Two John Deere innovations have been awarded silver medals at Agritechnica, the world’s leading agricultural equipment trade fair being held in Hanover, Germany, from November 12th to 16th.
The new John Deere Hitch Assist system is designed to make the coupling of implements and trailers to the tractor hitch quicker, easier and safer. The driver only needs to leave the cab once to use a set of external fender-mounted switches to move the tractor backwards and forwards at a maximum speed of 12mm/second and to lift or lower the hitch from outside the tractor.
This reduces the set-up time needed, particularly for those who need to change implements regularly, as well as the risk of accidents or injuries from repeatedly climbing on and off the tractor. A series of in-built safety checks and warning signals ensure that the process is completely safe to use, and the system is only operational if no-one sits on the tractor driver’s seat.
The John Deere Hitch Assist system is a standard feature on the new 4049R 49hp and 4066R 65hp compact utility tractors, which are aimed at small farms and smallholders, local authorities, greenkeepers, groundsmen and large property owners.
The newly designed John Deere Smart Irrigation System allows more efficient use of water, nutrients, energy and labour by combining irrigation with the application of fertilisers to agricultural crops. This complete ‘one-stop shop’ solution consists of four integrated components:
- Highly accurate RTK-based steering of both the tractor and implement for the precise installation of drip tapes – this enables optimum water and nutrient utilisation by the plants while minimising maintenance requirements and the risks of crop damage or nutrient losses
- Exact application of water and nutrients via drip lines implemented on the surface or via subsurface application, irrespective of field size or ground contours
- An irrigation system head that accommodates filters, valves, air valves and other system components
- The innovative John Deere Field Connect Sensor system, which provides wireless data transmission of soil moisture and other environmental parameters, to allow control of water and nutrient applications via the internet