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Even though this technology hasn’t yet hit Iowa farms, we thought you’d be interested in seeing some new harvest equipment that was unveiled at a John Deere media event in August 2011. This equipment will be available for the 2012 harvest season.
1. John Deere introduced its new Machine Sync technology, which takes harvest automation to the next level.
2. The company also introduced its S-Series combines, which include five models: S550, S660, S670, S680 and S690, which is an all-new Class 9 machine. According to the company, the combine provides harvest power, grain handling performance and field productivity. For the first time since the 1980s, the cab of the S-Series combines has been completely redesigned to provide more interior space and increased visibility. The in-cab refrigerator is a nice touch.
3. The launch also included the introduction of the new 600FD Hydraflex Draper, available in 35- and 40-foot models. According to a John Deere spokesman, “Producers will be able to optimize combine capacity on larger machines while cutting at faster ground speeds.”
Cool factor. The Machine Sync technology allows the combine operator to control the location of the tractor and grain cart for automated on-the-go unloading, locking the grain cart into position and adjusting it as needed for optimal cart filling. Photo #1 captures a demonstration of the hands-free grain cart operation made possible by the technology.
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