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Agritechnica 2017

Sneak Peek at AGCO Xaver Autonomous Seeder

A look at the prototype of the medal-winning AGCO Xaver autonomous seeding unit at Agritechnica 2017. The system is programmable, and 12 units are the equivalent of one, 8-row planter. Ten units can plant about 2.5 acres per hour and they will be field tested in 2018, with production tentatively planned for 2020.
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Agritechnica 2017

New Handheld Tool to Monitor Grain Moisture, Protein

A sneak peek at the new GrainSense mobile monitoring system. Measures moisture and protein in wheat, barley, oats and rye in near real-time, with additional crops being tested. The system can be used ahead of harvest to time optimal harvest window. Relays data to mobile app in 30 seconds after scan. Initial cost will be about $4,500 and the product is scheduled to be released in Finland and Sweden in 2018.
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Agritechnica 2017

Reichhardt Introduces New ISOLift Retrofit Solution

For the first time, at Agritechnica 2017, Reichhardt Electronic Innovations showcased its ISOLift compatible electronic linkage control solution. The system is retrofittable and has a tractor-implement-management (TIM) interface allowing for seamless communication between the tractor and controller.
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Latest Mega Acquisition Involves Bayer’s Seed Business Moving to BASF

BASF HAS AGREED to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses for $7 billion, part of a move by Bayer to divest assets in anticipation of its acquisition of Monsanto. The assets include Bayer’s non-selective herbicide business, commercialized under the Liberty, Basta and Finale brands, as well as its seed businesses for key row crops in select markets.
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