By No-Till Farmer Editors
For 29 years, members of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) have recognized the most innovative advancements in engineering in the areas of agriculture, food and biological systems with the AE50 Award.
The equipment honored by ASABE saves farmers time and reduces costs and labor, all while improving user safety. Below you will find a sampling of the winners of this year’s AE50 Awards. For a look at all this year’s winners, go to No-TillFarmer.com/0216.
- The CDS-John Blue Visagage Orifice Selector system is a self-contained orifice device that allows the user to quickly change between four different orifice sizes at each row without any line disassembly. This system eliminates messy traditional orifice plate changes where fertilizer lines must be opened. Changing between orifice sizes is as simple as rotating a dial on top of the unit, and the four positions are clearly marked.
- The Dickey-john IntelliAg ISO6 is a six-channel, ISOBUS-compatible control and monitor system that allows planters and seeders to apply multiple material types, such as seeding, granular and liquid, from one module. The software design reduces hardware needs by integrating advanced seed monitoring, section control with virtual switches and implement fold control.
- The KMC Unload on the Go tank is a storage tank mounted to the top of a peanut harvesting combine that can unload the contents of the tank into a cart or wagon while the combine continues to harvest. It uses a folding conveyor that is 33% wider to unload the peanuts up to 50% faster and, because it folds flat against the side of the tank, transport width has been reduced by 2%, giving the operator better visibility for safer transport. The new Unload on the Go Tank has a larger volume, capable of holding an additional 750 pounds of peanuts, while also featuring a new tilt design, which allows the operator to access the threshing cylinders located under the tank.
- The patent-pending Graham Pro Electric Drive is a 100% wirelessly controlled system that features 12 volt DC brushless motors with RF wireless control boards integrated into each motor end cap. This innovation reduces cost of row-by-row variable rate retrofit and allows one motor to control multiple applications simultaneously for each row. The system’s response to operator command inputs has been reduced from 4/10 of a second down to 30 milliseconds, which means lower cost inputs because of the improvement in precision.
- Pentair’s Closed System Cleanload is a device for safe and efficient measurement, mixing and loading of dry or liquid formulations into a sprayer with minimal exposure to pesticides. The system features a sealed glove box that safely separates the operator from the chemical container. Within the glove box are all the requirements for measuring, triple rinsing of container for disposal and mixing of formulation into a saturated solution that then is educted onto the sprayer. Using a closed system allows the operator to wear minimal personal protection equipment in the heat of the day instead of full-body, chemical resistant, protective clothing with cooling device.
- Laforge’s PowerFold is a folding system for a tractor’s front 3-point systems that allows for push-button folding and unfolding from the cab. It eliminates the need for the driver to exit the cab to manipulate hitch components to execute the folding. Most front hitches are equipped with lower links that can be folded up. The prevailing designs lead to reduced strength and increased wear and tear. And because of the cumbersome folding procedure, many are left in working position at all times.
- The John Deere DB60T is a 72-row, 60-foot twin row planter. Its row spacing contains MaxEmerge 5 twin-row pairs spaced 8 inches apart, and each pair is spaced on 20=inch centers allow a typical 20-inch corn head to be utilized during harvest. A more uniform seed-to-seed placement is achieved with this spacing, therefore reducing plant to plant competition. The DB60T was developed to be used in conjunction with high population corn varieties to significantly increase yields. Larger tires have been selected to reduce compaction in the field and increase stability during transport.
- The AGCO Sunflower 9830NT Series Single Disc Air Drill features a single-rank, single-disc opener system that provides high-speed seeding performance. The ‘brain’ is the AgControl system, providing product rate control of each meter shaft by section. The 175-bushel integrated tank consists of two commodity chambers divided in a 60/40 split. Combined, this is a 5.8-bushels-per-foot seed capacity. The seed is accurately metered through a stainless steel-bodied, venture-type metering system that provides a dedicated meter flute for each row. The ISO task controllers and electric meter drives provide responsive rate change with three section zone control and seed rate turn compensation.
- The Case IH Early Riser 2150 front-fold planter represents the first 16-row planter that can be factory-ordered with system configurations that range from a basic machine to a fully advanced-featured, integrated, high-technology customized planter, covering down force, closing systems, seed, chemical and fertilizer delivery systems and drives. The operator controls all systems with a single in-cab user display. Systems are integrated into a new frame, which allows for higher operating speeds and provides for row-unit travel of 8 inches.
- At the heart of Nelson’s 3030 Series center pivot sprinklers is the new, multi-function, side-load 3NV Nozzle. The nozzle can also act as an integral shut-off valve, a much more economical and reliable solution to a ball valve. In tough agricultural conditions, growers spend considerable time managing their water application devices. Nozzles can get plugged with debris and have to be removed for cleaning. The 3NV Nozzle system allows a grower to simply push and turn the nozzle between on, off, nozzle flush and line flush positions to remove debris without removing the nozzle. The 3NV nozzle fits all existing Nelson sprinkler types: Rotator, Spinner, Accelerator, Sprayhead, Orbitor and Part Circle.
- Lindsay’s FieldNET pivot control is a controller designed to retrofit almost any existing center pivot brand to the latest, most efficient irrigation technology. This allows significant labor savings and the convenience of full remote control and monitoring of pivots and other equipment, such as pumps, injectors, pressure sensors, flow meters, rainfall sensors and other devices. Pivot Control’s main differentiating features include a universal look and feel at all pivots in the operation for easy in-field control and variable rate irrigation of up to 360 sectors. It also features full control and monitoring at a fraction of the cost compared to a new controller upgrade.
- The self-contained “road friendly” endwise tow transport option for the new R1 Series of MacDon’s pull-type disc mower is designed to permit transition from field operational mode to transport mode in 30 seconds without leaving the cab. Transport wheels are stored behind the mower so they don’t interfere with the mowing operation or negatively affect weight distribution of the machine. During deployment of the transport system, the wheels are also used to elevate the mower and create clearance for transport tires to pass under it. By coupling the hitch to the transport frame, the hitch and mower simultaneously rotate to the transport position. This design allows a 16-foot wide mower to have a 9-foot transport width. This promotes easy movement on roads and access to fields with narrow gateways, conditions that traditionally excludes the use of wider machines.
- The Lexion 670 Dynamic Cooling is a horizontal engine cooling system located on top of the combine, over the engine, to pull in air from where it is coolest and cleanest. The dynamic cooling system is fitted with a variable speed, on-demand cooling fan that increases in rpm as the engine temperature rises. As the engine temperature cools, the fan speed will idle down conserving up to 20 horsepower over constant speed cooling fans. Air that is pulled through the cooling system passes through the engine compartment, which aids in keeping the engine compartment free of loose debris, and is forced out through vents in the combine’s side panels. As the air is forced out, it creates a curtain effect that prevents ambient dust and debris from getting aloft and pulled into the cooling fan, thus increasing its service interval for greater uptime. Its position enables easier, safer access for inspection and maintenance, too.
- Sukup Mfg.’s new Simultaneous Monitoring and Reaction Technology, called SMART Loop, is a self-learning control system for operating an automatic grain dryer at optimum speed and temperature levels. It uses a redesigned moisture sensor that is much more accurate than predecessors to feed moisture readings into a control system that also receives readings on column and discharge grain temperatures, plenum temperature, unload speed, ambient humidity and temperature and static air pressure. The control system allows the dryer to quickly close in on where it needs to be running based on current readings from multiple analog inputs, and does so without overriding the set point (desired discharge moisture setting). SMART Loop is also equipped with settings for further fine-tuning using proportional gain control and deadband-area settings.
- The Agrible Morning Farm Report is a predictive analytics tool for growers and agricultural companies that provides agronomic knowledge and forecasts on rainfall, temperature, growing degree days, fieldwork logistics, yield estimates and more. Instead of just providing data on what has already happened in a grower’s fields, Morning Farm Report provides forecasts and fieldwork recommendations for up to 2 weeks in advance. Morning Farm Report’s Yield Engine is the only service that predicts corn and soybean yields starting the day of planting, according to the company. This allows growers to make market and business decisions months in advance.
- The Kuhn FC 3160 TLR side-pull disc mower-conditioner is a simple to use, yet heavy-duty machine designed to mow, condition and windrow hay crops to maximize nutritional value and increase productivity. The exclusive Diamond Block roller-style conditioning system allows quick dry down of forage crops, by utilizing a horizontal diamond pattern giving the crop more points to be crimped as it comes off the disc. Another key feature is the direct drive system with a shear bolt protected main gearbox that provides protection in adverse conditions, with no belts to adjust and very minimal maintenance. The Optidisc cutterbar, with differential disc spacing and lubed-for-life reliability, ensures a clean cut and even crop flow to the conditioner. Crop layout can also be varied from a 3-foot windrow up to 75% of the cutting width by adjusting a single lever. The Constant Float suspension and Pro-Active Lift provides quick adaptation to different ground contours.
- The all-new New Holland Dual Stream combine header attachment mounts to the back of the New Holland 760CG Varifeed Grain Header to allow operators to make a higher cut, removing only the top portion of the plant that contains the grain for processing in the combine. The secondary cutterbar on the Dual Stream attachment makes a final, lower cut removing the remaining straw to the final desired stubble height all in the same pass. The attachment includes a processing roll to actively work the second-cut straw down into the stubble, improving its rate of decomposition. Because the combine is only processing the top, driest portion of the plant, the combine operator will see significant improvements in combine capacity, reduced fuel consumption, reduced grain loss, longer harvesting window and perfect straw distribution.
- I-Lighting’s Avilighting is a complete LED poultry lighting system that places the proper amount and intensity of light at the feed and water lines in commercial poultry houses. Benefits to the system are the energy savings it provides from the use of LED lights and the health benefits it provides for the birds by humanely guiding them to food and water sources, reducing mortality and allowing them to reach their full genetic potential. A controller that gives the farmer the ability to alter the intensity of light through the full 0-100% spectrum in both blue and white lights. The use of aluminum plates inside the feeder lights carry current in place of traditional hardwire. Each component of the system works together to maximize production and reduce costs in a new way.
- The Claas LEXION 700 Series’ 278-horsepower, heavy-duty variable speed feederhouse/header drive provides adequate power transfer to the attached header through a heavy-duty planetary header drive gear box (with oil cooler) that is driven by a variable-speed pulley set, via a heavy-duty reduction drive gear box to drive extra large combine headers and their attachments at any rpm, according to need. The feederhouse/header drive allows the operator to vary (or optimize) the speed of the combine’s feederhouse and platform header’s cutter bar or corn head’s row units, simultaneously, according to the condition of the crop.
- The Stirring Machine Delay Control System from Sukup Mfg. helps keep a grain-stirring machine on task by providing more time for removal of obstructions, and by notifying the operator if a stoppage caused by wet or crusted grain lasts more than 10 minutes. The device uses a micro-controller that senses if a down auger is hung up in grain. As soon as the hung-up auger returns to vertical, the controller sends a signal for the machine to wait an additional 3 minutes before resuming travel around the bin. This allows more time for the rotating auger to break up obstructions. If the auger does not return to vertical within 10 minutes of the stoppage, the operator is notified via horn or text message that the stirring machine has stopped working.
- Sukup Mfg.’s Self-Aligning and Locking U-Trough Auger Hanger Bearing is an easy-to-install bearing that helps guide itself into place and is easily locked into position, requiring no special forming of the trough. The bearing is designed with arms that slide along the walls of the trough to balance the bearing on top of the auger as it is pushed into the trough. It also has tabs that lock the bearing into place on supports inside of the trough. The bearing’s design allows the auger to be removed and reinstalled without direct access to the bearing, which is critical in the event of a plugged unload system. Competitors’ hanger bearings require a specially formed trough or hands-on access to the bearing for auger installation, removal or replacement.
- Sukup Mfg.’s new QuadraTouch Pro grain dryer control console is an enhanced version of the 2009 AE50 Award-winning QuadraTouch console. The new version has a fully integrated OPC (Open Platform Communications) server that allows for multiple devices to be connected and read simultaneously. The new console has a larger, higher-resolution display that shows more content more clearly, and an 80 gigabyte hard drive that stores not only the operating software, but the entire operating manual for the dryer and 17 troubleshooting videos. QuadraTouch Pro allows remote operation wherever cellphone service is available, and a fully functional Windows personal computer with on-screen keyboard.
- Sukup Mfg.’s new Simultaneous Monitoring and Reaction Technology, called SMART Loop, is a self-learning control system for operating an automatic grain dryer at optimum speed and temperature levels. It uses a newly redesigned moisture sensor that is much more accurate than predecessors to feed moisture readings into a control system that also receives readings on column and discharge grain temperatures, plenum temperature, unload speed, ambient humidity and temperature and static air pressure. The control system allows the dryer to quickly close in on where it needs to be running based on current readings from multiple analog inputs, and does so without overriding the set point (desired discharge moisture setting). SMART Loop is also equipped with settings for further fine-tuning using proportional gain control and deadband area settings.
- Pentair’s ProStop-E is an intelligent, compact, electronic quarter-turn ball valve that mounts directly onto the sprayer’s nozzle body to provide instantaneous, individual nozzle on/off control across the boom. ProStop-E’s high-flow performance and low power requirement makes it an ideal precision control component for pesticide applicators on today’s modern farms. Its smart circuitry accepts either an analog signal or CANbus message to individually switch product flow, consistently and reliably, on or off, in 180 milliseconds along a simplified, daisy-chain networking system.
- The SW 4014 Square Bale Wrapper from Kuhn North America now features an AutoLoad function for non-stop, fully automatic wrapping. The new laser-guided AutoLoad feature detects approaching bales, automatically scans the length of the bale and sets the loading arms into pre-load position ensuring accurate loading and unloading of the bale on-the-go. The SW 4014 has the ability to wrap large square bales up to 6 feet, 6 inches long or round bales up to 5 feet wide and 4 feet, 8 inches in diameter. Its solid design makes it extremely stable while wrapping.
- The new T7 Heavy Duty Series tractor from New Holland answers the mixed-crop and large-livestock customer’s desire for higher power and productivity levels from a multitasking medium-frame tractor. A NEF 6.75-liter engine, specifically designed for the two-model range, delivers a peak power of 313 horsepower on the T7.315. The Auto Command transmission delivers infinite speed adjustment while a 4-speed rear PTO and a unique optional 2-speed front PTO allows engine speed to be optimized. ISOBUS Class 3 technology makes it possible for implements such as New Holland’s large balers to control the tractor’s speed automatically, increasing output by up to 10%.
- The new IntelliCruise Feed Rate Control System for New Holland BigBaler 300 Series large square balers automatically matches tractor forward speed to the crop load at the baler, greatly reducing operator fatigue while increasing productivity and lowering fuel consumption. A charge sensor on the stuffer continually monitors the bale charges or slices delivered to the bale chamber to determine the demand placed on the baler and adjusts tractor transmission speed for optimal crop feeding. The feed rate control system is available on BigBaler 330 and 340 Rotor Cutter models with electronic bale-length control, and requires a New Holland T7 AutoCommand Tractor with Continuously Variable Transmission and ISOBUS Class III.
- The all-new Flexi-Coil P Series air carts from New Holland set a new standard for accurate, reliable air-seeding delivery. Each primary run on the IntelliRate Modular Metering System (IMMS) operates using patented, independent, 24-volt electric-drive motors with integrated controls that provide the flexibility to accurately apply product in either single-shoot or double-shoot applications. This modular system can distribute and combine any tank to any primary run. The IMMS system adjusts rates on individual runs to match the number of ports for each separate header, maintaining seeding accuracy across the entire width of the drill. The P Series IntelliRate sectional-control option has the ability to individually control up to 12 sections of the air drill to eliminate double applications of seed and fertilizer.
- The New Holland Autofloat Sunflower Kit provides sunflower harvesters the next step in automation by removing the need for the operator to adjust the chopping height while going through the field. The patented kit, which can be added to most sunflower headers in the market, delivers a constant chopping height — independent of the cutting height — regardless of field conditions or machine orientation. This is achieved by using hydraulically lifted choppers controlled in a closed loop by sensing and reacting to the ground pressure applied by the chopper. Once the operator sets the cutting height and selects a set point for the pressure of the chopper on the ground, the Autofloat kit keeps the cutting height and ground pressure constant without further intervention of the operator.
- Extensive upgrades to the Case IH Axial Flow 140 Series Combines improve harvesting capacity and ease of both operation and maintenance. Innovations include a new two-speed electric-shift ground-drive transmission, a new side-hill compensating cleaning shoe, and significantly enhanced operator access to all harvesting systems. The new transmission provides increased tractive efforts and eliminates the need to manually shift the transmission during any harvesting maneuvers. The side-hill compensating cleaning shoe significantly increases capacity while harvesting on side hills.
- The AGCO Fendt 500 Vario tractor meets the needs of operators who increasingly demand more with less. The 500 Vario consolidates the features of Fendt’s higher-horsepower offerings into an expanded product line in North America, ranging from 110-150 horsepower (107-137 PTO horsepower). The 500 Vario comes with the Varioterminal, which unites all functions together in one terminal for both tractor and implement controls, including VarioGuide automatic steering system, VarioDoc documentation system and built-in camera function.
- AGCO’s Command 3300 Series corn heads represent the latest technology in addressing tougher stalks that support higher yields, with faster harvesting rates and reduced header loss relative to both cobs and overall kernel loss. A smoother transition of crop into the head is due to low-density polyethylene snouts that feature a new shape and geometry, allowing crop a smoother feeding without butt-shelling and ear bounce. Completely redesigned gathering chains and lugs are synchronized to the large 20-inch auger that reach over gatherer and row units, providing top performance in down corn. Available in chopping or non-chopping models, the chopping function can be disengaged.
- The ProCut system for AGCO’s MF 2200 Series large square balers introduces unique clamp-on rotor fingers and a range of new features to deliver a huge increase in capacity with a finer, uniform chop while also offering superb service access. This unique mounting allows rotor finger sections to be replaced easily, saving time and maintaining optimum performance. Two hydraulically selectable knife banks in the magazine allow operators to quickly engage or disengage the knives and change chop lengths from the tractor seat. The driveline has been strengthened to handle the higher capacity and now provides 35% higher torque output. A 650-millimeter rotor, driven 10% faster, increases the baler capacity.
- AGCO’s WR9800 Series of draper headers now offers a RearSteer option, giving operators more on-road benefits like greater ease of transportation, best-in-class speed and enhanced stability at higher speeds, the company says. With the rear steer option, operators can tow their draper head along at speeds up to 20 mph. Using fully active hydraulic cylinders for true rear steering, this option gives growers steady steering and driver comfort at much higher speeds — up to 24.5 mph without a header, and without the need of additional ballast, cab or rear axle adjustments, the company says.
- The Claas Disco 1100 C is the world’s largest triple mower conditioner at a working width of 35 feet, 2 inches. Its side-shifting wings and Active Float system make it unique, the company says. Each cutterbar is 12.5 feet, but with side-shift and curtain-folding features, it can be folded upright to maintain a total transport height of less than 13.5 feet. The unique sliding PTO shafts improve reliability over standard 3-piece shafts currently used by the industry. The ISOBUS feature allows the operator to assign hydraulic functions to the auxiliary buttons on the joystick of the tractor — regardless of make. The Max Cut cutterbar leads the industry in cut quality due to its smaller disc design and concave channels under the cutterbar, which allow soil to flow underneath the cutterbar and keep it from plugging at the front.
- The Claas Cruise Pilot on the Jaguar 880 Forage Harvester regulates the output of the machine in three different modes. The first mode regulates the engine for greatest capacity and best fuel per ton. This mode will push the Jaguar Forage Harvester to its maximum output. Claas Cruise Pilot not only senses engine load, but uses the yield-measuring sensor to monitor the crop coming in for consistency and actual tons, so it can predetermine the maximum output of the machine. If the system senses slug feedings, it automatically slows the travel speed to prevent a plug. Mode two regulates ground speed only. Mode three is for small bunkers or small pack tractors and can set the max tons per hour the machine can harvest. In all three modes, the system will not allow the machine to be lugged down under 1,500 rpm for safe operation.
- The Claas Jaguar 900 Series Forage Harvester (Type 497) introduces many new features that improve upon the previously sold Type 494 models. A new feedroll cabinet with hydraulic down pressure and dampening increases capacity by more than 5%, while reducing vibration. The industry-first modular accelerator makes for easier and quicker maintenance. The new Type 497 forage harvesters are the first that can remind the operator to sharpen knives based on tons through the machine, according to Claas. The Dynamic Cooling System features a variable-speed belt drive that reduces horsepower and fuel consumption when maximum cooling isn’t needed.
- The Claas Xerion 4000-5000 Series is a powerful line of 4x4 tractors featuring the strength of a rigid frame, a turning radius tighter than that of an articulated tractor, the efficiency of a CVT transmission and a unique rotating cab that delivers unmatched flexibility and vision for even the toughest of jobs, the company says. The Trac VC cab option allows for 180-degree rotation of the cab with the touch of a button. All in-cab controls are reoriented based on the direction the cab is facing. The rigid frame design eliminates the weak point of an articulated joint, while providing greater stability and operating comfort. High-capacity axles and five different steering modes including standard, crab, synchronous, control lever and 4-wheel steer ensure maximum maneuverability for any type of operation.
- The John Deere Active Terrain Adjustment on 2016 S-Series Combines automatically adjusts the cleaning fan speed, chaffer opening and sieve opening when ascending and descending hills. It improves grain tank samples when descending hills and saves up to $64 per acre in grain loss when ascending hills.
- The John Deere Pneumatic Planter Closing Wheel Control System improves upon the existing ExactEmerge and MaxEmerge5 row units to deliver enhanced control and capability of the seed trench closing system. Proper seed-to-soil interaction is critical for seed germination. As soil conditions change, the closing force may also need to change to achieve optimal closing performance. Utilizing a pneumatic spring, the system is fully adjustable from the cab and provides a larger range of applied force as well as smaller adjustment increments. Additionally, operators receive real-time feedback on closing wheel performance via the planter monitoring system. The pneumatic closing wheel control system provides greater ability for the operator to achieve the optimum closing force as soil conditions change.
- In tough conditions, John Deere 9RX Series Agriculture and Scraper Tractors provide the power and torque needed to maximize performance, combined with the smoothest ride in the industry, the company says. The cab suspension system features a parallel plane, four-bar linkage to control cab movement, essentially isolating the operator from unwanted bumps and vibrations. The 9RX boasts a taller undercarriage and larger components compared to competitor machines. Not only does the larger undercarriage deliver outstanding traction, but this also translates into more power to the ground, excellent reliability and ease of maintenance.
- The John Deere Machine Sync Coverage Map and Guidance Line Sharing increase a farmer’s ability to automatically apply inputs while operating multiple machines in the same field. Coverage Map Sharing provides operators the ability to view coverage documented on a second GreenStar 3 2630 display operating in the same client, farm, field and task; providing the ability to utilize John Deere Section Control to manage inputs based upon the previous coverage of a second machines. It also simplifies the creation and setup of guidance lines with Guidance Line Sharing and easily sends a straight-track guidance line created by one vehicle to the second in near real-time. Coverage Map and Guidance Line Sharing functionality has been added to the existing John Deere Machine Sync supplementing Harvest Automation and Harvest Logistics functionality.
- John Deere’s SeedStar Mobile is a mobile application that helps operators better understand and optimize the performance of their planters. It utilizes an iPad to display and document the row-by-row performance of the planter. This provides the operator a better visualization and understanding of how the planter is performing, helping them verify the planter is running properly or when adjustments/repairs are needed. SeedStar Mobile displays the planter performance through numerical dashboards and high definition maps enabled by the high screen resolution of the iPad.
- John Deere Mobile Data Transfer (MDT) utilizes a USB-to-Wi-Fi device to transfer data files between a precision farming display and a user’s mobile phone. The data files can then be sent between the “cloud” (MyJohnDeere.com) for secure storage and sharing with trusted business partners. Prescription files can also be sent from MyJohnDeere.com to the precision farming display via MDT. The use of MDT reduces the need to manually transfer data via USB flash drive between office, machine and business partners, increasing customer uptime and productivity, reducing the risk of data loss and enabling easy data sharing and quicker decision making. It connects operators to their data when utilizing mixed fleet solutions or older John Deere equipment. With MDT, operators are able to share information within the Operations Center for most of their fleets, including some competitive displays.
- John Deere Harvest Mobile is the first mobile application that optimizes machine functions to improve grain harvesting and features data collection and transfer to help operators make timely decisions with a simple, usable interface, according to John Deere. Interactive Combine Adjustment(ICA) is an industry exclusive tool that enables combine operators to make smart, quick adjustments to settings when issues arise. The tool is visualized through the app and uses the combine’s current settings, priorities set by the operator and issues reported to recommend the best adjustment to address the issues. Two new map layers are available to the operator in-cab — ground speed and dry yield — which are presented in addition to moisture and wet yield. Data is collected on the iPad and available wherever and whenever the customer wants to view their harvest map layers. Harvest Mobile also transfers data near real-time to the MyJohnDeere Operations Center to be viewed by remote managers and trusted advisors via the Job Monitor. They can view up to the date progress and key job metrics.
- John Deere AirPower 2 increases customer productivity by allowing wider working widths while maintaining seed and fertilizer application rates with equal to or better than current production commodity distribution. The system was designed from the ground up by John Deere for the 1910 Commodity Cart and is compatible with the John Deere SectionCommand option. The system is powered by two new large diameter cast aluminum fans contained in cast aluminum housings driven by efficient hydraulic motors designed specifically for fan applications. The air is blown into a molded plenum, which evenly distributes air across its ports. After being divided up the air is sent to new 3-inch stainless primaries and 3-inch manifolds that interface with current meters. Also new is the tank pressurization system that adds user adjustable valves, which determine the amount of air routed to the tanks as well as a new in-cab electronic pressure monitoring system.
- The 2510H High-Speed Applicator with Dry Nutrient Attachment from John Deere increases nutrient placement capability and improves accuracy while reducing field passes. By adding the on-board dry tank attachment, dry nutrients and anhydrous can be applied in a single pass. The 2510H with Dry Attachment can now apply all three of the primary nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and micro nutrients below the soil surface during the fall, pre-plant and side-dress seasons. By having the nutrients available in the root zone, the crop is more effectively nourished potentially leading to improved yield. In addition, the sub-surface placement greatly reduces runoff and other losses resulting in more nutrients available to the plant. The 2510H with Dry Nutrient Attachment allows the customer to boost yields, save time, cut cost and better manage nutrients through application practices adhering to the 4R Nutrient Strategy.
- John Deere will be launching a 76-foot-wide 1870 Air Hoe Drill that will increase the productivity of large ag, small grains producers by seeding more acres per hour. This machine includes these new features: TruSet depth control, dual acting cylinders on improved tyne openers, a heavy duty John Deere engineered frame designed to minimize transport height and width, a floating hitch for improved ground following, an opener pattern optimized for residue flow and an improved seed blockage detection system. All of these features will be integrated in a 36% wider working width compared to previous offering. The TruSet control system will allow the operator to adjust opener depth and down force on the go from the comfort of the tractor cab. The machine’s efficiently designed, heavy-duty frame allows for future increases in draft and tow loads. Increased front to back opener spacing, combined with a floating hitch, allows for ease of residue flow through the frame while maintaining ground-following performance.
- The John Deere TractorPlus mobile application provides customers with easy access to information to help them be more productive with their 3E, 3R, 4M and 4R compact utility tractors. The application is intended to serve as a quick reference tool for on-board instructions and diagnostics while offering a variety of features for convenience while working. The application offers the following features: Tractor Setup — provides a step-by-step guide for setting up features, including the hitch assist and Final Tier 4 engines; Icon Glossary — allows users to familiarize themselves with the instrument panel and premium features; Error Code Lookup — a searchable database of diagnostic trouble codes; and Notebook — a place for operators to save notes on the machine’s performance for future reference.
- The new John Deere 6R Series Tractors offer increased power, advanced technology and improved productivity. The new PowerTech PVS 6.8L and PowerTech PSS 4.5L engines meet Final Tier 4 requirements while providing the customer with industry leading fluid consumption, an additional 5 horsepower per model and up to 40-horsepower Intelligent Power Management (IPM). The new 6R Series machines have eight total models to choose from between 110-215 engine horsepower offered to customers worldwide, with the 110-155 horsepower models introduced in 2015. Improvements on the series include optional cab LED lights, improved stability and handling during transport, automatic MFWD and differential lock, relocated rear SCVs with hose disengagement levers, and the new R-series loader with increased lifting capacities and automatic mast latching technology.
- The new John Deere 8000 Series Self Propelled Forage Harvester allows for 15% more forage productivity, 50% more reliability and 65% less time in maintenance. New in 2016, John Deere Stone Detection is a solution for the detection of stones in the incoming swath of material via sensing of rapid upper front feedroll movement and/or impact to the lower front feed roll. This system will provide a lower cost of operation because the machine should run more efficiently over time due to more pristine cutting parts. The system will provide reduced maintenance cost due to reduced component damage and repair. Finally this system will produce a higher quality of cut due to better condition of cutting components throughout the life of the harvester. John Deere Stone Detection uses an accelerometer on the upper front feedroll arm to detect rapid movement, and a knock sensor in the lower front feedroll to detect impact. Either sensor, individually or together, can stop the feedrolls to prevent ingestion of a stone. This reliably prevents damage to the cutterhead, knives and other components by avoiding contact of the knives and cutterhead drum with large and small stones. This system is completely adjustable for sensitivity from the cab; operators have the ability to adjust the sensitivity in extremely uneven windrows. This is the first system on the market that can differentiate between lumps in windrows and stones using this combination of technology. In 2016 John Deere increases its SPFH range with three new models. The eight model line-up is 375-832 horsepower. Stone detection adds to the list of unique features such as dual header drive, twin line inoculant dosing system, HarvestLab with constituent sensing and quick change kernel processor with integrated removal hoist. The new JetStream crop flow provides for greater throughput, while being protected by stone detection and metal detection.