In 2010, Claas set a world record when the Lexion 760 Terra Trac combine harvested 51,153 bushels of corn in a 10-hour period.
Claas product manager Jeff Gray drove the combine that day and he was back in the cab last September to help Craig Stewart and sons Bob and Brad set new harvesting records with the Lexion on the same Yorkville, Illinois, farm.
This time, the Stewarts established three new harvesting records — 43,739 dry bushels of corn in eight hours, 54,302 bushels in 10 hours and 63,770 bushels in 12 hours. Last week at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky, RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin caught up with Gray and asked him how the Lexion has evolved to help the Stewarts establish the new records.
“A lot has changed in the last eight years on the Lexion 760 Terra Trac,” Gray says. “More engine horsepower, a higher capacity feeder house drive, a larger grain tank, faster unloading, a more efficient Dynamic Cooling System, and higher capacity sieves made this challenge easier than the one we did in 2010.” (Story continues after the video.)
In the interview, Gray notes the key role played by new technology such as Cemos Automatic, which automatically and autonomously optimizes ground speed and system settings throughout the combine based on changing conditions. Gray says Cemos Automatic is able to make the same type of adjustments he made when setting the record in 2010 — only faster and with more precision.
Grey also discusses the importance of Cruise Pilot and its ability to adjust and optimize speed. Telematics on the new Lexion also played a hand in establishing the new records. This on-board technology transmits real-time performance information back to computers and mobile devices authorized to receive it. It allowed real-time monitoring of the record for the many people tracking the attempt.
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