Resource Magazine — January/February 2014
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A Salute to the Winners

Resource is pleased to sponsor the AE50 Awards program—celebrating companies for their developments in agricultural, food, and biological systems. From the many entries submitted each year, an expert panel selects up to 50 products for recognition. The awardwinning products are those ranked highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement, and impact on the market served.

The products featured represent the diversity of agricultural and biological engineering as well as the variety of companies—of all sizes and specializations—that continue to bring advanced technology and exciting innovations to the marketplace. This year’s AE50 recipients join the ranks of many who, for nearly three decades, have been honored for ingenuity in product development—saving producers time, costs, and labor, while improving user safety as well.

The interest in new technology and innovative applications of existing technology remains constant. Many of the products featured are patented and their names trademarked. Some will become widely known. Others may be further improved as technology advances, and perhaps, with time, will win another AE50. But all the winning entrants strived for excellence, and we are pleased to applaud their work with the highest honor in the only awards program of its kind.



John Deere Moline, Ill., USA

The John Deere 4 Series self-propelled sprayer/spreader is a redesign of the mid-size models of the John Deere sprayer line. The 4 Series sprayers provide customer value by increasing productivity and uptime with features like faster spray speeds, improved weight distribution, larger booms, faster tank fill times, and reduced daily maintenance—all while reducing the overall cost of operation. The R4030 model replaces the 4730 sprayer, and the R4038 model replaces the 4830 sprayer. Features include an optional 120 ft (36 m) boom, which provides 20% greater spraying width when compared to the 100 ft. (30 m) boom on the previous model. The spray solution delivery system also has efficiency improvements, which provide as much as 66% higher flow output and up to 25% faster loading with an on-board solution pump. Machine versatility is enhanced by the optional dry spinner spreader. Field and road transport speeds are improved by as much as 25% and 17%, respectively. A larger, quieter cab with control ergonomics heightens operator comfort.


Case IH Agriculture Racine, Wisc., USA

The 4412F folding corn head joins the stable of combine headers for Case IH Axial-Flow® combines. This 12-row folding header with 30 in. (76 cm) spacing includes a grain-saving hood with CornLouvers™, which direct the grain back toward the auger to reduce loss, and a simplified folding system for faster transition between harvesting and road modes without having to leave the cab. Additional features to improve productivity are improved row units with increased capacity, a reconfigured gathering chain and divider interface to improve performance in downed corn, replaceable wear strips that protect the plastic hoods and dividers for reduced long-term operating costs, easy-raise dividers and hoods to improve service access, and optional spiral end augers that reduce ear loss in downed corn. The 4412F is available in chopping or non-chopping configurations to meet the needs of every harvester.


KSi Conveyors, Inc. Cissna Park, Ill., USA

Patent-pending 4808NGA seed applicator features numerous technological advances in chemical delivery, application efficiency and accuracy, as well as significantly improved installation and cleanout benefits. A seed flow distribution device manages a wide range of incoming seed flow rates and distributes the flow into a uniform “seed curtain” at the point of chemical application. The internal applicator head atomizes and applies a radial chemical stream onto the external seed curtain, thus coating the seed evenly and allowing the drum to advance the conditioning process forward. An 8 ft long x 4 ft (2.4 x 1.2 m) diameter three-section drum mixes and conditions the treated seed and uses engineered placement of mixing paddles and distribution baffles to control the flow of seed for maximum plantability. The discharge process dynamically lifts the conditioned and polished seed out of the drum for quick and complete clean out from the drum’s low-profile configuration.


John Deere Moline, Ill., USA

The new 7R Series tractors offer increased power with improved productivity and improved fluid economy. The new e23™ PowerShift transmission with Efficiency Manager offers wide gear selection, which enables automation capabilities with the benefits of smooth shifting and simple operation. The new PowerTech PSS 6.8 L and 9.0 L engines embrace Final Tier IV requirements while providing improved fluid economy and uncompromised performance, with a new five-model lineup of 210 to 290 engine horsepower offered worldwide. The new Command View III cab offers improved sound levels, comfort, and functionality. With 40° of right-hand seat swivel, a new CommandARM featuring the new 10 in. (25 cm) CommandCenter display, laminated front glass, and an optional actively cooled refrigerator, the operator will experience less fatigue and greater performance. Other improvements include LED lights, which give 40% more coverage with 45% less current, and a new cooling system that leads to improved fluid economy, lower sound levels, and improved performance in harsh conditions.


CLAAS of America, Inc. Omaha, Neb., USA

AUTO FILL is a system that operates automatically to fill trucks with JAGUAR 900 Series forage harvesters. Operating a forage harvester requires much concentration from the driver throughout the day—navigating the machine, observing the crop flow, checking the machine settings, and giving advice to the truck driver—all while adjusting the discharge spout to fill the wagon properly. Maintaining this level of concentration creates stress for the driver. Based on 3D image analysis, the AUTO FILL system recognizes the boundaries of the forage box and the fill value of every point within the vehicle next to the harvester. With this input, the AUTO FILL system can automatically adjust the spout without requiring action from the operator. This enables the operator to fill the truck evenly and properly, and it gives the operator more time to focus on crop flow and safe driving in the field.


Krone North America, Inc. Memphis, Tenn., USA

The BiG Pack 1290 HDP II is a unique large square baler that offers fast baling speeds and dense bales. A new Active Pickup was designed to feed the Variable Filling System at field speeds up to 20 mph (21 kph). The newly designed Variable Filling System, with a 39% increase in capacity over previous models, has been designed with three lifters and one stuffer tine. A new slim-design double knotter system was created for the HDP II and is equipped with eight double knotters to provide additional holding strength for the increased bale density. A benchmark in the large square baler industry, the Krone BiG Pack 1290 HDP II has several standard features as well, including integrated bale scales and a steerable 16-ton axle as well as optional features like bale moisture sensors and more.


OPIsystems, Inc. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

OPI-Blue Wireless Advanced Grain Management is an innovative way of measuring and controlling the environment inside a grain bin. The product uses OPI-Integris temperature and moisture cables but relays information from the cable products via wireless technology, right from the cable head. The wireless cable node can read up to eight temperature or moisture cables and relay that information on an hourly basis to a wireless gateway device. The node contains a long-life rechargeable and replaceable battery with an integrated cylindrical solar panel for operation even through cold, dark winter months. The gateway is continuously powered and connects to a custom iPad application directly via wi-fi or through an internet connection, including cellular. The app includes 3D visualization of temperature and moisture in tabular and historical line graphs. Due to the modularity and scalability of the system, the user can set up an entire job from off-the-shelf components without custom site engineering.


CLAAS of America, Inc. Omaha, Neb., USA

CEMOS AUTOMATIC is an automatic machine optimization system designed to maximize LEXION combine efficiency using intelligent onboard sensors. It continuously monitors and adjusts the combine’s separation and cleaning systems by optimizing each system’s settings for real-time conditions during harvest. As a result, the combine is able to automatically deliver maximum throughput while maximizing grain retention and minimizing fuel consumption. All the operator has to do is activate the automatic functions using the multifunction control lever, and CEMOS AUTOMATIC will adjust the following settings: rotor speed (residual grain separation), rotor flap position (residual grain separation), fan speed (cleaning system), upper sieve opening (cleaning system), and lower sieve opening (cleaning system). The operator has a choice of four combine optimization strategies: maximum throughput, minimal fuel consumption, high grain quality, and optimum balance. By selecting one of these strategies, the operator specifies the result that CEMOS AUTOMATIC will attain.


AGCO Corporation Duluth, Ga., USA

AGCO expands its track tractor offerings with the Challenger® MT700E Series track tractors designed to meet the demanding, high-productivity needs of today’s progressive growers. By combining the AGCO POWER™ diesel engine, Mobil-trac™ undercarriage system, increased hydraulic capacity, and rugged drawbar and three-point hitch, the MT700E Series delivers greater performance. Topped with a Pinnacle View cab, the new tractors put operators in the best position for longer, more productive workdays. Specifically designed for agricultural applications, the 9.8 L, seven-cylinder diesel engine brings on power with a long torque curve and high torque rise at low engine speeds. By eliminating the need to downshift, operators work more efficiently with less fuel consumption.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

Discbine® center-pivot disc mower-conditioners introduce a high ratio of cut width to conditioning width. WideDry™ conditioners provide a full 125 in. (318 cm) conditioning system with a choice of rubber or steel intermeshing rolls or LeaningEdge™ flails. A wider conditioner allows a thinner mat of crop without higher density at each end, where the crop must be converged from the cutterbar to be within the width of the conditioner. The result is more uniform conditioning and faster drydown. The WideDry™ system also allows delivery of a 10 ft (3 m) wide swath. A kit specifically for biomass harvesting allows the unit to easily harvest biomass crops such as Miscanthus and switchgrass at a desired stubble height of 5 to 8 in. (13 to 20 cm). Extra-high stubble skid shoes are included. Using high-skid shoes without other modifications to the unit decreases the effective range of the header flotation system. Therefore, the kit includes patent-pending mid-height lift-cylinder stops, which hold the trail frame of the unit higher to maintain up-float range.


CLAAS of America, Inc. Omaha, Neb., USA

The DISCO 3200 is a 9.8 ft (3 m) wide front mower unit that features the CLAAS P-CUT mowing cutterbar, ACTIVE FLOAT hydropneumatic suspension, PROFIL three-dimensional ground-contour tracking, and V-shaped tine or roller conditioners. The P-CUT mowing bars save on fuel consumption by reducing the PTO shaft speed to 850 rpm with no impairment of mowing quality. The ACTIVE FLOAT hydropneumatic suspension system transfers the weight of the mower unit from the ground to the tractor. This effectively converts the frictional resistance encountered during the mowing process into rolling resistance. The PROFIL linkage geometry enables 3D ground contour tracking independent of the movement of the tractor. With a near-to-ground pivot point for lengthwise adjustment, the mower bar follows the ground contour effortlessly. The combination of these features on the DISCO 3200 results in an appreciable decrease in fuel consumption and increase in forage quality and driving comfort.


MacDon Industries, Ltd., and Kondex Corporation Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Lomira, Wisc., USA and

This innovation in drive roller technology comes out of a collaborative effort by the original equipment manufacturer, MacDon Industries, Ltd., and OEM supplier, Kondex Corporation. It consists of a series of ribs built up on the roller to act as an effective traction mechanism, and it is extremely wear resistant. Typical standard drive rollers are constructed of metal tubing with rubber vulcanized to the surface. This design has some disadvantages: when the rubber becomes wet and sometimes oily (from canola), the drive rollers may lose traction, which results in draper slippage. This new design is constructed of a metal tube, and the traction mechanism is a laser-clad series of ribs affixed to the tube surface. The laser-clad rib material consists of tungsten carbide particles embedded in the matrix, which adheres to the metal tube with a metallurgical bond. These drive roller ribs have a higher degree of traction potential and are extremely wear resistant in all conditions.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

The ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR exhaust gas after-treatment system ensures that the high-horsepower New Holland T7, T8, and T9 tractors are Tier 4B-compliant while maintaining their outstanding efficiency and productivity. The ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR system is an evolution of the existing ECOBlue™ SCR system and is protected by eight patents. This system has the highest NOx conversion efficiency in the industry—above 95%—while maintaining or improving the productivity of the machine. The new engine control unit manages both the engine and the HI-eSCR after-treatment system by predicting the DEF/AdBlue injection rate for the dosing module. A dedicated closed-loop system continuously monitors NOx levels in the exhaust gases, ensuring that the precise amount of DEF/AdBlue is injected during every cycle. The result is a high NOx conversion rate while guaranteeing low fluid consumption.


CDS-John Blue Company Huntsville, Ala., USA

The Electronic Liquid Blockage Monitor is an automatic warning system that alerts an operator when the ball (and therefore flow) in a row of a Visagage II flow monitor has dropped below the user-selected level. When a low-ball position has been detected, visual and audible alarms alert the user. Each row with a low ball is highlighted by an LED located in the sensor assembly for locating and troubleshooting the blockage. The system uses a sensor assembly mounted behind the Visagage II flow monitor to track where the magnetic balls are floating in each row during liquid application. The Premium system has one sensor assembly with a wireless radio that communicates with an iPad in the cab using the manufacturer’s free app, while the Standard system uses a wired control panel. Both systems allow the user to select the level at which the alarm will sound and can be paused to capture troublesome rows for identification later.


AGCO Corporation Duluth, Ga., USA

Farmers have come to accept increased weight and complexity, and the accompanying challenges, as a requirement for increased capacity. At 32,200 lbs (14,600 kg), the Gleaner S88 transverse rotary combine is the industry’s lightest Class 8 platform. With a fully welded mainframe, the Gleaner S88 is also the first Class 8 combine with a transverse rotor design. Rated at 430 hp, the 9.8 L twin-turbocharged seven-cylinder engine with SCR and cEGR delivers greater sustainable horsepower and torque with the lowest fuel and DEF consumption of any Class 8 combine. The Gleaner S88 needs 32 hp less than competitive machines to move through the field, and it substantially reduces compaction, which can affect yield. Despite its smaller size, the Gleaner S88 has more threshing and separating area than other combines. It unloads faster, and it delivers Class 8 grain capacity.


Case IH Agriculture Racine, Wisc., USA

Case IH has modified the grain handling systems of Axial-Flow® 230 Series combines to give producers and custom harvesters up to an 8% gain in overall cleaning system productivity, depending on local crop conditions, when harvesting corn. Case IH engineers modified three grain cleaning and handling subsystems to improve grain flow while adding minimally, if at all, to the size, weight, or cost of the combine. Ducts that narrow the stream coming from the fan outlet increase airflow to the pre-sieve and improve air cross-distribution for better chaff separation and grain flow. A steeper angle of the clean-grain sheet moves more grain in high-yielding and high-volume crop conditions. The clean-grain cross auger has been revised to have a larger diameter near the clean-grain elevator inlet for increased grain transport capacity, and the inlet to the clean-grain elevator has a new, larger design to let more grain through in less time.


John Deere Moline, Ill., USA

The Return-to-Position (RTP) option for 6R tractors and H340, H360, and H380 loaders provides superior productivity and repeatability during material handling operations. RTP allows the operator to store two boom positions and two bucket positions through the use of sensors, the tractor’s CommandCenter™, and a controller. With simple activation of the momentary detents on the electronic joystick, the loader will return to the preset positions. A complete loading cycle can then be accomplished with four detent clicks of the joystick, significantly improving productivity. Operator stress is reduced as the joystick can be kept in neutral during the automated motion, and there is no need to constantly check the loader height and attachment angle during the operation. The RTP option incorporates the Electronic Self-Leveling (ESL) feature, which provides self-leveling capability without the use of mechanical linkages or complex hydraulics.


Valco Companies, Inc. New Holland, Penn., USA

The HORIZON® wholehouse controller is an environmental controller that combines a user-friendly interface with advances in logic and information accessibility for poultry producers. The large 15 in. (38 cm) color touch-screen display allows users to easily see barn performance at a glance, while algorithms automatically adjust ventilation in response to bird activity, inside and outside conditions, and user preferences. HORIZON® combines a large, simple graphical interface with intuitive touch-based navigation to minimize the learning curve for users. Easy remote connectivity allows users to see and influence production conditions from office, home, or smartphone, and data on any flock can be exported for further analysis through the built-in USB port. Users can use the built-in recommendations and configurable software to fine-tune the ventilation to their unique environment and animals, and the controller will automatically provide the best ventilation to minimize costs while maximizing productivity.


NORAC Systems International, Inc. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

NORAC Hybrid Mode™ is an advanced crop-sensing feature for in-crop spraying with NORAC Spray Height Control systems. Hybrid Mode™ reduces the need for the operator to take manual control of the boom while spraying in row crops or adverse situations such as lodged, thin, and uneven crop. The patent-pending technology in NORAC’s ultrasonic height sensors uses the soil and the top of the crop to calculate an average crop height using readings from multiple sensors. A virtual top of crop is generated based on the average crop height and used when the distance to the crop cannot be obtained. Hybrid Mode™ is available on NORAC UC5™ and UC4.5™ Spray Height Control systems.


Krone North America, Inc. Memphis, Tenn., USA

The iCan iGreen system controls the internal electronic architecture of Krone BiG X machines. The system comprises innovative electronic systems that were developed in close cooperation with the iGreen Project. The iGreen project is a noncommercial communications platform, an agricultural database that comprises field and GPS data, and a knowledge base that is supplied with information by contractors, farmers, and consultants. The idea is to set up a useful database for the farming world, which grows as ideas are exchanged and information is shared. Using Krone’s ISOBUS capabilities, the iCan iGreen system allows information to be collected, recorded, and shared regardless of make and manufacturer. This system also includes many useful options, such as AutoScan, ConstantPower, RockProtect, CropControl, ForageCam, and FieldNav, among others. The iCan iGreen system allows farmers to control their operations and know what is going on with their equipment at all times, allowing all operations to be more productive and efficient.


Exmark Manufacturing Company, Inc. Beatrice, Neb., USA

Exmark introduces RED on-board intelligence technology on its Lazer Z X-Series riding mowers with Kohler electronic fuel injection (EFI). RED technology uses an electronic governor and operator-defined performance modes to deliver improved engine response and performance combined with reduced fuel consumption of up to 41% compared to equivalent carbureted models. RED includes a clutch-saver feature, and the system monitors vital engine components in real-time to prevent damage if critical thresholds are exceeded. The Lazer Z X-Series is available with a choice of 52, 60, or 72 in. (132, 152, or 183 cm) full-floating UltraCut Series 6 mower decks, and all models include the new, ergonomically advanced Iso-mount seat isolation system. The Lazer Z X-Series with EFI and RED technology sits at the top of Exmark’s line of zero-turn riding mowers.


Carlos Mainero y Cia. S.A.I.C.F.I. Bell Ville, Córdoba, Argentina

The MDD-100 is a 525mm (21 in.) rowspacing corn head that harvests every row spacing in every direction without adjustment or modification in a wide range of crop conditions—even downed crops—keeping loss levels at a minimum without ground speed restrictions. The side-empty snouts design combined with the double-sprocket gathering chain tensor arm, which provides a V-shaped row unit front end, allows unrestricted and smooth entry of the row unit even when mismatched with the centerline. Working at 525 mm (21 in.) row spacing solves the problem of misaligned rows when the planter width does not match the head width. At narrower row spacings, it allows increase in the working width at the same header weight. It also reduces harvest losses on overlapped headlines, improves performance in downed crops, and harvests in every direction to maximize combine productivity. It allows the operator to plant corn with the same precision planter used for soybeans, and it allows custom harvesters to fit every row spacing with just one header.


CLAAS of America, Inc. Omaha, Neb., USA

The Modular Accelerator is designed for simple and quick maintenance work on JAGUAR 800 Series forage harvesters. To minimize loss of harvesting time and money, the market demands short downtimes for machinery, especially forage harvesters. Unexpected downtime means a full stop of the entire harvesting chain, which includes the trucks used for transportation as well as the machines used for compacting the crop on the pile. The accelerator needs to be replaced when it is worn out or after foreign objects have gone through the machine and caused damage. In the past, replacing the accelerator meant removing either the tower with the spout or the cutting drum. Either way, this process took at least twelve hours. With the new Modular Accelerator concept, the accelerator can be replaced simply, safely, and comfortably in less than one hour.


Digi-Star® LLC Fort Atkinson, Wisc., USA

The Moisture Tracker™ is a hand-held, near-infrared (NIR) scanning device that rapidly measures the dry matter and moisture content of animal feeds. The Moisture Tracker™ device provides livestock producers with nearly instantaneous, accurate dry matter and moisture readings, which enable livestock producers to quickly react to changes in dry matter, ensuring that the ration delivered matches the ration calculated. The Moisture Tracker™ provides livestock producers and nutritionists with an affordable on-farm solution to quickly and accurately measure the dry matter and moisture content of both inbound and stored feed. Livestock producers and nutritionists can use the information gathered by the Moisture Tracker™ to provide more consistent rations with the goal of improving productivity, herd health, and profitability.


John Deere Moline, Ill., USA is the online portal of the John Deere FarmSight™ strategy. Users can log in to their accounts to access operational and machine data in a centralized location. This includes single sign-on access to current applications such as JDLink™ with remote display access, AgLogic™, JDParts, John Deere Financial, StellarSupport™, and the Operations Center. The Operations Center offers a suite of tools to help producers plan, run, and manage their operation through the entire farming cycle, along with products and services that improve machine uptime, logistics management, and agronomic decision-making. Location History from JDLink™ provides information to boost machine productivity, uptime, and reduce the cost of ownership, including a rolling 24-hour path traveled by machines enabled with JDLink™ (subscription required), remote monitoring of machine activity, identification of misuse or theft, and access to machine information, such as current machine state, fuel level, heading, and ground speed. Location History is available for sprayers, tractors, combines, selfpropelled forage harvesters, and cotton harvesters.


Raven Industries, Inc. Sioux Falls, S.D., USA

The Raven OmniRow® multi-hybrid planter control system is the first commercially available planter technology capable of dynamically changing the seed hybrid during planting. The system integrates all planter monitoring and control, secondary product control, and tractor guidance functions into a single control platform. The initial market segment targeted is twinrow and inter-plant toolbar configurations. However, the system is designed to support future multi-hybrid meter technology. Another major benefit of this technology is that, with twin-row and inter-plant toolbar configurations, the tractor or implement guidance line is automatically shifted to keep rows straight.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

Opti-Speed™ variable straw-walker speed technology for New Holland CX combines represents a harvesting advance that delivers productivity improvements of up to 10% in corn and up to 25% in wheat by automatically matching the straw-walker speed to the crop type and harvesting conditions on flat or hilly ground. The operator selects the crop to be harvested on the incab IntelliView™ IV display, and Opti-Speed™ constantly regulates the straw-walker speed for that crop by reading the slope. Going uphill, straw-walker speed is reduced to minimize grain loss from material moving too quickly. On downhill grades, the speed is increased to prevent clogging and inefficient separation. All of this happens automatically, without the operator having to adjust the forward speed of the combine. Opti-Speed™ strawwalker technology is offered as an option on all New Holland CX flagship combines, including models CX7080, CX7090, CX8070, CX8080, and CX8090.


AGCO Corporation Duluth, Ga., USA and

The RG700 is a self-propelled sprayer for use in production agriculture for the application of a wide-range of crop nutrients and crop protection products. With a 700 gal (2650 L) tank, it is designed primarily for the grower market but also provides versatility for use by professional applicators on smaller fields. The RG700 features the AWD (all-wheel drive) Smart Drive System™, even weight distribution, and a parallel C-channel flex frame to provide consistent field speed without shifting and excellent traction with all four wheels remaining in constant contact with the ground. The result is a smoother ride and precise product application, even under varying field conditions. Other features include a powerful, fuel-efficient, high-torque engine to provide consistent power to pull through hills, rough terrain, and soft, wet ground; adjustable track widths to operate quickly and easily through a wide variety of crops, crop heights, and field conditions; and new cab comfort and safety features.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

The Roll-Belt™ 560 round baler lets operators increase their productivity with a new higher-capacity pickup and new features for overall improved ease of use. The entire feeding system, from the pickup reel to the rotary action feeder in the new ActiveSweep™ pickup, improves crop flow for faster core starts and more positive feeding in even the most demanding crop conditions. The new Bale Command™ II Plus control system features easy-to-understand icons and simple menu setups, while an optional ISOBUS system provides expanded information with touch-screen convenience. The updated net-wrap system requires fewer adjustments, and net rolls are easier to load. The twine-wrapping system uses a dual-twine arm with a center pivot for more consistent twine placement. Both laced and endless belts are stronger and more durable due to new construction methods and designs. Top-hinged side shields open wide for easy access for service and maintenance while introducing a distinctive style.


Micro-Trak Systems, Inc. Eagle Lake, Minn., USA

SafeGuard is an electronic liquid blockage monitoring system that instantly detects liquid blockages and alerts the operator with an audible alarm and a visual display of the blocked row’s number. SafeGuard brings real-time blockage monitoring into the cab. Individual sensors monitor each row and are mounted to suit the needs of the operator as the rows are being monitored, without the need to be seen. Traditional visual ball monitors are difficult to see because they are typically mounted behind the operator, they are hard to see at night or in dusty conditions, and they cannot be seen when using cloudy or dark liquids. The agricultural industry has determined that row blockage monitor systems are a requirement for starter fertilizer applications, and the operator must be able to monitor that there is liquid flow to each row to achieve the top return. SafeGuard provides this instant blockage notification.


Novariant, Inc. Fremont, Calif., USA and

SimpleSteer is a high-precision auto-steering display solution for precision agriculture that runs on a consumer tablet device. The SimpleSteer software and wi-fi solution from Novariant converts a consumer tablet into a wireless command post for advanced autosteering operation of tractors, combines, and other farm vehicles. SimpleSteer is compatible with a wide range of tablets based on several operating systems, including Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. This makes it possible for farmers to use their own tablets for hands-free steering with high accuracy and repeatability. Novariant offers SimpleSteer as an affordable easy-to-use auto-steer display alternative to complement its current display options. SimpleSteer allow farmers and applicators to choose a display solution that best meets their needs. SimpleSteer is compatible with a full range of auto-steering applications from tillage to planting, crop spraying, and harvesting.


Krone North America, Inc. Memphis, Tenn., USA

Every producer is familiar with mowers struggling to produce a clean cut in light crops without streaking. The response to such conditions is Krone’s intelligent SmartCut system, which has been proven in initial runs by delivering outstanding results. SmartCut means the discs are strategically, unevenly spaced: the pairs turning outward are set closer together to increase blade overlap for superb cut quality without streaking. In dense crops, the machine benefits from a larger gap between the discs turning toward each other to deliver a constant and smooth flow of crop to the rear without blockage and with cleaner cuts at higher work rates. In addition, all new mowers offer comfort features, including an enclosed and fully welded cutterbar, standard quick-change blades, and the SafeCut system. The new SmartCut cutterbar is used on nearly all new-generation EasyCut mowers.


Raven Industries, Inc. Sioux Falls, S.D., USA

The patent-pending SmarTrax™ MD mechanical assisted steering system is an easily transferrable system capable of up to RTKlevel accuracy with 3D terrain compensation. The system incorporates a simple latch mechanism that allows the operator to easily transfer SmarTrax™ MD between multiple tractors, combines, and windrowers and offers more leveraging of a single investment across the fleet without sacrificing performance. Using advanced motor technology, with added torque for faster operating speed and better line acquisition, the SmarTrax™ MD is a combination of high performance, thoughtful design, and quiet operation.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

The SmartTrax™ system with Terraglide™ suspension for New Holland CR combines is a track system that follows the contour of fields or roads using rollers that adjust side to side as well as up and down for maximum traction, less soil compaction, and greater driver comfort. The triangular structure of SmartTrax™ is designed to reduce ground pressure by up to 60%, when compared to wheeled machines, and to improve stability while maintaining the maneuverability of traction-tired combines. SmartTrax™ features positive lug drive, which ensures that maximum tractive force is transferred to the ground. When traveling on roads, the Terraglide™ suspension system minimizes vibration and improves driver comfort. The SmartTrax™ system with Terraglide™ suspension is available in 24 and 28.5 in. (61 and 72 cm) widths and is an option on all New Holland CR flagship combines, including models CR8080, CR9070, CR9080, CR9090, and CR10090.


Valley® Irrigation Valley, Neb., USA

Valley SoilPro™ 100 is a soil moisture monitor designed for mechanical center pivot control panels. It is an early warning system that alerts growers when soil conditions are either too wet or too dry. SoilPro™ 100 does not require Internet services or subscriptions in order to receive SMS messages about soil conditions. A computerized control panel is also unnecessary. This product addresses the most common issue with mechanized irrigation: over-watering. Most growers can use this basic, lowcost option to receive soil condition notifications, which can be customized to the specific needs of a market group. Valley SoilPro 100 also can benefit growers using drip or flood irrigation by providing a simple, low-cost option for monitoring soil conditions. Without complex graphs and charts, SoilPro 100 simply sends growers an SMS message notifying them of a condition that needs attention.


New Holland Agriculture New Holland, Penn., USA

A high-speed transport option, improved hydro-mechanical steering, and integrated IntelliSteer auto-guidance make the Speedrower more productive, getting an operator into the field more quickly and allowing faster field speeds with a full header on every pass. Transport speeds up to 24 mph (38 kph) are beneficial to customers with widespread haying operations and custom operators. IntelliSteer auto-guidance provides the ability to operate within 6 in. (15 cm) of pass-to-pass accuracy at speeds up to 16 mph (25 kph), even with a WAAS guidance signal. An added benefit: guidance information is provided on the existing Intelliview IV touch-screen monitor. Precise in-field steering comes with a new hydro-mechanical steering system and through elimination of several mechanical components and tighter machining tolerances on components still used. Incorporation of a steering motor, as used on conventional steering systems, facilitates the addition of integrated autoguidance. No separate electric motors need be mounted on the steering column.


AG Belt™ Des Moines, Iowa, USA

The AG Belt™ Spliceless Baler Belt is the only belt for large round balers that does not have a splice, eliminating the primary cause of failure in baler belts today. The patented design combines technology from multiple industries in innovative ways to create a solution to the most vexing problem with baler belts. Market-leading round baler manufacturers, such as New Holland, are now offering this premium belt as a factory option worldwide. The Spliceless baler belt design is more resistant to punctures and tears, and it is stronger than other belts. Its unique construction also offers the ideal combination of longitudinal flexibility and transverse stiffness for optimal belt tracking. The Spliceless baler belt is built to outperform and outlast.


Case IH Agriculture Racine, Wisc., USA

The Case IH Steiger ROWTRAC tractor is a four-track articulated agricultural tractor designed specifically for use in row-crop applications in a wide range of working conditions. It offers less soil compaction and better ride characteristics. The Steiger ROWTRAC is available with three track widths, 16, 18, and 24 in. (41, 46, and 61 cm), three tread settings, 80, 88, and 120 in. (203, 223, and 305 cm), and three engine horsepower ratings (350, 400, and 450 hp) to address many applications. The tractor includes modified frames for improved steering angle, new axles designed to carry increased loads at all tread settings, and new undercarriages and track systems to accommodate narrow tracks and follow the contour of the ground and road. Extensive development resulted in a narrow track-and-roller system with a patented pivoting undercarriage that can carry the same loads as a wide-track machine while delivering more flexibility, efficiency, and productivity.


AGCO Corporation Duluth, Ga., USA and

The TG9300B is AGCO’s largest self-propelled three-wheel flotation TerraGator model. Designed for use in production agriculture for pre-emergence, pre-plant, and post-harvest applications of a wide range of crop inputs in liquid and dry form, the TG9300B includes a combination of engine technologies to meet Tier 4 Final requirements. These technologies include dual turbochargers, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (cEGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR), and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) to clean emissions in the exhaust system without interfering with engine performance. Coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the TG9300B has the potential to increase productivity while using 5% to 8% less fuel compared to the previous TG9300 model. New system hydraulics provide maximum hydraulic capacity at a lower engine speed, also contributing to fuel savings, along with an 8 dB noise reduction in the cab.


High Plains Solutions, LLC Litchfield, Neb., USA

The Pivot Fence is a commercial, portable fencing device that attaches to any irrigation center-pivot and turns it into a mechanized electric cross fence for livestock grazing systems. This innovation attaches to any make and model of center-pivot or lateral irrigation system—without any alterations to the pivot—to suspend an electrified wire to a desired height, even in the roughest terrain. Using the center-pivot as a moveable cross fence reduces the labor component of grazing livestock from manually moving posts and wire to simply moving the centerpivot with the push of a button. Larger-scale forage-based or crop-residue grazing operations can be achieved with minimal labor. Allowing the livestock to graze forages can reduce production costs and add value back to crop rotations by leaving residue and manure in the field.


Nelson Irrigation Corporation Walla Walla, Wash., USA

The TWIG™ is a reliable automation solution for irrigated agriculture. Installation is quick and easy: mount the TWIG™ to a Nelson control valve, and then program the TD200 to create a schedule for automatic valve sequencing. The simple interface of the TWIG™ and TD200 controller make it easy to automate an entire irrigation system, regardless of the system type or the size of the operation. Whether managing a large Big Gun dust suppression system, an apple orchard, multiple zones of a drip system, or miles of sprinklers on row crops, the TWIG™ can tie the components together without the expense of trenching and wires. The controller contains watering schedules that operate each valve. After it automatically discovers all valve modules, the controller is programmed at one location. All valves are synchronized. Program setup consists of simply grouping all valves that irrigate at the same time. Programs are easily named by the user to indicate the purpose of valve arrangements and the function of irrigation schedules.


Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc., in partnership with Raven Industries, Inc. Kalida, Ohio, USA

The UHarvest data management system is an ISOBUS-compatible system that can work with existing virtual terminals or tablet devices that provide a touch-screen interface to display and manage grain cart and harvest data. The system includes a Wi-Fi connection point for sharing information with multiple tablets and smart phones within a 400 ft (122 m) range. In addition to the total load weight, the system also displays the hitch weight to allow level loading of the grain cart. For enhanced record keeping, an optional moisture sensor mounted on the grain cart detects grain moisture for automatic conversion of wet to equivalent dry bushels. The level of harvest data management can be further increased by uploading data to a Raven Slingshot account from the field via a tablet on a data plan, which can then be accessed online by owners and managers with an Internet connection.


Laforge Systems, Inc. Concord, Calif., USA

VersaDeck is a 96 x 72 in. (244 x 183 cm ) flat deck multi-use platform with 3300 lbs (1500 kg) of carrying capacity that is designed to be attached to a tractor’s three-point hitch, a front-end loader, or a skid-steer loader. The unique design of the back plate provides multiple mounting points for accessories, numerous tie-down points, as well as compatibility with Cat2, Cat3N, Cat3, and Cat4N three-point hitches, Euro and John Deere quick-connect interfaces, and skid-steers—while still providing the necessary strength to support the rated load capability. In addition to flexibility for the user, the design takes into consideration efficiency in marketing and distribution by allowing five complete units to be stacked on a pallet. Several details in the design, supported by extensive stress analysis, enable an optimized manufacturing process. Applications for VersaDeck™ can be extended by the many available options, including gates based on OSHA recommendations, tool and battery boxes, brackets for winches and vises, and more.


Raven Industries, Inc. Sioux Falls, S.D., USA

The rugged, sleek Viper 4 field computer with ROS (Raven Operating Software) provides a modular, flexible application-based approach to efficiently manage farming operations with many customization opportunities. The Viper 4 uses advanced product profiles that incorporate agX reference databases, which provides extraordinary data management. Additional capabilities include automated machine configuration, rapid job start, customizable run-screen design, automated bin chaining, wi-fi, and advanced wireless Slingshot integration assist to provide increased efficiency, productivity, and profitability for farming operations. Viper 4 is fully customizable, including portrait or landscape display orientation in the cab.


John Deere Moline, Ill., USA

The W235 self-propelled windrower features an all-new cab, a new system for maintaining constant header speed, and 235 rated horsepower with 255 maximum horsepower. The allnew cab enables long hours and increased operator productivity. The new constant header speed system allows up to a 900 rpm drop in loaded engine speed while maintaining the same header speed and functionality. The 22% increase in horsepower delivers power to the head through a newly designed hydraulic system. The most significant feature of this product is the integrated AutoTrac™, which allows field operating speeds of up to 28 kph while maintaining a line acquisition accuracy of ±10 cm. This product is a major modification of the previous R450 and D450 self-propelled windrower models, a modification driven by emission regulations.