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August 2011 Archive for Machinery Journal

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Free Trip to Agritechnica

Aug 28, 2011

How to Win a Trip to Agritechnica

You could win a free trip to Germany for two! To enter, just send an e-mail to AgritechnicaTrip@farmjournal.com with the following info:
  • Name(s)
  • Mailing address
  • Birth date(s)
  • E-mail address
  • Valid passport number(s)
  • Phone number
  • 150 words on why you want to attend and what you’d hope to learn
Enter by Oct. 1.
Held every other November in Hanover, Germany, Agritechnica is an international event filled with machinery from all over the world. If you want to be part of the 2011 event, held Nov. 15 to 19, we have just the opportunity for you.
Farm Journal is teaming up with the DLG (German Agricultural Society), which hosts the show, to offer a free trip for two to the incredible event. Included is coach airfare for two, four nights in a hotel, breakfast daily, show tickets and tickets to attend the VIP official opening ceremony.
In 2009, Gary and Brenda Gronewold of Pickrell, Neb., were the lucky trip winners.
"The sheer size of Agritechnica was way beyond anything we’d seen before," Gary says. "The variety of the products and machines was amazing."
For more information on the show, see www.agritechnica.com.



Answer to Last Month’s Machinery Mystery

Aug 19, 2011

It was the last week of July (the week between Corn College in Illinois and Soybean and Corn Colleges in Michigan) and I was heading north to Iowa for a media day. On the other side of the highway, I saw machinery I didn’t recognize as it was loaded on the trailer. So I turned to this blog to get an answer. (you can see the original blog post here)

To all of you who sent me an email, thank you! This question was quickly answered, and there were many suggestions of why I didn’t recognize the John Deere 7760 module-building cotton picker, which is built in Des Moines, Iowa.

·         Some told me to get out of the Corn Belt more (probably true)
·         One Corn College Alumni suggested (probably correctly) that I had gotten too much sun the week before at the week-long event series.
I had never seen a 7760 dis-assembled in that configuration. And I want to say the series number started as 44***. Thus, my confusion.  
Then, I found this picture and it all made sense.
The farmer with the first correct answer was David Hajda from Taylor, Texas. He’ll be receiving a John Deere hat for his speedy response.  


Have Robotic Tractors Arrived?

Aug 16, 2011

It was one of those days that years from now, I can say I was there. In late July, Kinze Manufacturing unveiled the results of the Kinze Automation Project.

After a two-year partnership with Jaybridge Robotics, Kinze had its first display of the Automation Project at its annual Dealer Day. The combine rolled along and as the tractor and grain cart came to meet it, there was something missing—a tractor driver.
That demonstration showed how the system syncs the tractor and grain cart with the combine in the field. Using the monitor in the combine, the tractor can be called to find the combine in the field, pull adjacent to the combine for unloading, follow the combine’s path of travel until the cart is full, and then return to the field’s pre-set "staging area." The grain truck driver can find the tractor and grain cart in the staging area, jump in the cab and unload the grain cart.
Of course, the grain cart used in the demonstration was a Kinze wagon, but the demonstration stepped outside the company’s main machinery line—planters.
Although the first demonstration of this Kinze system was integrated for harvesting, the first field trial for the company was done at planting. The planter and tractor were set with GPS boundaries around the field and then the system calculated the map to follow in planting the field. At the starting point on the map, the tractor begins to move forward and the planter engages and continues on its prescribed path—all without a person in the driver’s seat.


The system can be programmed with known field obstacles (waterways, trees, fences, etc.) and the optical sensors will detect any immediate obstacles (vehicles parked since the map was developed, stray livestock, etc.)
Company leaders say this technology has other opportunities, and they will continue to move toward commercializing this technology for field application. The harvest and planting demonstrations used a John Deere 8030 tractor, and the company says it intends to extend the platforms compatible with the system to include many brands and models of tractors, sprayers and other ag machinery.

AGCO’s Largest Product Launch in 60 Seconds

Aug 10, 2011

This was AGCO’s largest and most significant product launch in the company’s history. Founded in 1990 and has grown its business with more than 24 acquisitions. In 2006, the company announced its strategy to move toward more organic growth and has since bumped up its research and development spending to $272 million a year, currently. 

New products included:
  • Massey Ferguson 9500 Series combines
  • Hesston by Massey Ferguson WR9700 Windrowers
  • Hesston by Massey Ferguson 2170XD Large Square Baler
  • Hesston by Massey Ferguson DM1300 Butterfly Mower System
  • Sunflower 9800 Series Single-Disc Air Drill
  • Sunflower 9900 Series Air Carts
  • Sunflower 9600 Conventional Drill
  • Sunflower 4600 Series Disc Ripper
  • Sunflower 1800 Tandem Disc Harrow
  • Sunflower 1700 Offset Disc Harrow
  • White 8936-30 Planter on Tracks
  • Challenger MT500D Tractor
  • Massey Ferguson 7600 Tractor
  • RoGator RG900, RG110, RG1300
  • TerraGator TG7300, TG8300, TG8400
  • System 350 Automated Steering
Here’s a video montage from the event:

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