Hanover, 10 November 2015 - Apart from the products and solutions awarded gold and silver medals by the DLG jury, John Deere displayed numerous other innovative products, components and concepts at this year’s Agritechnica event (10-14 November), which are designed to help farmers and contractors enhance the productivity of their equipment.“The large number of John Deere innovations is a result of the company’s continuing high investment into research and development,” said Chris Wigger, John Deere’s Region 2 Vice President Sales & Marketing. “We are particularly proud that all John Deere’s product platforms and Technology Innovation Centres have collaborated to develop a suite of new solutions, together with our industry partners and service providers.”New John Deere FarmSight SolutionsMyJobsManager - MyJobsManager is the basis for a suite of mobile apps (iOS & Android) designed to simplify and automate the entire job and data management of the digital and mobile office. MyJobsManager provides a real-time overview of operators and their machines (regardless of make & model), enabling the whole of the farm or contractor business to be optimised. Pre-defining job details from the office saves operators up to 50 per cent set-up time in the field, reduces errors and increases uptime, thus generating cost savings.MyLogistics - MyLogistics is a mobile app solution (iOS & Android) designed to optimise the operational logistics of interacting machines (regardless of make & model), eg during forage harvesting, manure spreading etc. MyLogistics enables dedicated harvest planning, intelligent machine routing, efficient navigation and prompt arrival. The system gives the user a real-time overview of the work in progress and is fully integrated with MyJobsManager in the Operations Centre.New CropCare solutions
Ultra-Lightweight Carbon Fibre Boom - John Deere’s ultra-lightweight high-performance sprayer boom for self-propelled sprayers uses an innovative carbon fibre design. The boom is designed to withstand the high dynamic loads inherent at high application speeds of 20-30kph, even with wide boom widths. The carbon fibre material is around 5.5 times stronger than steel, while considerably lighter than either steel or aluminium spray booms. In addition, the entire structure is able to flex, which relieves the boom structure from stress. By contrast, stress in metal booms can create fractures.New Crop Harvesting solutionsDynaFlo Plus - The DynaFlo Plus cleaning system on W and T-Series combines from Zweibrücken represents a new generation of cleaning shoe, which for the first time is made of specially selected materials (aluminium, steel and cast iron). The system features an enlarged (by 41 per cent) sieve surface that helps to reduce oscillation. The use of aluminium has enabled engineers to increase the shoe size, while retaining the weight of the previous design. With a sieve area of more than 6m2, the cleaning shoe is among the largest in its class. To make the shoe easily adjustable, the fan has also been redesigned for 30 per cent greater air volume, with inlets providing even air intake and distribution.
Quick Engage Booster Bar - By engaging the newly designed, quickly adjustable booster bar on W and T-Series combines, operators can increase machine output by up to 10 per cent for small grains and make the adjustment within just three minutes. Unlike most competitive machines, the tilting mechanism and positioning of the bar in front of the concave facilitate the installation and activation of this performance enhancing feature.Harvest Analytics - For the first time ever, Harvest Analytics offers superior intelligence that combines the operator’s actions across several performance criteria into one overall performance score. In addition, the operator can benchmark his current performance scores (overall performance, productivity, power use, fuel efficiency and grain losses) against his previous performance over the last 50 hours. In addition, the operator can compare how he is doing with other machines in the fleet or within his dealer’s geographic sales area.New Hay & Forage solutionsJohn Deere Stone Detection - John Deere Stone Detection is a new feature on self-propelled forage harvesters that helps to prevent damage from stones and foreign objects at an early stage. In operation, the system uses two sensors applying different technologies, ie vibration analysis and acceleration measurement. These smart sensors detect a foreign object and stop the feeding system within the first 80 milliseconds, thus protecting the forage harvester drum from potential damage.SPFH Fast Stop Partner: Bosch Rexroth AG - The Fast Stop feature for self-propelled forage harvesters protects the cutterhead and crop flow components from damage caused by the entry of foreign objects. Unlike mechanical systems, this new design operates completely hydraulically and so is free from wear. A hydraulic pump returns from maximum angle to zero within 40 milliseconds, while hydrostatically bringing the 3500rpm feedrolls to a standstill after approximately 4.3 revolutions.New Tractor-related solutionsIntelligent 3rd Axle Drive by John Deere Smart Power Generator Partner: Fliegl Fliegl product: ‘Smart Control Drive’ - Intelligent 3rd axle drive supports the electrical propulsion of an implement or trailer axle. The concept uses the John Deere Smart Power Generator, a pto-driven generator, to provide up to 100kW of electrical power, and is fully integrated into the tractor’s drivetrain system. As a result, the tractor/trailer combination achieves the same level of traction performance normally provided by a self-propelled or multi-axle vehicle.Front Loader Efficiency Package - John Deere’s front loader efficiency package for 6R Series tractors includes two significant innovations. To avoid losing material during operation, the ‘electronic self-levelling to horizon’ (ESL+) feature helps to keep the loader attachment in a horizontal position at all times. In addition, the ‘dynamic weighing system’ (DWS) measures the material weight irrespective of the front loader’s balance point, without interrupting the loading process. This makes recalibration unnecessary when changing attachments.X950R Bagger Empty Assist - The X950R rear-discharge commercial lawn tractor is now available with a newly designed Bagger Empty Assist system. A filling level indicator tells the operator how much material has already been collected in the bagger, and helps to determine the best possible moment for it to be emptied. Bagger empty assist uses an ultrasound sensor in the bag and a digital display on the tractor’s instrument panel to indicate the filling level.
Deere to acquire Precision Planting; The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto, to gain connectivity to John Deere equipment
MOLINE, IL and SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 3, 2015) - Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), have signed definitive agreements for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business and to enable exclusive near real-time data connectivity between certain John Deere farm equipment and the Climate FieldViewTM platform. The agreements represent the industry’s first and only near real-time in-cab wireless connection to John Deere equipment by a third party.
“To maximize the value of digital agriculture, farmers need solutions for simple and seamless collection of in-field agronomic data,” said Mike Stern, president and chief operating officer for The Climate Corporation. “As a result of these milestone agreements, farmers will experience the fastest, most frequent and highest resolution third-party connectivity between John Deere’s equipment and the Climate FieldView platform.”
John May, president, agricultural solutions and chief information officer at Deere, said, “The agreements we are announcing allow John Deere to extend the range of retrofit options available from Precision Planting to many more products and into new geographies. John Deere strengthens its position as the most open platform in the industry both in our equipment and the cloud-based data management solution known as the John Deere Operations Center.”
Under the terms of the agreements, Deere will purchase Precision Planting while Climate will retain the digital agriculture portfolio that has been integrated into the Climate FieldView platform. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities to the extent required.
Stern said, “Our agreements enable farmers to combine the industry-leading technology of John Deere equipment with Climate FieldView, the platform that offers farmers the broadest equipment connectivity in the industry backed by data science. This connectivity allows farmers to collect and directly share data to the Climate cloud, enables data visualization in the cab and supports the development of customized data science-driven insights.”
“This strategic acquisition expands the John Deere precision agriculture business and accelerates our momentum as a market leader,” May said. “Strategic use of information is an important factor in successful agriculture. Today’s actions demonstrate John Deere’s ongoing investments to enhance the product and service solutions we offer our customers.”The companies said customers will have the option to share their current and historical agronomic data between the John Deere Operations Center and the Climate FieldView platform and seamlessly execute agronomic prescriptions with John Deere equipment.
About Deere & CompanyDeere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com .
About The Climate CorporationThe Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto Company, aims to help farmers around the world improve their farming operations with uniquely powerful software and hardware. The company's proprietary Climate FieldView™ platform combines local weather monitoring, agronomic modeling, and high-resolution weather simulations to deliver Climate FieldView Prime™, Climate FieldView Plus™ and Climate FieldView Pro™, online and mobile solutions that help farmers improve profitability by making better informed operating decisions. The company's unique technologies help the global agriculture industry to stabilize and improve profits and, ultimately, help feed the world. For more information, please visit www.climate.com or follow the company on Twitter @climatecorp .
About Monsanto CompanyMonsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com . Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo , on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at monsantoblog.com or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.
John Deere’s first-ever four-track tractor is making its UK show debut at CropTec 2015. The top of the range 9620RX tractor is being shown alongside the new PowrSpray solution system and the latest AMS FarmSight precision farming developments, together with outdoor demonstrations of the market-leading R4040i self-propelled sprayer.The new 9620RX tractor features a 620hp Stage IV 15-litre Cummins QSX engine, an e18 transmission with Efficiency Manager, articulated steering, cab suspension and optional Active Command Steering (ACS), for improved manoeuvrability in the field. Fully integrated AutoTrac guidance and JDLink Connect information management systems are also available, and track widths are 76cm (30in) as standard or 91cm (36in) as an option.The 9RX range is designed to provide superior power, durability and improved ride quality, especially when handling large implements. The large, robust undercarriage features a positive-drive track system that effectively delivers more power to the ground. This is ideal for heavy draft applications such as cultivating, ploughing, discing and ripping, subsoiling and large-scale drilling applications.John Deere’s new PowrSpray solution system for high specification R900i Series trailed sprayers, which are now available in three tank sizes of 4400, 5200 and 6200 litres, is the company’s latest innovative development in crop care technology.PowrSpray features two hydraulically-driven centrifugal pumps. The first fills the sprayer at up to 1200 litres/min, while the second, a 1000 litre/min spraying pump, has Direct Rate Control for fast changes of application rate and the highest spraying accuracy.The self-priming, low pressure filling pump fills the sprayer rapidly even with the tractor engine at idle, thus reducing fuel use and noise during the filling process. In addition, Direct Rate Control of the spraying pump is able to adjust between minimum and maximum output in less than three seconds, increasing rate control accuracy to a level that conventional systems cannot match.This is especially important during headland entry and exit, where changing forward speeds and automatic section switching place heavy demands on rate control systems. Direct Rate Control also significantly improves the accuracy achieved in variable rate applications, where large changes in target rate may be required. Combined with ‘smart’ hydraulic control of the solution system, Direct Rate Control allows spraying to be completed independent of the tractor engine rpm.PowrSpray comes as standard with Auto Filling, Auto Agitation Intensity control (where the tank agitation intensity decreases as the solution tank level lowers), Power Agitation (for maximum intensity agitation of difficult to mix products), Active Pause for stress-free chemical filling and the unique Auto Dilute rinsing system. R900i Series PowrSpray machines can also be optionally equipped with John Deere's automatic Section Control and BoomTrac auto boom levelling systems.As part of the latest AMS FarmSight precision farming developments, John Deere customers who buy a ‘connectivity package’ with their new tractor, combine or self-propelled sprayer in 2016 will benefit in a number of ways.With JDLink telematics, Remote Display Access (RDA), Wireless Data Transfer (WDT) and new Mobile Data Transfer (MDT), a suite of innovative solutions will be available to connect all-makes machines and ISOBUS implements to the customer’s own Operations Centre through the customised MyJohnDeere.com web portal.Integrated within the Operations Centre, a new MyJobConnect job management tool has also been developed to help contractors and arable farmers to organise and carry out jobs more efficiently and cost effectively, without the need for paper records.