Hesston by Massey Ferguson released its 100,000th windrower at its Hesston, Kansas, plant March 29. Hesston introduced the self-propelled windrower to the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago.
Attending the event was the purchaser of the 100,000th windrower: Ray Robinson, of Moo Mountain Milk in Burley, Idaho. Robinson owns six Hesston windrowers. He farms approximately 5,000 acres himself, and partners with other businesses to farm an additional 30,000 acres. Moo Mountain milks 20,000 cows and employs 350 people, including those at a milk plant he owns an interest in. Robinson, his son Justin and twin grandsons were flown to Hesston for the 100,000th windrower event and look forward to putting the new windrower into operation on the dairy farm as soon as it arrives in Idaho.
The 70-year-old Hesston brand is most famous for its high quality haymaking equipment since 1947. The Honorable David K. Kauffman, mayor of Hesston, was in attendance and declared it “AGCO Hesston Windrower Day.”
The 100,000th windrower is dramatically different from the first model of 1955, which launched the Hesston brand. Today’s WR9800 Series self-propelled windrowers are fuel-efficient and offers other superior operator convenience.