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AGCO Parts opens Woodstock distribution centre
AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has opened a full-stocking parts distribution centre (PDC) in Woodstock, Ontario, to ensure customers in Eastern Canada have faster and more accurate access to parts.

Previously, agricultural equipment parts for the eastern provinces were supplied through a facility in Kitchener or were shipped-in from AGCO Parts’ Batavia, Illinois, location. By moving to Woodstock, AGCO Parts new full-stocking distribution centre is located in a more centralized, industrial area, so parts transit time will be reduced by one day to 85 percent of Eastern Canada. In most cases, AGCO Parts dealers will have next day delivery of in-stock parts.

In addition, the much larger, 67,000-square-foot building will allow about 45 percent more stock units/SKUs than in Kitchener, increasing inventory to an estimated 50,000 SKUs.

A significant innovation made possible with the AGCO Parts’ relocation is the adoption of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) which will improve productivity and accuracy. The WMS is a wireless warehouse system that enables parts to be tracked through the building from initial pick assignments right down to packing them in the carton.

AGCO’s relocation of this centre and the increased inventory will improve order responsiveness and lower parts delivery times by two to three days, compared to previous efforts. Changes implemented will result in next-day delivery of in-stock parts and earlier delivery of emergency and priority shipments for nearly 85 percent of the dealers in Eastern Canada. Customers and dealers may also pick up parts at the Woodstock location.

John Deere offers complete FT4 package
To make it convenient and easy for customers to access, handle and use Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and other fluids in their Final Tier 4-compliant equipment, John Deere is offering a full range of fluids and handling equipment. In addition to its Cool-Gard® II Heavy Duty Engine Coolant, Plus-50® II Premium Engine Oil and Diesel Exhaust Fluid, developed and manufactured to meet the specifications for use in John Deere selective catalytic reduction (SCR) engines, the company is offering a line of pump kits and portable dispensing units that make it easy to handle larger volumes of DEF.

John Deere Diesel Exhaust Fluid is available in a variety of sizes, including 2.5-gallon jugs; 55-gallon drums; and 275- and 330- gallon totes. To make it easy for customers using the larger drums and totes, John Deere introduces 110V and 12V pump kits (SWDEF110VKIT and SWDEF12VKIT) that come fully assembled and include everything needed to dispense DEF, including 4-foot suction hose with a closed system dry break coupler and a 20-foot discharge hose with stainless steel automatic shutoff nozzle.

Other new equipment to help customers get DEF to the field include 20- and 60-gallon Portable Dispensing Units (SWDEFPDU20T and SWDEFPDU60T), which are now available from John Deere dealers. These self-contained units consist of a stainless steel tank, removable 12V pump with 20-foot dispensing hose, and stainless steel auto shutoff nozzle with swivel. These units are designed to fit conveniently in a pickup truck bed or on a fuel trailer for easy transport. 

John Deere Diesel Exhaust Fluid and supporting handling equipment can be used on all John Deere SCR-equipped machines, as well as other makes of SCR-equipped machines that require DEF.

Focus Herbicide Tank-Mix now available for soybeans
Powered by the unique new active ingredient Pyroxasulfone, with a group 15 mode of action, Focus Herbicide tank-mix provides corn and now soybean growers with exceptional extended residual weed control and enhanced burnoff performance with Carfentrazone, a group 14 herbicide.

“We are excited about the launch of Focus for corn and soybean growers in Ontario, Quebec, and the rest of Canada”, stated Wayne Myers, Business Manager for Eastern Canada. “The unique characteristics of pyroxasulfone mean growers will need as little as 10% the amount of product compared to other soybean and corn herbicides which will provide even longer residual weed control. We think this will provide substantial time savings due to less product handling and more convenience when applying the product,” adds Myers.

With soybeans added, Focus becomes one of the only herbicides that applicators and farms can use across both soybeans and corn. Focus is a very strong herbicide for Amaranth species, providing season long control of these important yield robbing weeds which include redroot pigweed and green pigweed in Canada, and two species (common waterhemp and palmer amaranth) which are challenging growers in the US with glyphosate resistance.

Focus is distributed by UAP in Eastern Canada.

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