Editor Karen McMahon and contributing editor Mark Moore are on location at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, to bring you a firsthand look at new-product launches. Here are some highlights of this year’s show.
Fendt debuts new 900 Series tractors. This five-model series, ranging from 200 to 300 PTO hp, is claimed to deliver up to 7% greater fuel efficiency compared to previous models. The company credits this fuel savings to new engines, now equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to meet Tier 4-interim emissions regulations. Other new features include a reversing operator station, a standard 10.4-in., touchscreen monitor that controls all tractor functions from one display, the option of fully integrated guidance, and an on-board computer for tracking, storing and transferring data to an office.
Case IH is expanding its lineup of application toolbars with the Nutri-Placer 930 pull-type anhydrous applicator and Nutri-Tiller 950 strip-till system. New sizes can now match the full lineup of Case IH tractors to accommodate all sizes of farming operations.
Hemisphere GPS, maker of GPS (GNSS) products for in-field positioning, guidance, and machine control applications, unveiled the latest additions to its Outback Guidance precision farming line.
- New eDriveX features: eDriveX and eTurns, two of the company’s automated steering systems, now allow you to drive in reverse and at slow speeds. Reverse steering lets you reverse course under certain circumstances, and slow speed control allows you to operate equipment in demanding, slow speed conditions down to 0.25 mph. Available now through Outback Guidance Centers and Hemisphere GPS distributors.
- A320/A321 RTK smart antennas: These new antennas combine a receiver, antenna, and optional radio modem, all in one package to provide portable GPS positioning with centimeter-level accuracy. Benefits include extended RTK coverage, because the rover RTK receiver will process all available signals even if they are not common with the base receiver.
- Outback S3 and AC110 spray and section control: As the first offering in what is expected to be a series of rate/section control products, the new AC110 spray and section control, combined with the Outback S3 guidance terminal, provides rate control for one product and section control for up to 10 sections. Available in fall 2011. Contact Outback Guidance customer service or visit www.outbackguidance.com for more information.