Deere introduces 'smarter' S7 series combine


John Deere’s new S700 series combine made its Canadian debut at the Farm Progress Show in Regina this week.

While the physical appearance hasn’t changed much from the S600 lineup launched in 2012, the new machines feature significant improvements in automation designed to optimize performance, explains Deere’s Les Bobyck in the video below.

“The machine builds on the productivity that we had with the S600 series…we think of the S700 series as the smart combines,” he says.

Deere has introduced its Combine Advisor package, which combines a suite of technologies to help automate settings as conditions change, including ActiVision cameras that give the operator a view of the tailings and clean grain elevators in the cab.

“We’re taking advantage of those smart technologies so the combine can actually assist the operator in maintaining grain quality throughout the day,” says Bobyck.

The most significant physical change is in the cab, with the S700 series featuring Deere’s CommandCenter, similar to cabs for Deere’s larger tractors and self-propelled sprayers.

The S790 on display at FPS in Regina is part of Deere’s “limited production build fleet”, which Deere will be testing across North America this harvest season, monitoring performance telematically. Bobyck says Deere will open it’s early order program on August 1 with full production beginning this fall.

Check out this video from Canada’s Farm Progress Show for more on the new S700 series:


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