John Deere’s latest utility and large horsepower tractors and FarmSight precision farming technology for 2017 will be featured for the first time on stand G17 at LAMMA next January, following their recent European launch. In addition, the company’s brand new, top of the range 6R Series tractor (which is being officially announced at the end of November) will be making its UK show debut.
Alongside the new 5R, 6R and 8R Series tractors will be a number of developments linked to the Operations Centre in MyJohnDeere.com, the company’s dedicated precision farming website portal. The MyJobsConnect Premium service includes MyJobsManager and MyLogistics apps for farm, contract and fleet managers, and a MyJobs app for operators.
All of this new technology is designed to improve performance and uptime as well as lower operating costs, especially when paired with other FarmSight systems such as AutoTrac automatic steering and John Deere Section Control for sprayers and spreaders, utilising the newly designed StarFire 6000 satellite receiver.
FarmSight services and support are now widely available from John Deere dealers throughout the UK and Ireland. A special ConnectedMachine display at LAMMA will highlight the benefits of JDLink connectivity for both new and older machines, using features such as Remote Display Access, Wireless Data Transfer and Service Advisor Remote to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.
“The integration of intelligent solutions with farm equipment is a key element of John Deere’s FarmSight approach,” says John Deere Limited marketing manager Chris Wiltshire. “Over the last six years or so, the number of AutoTrac activations has almost trebled. This reflects the rapidly growing demand for tools that can enhance machine utilisation, optimise the logistics chain and provide support for the decision making process on farm.
“Our LAMMA display will show how simple it can be to keep track of your machinery fleet, get advice on seed and fertiliser rates or spray requirements and monitor machine productivity by working together with, and being connected to, your dealer, adviser and other suppliers.”
Also featured at LAMMA, the new 8R Series flagship 8400R 400hp tractor offers six per cent higher pulling capacity compared to the 8370R model. This will enable operators to pull wider implements in the field, to increase productivity and maximise total fluid efficiency. By converting 91 per cent of its rated horsepower, the 8400R has been designed to set a new industry benchmark with regard to pulling performance.
The tractor’s new John Deere 9-litre Stage IV compliant engine develops up to 450hp with Intelligent Power Management (IPM). In addition, the e23 transmission with Efficiency Manager delivers a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two per cent compared to the officially tested and proven fuel efficiency of the 8370R.
From 2017, John Deere 7R, 8R and 9R Series tractors will benefit from enhanced connectivity and integration into the John Deere FarmSight range of precision farming solutions. The new StarFire 6000 satellite receiver features enhanced SF1 signal accuracy from 23 down to 15cmp; a new SF3 signal with 3cm path to path accuracy, in-season repeatability, faster signal acquisition and a one-year subscription; plus an updated RTK/mobile RTK option. A new optional locking device for better theft protection will also be available.
Other tractor options include a new connectivity package featuring JDLink and Remote Display Access (RDA), a Generation 4 CommandCentre display and Settings Manager, which allows the operator to save and recall all vital machine settings at a later date or stage of operation. Settings Manager helps to reduce set-up time when implements need to be changed or a new operator uses the tractor.
At the other end of the tractor scale, John Deere’s compact 5R Series tractors from 90 to 125hp feature a one-piece curved frame design with a low centre of gravity and a turning radius of only 3.75m, even when fitted with a front loader such as the new 543R. Features include front axle suspension and an air suspended seat, plus an optional cab suspension system.
The range’s Stage IIIB 4.5-litre John Deere PWX diesel-only four-cylinder engine produces 10 extra hp for transport applications. Three transmission options include the new 32/16 Command8, with eight powershiftable gears and an ECO mode enabling a top speed of 40kph at only 1759 engine rpm, plus automatic shifting as standard.