Six Massey Ferguson 9500 Series combines will be seen throughout America's Heartland wrapped in Old Glory – celebrating 10 years of Massey Ferguson combine production in Hesston, Kan.
Painted like they were wrapped in an American flag, the newest model combines from Massey Ferguson began their tour following Independence Day and will be seen at farm shows through the fall.
Visitors to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days got a chance to see an Old Glory Massey Ferguson 9500 Series combine at the show held July 17-19 near New London in Outagamie County. Young and old alike took turns posing for pictures in front of and on the patriotic combine.
"It's definitely an attention-getter," said Kevin Cobb, Massey Ferguson product marketing manager. "People love looking at the combine up close."
Since 2002, the company has built combines in Hesston, Kan., a town with a long heritage in the farm equipment manufacturing business. In fact, farm equipment has been built in Hesston since 1947 when Kansas farmer and harvesting contractor Lyle Yost partnered with machine shop owner Adin Holdeman. Yost's first invention was a grain-unloading auger for a combine grain harvester.
AGCO, which manufactures and markets farm equipment under the Massey Ferguson brand, has continued this rich tradition of manufacturing and innovation. The company's recent investment in the Hesston manufacturing facilities—including the addition of state-of-the-art painting technologies and chassis dynometer—reinforces AGCO's commitment to building the highest quality equipment in the industry and to doing it proudly in America.
"There is a great sense of pride among Massey Ferguson combine owners because of the long history of innovation and harvest excellence the machines have always delivered," says Cobb. "The new 9500 Series offers the very latest in innovation, bringing growers some pretty impressive fuel efficiency and harvest capacity benefits. We look forward to dressing this combine in the American flag and parading it across this great nation. It's your country, your combine."
You can see an Old Glory Massey Ferguson combine at the following farm shows:
*Farm Progress Show Boone, Iowa – Aug. 28–30 (with field demonstrations)
*Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, Neb. – Sept. 11–13 (with field demonstrations)
*Big Iron Show, West Fargo, N.D. – Sept. 11–13
*Farm Science Review, London, Ohio – Sept. 18-20 (with field demonstrations)