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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.”

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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Ag Leader preferred application controller for GVM MAKO 400HC sprayers

Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce a new collaboration with GVM, Inc. as the supplier of the ISOBUS-compatible application control technology for their latest high clearance sprayer, the MAKO 400HC.

“Early in the development of the MAKO, we recognized prospective owners likely already have a functional display in their tractor or combine,” stated Mark Anderson, President of GVM. “It was very important for us to offer a grower-focused machine with ISOBUS application control technology for end-user flexibility. Ag Leader’s superior quality and advanced pressure and flow-based controls made them a great partner for us with this new machine.”

GVM has selected Ag Leader’s most advanced generation of DirectCommand™ application control products to integrate into the MAKO. Taking advantage of the industry standard ISOBUS interface, the system easily connects to Ag Leader and other manufacturers displays. Features of the system include:

  • Easy system calibration: Easily calibrate the flow, pressure and ground speed sensors critical to accurate system performance.
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John Deere introduces 2510H High-Speed Applicator with Dry Nutrient Attachment

New Dry Nutrient Attachment expands use of 2510H Applicator, improves nutrient stewardship and increases yield potential  

John Deere unveils a Dry Nutrient Attachment for the 2510H High-Speed Applicator to increase nutrient placement accuracy and reduce trips across the field. The attachment also make it easier for customers to apply dry nutrients and anhydrous at the same time.

“This is a performance-driven advancement that increases operational efficiency, asset utilization, and nutrient retention for the crop through accurate sub-surface placement,” says Nathan Kramer, product marketing manager for John Deere. “We took an already popular tool, the 2510H High-Speed Applicator, and added greater versatility and productivity to it with optional dry application capabilities.”

The 2510H can now apply all three of the primary nutrients, nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K), below the soil surface, at the same time. The attachment gives operators the flexibility to precisely apply dry nutrients while simultaneously injecting anhydrous.… Continue reading

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Ag Leader supplies application control for latest new Leader applicator

Ag Leader Technology, Inc. continues its long-standing partnership with New Leader in designing and supplying the proprietary New Leader-branded ISOBUS-compatible application control technology for their latest crop nutrient applicator, the NL4500 G4 Edge.

“Ag Leader brings extensive expertise in application control. With this advanced technology, NL4500 operators are fully equipped to place products when and where they need to be,” stated Marty Wolske, Director of Marketing.

The fully customized solution is based upon Ag Leader’s DirectCommand application control and optimized specifically for the NL4500 spreader. The system easily connects to Ag Leader and other manufacturers displays using the industry standard ISOBUS interface. It monitors and controls each spinner independently with control capable of less than 5 RPM difference between each spinner allowing for precise boundary spreading. Spreader functions are fully monitored using sensors and are adjusted automatically for optimum NL4500 performance, resulting in precise application. The control system also monitors hydraulic pressures and temperatures that could detect a developing problem and alert the operator through the ISOBUS interface.… Continue reading

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Agronomic, rugged new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow brings toughness, flexibility to any field

Tough field conditions require tough tillage tools. The new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow — featuring a pull frame with heavy-walled tubing, a spring-cushioned hitch, 24-inch Earth Metal blades and a new mounted TigerPawCrumbler option — delivers a new standard for ruggedness and agronomics.

“Saturated soils and heavy, stubborn crop residue this year have reminded producers about the importance of crop residue management and soil tilth,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH Tillage marketing manager. “Our new True-Tandem 375 disk harrow helps improve soil tilth on every front, from crop residue management to reduced surface compaction and thorough soil mixing.”

Case IH Agronomic Design helps make the True-Tandem 375 the best-in-class multipurpose tandem disk, Lursen said. Building on the legacy of Case IH True-Tandem design, blades in the rear gangs track between the blades on the front gangs for a true full-width cut, leaving no uncut gaps. That’s important, whether slicing through crop residue in the fall or taking out an early weed flush before spring planting.… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces the multi-purpose 6E Series Tractors

Three new 6E models offer upgraded comfort, convenience, and value

John Deere adds the 6E Series Tractors to the 6 Family Tractor lineup, which features enhanced performance, added versatility and greater value to the existing family of high-horsepower utility tractors.

The design on the new 6E Series initially began with upgrading the pre-existing 6D line. “We took a solid, simple workhorse in the 6D and made it even better with upgrades, like easier operating functions,” says Kory Ross, product marketing manager for John Deere. “We improved it and added so much value that we felt it earned a whole new name – the 6E Series.”

The 6E Series Tractors offer essentials in an economical package, including comfort and visibility for the operator, more transmission options that deliver smooth and consistent operation, and new stackable SCVs. The three 6E Series Tractors range from 105, 120, and 135 horsepower, helping to get work done quickly and efficiently.… Continue reading

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High-powered Case IH Patriot 2250 Sprayer pushes through the toughest field conditions

Engineered with more muscle, the new 660-gallon-capacity Patriot2250 sprayer features best-in-class horsepower, along with the fuel efficiency that comes with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)-only emissions technology.

“Rough fields and rolling terrain can test the limits of application equipment,” said Ken Lehmann, Case IH Sprayer Marketing Manager. “We designed our new Patriot 2250 sprayer with the increased power, torque and capacities needed to push through those limits and cover more acres, more efficiently every day.”

Using a Case IH FPT 6.7-L engine, the new Patriot 2250 sprayer is rated at 175 horsepower — a 6% increase over the Patriot 2240 model — and peaks at an impressive 190 horsepower, nearly 10 percent higher than its Patriot 2240 counterpart. Best of all, Case IH Efficient Power frees the engine to produce more raw power and torque with less fuel while meeting Tier 4 B/Final requirements.

Additional enhancements include:

  • A new four-speed range hydrostatic drive
  • Sauer Danfoss Series 90 heavy-duty hydrostatic pumps and new front-wheel motors for on-the-go shifting
  • Increased diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) capacities — more than enough to run all day
  • A completely redesigned service center — similar in layout to larger Patriot models — makes tendering the Patriot 2250 sprayer simple and efficient
  • A new, easy-open clamshell design on the rear-engine hood provides improved accessibility

A variety of options, including a new front-fill design and advanced radio features, allows greater customization to suit each operation’s unique needs.… Continue reading

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John Deere unveils new high-horsepower 4-track 9RX Series Tractors

Four new 4-track models provide more power to the ground, comfort and reliability for producers

After years of design, field trials and customer feedback, John Deere introduces its first-ever 4-track tractor, adding to its extensive line of high horsepower 9R Series wheeled and 9RT Series 2-track tractors. The four new 9RX Tractor models – which range from 470 to 620 engine horsepower – feature a large, robust undercarriage and track system engineered to provide superior power, durability, and improved ride quality, especially when handling large implements in the field.

Jerry Griffith, John Deere product marketing manager, 6-9 Family Tractors, says the new 9RX Series Tractors offer customers three distinct advantages compared to similar 4-track models. “The 9RX has a superior undercarriage with a positive-drive track system that effectively delivers power to the ground; it features the outstanding comfort of our CommandView III cab with a new cab suspension system for improved ride quality; and it is designed with integrated performance features already available on our 9 Family of tractors.”

These other features include built-in, fully integrated AutoTrac guidance and JDLink Connect information management, the e18™ Transmission with Efficiency Manager, and increased hydraulic flow for optimal field performance.Continue reading

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