First outing for Fendt planters

Fendt’s growing portfolio of farm equipment now includes a range of folding Momentum planters, which for now are only available in Brazil.

by Steven Vale

10 May 2019

Part of a plan by parent company AGCO to develop Fendt as a global player, the planters were launched to the Brazilian market at the Agrishow, near São Paulo.

The farm equipment event was not just the first outing for the Momentum, but also for Fendt in Brazil and potential dealers and customers were also able to get up close to 1000 Series Vario tractors and Ideal combines; two other product lines that will be available in Brazil from next year.

Back to the planter. Designed and produced in Brazil (first global project of the Fendt brand to be made outside Germany), the Momentum features planting technology from Precision Planting, a company that was acquired by AGCO in 2017.

The result is not only flagged up as the most intelligent, but also one of the largest planters on the market capable of distributing fertiliser (5,300kg hopper) to each row on sale in Brazil today.

Available in 24, 30 and 40-row models (with and without fertiliser units), and in row spacings of 45cm, 50cm and 76cm, working widths are 10.2m, 13.5m and 18.0m (4.3m transport width).

AGCO has already invested around US$38 million in introducing Fendt in Brazil. A head office has been opened in Sorriso city, Mato Gross state, the beating heart of the country’s huge arable area. It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 farms in Brazil with 5,000ha+. Main crops are soya bean and maize grain.

Argentina is hinted as a possible next stop for the Fendt brand in South America. We will have to wait and see whether the company has any plans to target other areas of the world, such as North America, Canada, Australia and eastern Europe, where large planters are used.

Finally, Fendt is enjoying all the attention, but it is easy to find pictures and video of MF and Valtra Momentums. All appear to be finished in the same graphite livery as the Ideal combines. The only visible difference we can spot is the logo.