AgriLand recently revealed that its Challenger products, including its rubber-tracked tractor line-up, will be “integrated into the Fendt brand” here in Europe before the end of this year.

Challenger products will continue to be sold through the current network (in the existing colour scheme) in North America, South America, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

Also Read: Fendt tracked tractors and sprayers on the way – courtesy of Challenger

The move includes sprayers – giving Fendt dealers and distributors access to an ever-growing portfolio of products.

AGCO Massey Ferguson Fendt

Meanwhile, the global agricultural machinery manufacturer is pushing ahead with the development of new products, including what is believed to be a new flagship combine harvester.

An eagle-eyed AgriLand reader spotted pictures of what is thought to be AGCO’s next-generation flagship combine harvester on Twitter recently.

AGCO Massey Ferguson

Aimed primarily at the top-end of the harvester market, the new machines will employ rotor technology (in place of conventional straw walkers). Rotary machines – and their hybrid variants – now dominate the upper reaches of the combine harvester market, particularly in countries such as the US.

AGCO Massey Ferguson

When the new generation of combines arrives on the market, it will be interesting to see how these are badged and marketed – especially here in Europe. Indeed, how will the Fendt brand figure in AGCO’s roll-out strategy for such machines?

Baler news

Meanwhile, there are also pictures circulating online depicting a Massey Ferguson 2300 Series baler – a 2370 model to be precise. Is this what will replace the current 2200 Series?

AGCO Massey Ferguson

The current line-up stretches from the 2240 (800mm X 700mm) up to the 2290 (1,200mm X 1,300mm). The existing 2270 makes a bale with a cross section of 1,200mm X 900mm. It is also available in XD guise, enabling it to squeeze “between 15% and 20% more material” into each bale – or so Massey Ferguson claims.

This, says the company, can contribute to substantially lower transportation and haulage costs – as a greater tonnage of straw can be moved in each load.