John Deere is celebrating 75 years of manufacturing and selling combines with new updates for its 2022 model year S Series combines.

Key updates include Automation Activation 4.0 with Generation 4 Machine Sync and AutoPath; new LED lighting packages — the same lights offered on the larger X Series combines; and a factory-installed, flat-tooth comb chaffer for the S and X Series.

Three new residue management offerings are also available: an extra-fine cut chopper for S780 and S790 combines, an advanced PowerCast tailboard with deluxe residue management for soybeans, and a tough chop kit.

Deere notes that AutoPath uses guidance lines from previous passes, such as planting, to automatically set hands-free navigation in the field and eliminates guess rows at harvest, regardless of equipment width. The LED lighting package offers additional forward-facing lights to brighten areas in front and behind the combine and illuminate the grain tank, row finder, engine and service access areas, as well as the unloading auger.

The flat-tooth comb chaffer can make the combine easier to set in canola and lower tailings in weedy harvesting conditions. The extra-fine chopper is designed to chop tough straw into fine pieces or possibly eliminate a harrow pass in the field.

Deere also announced model year 2022 updates for its Deere front-end equipment offerings.  These updates include:

  • A new flexible cutterbar on hinged drapers (HDF).
  • The release of an eight-row folding corn head (C8F).
  • Wing leveling and integrated transport on hinged drapers.

HDF drapers are available in 35- to 50-foot working widths and feature the same wing range as the rigid cutterbar drapers, but with the addition of a flexible cutterbar to closely follow the ground. The company notes that the narrow profile of the new C8F 8-row folding corn head improves transport logistics.

Wing leveling on hinged drapers allows the user to set a “home” position for the draper. When set, the draper returns to that position when lifting on headlands and improves harvesting efficiency. Wing leveling helps the draper clear debris or obstacles that may be encountered during harvest.

Integrated transport is a new feature for Deere’s hinged drapers. It improves harvest logistics and ensures the draper is always close to the combine when transporting between fields. Integrated transport enables the header gauge wheels to convert into transport mode so the draper can be easily pulled from field to field.

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