Chris Wiltshire has been appointed the new branch tactical marketing manager at John Deere Limited, from 1st October 2014. Chris replaces Gordon Day, who has elected to retire at the end of September after 31 years’ distinguished service with the company. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for delivery of all John Deere’s agricultural and turf marketing programmes and activities in the UK and Ireland.Chris Wiltshire graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with Marketing from Harper Adams University in 1998. He began his career as a technical training instructor for a European competitor prior to joining John Deere Limited in 2000 as an agricultural demonstration instructor, before becoming an ag demonstrator/marketing specialist the following year.Chris moved to a marketing position in Zweibrücken, Germany at the end of 2002 before returning to the UK in 2004 as territory manager for Northern England and the Scottish Borders. He then returned to the John Deere headquarters at Langar in 2010 as product line manager responsible for hay and forage products. In this position Chris was instrumental in building the image and market share of this product line, which led to the launch of the company’s self-propelled forage harvester certification programme.In 2011 Chris moved to Deere & Company’s Global Training Organisation, assuming responsibility for training delivery in the UK and Ireland. During his three-year tenure, also based at Langar, Chris made a major contribution to improving both the range and quality of training provision, as well as levels of satisfaction across the business.Gordon Day joined John Deere Limited in 1983 as a training instructor. In 1986 he was promoted to area service manager, before becoming agricultural territory manager for the West Midlands in 1990. In 1995 Gordon gained a further promotion to product line manager for tractors and loaders. In this position he was instrumental in the company achieving market leadership in tractors in both the UK and Ireland.In 2011 Gordon assumed the newly created role of branch tactical marketing manager, a position which he has held until his retirement. John Deere Limited managing director Antony Scott said: “Gordon’s hard work, dedication and deep knowledge of the industry have made a very significant contribution to the development of our agricultural and turf business over his 31-year tenure. We wish him all the best as he moves into retirement, and thank him for his many contributions to John Deere, our dealers, our customers and the broader industry.”
John Deere is introducing the new five-walker W330 and six-walker W440 entry level combine harvesters for the 2015 season in the UK and Ireland. Offering reliability and simplicity at a low operating cost, these John Deere branded combines are the result of a marketing agreement with Finnish manufacturer Sampo Rosenlew, and feature 210 and 238hp Sisu engines with maximum power ratings of 216 and 253hp.The W440 is available in two versions, either with or without a pre-threshing cylinder (PTC); this is standard on the W330 model, which has a grain tank capacity of 5200 litres. The base W440 model has a 6500-litre grain tank, while the W440 PTC combine holds 7600 litres and can be emptied at up to 100 litres/sec. Header sizes from 3.9 to 6.9m are available, depending on the model.In addition to these new W-Series combines, a new high-performance package is now available for the T-Series, designed to increase separation performance in high-yielding crops and green straw conditions.Further up the range, the S670 combine will have a new Stage IV compliant engine for 2015, featuring a 19hp increase in rated hp (ECE R120) to 392hp with maximum power boosted to 449hp. The new John Deere engine’s integrated emissions control system utilises a combination of proven components, including cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and smart exhaust filters, together with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The entire system is optimised to meet emissions regulations while delivering maximum performance, reliability and durability.A new four-strand feederhouse is available on level-land S-Series combines, while Active Concave Isolation (ACI) and heavy-duty separator grates are standard on all 2015 S680, S685 and S690 combines, which continue to be powered by John Deere’s existing Stage IIIb engines. These new features are designed to provide higher feeding capacity and smoother crop flow at higher throughputs, resulting in better reliability, threshing & separation, particularly in tougher crop conditions; up to five per cent more capacity has been measured at the same loss level in straw moistures above 25 per cent.The S-Series range can be equipped with all-new 8.7m (28½ft) rigid and 7.9m (26ft) folding unloading augers, to match wider 12.2m (40ft) headers and controlled traffic farming systems. Noise levels in the redesigned cab have also been reduced by 5dB(A).With its latest ‘ConnectedCombine’ package, John Deere now offers a number of intelligent solutions to optimise machine performance in the field, including John Deere FarmSight Services dealer support. Key elements of this concept include AutoTrac guidance, Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) and Remote Display Access (RDA).The ICA system is available on all W, T and S-Series combines, and is integrated into the cab’s armrest display, while the ICA’s own display is available with an optional touch screen. Designed to minimise losses and optimise both grain and straw quality, ICA offers the operator a selection of several harvesting strategies and a choice between single or multiple optimisation targets.No matter what the operator values most – whether it’s grain quality, throughput, a cleaner sample or straw quality – direct feedback on changes in performance is provided; there is no need to rely on an optimisation strategy preset by built-in software. As a result, the ICA system can provide significant savings and quality assurance throughout the harvesting season, regardless of crop type.John Deere’s GoHarvest mobile phone app is also available as a free download for smartphones and tablets. This latest application allows operators in the field to optimise their combine easily and always have the recommended John Deere settings to hand. Alternatively, RDA enables the dealer or farm manager to remotely view the GreenStar 3 2630 and the Generation 4 CommandCentre displays in the cab and, if necessary, advise the operator on how to optimise the combine settings for maximum efficiency. RDA can also be used to carry out operator training, for example.To further enhance machine and fleet performance, John Deere S-Series combines can be fitted with JDLink telematics and Machine Sync harvesting logistics systems, both additional elements of the John Deere FarmSight strategy.
John Deere’s all-new 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters represent an entirely new generation of machines. Building on the best features of the popular 7000 Series, these new models integrate cutting-edge crop analysis and documentation with innovative machine design, paired with reliability, traction and comfort. As a result, these machines take power efficiency, forage quality and cost efficiency to the next level.The new range includes five models, four with standard crop channels and an additional machine with a wide crop channel:• 8100, 380hp, John Deere 9-litre engine• 8200, 430hp, John Deere 9-litre engine• 8400, 540hp, John Deere 13.5-litre engine• 8500, 585hp, John Deere 13.5-litre engine• 8600, 625hp, John Deere 13.5-litre engine (wide body)All models are available in an ‘i’ specification, including HarvestLab constituent sensing and yield monitoring software as standard. The ProDrive hydrostatic transmission with engine speed management is also now optionally available on all models in the range.John Deere’s FarmSight service packages take the harvest operations of large farms and contractors to a new level of efficiency. Using JDLink wireless technology and with the permission of the owner, dealer product support specialists can remotely monitor machine performance in real time for a fixed monthly fee, to suggest utilisation and efficiency improvements.The longitudinal position of the Stage IV compliant John Deere PowerTech PSX engines has been maintained to enhance rear visibility for trailer filling and safer manoeuvring. With its air intake behind the cab, this engine layout ensures an efficient air flow to the rear of the machine, resulting in lower cooling requirements.Furthermore, a significant weight reduction due to lighter components, reduced crop flow resistance and dry sump gearboxes leads to further fuel savings. So does the engine speed management system, which automatically matches engine rpm to the harvester’s power requirements under varying field and road conditions.Because of their longitudinal layout, the engines are also positioned lower within the forager’s chassis. This in turn lowers the machines’ overall centre of gravity and improves their working stability on steep slopes or while travelling at high speeds on the road.Thanks to the new dry sump greasing technology, the angular gearbox transfers power to the drive systems with minimal power loss. This design also means that all hydraulics and the fan are driven directly from the engine without the need for complex couplings or additional belts and pulleys.New header solutions including grass pick-ups from 3 to 4.5m and Kemper rotary headers from 6 to 9m wide provide customers with cutting edge productivity. Kemper maize headers are optionally available with automatic steering and/or automatic header control. For wholecrop harvesting, John Deere also offers the Zürn ProfiCut 620, a highly efficient header solution for silage that leaves clean, low-cut stubble.The new universal cutterhead has been designed to perform equally well for the very different requirements of both biogas producers and livestock farmers. Depending on their specific requirements, customers can choose between 40, 48, 56 and 64-knife configurationsJohn Deere’s rigid DuraDrum cutterheads not only deliver the best possible forage quality and the flexibility of a very wide length of cut range, they have also been redesigned to provide an even better crop flow and require less adjustment, to further reduce wear. The AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature allows the operator to pre-select the precise cutting length based on actual forage conditions.John Deere has also completely redesigned the entire processor on the 8000 Series, for even better kernel cracking and excellent maize silage processing. The bevelled discs of the KernelStar2 multi-crop processor produce a more aggressive tearing action, which smashes every kernel for maximum starch release and higher silage nutrient value.The kernel processor can be removed in just five minutes for rapid changeover during overlapping harvest seasons. The ‘swing out, swing in’ design makes it easy to lift out the kernel processor and replace it with the grass chute when required.Mounted on the crop spout, HarvestLab measures both dry matter and crop constituents in real time. Developed and patented with Carl Zeiss, HarvestLab uses near infrared technology to measure the harvested crop 17 times a second. Independently certified by the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft), HarvestLab takes the guesswork out of producing high quality silage.Complemented by John Deere’s real-time constituent measurement, HarvestLab also has the power to transform the way livestock farmers and biogas plant owners manage their feedstocks and plan their future choice of crop varieties.Another added value feature of the new 8000 Series is the fully integrated advanced dosing system, ADS Twin Line, for silage additive application. Featuring two separate tanks, a 30-litre concentrate tank positioned alongside the cab and a second 300-litre tank located at the rear of the machine, ADS Twin Line serves as a highly versatile management tool.Operator comfort has also been improved, with excellent visibility from the cab due to the anti-glare screen, Bluetooth connectivity, plenty of storage room and automatic air conditioning, adjustable from the CommandARM. Other advanced features include a GreenStar 2630 with touchscreen display and all functions conveniently located in the CommandARM, plus Remote Display Access and AutoTrac with RowSense.The new 8000 Series forage harvesters require minimal maintenance to maximise chopping time. The automatic greasing system removes the need for daily greasing, and the engine radiator screen slides out for easy cleaning with the integrated high-pressure air hose. Extra thick tungsten carbide coatings on the knives and ultra-hard DuraLine components significantly extend the service life of key components, while many of the heavy-duty bearings are sealed for life.In addition, by using only genuine components, lubricants and coolants, John Deere’s PowerGard maintenance and protection plans help to control operating costs as well as maximise uptime and resale value.