By Ann Marie Edwards, Illinois Farmer Today
Manufacturers are introducing their latest equipment for farmers who are looking for more productive and efficient machinery.
Here are a few highlights of new products coming to market.
AGCO is introducing three new tractor series this fall including the Fendt 700 Series, Massey Ferguson 7700 Series and Challenger MT500E Series.
The 7700 and MT500E Series tractors are available with continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), which enable the tractor to match operating speed and load to the optimum engine RPM, improving fuel efficiency.
The Fendt 700 series uses a CVT and features an emissions package that provides the highest total fluid efficiency, meaning the combination of diesel fuel and DEF, for the lowest operating costs, the company says.
AGCO Application Equipment and smart application technology plays a key role in helping farmers and custom applicators be more precise and productive, which can translate into higher yields and profitability.
One example is the AgCommand data recording and management system offered as standard equipment on the RoGator family of self-propelled sprayers and TerraGator high-floatation spreaders.
This unique technology enables ag retailers and larger farming operations that manage application fleets to increase efficiency and minimize downtime by accessing and monitoring such information as machine location, engine and operator performance, and fuel consumption from their desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone app, the company says.
The newest member of the RoGator family — the RG700 sprayer designed for smaller fields — is equipped with the AgControl information center.
This new, easy-to-use system controls straight-rate product with the ability to create job reports; controls both low and high rates with just one system; and offers optional boom section control for better product control with only one console in the cab of this 700-gallon tank machine.
Class is introducing the Xerion tractors in North America. The Xerion line of tractors has been available in Europe since the 1980s, but a new Xerion tractor that has been designed specifically for the North American market.
Claas is introducing new models of the Jaguar forage harvester and Lexion combines.
The Claas’ Lexion 780-670 new series of combines have exclusive accelerated pre-separation threshing systems, factory-installed terra-trac undercarriage options, Claas power systems and advanced EASY (efficient agriculture system) precision farming technology, the company says.
The Lexion 780 and 730 models have V8 and inline 6 Mercedes-Benz engines, respectively, with the Lexion 780 having 543 hp and the 730 having 348 hp.
The Lexion 760-740 and 670 have CAT inline 6 engines ranging from 360-503 hp.
New Holland is offering many new products and is celebrating anniversary milestones of three 2015 products which mark four or five decades of these pieces.
This is the 50th anniversary of the New Holland Speedrower, a self-propelled windrower which was introduced by New Holland in the 1960s.
The new 2015 Speedrower self-propelled windrowers are built with comfort, horsepower and efficiency, thanks to upgrades to the cab, fuel efficiency and the latest Tier 4B engines that offer increased power and performance, the company says.
It’s been 40 years of the New Holland twin-row combines and the New Holland roll-belt round baler.
New Holland is continuing working on concepts and technologies to the Twin Rotor combine, ushering in the newest models, which raise harvesting to a whole new level with greater productivity and grain crackage as low as 0.2 of a percent.
The series is topped by the CR10.90 Elevation, the most powerful Twin Rotor combine model ever, with a massive 410-bushel grain tank and 653-hp engine.
New 4-foot round baler models and a new 5-foot baler model are being introduced for 2015 with a new pick-up and feeder which boosts capacity by up to 20 percent, customized feeding options, and drop-floor technology to prevent blockages that affect productivity.
Kinze continues progress on the world’s first electric multi-hybrid planter. Six planters have successfully been used for planting on test plots in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana this spring.
Based on early successes with the multi-hybrid planter, Kinze is putting the model into limited production for the spring 2015 planting season.
Kinze first announced the concept planter, which provides farmers with the ability to change the seed hybrid they are planting automatically as the planter moves through the field, this past December and has made rapid progress with it since then, the company says.
This spring, the company collaborated with several seed businesses, including AgriGold, Beck’s Hybrids, Burrus Hybrids and DuPont Pioneer, on test plots.
Case IH will announce its new 2015 products at the end of this month.
This summer, the Case IH True-Tandem 345 seed bed disk harrow was introduced to help make short work of Bt corn and other residue and leaves a level soil finish out the back in spring or fall.
Farmers now can choose an optional rolling-reel basket with active hydraulic down pressure to size any remaining large clods and further condition the soil ahead of the planter, the company says.
“An improved scraper design on the 345 increases durability and minimizes plugging, keeping operators productive,” says Tim Nix, Case IH tillage marketing manager.
“Our fixed-mount scrapers keep mud and trash from building up on blades.”
Earlier this year, Deere & Co. introduced the R4045 sprayer, adding a higher-horsepower, large-capacity, self-propelled sprayer to the lineup of 4 series sprayers.
The R4045, which replaces the company’s 4940 sprayer, offers the high-application rates and productive spray speeds features that help producers cover large fields quickly and efficiently, the company says.
The sprayer features a 346-hp engine with four-wheel hydrostatic drive that can operate at 25 mph spraying/spreading and 35 mph in transport.
For liquid applications, it comes with a 1,200-gallon solution tank and option of 90-, 100- or 120-foot dual swing-link suspension, flat-fold booms that can apply up to 230 gal. per minute with a high-flow pump and dual-flow meter.
The sprayer can be converted to a dry-nutrient applicator by installing a high-capacity 200- or 300-cubic foot new leader dry spinner spreader.
“The R4045 sprayer was designed to handle challenging field conditions and accurately apply liquid product and dry nutrients,” says Dave Mulder, product line manager for John Deere application equipment.
Recently, John Deere introduced a new Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Equipment program.
The new MyJohnDeere Operations Center features easy-to-use tools for customers to manage their machinery and develop agronomic insights.
Data can be uploaded securely using back up tools or right from the field using JDLink and the platform is open, allowing seamless sharing to trusted advisors.