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Ag Comm. visits Expo; New dairy tractor debuts

Comm. Gary Black Comm. Gary Black
Clay Dell of AgCo Clay Dell of AgCo

Many farmers were here at the Ag Expo on its first day, and many were in the fields harvesting their crop as well.

Commissioner Gary Black says he's heard good things about this year's crop. He says the numbers for dry land peanuts are actually pretty good right now. Peanut farmers planted the most acres of peanuts in our state's history this year so the supply will be high.

As for cotton, Black says the yields on cotton are high as well.  The only thing farmers are concerned with right now is with the price they will get paid for their crops.

"Farmers are price challenged right now. Many of our commodities are having a pretty tough time his year but farmers are resilient. We want to keep promoting every product possible and we're going to be actively doing that," Black said. There have not been any numbers released so far this year but peanuts are going right around $400 per ton right now.

A brand new tractor targeting South Georgia dairy farmers was unveiled at Sunbelt. Agco released their 400 series Massey Ferguson tractor to a crowd of about 100 people.

 Company officials say the tractor is reminiscent of their heritage model that many farmers recognize.  The tractor is not for sale just yet though.

"We're offering it a roughly, 70, 80, and 90 horsepower platform option--two wheel drive and both four wheel drive with loaders. Really we're targeting the livestock, dairy and rural lifestyle operations with this model," said Clay Dell of AgCo.   

Agco will be giving away a Massey Ferguson lawn tractor later this week.

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