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The new 8000 Series JCB Fastrac tractors offer a range of new features including final Tier 4 engines and completely restyled cab.

Indoor show: Center of the new tech universe

Once a year, in the heart of winter, farmers trek to Louisville for an extensive array of new tools and technologies - here's another sneak peek.

Getting big companies to offer advance looks at new machines is never easy to get locked down. There are timing issues to consider, and most companies don't like to share the "new" before there dealers know about it. Yet with some diligence, and reaching out to exhibitors, there are a few highlights we can tease (in addition to the new products that follow) that show this event is a hot stop for major players in the market.

This is just an early highlight of what you can track down at the show. These are products that the companies revealed to share in this guide, but you know that companies like to make a big splash at the event, and media and farmers that attend are looking forward to seeing just what is new at the event.

New tractors on display

After a big launch in Great Britain, JCB is bringing the new 8000-series Fastrac tractor series to Louisville. Known for its four-track, equal size wheel design and high road speeds, the JCB history continues with this new lineup.

From its new advanced looks, to a host of other features, farmers will want to make their way over to check out just what the company has to offer the market with this latest-generation tractor series.

Agco shows high-speed planter

Last year the big splash was the Fendt 1000, which Agco followed up last fall with the Challenger 1000, which will be on hand at the National Farm Machinery Show. And Agco is showing off it's electric-meter planter with SpeedTube. Powered by Precision Planting technology the new 9800ev planter shows of a system that takes the White planter meter design and mates it to Precision Planting technology.

And Agco will be putting the Massey Ferguson 8700 series tractors on the stand as well. These higher-horsepower machines build on the new look that is now common for Massey Ferguson machines.

New tech from Case IH

Over at Case IH, the news is about a system for which there is no picture, but here are some details of the new technology. The company calls the new tech AccuTurn and it's designed for spring and fall fieldwork. The system provides hands-free, automatic and repeatable turns for increased accuracy and reduced operator fatigue.

The system offers turn planning and turn speed optimization; precise product application to manage and control inputs; and skip pass or pass-to-pass capabilities. There are two modes of operation for the tech "turn now" and "automatic." This allows the operator to manage turns and turn timing during field operations. The system has turn path planning that adapts to machine speed, including maximum turn speed alerts. During initial launch, AccuTurn will be available for AccuGuide autoguidance equipped tractors including Steiger, Magnum, Optum, Puma and Maxxum series machines.

High-tech spray boom from John Deere

Willie Vogt

John Deere is working with a Brazilian manufacturer to bring a carbon boom sprayer to the U.S. market. The new boom will be on display for farmers to check out at this year's National Farm Machinery Show.

John Deere is working with a Brazilian manufacturer to bring a carbon boom sprayer to the U.S. market. The new boom will be on display for farmers to check out at this year's National Farm Machinery Show.

John Deere launched a lot of tech after harvest, including precision farming mobile apps, and new tillage tools. One tech that it showed off last fall to media, is a new carbon-fiber boom that the company plans to show on the stand in Louisville, offering you a closer look.

With a carbon boom, the company can reduce sprayer weight, which can be a problem as booms get wider to boost productivity. By replacing key parts with carbon fiber, John Deere can reduce boom weight. The tech is in the works, and you can learn more at the company's exhibit.

A New Holland utility vehicle

And New Holland is bringing along its workhorse Boomer and Workmaster tractors, but the latest new product that will be on hand for a first-ever showing is the new Rustler 850 utility vehicles. New Holland has teamed up with Textron Specialized Vehicles – the company known for E-Z Go golf cars and Bad Boy utility vehicles.

According to the company the Rustler 850 is a high-performance vehicle that features a 62 hp electronic fuel injection engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, electronic power steering, four wheel double A-arm suspension, and front and rear sway bars for increased traction and handling. And this new machine is built to haul and pull with a 1,500-pound load capacity, 2,000-pound towing capacity and a 1,000-pound capacity tilt bed. The machines will feature rollover protective structures, a three-point seat belt system, door nets, front mounted steel brush guard, headlights and brake lights.

The company says the new machine takes its cowl styling cues from current New Holland products and its finish will "promote New Holland's signature blue color."

As usual these highlights just tease a range of new tools that will be on hand for visitors to the big Louisville event.

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