John Deere’s new generation of fixed chamber round balers for 2017 includes the top of the range F441R model, which makes its UK show debut on the company’s stand at AgriScot 2016 on Wednesday November 16 (stand no. 184, Lowland Hall).The F441R premium model has been developed to meet the high-capacity requirements of contractors and larger livestock farms. Like all F441 Series models it features a wider bale chamber, up from 1.17 to 1.21m, which automatically translates into an increased bale weight, and it also incorporates an extra 18th roller. The baler offers a choice of 2m or optional 2.2m pick-ups feeding a high capacity MaxiCut HC rotor with 13 or 25 knives.John Deere’s product engineers have focused on improving versatility and durability when redesigning the F441 Series balers. This has resulted in pick-ups reinforced by wear-resistant Hardox steel plates, stronger gate roll drive chains, upgraded roller material, larger bearings and improved sealing protection. These enhancements allow the balers to harvest 95 per cent of the crop mass while reaching the highest possible performance limits.In benefiting from these improvements, the new John Deere F441R baler can increase productivity by up to nine per cent compared to the previous model, which equates to an additional five bales per hour.A 6130R tractor is also being shown at AgriScot, equipped with the new B-post door option. This split door design was available on older John Deere 30 Series tractors and has been reintroduced due to customer demand for a smaller door, to make it easier for livestock farmers in particular, who are moving in and out of the tractor cab all day.
John Deere’s latest utility and large horsepower tractors and FarmSight precision farming technology for 2017 will be featured for the first time on stand G17 at LAMMA next January, following their recent European launch. In addition, the company’s brand new, top of the range 6R Series tractor (which is being officially announced at the end of November) will be making its UK show debut.New XUV & HPX Gator utility vehicles are now available ex-factory fitted with Datatag’s CESAR security marking and registration system as standard, with models from the range also on show at Peterborough.Alongside the new 5R, 6R and 8R Series tractors will be a number of developments linked to the Operations Centre in MyJohnDeere.com, the company’s dedicated precision farming website portal. The MyJobsConnect Premium service includes MyJobsManager and MyLogistics apps for farm, contract and fleet managers, and a MyJobs app for operators.All of this new technology is designed to improve performance and uptime as well as lower operating costs, especially when paired with other FarmSight systems such as AutoTrac automatic steering and John Deere Section Control for sprayers and spreaders, utilising the newly designed StarFire 6000 satellite receiver.FarmSight services and support are now widely available from John Deere dealers throughout the UK and Ireland. A special ConnectedMachine display at LAMMA will highlight the benefits of JDLink connectivity for both new and older machines, using features such as Remote Display Access, Wireless Data Transfer and Service Advisor Remote to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.“The integration of intelligent solutions with farm equipment is a key element of John Deere’s FarmSight approach,” says John Deere Limited marketing manager Chris Wiltshire. “Over the last six years or so, the number of AutoTrac activations has almost trebled. This reflects the rapidly growing demand for tools that can enhance machine utilisation, optimise the logistics chain and provide support for the decision making process on farm.“Our LAMMA display will show how simple it can be to keep track of your machinery fleet, get advice on seed and fertiliser rates or spray requirements and monitor machine productivity by working together with, and being connected to, your dealer, adviser and other suppliers.”Also featured at LAMMA, the new 8R Series flagship 8400R 400hp tractor offers six per cent higher pulling capacity compared to the 8370R model. This will enable operators to pull wider implements in the field, to increase productivity and maximise total fluid efficiency. By converting 91 per cent of its rated horsepower, the 8400R has been designed to set a new industry benchmark with regard to pulling performance.The tractor’s new John Deere 9-litre Stage IV compliant engine develops up to 450hp with Intelligent Power Management (IPM). In addition, the e23 transmission with Efficiency Manager delivers a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two per cent compared to the officially tested and proven fuel efficiency of the 8370R.From 2017, John Deere 7R, 8R and 9R Series tractors will benefit from enhanced connectivity and integration into the John Deere FarmSight range of precision farming solutions. The new StarFire 6000 satellite receiver features enhanced SF1 signal accuracy from 23 down to 15cmp; a new SF3 signal with 3cm path to path accuracy, in-season repeatability, faster signal acquisition and a one-year subscription; plus an updated RTK/mobile RTK option. A new optional locking device for better theft protection will also be available.Other tractor options include a new connectivity package featuring JDLink and Remote Display Access (RDA), a Generation 4 CommandCentre display and Settings Manager, which allows the operator to save and recall all vital machine settings at a later date or stage of operation. Settings Manager helps to reduce set-up time when implements need to be changed or a new operator uses the tractor.At the other end of the tractor scale, John Deere’s compact 5R Series tractors from 90 to 125hp feature a one-piece curved frame design with a low centre of gravity and a turning radius of only 3.75m, even when fitted with a front loader such as the new 543R. Features include front axle suspension and an air suspended seat, plus an optional cab suspension system.The range’s Stage IIIB 4.5-litre John Deere PWX diesel-only four-cylinder engine produces 10 extra hp for transport applications. Three transmission options include the new 32/16 Command8, with eight powershiftable gears and an ECO mode enabling a top speed of 40kph at only 1759 engine rpm, plus automatic shifting as standard.
This year's winner of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ John Deere Training Award is Andrew Meredith from Powys. After completing the course, Andrew moved from the family beef & sheep farm to a new job on the arable desk at Farmers Weekly, following his work experience placement there and a previous stint as a monthly columnist for the Farmlife section.Joint runners-up are Richard Bradley, who was joining Farmers Guardian as machinery and farm technology specialist shortly after the course, and zoology graduate Nicole Coombs, whose work experience placement was also at Farmers Guardian. The other work experience host was RDP Advertising & Marketing, and non-award trainees included Guild members Stuart Booker of Kendalls PR & Marketing and Hannah Wilson of Pinstone Communications.The 2016 course took place as usual at John Deere Limited's UK headquarters in July. For the final award, the 11 course members were asked to write a news story of no more than 500 words in the form of a case study on an Open Farm Sunday host farm. The winning entries can be found on both the Guild and John Deere websites.This year’s entries were judged by specialist training consultant and main course lecturer David Mascord, the Guild’s Awards Secretary Louise Impey and Open Farm Sunday Manager Annabel Shackleton of LEAF. They commented: “We all agreed the clear winner was Andrew Meredith's article ‘More Welsh farmers sought for Open Farm Sunday’, which was the best news story. It met the brief, read very well, contained the relevant facts and figures and had a strong message. It was a really good effort.”Andrew received his winner’s cheque for £250, a framed certificate and the John Deere trophy at the Guild’s Harvest Lunch at Painters’ Hall in London in September. Richard Bradley and Nicole Coombs were also presented with their runners-up framed certificates and a cheque each for £50 by Guild chairman Ben Briggs, editor of Farmers Guardian.This was the 24th John Deere Training Award, which started in 1991. The course is based on two days of lectures on the basics of writing news and features and interviewing techniques, followed by three or more days of practical work experience with a range of farming and horticultural journals or communications businesses.The John Deere Training Award is designed to support the Guild in one of its principal aims - that of promoting schemes for the provision of suitable entrants into agricultural and horticultural journalism. Since it began, approaching 40 course members have found employment as in-house or freelance journalists on national farming and horticultural magazines or websites and with specialist PR companies (not including those already employed when they attended the course).• Copies of the three winning articles can be seen here. For further details of the 2017 course, please contact Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations Ltd – telephone 01926 812210 or 07717 213182, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org