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The new 900 Series tractors takes a key position in the Fendt line of products now available in North America.

AGCO picks Fendt as its global brand

“It’s the year of Fendt,” as the company's new focus puts the brand squarely at the corporate core

Reading Time: 5 minutes In June, AGCO invited several machinery editors to its Jackson, Minnesota assembly plant to hear its news for the coming year. I was included in that group. As we were seated around a large table listening to the initial presentations, AGCO’s media relations manager made an off-the-cuff comment that stuck in my mind. “It’s the […] Read more

The real surprise in AGCO’s unveiling of the new IDEAL combine was the name it was wearing when it made its North American debut.

The new AGCO strategy

The company gets serious about launching FENDT as its high-tech brand in North America

Reading Time: 6 minutes When I received my invitation from AGCO to attend a media event earlier this summer, I was told there would be a surprise. It was, said the company’s PR agent, to be the unveiling of the new IDEAL combine. Hardly a surprise, I muttered to myself. AGCO had debuted the IDEAL in Germany last November, […] Read more


AGCO is putting more distance between its major brands at the dealership level.

What’s next for Massey Ferguson?

AGCO injects new life into the MF brand in Europe, promising to add “an avalanche” of new products in bright red paint

Reading Time: 8 minutes The attitude of marketing staff and the overall experience of just being at AGCO’s giant display at Agritechnica this year was different than I’d seen in past years. The stand was clearly divided between the company’s two primary brands sold in Europe: Massey Ferguson and Fendt. Then, an incident really drove home the reality of […] Read more

Representatives of the McCormick brand were ecstatic when they went on stage to claim their Best Utility Tractor title during the 
Tractor of the Year awards ceremony at Agritechnica.

And the Oscar goes to…

Brands claim top design awards at home and abroad

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Agritechnica machinery show in Germany, which takes place every two years, has its own set of Tractor of the Year awards. A group of European journalists pick what they collectively think are the best tractors in each of four different categories, including best field tractor, best utility, best speciality and best overall design. This […] Read more


AGCO’s Fendt brand won a Silver Innovations Award at Agritechnica for its all-electric e100 Vario, which has the capabilities of a 65-horsepower conventional tractor but shorter run time.

Re-energizing electric drive

Today’s concept tractors may never get beyond the prototype stage, but that isn’t going to stop electrification

Reading Time: 6 minutes It was one of those great opportunities that I savour. I was with two very senior executives from one of the full-line manufacturers, and we were having a casual and candid conversation over lunch. We were in a private dining room on the grounds of the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany. Eventually the conversation drifted […] Read more

A cutaway view of a Xaver robot shows it is built on a modular design, and in the future it could potentially be repurposed to do jobs other than seeding corn.

‘Xaver’-ing success

AGCO’s MARS project lands a new name ahead of its market release

Reading Time: 3 minutes Several months ago Country Guide reported on the field robot project called MARS, which is an acronym for Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms. It began as a joint research project between the European Commission and AGCO’s Fendt brand. At the Agritechnica machinery show in Hanover, Germany, in November, AGCO revealed the project has moved beyond the […] Read more


AGCO’s new “IDEAL” combine will debut in Germany in November. Built on a global platform, it will incorporate the highest level of digital technology of any combine to ever wear MF, Challenger or Fendt nameplates.

Dawn of the ‘smart’ combine

Automated and self-adjusting threshing systems become the norm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Combine manufacturers have made giant strides toward machine automation. Yes, there still needs to be an operator in the cab (and we’re likely some distance away from changing that), but a growing number of today’s combines are making their own decisions about how to adjust their operations on the go for maximum threshing efficiency and […] Read more

PHOTOS: JCB redesigns the 8000 Series Fastrac tractor

Guide Machinery: The evolution of the Fastrac

Reading Time: 3 minutes All eyes were on a stage in JCB’s Rocester, England world headquarters building in October as a few dozen ag journalists from several different countries gathered for the reveal of the company’s all new 8000 Series Fastrac tractor. As is usually the case with events like this, no matter what the brand, the unveiling was […] Read more


AGCO bets big on China

While the war of words heats up between Beijing and Washington, AGCO is becoming a major player in the Chinese economy

Reading Time: 6 minutes One of the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturers is predicting a bright future in China, and it is putting its money behind that belief. AGCO, parent company of well-known brands Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Valtra, GSI, and Challenger, has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Changzhou to serve both its international needs and what it […] Read more

At the 2013 Agritechnica, Fendt introduced the X Concept tractor, which is capable of delivering 700-volt DC power to implements. But it is not yet market ready.

ElectricPOWER your farm implements?

These 700-volt systems may be the kickstart the industry needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes For a group of young boys standing around the Fendt display at the Agritechnica machinery expo in Hanover, Germany, earlier this winter, the prototype model Former 12555X electric hay rake on show was a little like a video game. By sliding a finger across a screen, they could use the touch pad computer on the […] Read more