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Hesston by Massey Ferguson® Marks 75th Anniversary
Hesston by Massey Ferguson celebrates 75 years in 2022 with products that continue to provide farmer-focused innovations for hay and forage needs. The brand is well known by farmers across North America for its self-propelled windrowers, balers, mowers...
Hesston by Massey Ferguson® Marks 75th Anniversary

Hay Equipment Manufacturer Celebrates 75 Years of Farmer-Focused Innovation in 2022

February 09, 2022

DULUTH, GA | AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, celebrates the 75th anniversary of Hesston by Massey Ferguson® in 2022. The innovative equipment manufacturer began in 1947 when a farmer and manufacturer came together to solve harvesting inefficiencies. Since then, the company has kept producers at the heart of every user-friendly, highly productive product design it has produced. As Hesston by Massey Ferguson reflects on 75 years in business, the company continues to build on its legacy of innovation, promising revolutionary new products in 2022 and beyond.

Farmer-Focused Innovation

Hesston Machine & Manufacturing was founded in Hesston, Kansas, in 1947 by Lyle Yost and Adin Holdemann. Yost, a farmer and contractor, recognized inefficiencies unloading grain from combine grain tanks. Working with Holdemann, a manufacturer, he developed a new method based on an unloading auger that increased productivity and safety for this important task. The company continued to produce innovative non-powered implements that revolutionized grain harvesting. In 1955, the company entered the hay industry with the first commercially available self-propelled windrower — the Hesston Model 100, which increased productivity and hay quality and encouraged the company to specialize in hay harvesting equipment. Today, Hesston by Massey Ferguson is recognized across North America as an innovative leader in hay equipment manufacturing.

“Since its inception, Hesston by Massey Ferguson has sought to provide the straightforward and dependable solutions that address the everyday needs of farmers,” said Matt LeCroy, marketing director, Hay and Forage North America for Hesston by Massey Ferguson. “As a specialized hay equipment manufacturer, we have cultivated a deep understanding of the hay industry and hay producers, allowing us to lead the way with the right products at the right time.”

Revolutionary Legacy

Over the last 75 years, Hesston by Massey Ferguson has introduced many revolutionary products that improved hay production and quality for both commercial and traditional operations. Important developments in this lineage include:

  • 1970, introduction of the StackHand 60, the world’s first loose hay stacker.
  • 1976, introduction of the 5400 and 5800 large round balers, turning hay production into a one-man operation.
  • 1978, introduction of the Hesston 4800, the world’s first large square baler, producing 4-by-4-foot square bales that minimized dry matter loss and increased hay production efficiency.
  • 2007, introduction of the MF 2100 Series common platform large baler, which brought the original large square baler into the modern era.

“By focusing on the farmer in the field, Hesston by Massey Ferguson has remained at the forefront of the hay industry for 75 years and promises tremendous value for customers in the decades to come,” LeCroy said. “To date, the company holds more hay inspired patents than any other manufacturer.”

Looking to the Future

The facility in Hesston, Kansas, continues to manufacture some of the most cutting-edge hay equipment in North America, including the company’s very popular windrowers, balers, and combines. An additional investment of $45 million in 2013 added a new state-of-the-art paint facility.

“We are proud to be a part of 75 years of straightforward, dependable equipment manufacturing and a cornerstone in the Hesston, Kansas, community,” said Seth Beytien, director, supply chain, plant lead for Hesston by Massey Ferguson. “We look forward to the next 75 years of farmer-focused innovation as North America’s leading hay equipment manufacturer.”

Today the Hesston, Kansas, facility is AGCO’s number one location in North America for manufacturing implements and combine harvesters. Hesston by Massey Ferguson continues a tradition of innovative engineering, producing revolutionary and timely hay equipment, including the release of the new WR Series self-propelled windrower in 2022.

For more on Hesston by Massey Fergusons rich history and to see a full lineup of the company’s innovative products, visit


Arielle Windham, Flint Group | | 701-499-2169
Bob Blakely, AGCO | | 770-232-8018

Hesston and Massey Ferguson are registered trademarks of AGCO.

About AGCOAGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $11.1 billion in 2021. For more information, visit For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.

Arielle Windham
Flint Group

Bob Blakely
AGCO Product Brands

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