Merz Farm Equipment Timeline

The most important thing we have built since 1953 is TRUST!

  • 2014

    Merz Farm moved into its new 4,000 sq ft addition, including an additional 2,500 sq ft remodel of the existing facility; including all new sales and accounting offices, parts counter and display areas, service office, conference room, a larger showroom and new customer lounge.

  • 2013

    Merz Farm Equipment celebrated its 60th Anniversary.
    Merz Farm Equipment broke ground for their new building addition.

  • 2011

    AGCO invests in its Jackson, Minnesota plant, expanding it by 75,000 square feet. This making room to bring production of the high horsepower tractors back to North America. Production starting in the Fall of the year.

    AGCO invests $40 million into its Hesston manufacturing facility by building a 200,000 square foot painting and finishing building.

    In August of 2011 AGCO held the largest product launch in their history, including new combines, tractors, self-propelled windrowers, planters and much more.

  • 2009

    Massey Ferguson introduces the 8600 Series, it’s most powerful, technically advanced tractor ever. Massey Ferguson is the first in the world to offer e3 clean air technology. The first agricultural equipment manufacturer to provide SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) clean air-technology engines on their tractors.

    AGCO announced it’s plans to open two manufacturing sites in China.

    AGCO announced it’s plan to phase out the orange AGCO brand tractors in favor of the red Massey Ferguson.

  • 2006

    AGCO saw a re-focusing of the various brands, and re-direction of individual brands. The plans included combining some brands into making all of them part of a larger brand. Massey Ferguson brand now includes the Hesston Series, a complete line of hay equipment.

    Massey Ferguson adopts ISOBUS technology, becoming a leader in achieving “plug & play” capability with other ISOBUS-compatible equipment.

  • 2003

    Merz Farm Equipment celebrates 50 years in business.

  • 2001

    A new Massey Ferguson combine facility is built in Hesston, Kansas.
    AGCO purchases Ag-Chem, manufacturer of the Ro-Gator and Terra-Gator.

  • 1997

    150 year anniversary of the Massey’s origin. Massey Ferguson is being sold in 140 countries and becomes the best-selling tractor brand in the world for the 35th consecutive year.

    The 4200 Series is introduced, This “Next Generation” includes eight models with 55 to 99 PTO Hp. Models 4245 and 4255 feature new sloped hood profile for better visibility.

    Massey Ferguson introduces the 8780 Class VI rotary combines.

    AGCO purchases the Fendt tractor, just two years after Fendt had introduced the CVT.

  • 1995

    Fendt, later to be purchased by AGCO, introduces the Vario CVT. The CVT combines the infinite speeds of a hydrostatic transmission with the efficiency of a powershift by using a planetary gear set to split the engine output into a hydrostatic section and a mechanical section, eliminating traditional transmission gears.
    Merz Farm Equipment receives the award for Highest Volume Dealer in the Northern Plains Region.

  • 1993

    Bruce Merz travels to Germany to tour the Claas Combine Factory, as a group of the top seventeen Massey Ferguson combine dealers were chosen to take this tour upon the announcement of Class manufacturing the Massey Ferguson combines.
    AGCO purchases distribution rights for Massey Ferguson in North America, expanding AGCO’s dealer network in North America by more than 1,100 dealers.

  • 1991

    AGCO purchases 50% of Hesston Corporation from Case-New Holland, later purchaseing the remaining 50%.
    AGCO purchases White tractor business from Allied Products, later to purchase the planter business.
    Massey Ferguson sells 25% more tractors worldwide than its nearest competitor.

  • 1987

    Massey Ferguson introduces the exclusive Autotronic System of electronic control for many tractor functions. The Datatronic System is also introduced.

  • 1986

    Massey Ferguson purchases rotary combine technology from White Farm Equipment.

  • 1983

    During their 30th Anniversary, Merz Farm Equipment hosts a day long celebration that included Massey Ferguson presentations, equipment displays, an art workshop for the women and capping off the day with an evening meal that included a local band and dancing.

  • 1976

    Bruce Merz, Nelson’s third son, joins his father and two older brothers in the family business.
    With all three sons following in his footsteps, Nelson was elected to the Nebraska State Senate. Turning over the daily business of Merz Farm Equipment to his sons, Dennis, Gale & Bruce.

  • 1969

    Merz Farm Equipment adds a third building, next to the first building.
    Introduction of the first V8 powered, fixed frame row crop tractor – the Massey Ferguson 1150, powered by Perkins.
    Introduction of the first 4-wheel drive tractors, the Massey Ferguson 1500 & 1800, powered by Caterpillar V8 diesel engines.
    Servis-Rhino patents the first 4-gearbox, flex-wing rotary cutter. The Flex 15 enables the wings to be raised without damage to the drivelines.

  • 1963

    Dennis Merz, Nelson’s oldest son returns home to the family dealership after working as a Massey Ferguson Service Rep.
    Merz Farm Equipment achieves the highest volume retail sales during a fall combine sales contest, winning a brand new Chevrolet pickup.

  • 1961

    Merz Farm Equipment adds an addition to the first building.

  • 1959

    Merz Farm Equipment adds a second 3,200 square foot building.

  • 1957

    Merz Farm Equipment had sales in excess of $1,000/day with the farm equipment, along with Wayne Feed & Pfister Seed Corn. This was a time when there were still seven other farm equipment dealerships in Falls City, today only one remains.
    Sir Edmond Hillary makes the first land crossing of Antarctica using converted Massey Ferguson tractors.

  • 1954

    Merz Farm Equipment builds a new 3,200 square foot building.
    The number of tractors on farms in America exceeds the number of horses and mules for the first time.

  • 1952

    Nelson Merz agrees to purchase the Ferguson tractor dealership in Falls City, Nebraska from Harold Strauss.

  • 1949

    Richard & L.G. Unverferth seeing a need for better floatation in wet field conditions and make better use of a tractor’s available horsepower, develop the first bolt-on dual tractor wheels.

  • 1944

    Harry Ferguson opens the Banner Lane plant in Coventry, England which grows to become the world’s largest factory devoted solely to the production of tractors.

  • 1941

    Massey Harris produces the first successful self-propelled combine with the Massey Harris 21SP combine.

  • 1935

    Agronomists Frank Duley and Jouette Russell at the University of Nebraska begin research on conservation tillage, along with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.

  • 1928

    Massey-Harris acquires J.I. Case Plow Works Co. of Racine, Wisconsin, manufacturer of the Wallis tractor.

  • 1925

    Massey-Harris is trading as a public company. Massey and Harris families sell their interest to a group of prominent Canadians.

  • 1910

    Massey-Harris purchases Johnston Harvester Co. in New York, marking its entry into the U.S. market.

  • 1897

    50 year anniversary of Massey’s origins.

  • 1892

    Massey-Harris acquires a 40% interest in Verity Plow Co.

  • 1887

    Massey opens a branch in London, England to handle the expanding European market – the first North American company to do so under its own name.

  • 1875

    Massey purchases patents to make the Sharps Rake for Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

  • 1857

    Alanson Harris begins production of harvesting equipment.