Smarter grain harvesting

November 22, 2017

John Deere is introducing new combines and headers in 2018.

The most advanced grain harvesting technology from front to back is featured in the combines and headers John Deere is introducing for 2018.

This includes four new S700 combine models (S760, S770, S780 and S790) that offer producers significant improvements in ‘smart’ technology, improved operator comfort and better data, along with the 700C/FC series corn heads and 700D drapers for more efficient grain harvesting.

Building on the proven field performance of the S600 combines introduced in 2012, the new S700 combines incorporate the latest in automated harvesting technology.

‘‘These new S700 combines are a culmination of enhancements to our previous model that optimise and automate harvesting operations for coarse and small grains,’’ John Deere’s marketing manager for harvest Kevin Ripple said.

‘‘We’ve enhanced the overall intelligence of these combines by automating more adjustments and calibration tasks, and improved the lifetime durability and productivity of front end equipment to create a high-performance harvesting solution unlike any other on the market today.’’

To make it easier for operators to maximise the performance of their new S700 combine, John Deere introduces the Combine Advisor package.

Combine Advisor incorporates seven technologies to help operators set, optimise and automate the combine for the most effective harvesting performance based on their crop and field conditions.

One of the functions of Combine Advisor is Auto Maintain that is supported with ActiveVision cameras.

‘‘These cameras give the operator a view into the tailings and clean grain elevators via the display, and analyse the information to maintain optimal threshing performance based on operator-set targets,’’ Mr Ripple said.

The biggest physical difference customers will see in the S700 combines compared to previous models is in the cab.

This starts with a new state-of-the-art CommandCenter, providing a common user experience across John Deere’s larger tractor and self-propelled sprayer lines, that emphasises customisation and operator comfort.

Along with the S700 combines, John Deere is introducing the 700C/FC (folding corn head) series corn heads with the RowMax row unit.

The RowMax row unit provides up to a 50 per cent increase in the life of the row unit gathering chains and features solid-alloy bushings that reduce pin and bushing wear.

‘‘We’ve also increased the life of the stalk rolls by up to 25 per cent by utilising a harder material and adding a new wear coating on the front and trailing edges of the blades for increased performance,’’ product manager for front end equipment Brittney Guidarelli said.

‘‘As a result, we’ve decreased the cost of operation by reducing how frequently wear parts need to be replaced.’’

The 700C series corn heads are available in six to 18 row models, in 20, 22 and 30-inch row widths.

The StalkMaster stalk-chopping option is available on all models, while folding corn heads are available on eight and 12 row units allowing operators to spend more time harvesting and less time and hassle disconnecting, trailering and reconnecting heads when moving from field to field.

For corn growers harvesting high moisture corn, there are several enhancements available specifically tailored to better handle this demanding crop.

For small grains, Deere introduces the 700D rigid draper, which provides a 20 per cent increase in capacity in tough harvesting conditions over the previous model.

The 700D features a top crop auger that’s 50 percent larger in diameter (now 457mm) with heavy-duty drives, high-performance gauge wheels and a new centre section seal kit that reduces centre section grain losses by up to 45 per cent in canola.

‘‘The new S700 combines are ideal for producers who want to get the most out of their combine, regardless of operator experience or changing field conditions, with quick harvest setup and automatic on-the-go adjustments,’’ division marketing manager Cyndee Smiley Dolan said.

For more information on the new S700 combines, 700C/FC corn heads, 700D rigid draper and other harvesting solutions from John Deere, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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