Category: Agritechnica

TechTour: Väderstad’s ultra-shallow disc cultivator in action

In recent years we’ve seen dramatic shifts into the areas of low-till and no-till. And now, Väderstad is offering another option with its Carrier lineup of disc cultivators — ultra-shallow tillage. “The idea behind this is when the farmer has done his combining, especially after oilseed…if he do a very shallow tillage then (and with that we… Read more »

TechTour: High precision manure application with John Deere’s real-time nutrient sensor

With more than 4000 measurements taken per second, John Deere’s manure sensing technology offers farmers a solution to the otherwise extreme variability in nutrient content when spreading manure. With farmers in Europe (and parts of North America) facing increasing regulatory oversight over nutrient application, Deere has developed the high-tech manure sensor technology to measure and… Read more »

Automated blossom thinner reduces orchard labour input

If there’s a consistent theme across new agriculture technology over the last few years it’s automation. From driverless tractors, to spot-spraying drones, automation is advancing quickly within the farming sector and for very good reasons. Automation is best suited to replacing repetitive or labour-intensive tasks. It’s also a great fit for when precision matters —… Read more »

‘Swarm’ robotics the next step for ag-tech

Automation and robotics seems to be an ever-growing priority for agricultural machinery manufacturers. Denmark-based Conpleks certainly sees the potential. The company works with partners to develop intelligent solutions for automated opportunities. Its technology is currently used in: autonomous line marking for sports fields, robotic mink feeding, and mechanical weeding. Tom Simonsen, founder and CEO of… Read more »

TechTour: Meet Dino, a robot that specializes in removing weeds

Alongside its vineyard-weeding robot family member Ted; Little Oz the research robot; and market garden weeder Oz, Naïo Technologies now has a large-scale vegetable weeding robot hitting farm fields. Guided by RTK GPS, and a set of cameras to ensure it stays between rows, Dino is electrically driven, lighter than a tractor and requires no… Read more »

Kubota offers semi-autonomous tractors, with the new M7002 series

European farmers can look forward to a new line-up from Kubota — and one that provides automation of some of the more mundane operator duties. The M7002 series tractors succeed M7001, with up to 170 horsepower, a new power shift transmission, improved braking performance, lower fuel consumption and updates to intelligence. With Tractor Implement Management,… Read more »

Fendt VarioPull shifts implement weight distribution for better traction

The traditional 3-point hitch assembly shifts most of the implement load on to the rear axle. We counter this with ballast on the front end of the tractor, which is not always precise, but is always added weight (a drag on efficiency!). Fendt looked at the problem in a less conventional way and came up with… Read more »

TechTour: A quantum leap in weed control

Bayer and Bosch are working together on a three-year research collaboration to develop a precise spraying technology that will minimize herbicide use, while also mitigating against resistance development. The technology, called Smart Spraying, will see camera sensors identifying weeds, and precise herbicide application targeting them on a single pass, within a fraction of a second. According… Read more »

Skip the swather — Italian company offers mower header for silaging

Whether driven by a respect for operator time, a desire for simplicity, or a means of drawing down input costs, the agriculture industry has seen a movement towards fewer manned vehicles. Many farmers have moved to no-till and straight-cutting, and some silage operations are now skipping the swather too, with the help of Italian-based agricultural… Read more »

TechTour: Kuhn spices up the plow with sectional control

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of plowing land is the bumpy ride around the headlands that follows. That’s where Kuhn’s Vari-Master Smart Plow comes in. The Smart plow offers sectional control through an electro-hydraulic system which automatically raises and lowers individual bodies based on GPS positioning data, creating a straight furrow edge where… Read more »

TechTour: Bringing augmented reality to the field

Anyone who has tried to follow directions on a maintenance or repair call via telephone knows how frustrating it can be. Machines are complicated, and, in times of stress, verbal communication isn’t always easy. Amazone’s new SmartService 4.0 is looking to change the way we train and interact with service specialists, as we find out… Read more »

Kubota’s fully autonomous tractor to hit fields in Japan

Kubota’s fully autonomous tractor is offering Japanese agriculture an innovative solution to the challenges of an aging demographic. “Really we’ve been developing this technology for the local market in view of the fact that in Japan, much of the farming population is aging, and we’re starting to see some labour shortages,” says Kubota’s Mel McGlinchey…. Read more »

Claas adds Terra Trac with turning footprint of a wheel on forage harvesters

Claas has extended its track technology from combines and tractors to forage harvesters, with Terra Trac now being trialed on the Jaguar line, with a feature designed to reduce scuffing when turning. The option to use tracks, according to the company, means increased traction, and lower rut formation, complete with an automatic reduction of contact… Read more »

Annaburger unveils its universal, mobile biomass chopper

Annaburger and Schumacher have joined forces to build and present a universal, mobile biomass chopper. The RS Cutmaster is operated by a standard tractor, and consists of a scraper floor, rotor and two chopping units. It’s built to slice and process material in preparation for fermentation, chopping everything from round bales to horse and cattle manure…. Read more »

John Deere unveils guidance system opening up autonomous tillage in row crops

Developed by John Deere and subsidiary Monosem, the AutoTrac Implement Guidance system unveiled at Agritechnica in Germany this year gives farmers the opportunity to mechanically target weeds in row crops, at high speed. The system involves two StarFire satellite receivers (one on the tractor and one on the implement), as well as an AutoTrac vision… Read more »