First Combine Harvesters Designed For Brazil Sugar Cane 28/02/2008

AGCO announced their plans to introduce the first ever combine harvesters designed specifically for Brazil’s massive sugar cane industry for the 2010-2011 harvest. AGCO Corp. views this as a big turning point to boosting production on the global commodities market. Currently over 70% of Brazil’s sugar cane crop is harvested by hand, and the newly designed combine harvesters should help meet the demand for the crop which Brazil uses as a sugar-based ethanol gasoline substitute. Chairman and chief executive of AGCO said that the new combine harvester is part of a range of initiatives that would alow farmers to meet an expected surge in crop yields and production.

Agco also plan on taking on the market for the U.S. ethanol market of cellulosic crops such as sawgrass which could impact corn as an ethanol based crop. The cellulosic crop would be harvested with a smaller “forage” combine harvester. The combine technology industry is having to gear up for new commercially available crops coming on to the market, like genetically modified crops or GMO’s. Genetically modified crops are generally come from larger seeds which have previously clogged combines, the market was caught unawares by these developments previously. Companies such as John Deere, CNH and AGCO are working on these technologies now to insure the same thing does not happen again.

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