The 2017 Farm Progress Show is coming up this next week, Aug. 29-31. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, the show offers attendees the opportunity to visit a variety of product displays, experience field demonstrations, and attend presentations from livestock, crop and equipment experts.
Many farm equipment manufacturers rely on the show’s timing and venue to introduce various new products they will have available for this fall and into the 2018 growing season, including:
According to AGCO, the new Challenger MT700 Series Track Tractors add first-class technology, ride comfort and greater efficiency to the Challenger line-up.
Three available models from 380 to 431 horsepower are powered by AGCO Power 9.8L diesel engines equipped with concentric air systems (CAS).
These tractors’ AccuDrive powertrain features the smooth speed control of the Challenger Accu-VT continuously variable transmission, combined with operating technology to produce a “high-torque, low-speed” approach. This innovation allows the Challenger MT700 Series tractors to run in the maximum torque range while delivering low fuel consumption to help increase productivity and reduce costs.
Case IH marks the latest advancement in a 60-year track record of innovations for Steiger tractors with the CVXDrive continuously variable transmission (CVT). The strongest CVT on the market is available in tractors from 370 to 540 HP — with up to 605 peak HP.
And CVXDrive offers an all-new range of productivity enhancements with seamless power transfer, continuously variable speed and easy shuttle operation, plus reduced fuel consumption in applications that require frequent use of roading and variable power demands.
Case IH also launches the next generation of Maxxum Series Tractors with enhancements that combine efficient power, versatility, comfort and convenience to handle the day-to-day demands of beef, dairy and row crop operations.
Producers now can choose between three configurations: the ActiveDrive 4 semi-powershift transmission, new ActiveDrive 8 dual-clutch transmission and CVXDrive continuously variable transmission.
The new Maxxum tractor lineup includes five models ranging from 116 to 145 engine HP, delivering 95 to 125 PTO HP.
John Deere is rolling out four new S700 Combine models (S760, S770, S780 and S790) that offer producers significant improvements in “smart” technology, improved operator comfort and better data, along with the 700C/FC Series corn heads and 700D drapers for more efficient grain harvesting.
To make it easier for operators to maximize the performance of their new S700 combine, John Deere introduces the Combine Advisor package.
Combine Advisor incorporates seven technologies to help operators set, optimize and automate the combine for the most effective harvesting performance based on their crop and field conditions.
AGCO will showcase their new RoGator C Series row crop applicator at the show. Their exclusive LiquidLogic system provides effective cleanout, precise rates, greater control for on-target application and less product waste.
Plus, its 10.4-inch touchscreen AccuTerminal allows easy-to-learn control and monitoring of machine functions, such as the new cruise control and shuttle shift speed along with drive sensitivities, headland control and tractor management system.
The new Case IH Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination applicator is the industry’s fastest converting combination applicator on a row-crop chassis. It also offers the latest Case IH application technology, including AIM Command FLEX advanced spray technology.
Other features include easy axle adjustments right from the seat in the cab, and other automatic and in-cab adjustments such as load-compensated suspension, independent axle adjustments and an optional automated rinse feature to help reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity.
For the tractor-mounted sprayer buyers, John Deere introduces the Frontier LS11 Series 3-point Mounted Sprayers. These economical, efficient sprayers are ideal for making spray applications to pastures, small or large fields, road ditches, fence rows, specialty crops and for other types of crops and field uses.
The LS11 Series sprayers have many features of the larger pull-type sprayers, including breakaway booms, manual and automatic controls and optional foam marker systems to help operators reduce skips and overlaps.
Hesston by Massey Ferguson will introduce its next generation of self-propelled windrowers, the WR9900 Series. Designed to deliver more horsepower and throughput capacity, the WR9900 Series offers four new models, all with the power and capability to operate 9200 Series auger and disc headers and the new 5400 Series draper headers.
According to the company, the WR9900 Series offers a new cab designed for the ultimate comfort and a superior ride. The models also offer improved performance and greater versatility with the ability to run either rotary of disc headers.
Several additional features are optional on the WR9900 Series, including electronically adjustable mirrors so operators can adjust them from the cab seat, hydraulically driven reel on auger headers, new high-visibility LED lighting package, the RearSteer system (a Hesston exclusive that uses fully active hydraulic cylinders for true rear steering), and Hesston’s exclusive TwinMax advanced conditioning system that double-crimps the stems.
Sunflower from AGCO Corporation is introducing the SF6830 Series high-speed rotary finisher in a narrow-transport version. The SF6830 high-speed rotary finisher allows producers to complete multiple tillage tasks to prepare a seedbed in one efficient pass.
The two models, SF6830-18NT (17 feet, 8 inches) and SF6830-21NT (21 feet, 5 inches), transport at the narrow roading width of 9 feet, 10 inches.
Producers looking for an affordable vertical tillage tool that sizes and buries residue in the fall or prepares smooth seedbeds in the spring have another option: the new Frontier VT17 Series Vertical Tillage Tool from John Deere.
The VT17 comes with the choice of 20-inch straight or 22-inch concave blades. Each blade type is fluted for improved residue flow, sizing and mixing, even with aggressive gang settings.
The machine’s spring-adjustable rolling baskets run perpendicular to the blade direction to break up clods and improve field leveling and seedbed uniformity.
Earlier this year, John Deere also introduced the 2230 Level-lift and Floating Hitch Field Cultivator models.
These next-generation secondary tillage implements were designed to handle tough soil conditions and high levels of crop residue at speeds up to 10 mph.