John Deere’s line-up of Hagie self-propelled sprayers is all new — except for the boom.
Deere says its Hagie STS sprayers have been rebuilt from the ground up; however, growers will recognize its signature forward-facing spray boom. Joel Basinger, marketing manager for John Deere, says three new self-propelled models, STS12, STS16, and STS20, are available with 4542 to 7571-litre capacity tanks. The sprayers are powered by John Deere PowerTech 9.0 L engines that generate from 300 to 400 hp.
Basinger bills the Hagie sprayers as “season-long” machines. “If you need to split-apply nitrogen or demand superior late-season fungicide coverage… you can enter the field any day with an STS sprayer,” he notes.
The front boom placement reduces the need for operators to constantly turn and look behind the machine during application. Deere’s AutoTrac RowSense and AutoTrac Vision keep the sprayer in the row for precise product placement. STS sprayers also feature all wheel steer technology that keeps the sprayer’s tires in the same set of tracks, reducing the potential for crop damage, even when making 90-degree headland turns.
STS sprayers have up to 193 cm of under-frame clearance to minimize crop disturbance and can reach field speeds of up to 40 km, and 56 km during transport. Farmers can equip their STS sprayer with one of four sizes of Hagie hybrid booms — 27, 30, 37, and 40 metres. Basinger notes that Active Wing Roll helps control boom height when spraying across uneven terrain.
(RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin and Deere’s Joel Basinger discuss Hagie STS sprayers. Story continues after the video.)
The Hagie sprayers feature a new cab that surrounds operators with comfort and visibility. Two comfort and convenience packages with new LED lighting options are available. Features include a heated, ventilated massaging leather seat, a 16.5-cm touchscreen satellite- and smartphone-ready radio, four USB ports, a 12-volt outlet, footrests, dual-tilt steering column, refrigerator, and electric door cinch with remote opening. The cab’s filtration system continuously flows filtered air into the cab to help keep the operator’s station clean.
Each STS Sprayer comes standard with a JDLink connection, plus an integrated StarFire 6000 GPS receiver, Generation 4 CommandCenter display and AutoTrac guidance. The integrated technology helps operators reduce overlap and maximize inputs, notes Basinger.
The sprayers can fill up to 1136 litres per minute, and also feature auto prime and onboard mixing so operators can get back in the field more quickly. Using optional John Deere ExactApply technology, operators can control droplet size, spray pressure and individual nozzle control.
Deere says farmers can begin ordering STS sprayers in June 2021.