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Source: AGCO news release

This summer and fall, 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., USA.

Adorned with red, white and blue, the newest model combines from Massey Ferguson began their tour following Independence Day and will be seen in fields and at farm shows through the fall.

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 Kevin Cobb, product marketing manager at Massey Ferguson. "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."

Show stops

The combine will stop at select farm shows beginning with Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, in New London, Wisc. July 17-19.

Additional Farm Show stops include:

Farmfest, Redwood Falls, Minn. - August 7-9

Farm Progress Show, Boone, Iowa - August 28-30 (with field demonstrations)

Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, Neb. - September 11-13 (with field demonstrations)

Big Iron Show, West Fargo, N.D. - September 11-13

Farm Science Review, London, Ohio - September 18-20 (with field demonstrations)

9500 Series combines

The new combines are the most productive and efficient machines ever offered from Massey Ferguson - providing greater power and capacity - designed to perform in even the most adverse crop conditions. The 9500 Series combines are powered by fuel-efficient AGCO POWER engines and offer exclusive advancements such as the new Trident processor, exclusive V-Cool system, redesigned cleaning system and more.

Fuel efficiency benefit

The 9500 Series has exhibited exceptional fuel efficiency without compromising power or torque ratings. "Growers are seeing 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, as well as 20 percent increase in harvest capacity with the 9500 series," Cobb adds. The improvements are made possible by AGCO POWER diesel engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) clean-air technology. With SCR, the exhaust reduction process takes place outside of the engine after combustion. As a result, the engine stays cooler - so as to not diminish engine performance or fuel efficiency.

Massey Ferguson has further enhanced performance by changing the engine's configuration. It's now in line with the rotor, so power flow remains direct. This helps optimize power for smooth, efficient harvesting even when terrain, environment, crop volume and crop conditions become particularly challenging.

Innovative cooling system

In fact, with the tough conditions of blowing chaff and debris in mind, Massey Ferguson created its own special system to avoid heat build-up. With the new V-Cool system, the radiator and cooling units for air-conditioning, hydraulic systems and the air-to-air intercooler are arranged in a V-shape. Airflow is unrestricted and reaches each cooling unit directly, instead of being forced through multiple radiators. Even the engine air intake is pulled from the V-Cool area, promoting longer filter life and better performance.

The Massey Ferguson 9500 Series features three all-new models: the MF9520, with a six-cylinder 8.4 liter engine and the MF9540 and MF9560 which each offer an all-new 9.8 liter, seven-cylinder engine positioned in-line with the axial rotor for maximum driveline efficiency.

"The new Massey Ferguson harvesting lineup answers the most challenging question - how to build a combine with more capacity and less complexity," adds Cobb. "As evidenced by the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series axial combines, we've come a long way since Massey-Harris perfected the world's first commercially successful self-propelled combine in 1938. Because we've not forgotten the principles and ideas upon which Massey Ferguson was founded, we are committed to designing and developing state-of-the-art machinery that exceeds grower's expectations in performance and reliability."

For more information on the new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series axial combines, be sure to attend the farm shows along the tour, visit or stop by your local Massey Ferguson dealer.

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