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Deere & Company has entered a partnership agreement with and King Agro, a manufacturer of carbon fiber technology products. The partnership will focus on developing and distributing carbon fiber booms exclusively for John Deere application equipment.

King Argo has 22 years experience building carbon fiber applications for boating and marine products, including masts for racing sailboats. The company has expanded into developing carbon fiber structures for agricultural equipment.

John Deere 6 Series TractorsJohn Deere has unveiled 12 new models for its 6 Series Tractor family in the 105-170 horsepower range. According to John Deere, these new models are designed to provide the power, comfort, and performance that meet the needs of a wide range of crop and livestock producers and governmental agencies.

The all-new John Deere 6M Series Tractors include six models (6105M, 6115M, 6125M, 6140M, 6150M and 6170M) from 105 to 170 engine horsepower and replace the standard 6030 and 7030 Series Tractors. According to Rachel Wayson, John Deere Tractor Works, the 6M Series Tractors are ideal for livestock customers looking for a mid-spec tractor with higher horsepower options.

“The new 6M tractors have additional transmission options, increased hitch and hydraulic capacities, and provide IT4 emission compliant engines,” says Wayson. “The new 6170M model, for example, offers customers a higher horsepower tractor at a mid-range specification level.”

On the occasion of this year’s Agritechnica, the world largest indoor farm equipment show (held Nov. 15 – 19 in Germany), the John Deere tractor 7280R (max. power 310 hp with IPM) was selected as “Tractor of the Year 2012” by a jury of editors of 20 European farm equipment journals.

Chosen from a group of seven finalists, the 7280R represents state-of-the-art tractor technology. In addition to featuring fuel-efficient stage III B Diesel-only engines, the 7280R is also available with ActiveCommand Steering. The ActiveCommand Steering system automatically adapts the steering force for optimum control and manoeuvrability in the field and on the road. Other features include the CommandView II cab with CommandArm operator console, GreenStar 3 CommandCenter display and optionally available ActiveSeat.

Challenger has recently introduced the all-new MT500D Series High Horsepower wheeled row crop tractors to North American professional producers.

The Challenger MT500D Series tractors, made up of four entirely redesigned models ranging from 170 to 225 engine horsepower (140–180 PTO HP), feature new comfort features designed to help producers handle the most challenging jobs. Optional factory-installed auto-steering and telemetry technologies available on these new models offer what Challenger calls a never-before-seen level of control.

“These new tractors from Challenger boast some of the most innovative features as they relate to emissions compliance, versatility, work management and operator comfort,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager, high horsepower tractors. “When there’s work to be done, professional producers need a tractor they can count on to finish a multitude of jobs, and that’s what we’ve created with the MT500D Series. These are tractors with the power and technology to work long and hard, helping their operators meet the intense demands of farming today.”

John Deere has completed the public unveiling of its new ag equipment for 2012 as part of what the manufacturer is calling the largest, most significant product introduction in the company’s 174-year history.

John Deere boasts significant improvements in power, comfort, and performance are the hallmarks of the new machines including the S-Series Combines with larger corn heads and platforms; high-horsepower 4WD and track 9R/9RT Tractors; 6R Series row-crop tractors and 5 Series utility and specialty tractors.

According to Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere Ag and Turf Division, these products greatly extend the company’s broad portfolio of equipment products for use in all types of farming, livestock and specialty crop operations, as well as for commercial and property maintenance businesses.

John Deere’s 5 Series Utility Tractors have been given a redesign for the 2012 model year.

With more horsepower options ranging from 65 to 115, John Deere says its 5M Series models and 5E Limited Series Tractors can handle a wider variety of attachments and jobs for customers in the farming, equine, livestock, specialty crop production, property maintenance and landscape business segments.

The 5E Limited Tractors include the 5083E Limited with 83 engine horsepower; 5093E Limited with 93 engine horsepower; and the 5101E Limited with 101 engine horsepower. Changes to the new 5E Limited Series start with a new cab designed with easier-to-reach hitch, hydraulic and PTO controls on the right side and a cleaner, more comfortable cab with an optional push-button air-suspension seat for a better ride.

The 5E Limited Tractors also come standard with a MFWD engagement feature that activates two- or four-wheel drive with the shift of a lever and a new MFWD indicator light; new hydraulic system with optional triple deluxe SCV stack that can handle more demanding attachments; and the popular Economy PTO setting that saves fuel and engine wear and reduces noise and emissions when operating PTO-driven equipment.

“In addition to the cab, we’ve redesigned the transmissions and added oil-cooled, self-adjusting wet traction and PTO clutches that aren’t typically found on other utility tractors,” says Matt Blaylock, John Deere product marketing manager for 5 Series Tractors. “These highly durable and reliable utility tractors now have more heavy-duty components, as well as increased hydraulic functionality, comfort and convenience options to help customers use them in a wide variety of applications.

Case IH used the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. to unveil is new Magnum 370 CVT tractor, which will arrive in dealerships in late 2012.

According to Case IH, the new Magnum is the highest horsepower mechanical front drive in the industry with 419 maximum boosted engine horsepower.

Additionally, Case IH will offer operator-friendly Case IH Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology across the entire Magnum lineup, including the current 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 models.

“The new Magnum 370 CVT will represent our most powerful MFD tractor yet, and continue to deliver the efficient power that the Magnum Series is known for,” says John Bohnker, Case IH marketing manager for Magnum tractors. “This new addition to the Magnum Series is designed to deliver power to the ground with larger row crop implements such as planters, toolbars and strip-till rigs that bring economies of scale to large-acreage operations.”

New Holland is celebrating 50 years of producing self-propelled forage harvesters.

According to New Holland, the history of self-propelled forage harvesters began in 1961 when New Holland decided to transform its famous pull-type forage harvester into a unit with its own engine and controls.

“From that moment on, the pioneering and innovative spirit that has always marked New Holland has been expressed uninterruptedly,” New Holland says in a release. “Giving rise to a series of real inventions that have revolutionised the sector, New Holland’s self-propelled forage harvesters enable farmers and contractors to increase productivity, quality, efficiency, safety and driving comfort.”

To help celebrate this golden anniversary New Holland is launching a FR9000 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model.

A list of New Holland innovations including in the equipment of the FR9000 can be found below the jump.

Case IH has won two SIMA Innovation Awards. A Gold medal has been received for a new automatic vehicle-to-vehicle synchronisation solution, which expands Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) portfolio. A Silver medal has been awarded for a new CVT PTO concept, which increases tractor productivity and efficiency.

Gold Medal: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Control (V2V)

Case IH introduced V2V synchronisation technology for two vehicles at work. To boost efficiency of harvesting operations using a ‘master and slave’ approach, the combine becomes the central ‘master’ and takes control of the tractors/grain carts.

Central to the system is a wireless connection, which is used to manage data exchange between vehicles. The combine takes control and dictates forward speed, vehicle alignment and direction of travel to the tractor when it enters the ‘active zone.’ The driver of the combine is then able to monitor the unloading and status of the grain cart.

The main advantage of this system is consistent and repeatable unloading on-the-go during harvesting as the individual tractors/grain carts arrive at the combine. Even with unskilled operators it is possible to perfectly fill trailers and avoid spilling the valuable crop over the edge of the cart/trailer. The system eliminates the risk of tractor and combine collisions due to precise vehicle alignment and reduces operator stress and errors.

“The V2V system lets you synchronise unloading operations in real-time, increasing efficiency a stage further,” says Sylvain Blaise, Case IH director of marketing. “And that is just the beginning of this very promising development.”

According to Cat, its new Cat 621H, 623H and 627H Wheel Tractor-Scrapers are designed to deliver superior productivity and enhanced operator comfort and efficiency through the use of increased power and capacity, new structures, electronic controls and ergonomic design.

“The new H Series designs change the way wheel tractor-scrapers look, run and ride—and increase their capabilities to move material at the lowest cost per ton,” Cat says in a release.

H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers build on the proven durability and productivity of previous models with use of innovative technology. Sequence Assist and Load Assist automate many of the operator’s most demanding tasks, and when combined with Cat Grade Control, the new systems unburden veteran operators and help less experienced operators reach high productivity levels quickly.

With the H Series introduction, Caterpillar is offering the 621 in a push-pull configuration for the first time. The system enables two scrapers to work together when loading, rather than requiring a push tractor. Other scraper models have proven that the push-pull configuration is the low cost solution in many applications.

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