Category: TechTour

Techtour: Horsch Unveils ‘Millennium Falcon’ of Sprayer Sensors

Most modern boom sensors look to the terrain immediately ahead to adjust for changes in terrain. Besides mitigating the risk of drift, these systems also offer one less thing for the sprayer operator to have to worry about. Horsch’s new BoomSight offers a slightly different, higher perspective. BoomSight was unveiled by Horsch at Agritechnica in Germany… Read more »

TechTour: Bye-Bye Mechanical Transmission, Hello Electric Hay Rake

It’s been an exciting year for Fendt’s forage branch. The company presented their brand new rotary hay rake at Agritechnica in November and have since received two silver awards for the innovation. The first, from Agritechnica itself, and the second from the International Agricultural Machinery Fair, FIMA, in Spain. “We believe that there is a… Read more »

TechTour: Adding 1.7 Tons of Tractor Ballast with the Press of a Button

Having your tractor hop up a hill is never a good feeling. Besides being downright uncomfortable, it’s a powerful reminder that the tractor isn’t operating to its full potential (think fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance). But proper ballasting can be a big job, making it an easy job to overlook. That’s where John Deere’s new, aptly named, EZ… Read more »

TechTour: Seagull’s Telescopic Combine Reel Pulls In Its Plumage

Many of the new innovations from machinery companies at Agritechnica’s 2015 show seemed to be inspired by transportation issues, and the Seagull Telescopic Reel from STW srl Italy was no exception. The harvester header combines the aforementioned telescopic reel technology with a folding cutting platform to compress widths during transport, allowing the header to shrink to one-third… Read more »

TechTour: Nurse Truck Design Drives Spraying Efficiency

Few farmers would argue that getting more acres covered per hour is a priority during spraying season. The easiest way to cover more ground is to minimize the amount of time the sprayer spends standing still when conditions are conducive for spraying, emphasizes Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix and Sprayers101.com, in this TechTour episode. “A big part of… Read more »

Techtour: John Deere Brings Synchronization to Forage Equipment

John Deere wins at the Agritechnica’s 2015 Innovation Awards had RealAgriculture representatives hopping in Hanover, Germany in November. You’ve already seen footage from their ProCut technology and their GoHarvest combine simulation system. In this episode of the TechTour, we move over to forage production, and Deere’s “Active Fill Control Sync” (AFC Sync). Don’t Miss Out: Enter to Win a Meridian… Read more »

Techtour: Krone’s Mobile Pellet Harvester Attracts Attention at Agritechnica

Krone’s Premos 5000 won an innovation gold at Agritechnica this year. It’s the world’s first mobile pellet harvester, and, according to Krone, it uses just half the energy of its stationary counterparts. Pellets can be made of straw or forage crops, and can be used in bedding, as part of a total mixed ration, or… Read more »

TechTour: Fendt Offers Tire-in-Tire Solution to Rev Up VarioGrip

It seems Fendt’s VarioGrip system, though impressive, left room for improvement. The system, which allowed operators to adjust front and rear tire pressures from the comfort of the cab, took about seven minutes to increase tire pressure by one bar. A little too long for some farmers. But instead of moping about it, Fendt employees… Read more »

TechTour: Deutz-Fahr Wins Agritechnica Silver for Human-Detecting Safety Cameras

Deutz-Fahr won a silver medal last fall in the Agritechnica Innovation Awards for its “Driver Extended Eye” technology. The system consists of three cameras located behind the radiator grill on the tractor, showing blindspots in the tractor’s monitor. But it doesn’t stop there. The cameras can actually detect humans, and can intervene in the transmission… Read more »

TechTour: Krone Launches Updated Big X 770 at Agritechnica

Krone launched its new Big X 770 forage harvester at Agritechnica, bringing updated technology and new style to the Big X lineup. The forage harvester boasts a 16.16 litre V8 engine, and outputs 775 horsepower, with improved safety features, including: additional indicators in mudguards, an extra step on the access ladder, and better overall visibility of all… Read more »

Techtour: Calibration Downtime a Thing of the Past with Väderstad’s New SeedEye

Weighing and calibrating seed between fields is a good excuse to get outside, but it sure can feel tedious when there are acres to be sowed. And, with robots weeding row crops, and driverless tractors hitting hayfields, it’s hard to believe we’re still doing it. Enter Väderstad’s brand new SeedEye seed counter system. The system allows operators… Read more »

TechTour: When Transport Regulations Inspire Innovation — The Peecon Gull Wing

We’re told it’s neither an Autobot, nor a Decepticon, though its name and hydraulic capabilities might suggest otherwise. The Peecon Gull Wing was inspired by a desire for dual wheels and a need to comply to road width regulations. It enables the transition of rear dual wheels from working mode to travel, where they are folded… Read more »

TechTour: Weeding Row Crops with Robots

Imagine if robots could both identify and destroy weeds. Well, Bosch Deepfield Robotics is well on its way to making that dream a reality. The company, only one year old, has developed a four wheel multi-purpose robotic platform called BoniRob. It navigates along plant rows, running on batteries or connected to a generator, logging data, or… Read more »

TechTour: The Future is Now With the Greenbot Driverless Tractor

It might take a few years or decades to become common on North American farms, but the day tractors drive themselves in the field has arrived. In this TechTour episode, we meet the Greenbot, a driverless 100hp tractor made and sold in the Netherlands by Precision Makers. It debuted at Agritechnica ’15 in Germany earlier this… Read more »

TechTour: Fendt Powers New 1000 Series Tractors with 500HP at Agritechnica

Machine of the Year. Tractor of the Year. Fendt knows how to make an entrance into the 500-plus horsepower category. The German tractor-maker won multiple awards for its new 1000 Vario series at Agritechnica 2015. Perhaps most impressive about the Fendt 1000 Vario is how it transfers 500 horsepower to the ground with a standard… Read more »