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John Deere 5R Series

John Deere introduces its new 5R Series Tractors that leverage existing technologies normally found in large tractors, to provide customers with unrivaled maneuverability, an easy-to-use transmission, increased visibility, loader integration, and operator comfort.

A 7.4-foot wheelbase paired with a 60-degree steering angle, provides a tight turning radius of 12.1 feet. Customers working in confined areas such as barns, will be able to easily maneuver in tight areas increasing their productivity.

Challenger MT600E

Challenger, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, introduced a new 9-inch, touch-screen Tractor Management Center (TMC) terminal and comprehensive offering of precision farming technology on the Challenger MT600E Series high horsepower tractors during the 2017 World Ag Expo. These tractors are now available with full integration of on-board precision technologies, including AgControl section and variable rate control, as well as TaskDoc Pro wireless data transfer. As part of the Fuse open approach to partnerships, customers will be able to choose either the NovAtel SMART6-L or Trimble AG-382 receiver to best match their existing base station and coverage needs.

“The Challenger brand is synonymous with power, and these enhancements take the MT600E Series to a new level, beyond physical power to intelligent power,” says Eric Zimmerman, marketing manager, High Horsepower Tractors at AGCO. “The simple, straight-forward operation of our new TMC, plus the full offering of precision farming technologies and choice of guidance receivers are a comprehensive package that will help our customers reduce operator fatigue, implement overlap and over-application of inputs to set new benchmarks for productivity and efficiency.”

CommandViewTM III Cab

Producers and ag service providers can enhance the capabilities of their new John Deere 4-Series Sprayers by adding a new lightweight carbon fiber boom and new CommandViewTM III cab that provides all-day comfort and a customizable workspace.

“The CommandView III cab comes equipped with the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter that enables producers and ag service providers to efficiently capture, manage and transfer data. The redesigned CommandARMTM features a multi-function handle to give operators additional ways to customize their work environment,” says Doug Felter, marketing manager, application equipment for John Deere. An optional heated, fully ventilated leather seat, also is available and can swivel up to 15 degrees for improved operator visibility to the area behind the sprayer.

McCormick Feature

McCormick North America recently hosted its annual 2017 Dealer Meeting event for its entire North American dealer network. Held in Orlando, FL, McCormick unveiled 4 new tractor lines to further complement its full-line tractor offering. New tractor families include the X4 STANDARD Series, X6 STANDARD Series, X6 VT-Drive Series, and X8 VT-Drive Series, which brings McCormick’s offering to over 300 horsepower!

With the exception of the X8 VT-Drive Series, the newly released models fit into a horsepower segment that is already covered by McCormick tractor. However, these new machines offer new levels of features, comfort, and performance that target a wider range of customers within the segment. “We want to offer customers more choices within the McCormick tractor line-up,” says Tiago Bonomo, President of McCormick North America. “Customers have specific needs, and we need to be able to meet those needs.” After the initial unveiling in Orlando, McCormick will officially launch all 4 new models at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, booth 4060 in the North Wing.

Massey Ferguson 4610M Feature

Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), is introducing a high-clearance (HC) utility tractor to meet the needs of specialty crop growers throughout Central California and other specialty crop regions of North America. The Massey Ferguson 4610M High-clearance Utility Tractor delivers the crop clearance growers need to care for high-value crops such as berries, broccoli, potatoes, tobacco and many other types of produce without damaging the crop. The tractor is available through Massey Ferguson dealers and will be configured to fit the needs of each individual operation.

“For more than 150 years, Massey Ferguson has been manufacturing equipment to meet the varied needs of producers around the world,” says Warren Morris, tactical marketing manager for Massey Ferguson. “We’ve used this worldwide experience to expand the Massey Ferguson utility tractor portfolio with products that fit the needs of specialty crop producers. The MF4610M HC models are rugged, efficient, dependable tractors that bring professional produce operations cost-effective new choices to meet their production and business needs.”

AGCO White Planters

AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is bringing to market White Planters 9800VE Series planters equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting. The planter will be introduced and on display at the AGCO Exhibit, Lots 7801 and 7823 during the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.

“To achieve the best yields in corn, producers focus on getting as many acres as possible planted during that very narrow, five-to-10-day ‘optimum planting window’,” says Larry Kuster, senior product specialist for Seeding and Tillage at AGCO. “With SpeedTube on White Planters 9800VE Series planters, they can now achieve precise seed placement of corn at speeds nearly double traditional operating speeds.”

John Deere Logo

John Deere announces that it has significantly increased the warranty periods for its Ag and Turf equipment parts, retroactive to parts sold after November 1, 2016. The new warranty terms apply to dealer-installed John Deere original equipment manufactured (OEM) parts and labor, as well as non-dealer or customer-installed John Deere OEM parts for the company’s Ag and Turf lines of equipment.

Josh Dinwiddie, project manager for parts, service and attachment marketing for John Deere, says the changes to the John Deere Ag and Turf parts warranty terms further enhance the value of the company’s OEM parts and dealership services for all their customers, no matter what Ag or Turf equipment they own.

Jensen JHD36A Heavy Duty

The all-new JHD36A has made its debut into the heavy duty market. Featuring the latest technology with Bluetooth hands-free calling and app control, this stereo is perfect for all construction and agriculture applications.

“Customers already love the modern technology that allows for hands free calls and system controls from any smart phone or tablet with the built in app control. It is also Sirius XM ready so it appeals to a large market,” says Mark Wojtys, HD industry manager at ASA Electronics.

Mahindra Donation

Mahindra North America (MNA) and sister company genZe partnered to make a donation of a Mahindra mPACT XTV 750 S and two genZe eBikes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona, the host city of its sixth National Dealer Meeting (NDM). Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton accepted the gifts on behalf of the city during Mahindra’s opening session at NDM. The utility vehicle will be used to support the city’s sustainability programs and the eBikes will be put to work in the growing Phoenix police department.

“As part of each National Dealer Meeting, we find a way to give back to the community we visit. We worked closely with the Mayor’s office to determine what would best serve Phoenix and, as part of our Rise philosophy of driving positive change, we provided the city with a utility vehicle to be used as part of their composting and green organics initiative,” said Cleo Franklin, Vice President Marketing and Strategic Planning, Mahindra NA. “In addition, we learned there was a need for reliable, high-quality personal transportation at the Phoenix Police department, leading to the donation of two genZe eBikes.”

John Deere 2320 Field Cultivator

To help producers prepare a more agronomically sound seedbed ahead of the planter in often short time windows, John Deere introduces two new tillage tools. These next-generation secondary tillage implements are designed from “below the ground up” to work faster and smarter, making customers more productive while effectively handling tough soil conditions and high levels of crop residue at speeds up to 10 mph.

“Producers are continually demanding more from their tillage equipment in terms of soil mixing and residue management, faster operating speeds and more precise depth control,” says Jarred Karnei, product marketing manager for John Deere. “To meet those needs, we’ve increased working widths and operating speeds, and provided a wider array of finishing attachments to create that custom field finish and firm seedbed that’s so important for uniform germination and crop establishment.”

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