Hesston has been known as the hay and forage innovator since 1955, when the company developed the first commercially available self-propelled windrower. Other industry firsts have included the first hydrostatic windrower, the first center-pivot mower-conditioner and the first big rectangular baler—which had nearly 50 individual patents of its own.
Today, Hesston products continue to lead the way in advanced hay and forage technology. We are proud to offer a full line of hay and forage equipment including windrowers and heads, baling systems, mowing systems, rakes and tedders, forage equipment, and manure spreaders.
In March 1991, AGCO purchased the Hesston Corporation gaining hay and forage equipment as well as technologies such as the grain auger (used to unload grain quickly from combines), invented in 1947 by Lyle Yost. Hesston had a 50 percent joint venture with Case International, now a part of CNH Global. AGCO purchased the White Tractor line from the Allied Corporation's White-New Idea company. In 1993, AGCO purchased the remainder of White-New Idea, gaining New Idea hay equipment and manure spreaders, and White planters. White New Idea had a large manufacturing plant which operated in Coldwater, Ohio, USA.