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Firestone Farm Tires to offer agricultural rubber tracks

Company expands product line to meet customers’ evolving needs

Firestone Farm Tires, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO), today announced the addition of Firestone-branded agricultural rubber tracks to the Firestone Farm Tires product portfolio. The introduction of tracks solidifies the company’s commitment to the North American farmer, and the expanded portfolio of products reinforces its position as a leader in the agricultural tire solutions market.

“We listened closely to our customers and expanded on product portfolio based on their feedback,” said Tony Orlando, President, Firestone Farm Tires. “With Firestone, compaction management options are no longer limited to tires. We continue to offer farmers trusted, quality products proven to withstand the demands of today’s farming environment.”

New Firestone tracks for high-horsepower tracked tractors deliver performance and durability.  Notable features of Firestone agricultural rubber tracks include:

  • Vulcanized lugs: Guide lugs and the carcass of the tracks are vulcanized as one piece with a seamless molded radius which ensures the guide lugs remain steadfast to the rubber track.
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Vermeer introduces pre-owned equipment program offering confidence in used machines

The recently introduced Job Ready program from Vermeer provides a new solution for the pre-owned equipment market. Job Ready equipment receives a detailed inspection from a Vermeer technician, and comes with comprehensive parts and labor coverage for major components.

“We’re pleased to offer a program that provides farmers and ranchers confidence that the pre-owned machine will be productive long after the initial purchase,” explains Bob Martin, Vermeer Solutions Manager.“This type of coverage is standard with a new model purchase, but is not easily found in the pre-owned market.”

Job Ready service contracts cover parts and labor for major components for12-months or 10,000 bales from the date of purchase – whichever occurs first. Currently, the Job Ready program is available on select baler models that fall within a 7-year model range and have baled less than 20,000 bales.

“This isn’t about a full bumper-to-bumper warranty,” says Martin. “It’s about making sure that the failure of a significant item during the contract period won’t add financial stress to the equipment owner and it’s about providing reassurance that they can bring their machine to any Vermeer dealer for a covered repair.”

Prospective buyers can find Job Ready equipment listings on vermeerused.com, a marketplace dedicated to Vermeer dealer inventory listings and providing the assurance of a vendor with the experience and knowledge to support a used equipment transaction fully.

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John Deere adds new models to Triple-Mounted Mo-Co lineup

Larger mower-conditioners offer wider cutting widths and faster transport speeds

After the successful introduction of the company’s first Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner in 2012, John Deere announces the addition of five new models that increase productivity of mowing and conditioning operations.

“Our newest updates to these combination front- and rear-mounted machines offer wider front cutting widths at 3.1 or 3.5 meters and three combined cutting widths up to 9.9 meters,” says Glenn Padgett, senior marketing representative with John Deere Ottumwa Works. “These wider machines mean that dairy and beef cattle customers and large commercial hay producers can cut more acres per hour, increasing their productivity, especially during weather-sensitive field conditions.”

With the addition of these models, the John Deere front and rear Mo-Co lineup now includes five models with different configurations, depending on customer needs:

  • Two front machines, F310R and F350R, have respective cutting widths of 3.1 and 3.5 meters.
  • Either of the two fronts combined with two different configurations of rear machines (two 3.1 meters or two 3.5 meters) delivers three different configurations, R870R, R950R and R990R, with respective cutting widths of 8.7, 9.5 and 9.9 meters.
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John Deere adds new models to Self-Propelled Forage Harvester lineup

Three new 8000 Series SPFHs utilize latest technology to reduce crop losses and boost performance  

John Deere announces the addition of three new models to its lineup of 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters. These machines offer forage producers more productivity, increased uptime, decreased cost of operation, and are designed with the latest forage harvesting technology.

“We took the momentum from the 8000 Series rollout last year and added to an already stellar lineup of forage harvesters,” says Tim Meister, division manager, marketing with John Deere. “The three new models make the John Deere SPFH lineup even stronger with the ability to deliver optimal harvesting speed, reliability and forage quality.”

Growers can choose from three new models:

  • 8300, 483-horsepower with a Tier-IV Final 13.5-liter engine
  • 8700, 755-horsepower with a Tier-II, non-EGR 19.0-liter engine
  • 8800, 832-horsepower with a Tier-II, non-EGR 19.0-liter engine

Each model can be equipped with HarvestLab™, an advanced crop analysis and documentation component that uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality.

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Higher horsepower heads Apache sprayer improvements in 2016

Press the ignition button on a 2016 Apache self-propelled sprayer and don’t be surprised if it feels like an experience at a thoroughbred horse farm.

All four Apache models boast greater horsepower in the new model year, while consuming less fuel and providing a steadier ride than previous models. Other improvements include a sturdier and easier to maintain boom rack, a redesigned and repositioned product tank sight gauge, and a cab that’s even quieter than before. Apaches continue to be lighter and more affordable than competing sprayers, extremely reliable and backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty.

“Our 2016 models raise the bar for quality and value,” said Matt Hays, Chief Executive Officer of Equipment Technologies, the Apache manufacturer. “We believe growers will like what we’ve done and will enjoy greater cost savings and profitability with these new machines.”

The upgrades begin under the hood, where the new 30 series Apaches receive more get-up-and-go.

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Deere unveils W155 Self-Propelled Windrower with Final Tier 4 engine

New self-propelled windrower offers latest in performance and comfort

Building on the success of the W150 Self-Propelled Windrower released three years ago, John Deere announces its replacement with the new W155 Windrower for hay and forage producers. The self-propelled windrower offers fast cutting speeds and easy-to-maneuver controls, streamlining forage cutting and windrowing for all types of conditions and terrain.

“The W155 is designed to maximize cutting and windrowing performance in the field and enhance the operator experience under a wide variety of growing conditions while meeting government regulations,” says Jeremy Unruh, product line marketing manager for John Deere. “We built on the success of the W150 to include new features like the Final Tier 4 PowerTech™ 4.5 Liter engine that generates 155 horsepower and provides the low-speed torque ideal for high altitude operation and fast acceleration without stalling.”

The W155 Self-Propelled Windrower offers features to enhance operator comfort and convenience. These include a four-point independent spring and shock cab suspension design, a reversible operating station and a single-point multi-coupler with a hydraulic center link (controlled from the cab).

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The new Vermeer BW5500 inline bale wrapper is built for speed

Vermeer Corporation has added a new inline bale wrapper to its hay and forage equipment lineup. The Vermeer BW5500 bale wrapper is designed to give large volume hay operations and custom operators faster wrapping times and more operational control.

“As you increase the number of bales wrapped each year, producers should consider moving from an individual wrapper to an inline wrapper,” said Vermeer Product Manager Josh Vrieze. “Not only can you wrap bales faster using an inline wrapper, but larger operations also save on plastic.”

The BW5500 is equipped with a digital controller that allows the operator to set the desired amount of wraps on bales by adjusting hydraulic flow automatically to provide the right amount of wrap is used at all times. The easy-to-read LCD screen allows the operator to track data and determine the total number of bales wrapped.

The BW5500 has three 30-inch (76.2-cm) pre-stretchers, compared to two pre-stretchers on competing models, allowing for faster wrapping and less frequent load cycles.

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Yield monitor tips for harvest

Wet spring and persistent rain in many areas of Ohio have generated highly variable harvesting conditions for 2015 in both soybeans and corn. There are maturity, height, and expected yield differences within many fields that will bring about the importance of combine adjustments but also yield monitoring management, in particular calibration.

The adoption of data services continues to increase across the United States and here in Ohio. At the heart of these data services is the utilization of yield maps to help understand end-of-year performance within fields but also to characterize in-field variability in order for these service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer.

Since yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor in 2015 will be key in order to generate accurate and reliable yield data.

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John Deere adds to technology portfolio with precision ag product updates

New products improve serviceability, efficiency, and monitoring for field operations

John Deere announces new precision ag products, including John Deere Harvest Mobile and John Deere Field Connect with a Gateway 3G upgrade and Wireless Radio Kit.

“These newest updates to our ISG products provide our customers with more functionality and service, resulting in higher levels of machine performance and decision-making in the field,” says Diana Reed with John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG). “We introduced John Deere Harvest Mobile – a performance and information enhancing system – and improved serviceability to Field Connect with 3G modems and the Wireless Radio option.”

John Deere Harvest Mobile

John Deere Harvest Mobile is an easy-to-use tool that optimizes machine functions to improve grain harvesting operations. It also features data collection and transfer to help operators make timely decisions with a simple, usable interface that makes harvest information easily available to operators and trusted advisors.

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Redesigned Axial-Flow 140 series combines and Steiger tractor updates highlight Case IH 2016 cash crop lineup

AFS Connect farm management system adds wireless data transfer, expanded coverage

Operator comfort and greater productivity highlight new enhancements to the 2016 Case IH lineup of high-horsepower tractors and combines. Led by significant updates to the Axial-Flow 140 series combines, the 2016 line also features innovative new offerings across the iconic Steiger tractor series. The company’s AFS Connect advanced farm management system also has received a number of upgrades, including two-way wireless data transfer and some of the widest coverage available.

Axial-Flow 140 series combines help producers harvest more of what they grow.
“The redesigned Axial-Flow 140 series continues a tradition of delivering superior harvesting and threshing performance,” said Nate Weinkauf, manager, Cash Crop Marketing, Case IH North America. “We’ve added several productivity-enhancing features requested by producers to put more higher-quality grain in the tank.”

Key 2016 Axial-Flow 140 series enhancements include:

  • Improved transmission: New two-speed electronic shift transmission increases efficiency and allows producers to harvest more acres per day.
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Advanced tillage depth and pressure control, TruSet, available on John Deere 2730 Combination Ripper

New feature eliminates manual adjustments, improves tillage performance

Making it easier for customers to perform tillage adjustments with the push of a button, John Deere introduces TruSet. This industry-exclusive technology enables users to independently adjust depth or pressure settings for each operation on their 2730 Combination Ripper from the cab, on-the-go, for maximum agronomic results.

“As conditions change throughout the field, operators running the 2730 with TruSet can quickly and efficiently respond to varying soils, compacted areas, heavier residue, and moisture,” says Nathan Kramer, product marketing manager for John Deere. “Making customized adjustments that respond to these agronomic factors help customers maximize their yield potential.”

With TruSet, operators can adjust depth settings for their disks, rippers, and closing disks on the 2730 Ripper along with pressure settings for the active hydraulic rolling baskets. These adjustments are made in cab from the GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display that also provides users with real-time data for their actual tillage settings.

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Electric drives to join Ag Leader’s SeedCommand line-up

From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.

An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.

True to Ag Leader’s traditional “color-blind” approach, the electric drives will be built to install on most major planter brands on the market. Additionally, the electric drive motor isn’t tied to a specific brand or type of seed meter, making it flexible to work on existing meters and with multiple planter setups.

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Vermeer expands mower conditioner line with larger model

Vermeer Corporation continues to expand its mower conditioner line with the addition of the MC4500 mower conditioner.
Designed with productivity, flexibility and convenience in mind, the MC4500 has a 15-foot (4.5-m) cutting width to meet the needs of large volume operators.

“Vermeer added a larger model to the mower conditioner line to help large volume operators cover more acres in a shorter amount of time” said Vermeer Product Manager, Josh Vrieze. “The MC4500 mower conditioner brings more size, speed, versatility and reliability to the operator in the field.”

Efficiency features like a drawbar swivel hitch allow hooking up the implement to become a hassle-free, one man job. Similarly, the Quick-Clip® Blade Retention
System makes replacing and reversing blades quick and convenient.

Q3® Cutter Bar technology helps maximize productivity by making the mower more fuel-efficient with minimal gear-to-gear interface, requiring less horsepower than gear-bed style cutter bars. The Quick-ChangeTM Shear Ring sits within the disc hub and shears when a potentially damaging object encounters the disc to protect the internal gears and drive spline.

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John Deere announces extensive enhancements to harvesting equipment

New 12-row folding corn head introduced

John Deere is helping customers improve productivity and profitability during harvest with enhancements to its grain harvesting equipment lineup. For model year 2016, the company is adding performance boosting features to its S-Series Combines, 600C Series Corn Heads and 600F HydraFlex Draper Platforms, as well as introducing a new 12-row folding corn head.

Jon Gilbeck, division marketing manager for John Deere Harvester Works, says these are some of the most extensive updates to John Deere harvesting products since the introduction of the S-Series Combines years ago.

“We are constantly listening to our customers and looking for ways to boost their grain harvesting productivity by improving the performance, quality, and technology of the Deere equipment they are using.  This includes enhancements to the combines as well as improvements to the different headers and platforms in the lineup.”

 S-Series Combine Updates

John Deere is making some significant improvements starting with the workhorse of its grain harvesting equipment – the S-Series Combine.

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New Ultraflex guarantee, mobile tire pressure app offered with line-up that includes world’s largest agriculture tire

MICHELIN Agricultural tires is launching four new tires for tractors, sprayers, harvesting equipment and large implements in North America, as well as an industry-first satisfaction guarantee on the well-known Ultraflex line and a new mobile app that calculates the proper air pressure for tractor tires.  Also on display during the Farm Progress show in Decatur, Ill. will be an example of both of Michelin’s current VF tractor tires.

All six tire models, each with a unique tread design, feature Michelin Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40 percent lower air pressure compared to standard radial tires, resulting in a larger footprint for reduced soil compaction and higher yields. A recent Harper Adams University study demonstrated a 4 percent yield increase with Ultraflex tires compared to standard radial tires.

The expanded line-up of MICHELIN farm tires include:

.       The MICHELIN® VF480/80R50 179D SprayBibT is an expansion of Michelin’s popular VF (Very High Flexion) high-clearance sprayer tire offering.

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Case IH extends hay and forage lineup with Optum Tractor Series and ISOBUS Class 3 capabilities

Additions offer producers increased productivity and efficiency 

To better meet power and equipment needs of high-volume hay and forage producers, Case IH beefed up its forage lineup this month with the new Optum tractor series. Fulfilling a new horsepower segment, the Optum tractor joins the company’s complete line of hay and forage equipment, which includes updates across its tractor lineup. Elevating baling productivity, Case IH also announced a new ISOBUS Class 3 enabled Feedrate Control system available for select LB4 series large square balers.

“Case IH is proud to offer a full line of hay and forage equipment,” said Dave Henderson, Livestock Marketing, Case IH. “From hay cutting and handling equipment to balers and tractors, Case IH offers a lineup of innovative equipment to harvest and handle this important feedstuff, along with a broad mix of tractors designed to meet producer’s individual needs — no matter how unique or specialized.”

New Optum tractor series delivers heavy-duty, year-round performance.

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New ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit available for late-model John Deere planters

ExactEmerge conversion components fit newer 1770NT, 1790 and DB planters

John Deere is making it easier for customers with late-model John Deere planters to increase planting speed while improving accuracy and performance with the ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit. This conversion kit provides corn and soybean producers with the latest performance-enhancing ExactEmerge technology that allows them to significantly increase productivity and crop yields through more timely and accurate seed placement.

“Producers realize that seed depth accuracy, spacing, and population are critically important. Crop residue management and timely planting also help to achieve maximum yield,” says Adam Sipes, product specialist with John Deere Seeding Group. “By retrofitting their late model John Deere planter with ExactEmerge components, customers can expect up to a 100% increase in planting speed, at least a 10 percent improvement in seed spacing accuracy, and improved performance on side hills, all without impacting depth control.”

The ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits are available for model year 2011 and newer 1770NT CCS and 1790 planters as well as model year 2012 and newer DB Series planters.

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AGCO announces AgCommand API will open to third party developers

New functionality will enhance AgCommand customers’ abilities to access their machine data.

AGCO Corporation a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, announced today that its AgCommand API (Application Programming Interface) is now open to approved third party developers and service providers of farming applications, such as management dashboards and mobile apps. This new capability will enable AGCO customers to access their machine data through their other farm and fleet management tools.

The AgCommand API offers more points of access to end users, allowing some elements of AgCommand machine data to be integrated into the grower’s farm management platform of choice. As a part of Fuse, AGCO’s approach to precision agriculture through technology products and services, the AgCommand API is one way in which AGCO is taking an open approach, facilitating connections between customers and their other trusted providers.

Developers of Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) and other farm fleet and asset management dashboards, including web and mobile applications, will find that AgCommand data provides insights and facilitates better decision making based on actionable information by combining machine data such as fuel usage, engine RPM and other useful performance data with agronomic and logistical data.

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John Deere introduces the rugged, reliable 459E round balers

New economy balers feature Diamond Belts, BaleTrak Pro Monitor and more

John Deere adds the new 459E Baler to its hay and forage product lineup for 2016. The economical 459E Round Baler features the Edge-to-Edge net wrap option and other performance features that hay producers will appreciate.

According to Jeremy Unruh, product line marketing manager for John Deere, the new rugged balers are designed to make tight 4- by 5-ft. bales for higher quality hay. “Our 459E Round Balers are equipped with six Diamond Belts, which cover more than 90 percent of the bale chamber, helping to reduce leaf loss while improving bale quality,” says Unruh. “The small diameter pickup also ensures the crop is fed to the bale chamber with reduced leaf loss, resulting in densely packed, consistent sized bales.”

The 459E is available with two wrap options: either net or twine. The baler also comes with the BaleTrak Pro Monitor that allows the operator to both monitor and control important baler functions conveniently from the tractor seat.

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New Line of Hay Rakes from Frontier Equipment

WR00 and WR31 series rakes deliver improvements to work faster, more efficiently

Operators looking for more productivity when raking should consider the new WR00 and WR31 rakes from Frontier Equipment. The WR00 and WR31 are designed to increase productivity and uptime, while cutting the cost of operation.

“From wider wheel bases and larger wheels to an easily adjustable dual-spring rake arm suspension system,” says Taylor Witt, product engineer for Frontier Equipment, “the WR00 and WR31 are designed with a variety of features to make raking more efficient for operators.”

The WR00 is an economy wheel rake that combines simple adjustments with a compact carted design. With easy, two-point position adjustments, it takes just five minutes to match windrow size to baler pickup width.

“With the compact design and user-friendly adjustments, the WR00 is also simple to operate,” says Witt.  “These easy adjustments help producers quickly match the windrow size to baler pickup, increasing uptime and productivity.”

Frontier’s WR31 brings the new carted design with larger raking wheels and a Kwik Pik System.

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