducing wheel slip and preventing ground damage. Headland Management allows the electronic functions required during a headland turn to be automatically managed from the cab via the Datatronic terminal, automating the transmission, hydraulics and PTO systems and reducing repetitive tasks.
Specific features have been developed to allow operators to run their tractors more efficiently, reducing fuel consumption, getting the most out of implements and minimizing maintenance costs. These compact motors use advanced and highly efficient all-in-one SCR technology. A reinforced Integrated Front Linkage System (IFLS) is available as an option, designed to match the front suspension. The operator can activate a new “eco” mode by pressing a switch in the cabin. Oil flow and engine speed are managed to further reduce fuel consumption.
“Our state-of-the-art farm management solutions allow farmers to monitor machinery, use tools simply and efficiently, analyze operations more closely and, most importantly, keep costs under control,” said Dr Reus. . An optional 7″ Datatronic 4 monitor displays important tractor information and records, displays memory functions and tasks, and oversees the automation of headland management, trailer steering axle management, and of dual control.
Available as an option on Efficient and Exclusive models, Datatronic 5 collects and stores data on tractor and precision farming settings. Additionally, the terminal can be used to control MF, ISOBUS autoguide and cameras. The MF Connect service allows the farmer and dealer to seamlessly coordinate, optimize and connect a fleet to proactively manage maintenance and remotely monitor equipment in the field.
“We are investing heavily in South Africa to establish confidence in us as the preferred supplier in terms of mechanization and technology. This has now been accelerated through technology in terms of the direct connection between the farmer, the dealer and us. We have aligned with our partners, the dealers in South Africa, to provide better service and improve our turnaround times so that our customers have the best experience and maximize the uptime of their equipment,” concluded Dr. Reus.
This year, Massey Ferguson, a global brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), is thrilled to announce a new look for its iconic Triple Triangle logo and new “Born to Farm” brand identity to celebrate its 175e anniversary. MF has been providing farmers around the world with simple and reliable machines since its inception. Few global brands can claim such a lasting impact in the agricultural industry.
To support the farming community, Massey Ferguson has an extensive network of over 35 dealerships covering the whole of South Africa, providing parts, service, aftersales and new sales. Potential customers interested in the MF range can obtain full information at www.masseyferguson.co.za. After filling in the contact form, potential customers will receive the dealer’s video, brochure and contact details on their WhatsApp and email within 30 seconds.