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Five Gold Medals and 44 Silver Medals awarded to innovations

(DLG) Agritechnica is the world’s leading trade fair for farm machinery. This year’s show to be held at the Hanover exhibition centre from 10 to 14 November (Preview Days: 8 and 9 November) will feature numerous innovations. No fewer than 311 innovations have been registered with DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft / German Agricultural Society) which is organizing the fair. Applying the strictest criteria, an independent panel of experts appointed by DLG has conferred Gold Medals on five of these innovations and Silver Medals on a further 44:
 
Gold Medals
 
  • Fendt VarioGrip Pro
AGCO GmbH – Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany; Hall 20, Stand B08f and MITAS a. s., Prague, Czech Republic, Hall 20, Stand E29
 
Inflating tractor tyres quickly for road travel
Tyre pressure control systems offer many uncontested advantages, but also one drawback: they are very slow in inflating the tyres for road travel. Besides, they require the engine to be revving at high speeds to provide the necessary drive power for the compressor while the tractor is stationary.
 
The Fend 'VarioGrip Pro' uses an additional high-pressure tyre inside a bespoke and newly developed tyre. This internal tyre serves as an accumulator which allows the inflation pressure to be altered very quickly. The air is pumped into the internal tyre through a simple rotary union which also ensures it cannot escape. The valves involved and the pressure sensors are powered through inductive transmission inside the axle. The same applies to the control signals. Dispensing with extra compressors, pressure tanks and control lines, this technology is able to increase the inflation pressure from 0.8 bar to 1.8 within 30 seconds by exchanging the pressure directly and without having recourse to engine speed. This quick tyre pressure control system reduces the time spent in road travel and allows field work at low and soil-friendly pressures.
 
  • Connected Nutrient Management
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30 and LAND-DATA Eurosoft – a BayWa Company. Pfarrkirchen, Germany; Hall 15, Stand G30 and Vista Geowissenschaftliche Fernerkundung GmbH, München, Germany, Hall 15, Stand G31j und RAUCH Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Sinzheim, Germany, Hall 9, Stand A63 und SULKY BUREL, CHATEAUBOURG, France, Hall 11, Stand C23
 
Comprehensive nutrient management
Maintaining the nutrient balance of the field from harvest to harvest currently involves extensive calculation and planning efforts for the farmer.
Connected Nutrient Management is a user-friendly, optimized nutrient management system enabling the demand-oriented, precise application of organic and chemical N and P fertilizers. The system supports planning and optimization with a holistic, overall observation of the harvest history and includes technologies for highly precise fertilizer application.
 
The data, knowledge and key technologies owned by innovation partners John Deere, Land Data Eurosoft, VISTA, Rauch and Sulky have been tied up in a smart, complete bundle to offer the user an agronomically optimized, site-specific nutrient application system complying with fertilizer application regulations. This ensures higher precision when planning and applying organic or artificial fertilizers. At the same time, the system is a cost-cutter, optimizing yields in terms of quality and quantity while complying with the strict fertilizer regulations and offering site-specific documentation. For the first time ever, farmers will be able to precisely determine, apply and document nutrient demands (nitrogen, phosphates etc.) for specific sub-areas, regardless of the type of organic or artificial fertilizer used. Since nutrient distribution is optimized according to sub-area demands and vegetation times, it provides a higher level of nutrient efficiency and also optimizes nutrient balances.
There has never before been a similar integrated solution offering maximum customer value while proactively considering the prevailing environmental and legislative constraints.
 
  • Connected Crop Protection and Chemical Application Manager
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30 und BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany; Hall 15, Stand G33A und Informationssystem Integrierte Pflanzenproduktion (ISIP) e.V., Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Hall 15, Stand G31H und Zentralstelle der Länder für EDV-gestützte Entscheidungshilfen und Programme im Pflanzenschutz (ZEPP), Bad Kreuznach, Germany, Hall 15, Stand G31H und Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e.V. (KTBL), Darmstadt, Germany, Hall 15, Stand G31H und Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Quedlinburg, Germany; Hall 15, Stand G31H
 
Comprehensive support for spraying operations
Crop treatment requires farmers to look at a range of different information in order to decide on a specific treatment. The growing complexity of the information and statutory requirements they have to consider can lead to mis-application and the risk of spraying non-target areas.
 
The combination of Connected Crop Protection and the Chemical Application Manager is an intuitive system that helps users make a sound decision for a targeted, well-timed, and precise application. This integrated system relies on a range of key technologies that offer recommendations and operator assistance for filling  and spraying and automatically take buffer zones into account and comes with full documentation. It also integrates the Chemical Application Manager, a joint development by BASF and John Deere in conjunction with public-sector partners ISIP, ZEPP, JKI and KTBL.
 
The data is transmitted in the universal ISO-XML format, an open format that allows the integration of further applications in the Manager. This industry standard will offer the possibility of integrating solutions from other partners and decision making assistance systems or the use of third-party spraying technology in the future. For the first time, this holistic system integrates all data, knowledge and tools that users need to come up with a treatment decision that implements application at variable rates and complies with national laws.
 
The user controls the cycle, plans and edits precision farming applications, documents the individual jobs and provides his partners with access to the consultation feature. So there is nothing stopping this defined, legally compliant application with non-contact operation through voice or gesture control and integral TankFillCalculator from being implemented. For added safety, the system scans product codes for further automation of the documentation.
 
In summary, this is the first system to provide farmers with a fast, efficient and integral method of crop treatment: from problem identification to treatment recommendation, an application that complies with the law and provides prompt and time-efficient documentation.
 
  • PREMOS 5000
Bernard Krone GmbH, Spelle, Germany, Hall 27, Stand G20
 
Producing forage pellets in the field
Pellets made from agricultural feed crops can be used as fuel, bedding, feed and animal toys.
Premos 5000 is the first mobile pellet harvester that produces 16mm-diameter pellets without pre-crushing and by using two interlocking die rollers. The machine is designed for on-site use where it picks the material directly from the straw swath. The system is extremely efficient and has a low specific energy input per tonne of pellets produced.
  • John Deere ProCut
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Sharp setting
Especially in the heat of harvest, it is essential to keep the knives on the forager chopping drum sharp and to adjust the counterblade as appropriate.
John Deere's 'ProCut' controls the gap between the knives and the counterblade. The system does not measure the gap with the help of vibration sensors but with an inductive method and two special sensors. In addition, it is also possible to measure automatically the sharpness of all knives. The system offers great benefits for the customer, because it always indicates the best time to adjust the counterblade and sharpen the knives and also recommends the number of grinds to be applied. With all elements always in their best condition, fuel consumption drops and so do the costs for knives, counterblade and grinder.
 
Silver Medals
 
  • CVT front pto
ZUIDBERG Frontline Systems B.V., Ens, The Netherlands, Hall 3, Stand C25
 
  • Stepless pto
CVT CORP, Sainte Julie (Qc), Kanada, Halle 17, Stand B09a
 
Typically, pto speed is controlled by engine speed, since the power-take off shaft is connected to the engine's crankshaft.
In very many applications, however, the engine could be operated at lower speeds and still maintain the optimum pto speed for the implement. This is what the new infinitely variable front pto does. It maintains its speed irrespective of the current engine speed and within a specific engine speed range, for example it is possible to operate the pto at 1,000rpm while the engine is revving at a speed between 1,400rmp and 2,100rpm. The pto speed itself can be selected steplessly between two critical limits.
A fuel-saving and work-quality boosting system.
 
  • Peecon Gull Wing double tyre system
PEECON, Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, Hall 25, Stand D05
 
Dual wheels travelling on piggy back
If fitted with dual wheels, a modern tractor will easily exceed the permitted overall width for travel on public roads.
The new hydraulic folding system is the first system that allows quick attachment and removal of rear dual wheels. During road travel, the dual wheels remain on the tractor and are folded up and behind the tractor cab. When the machine arrives in the field, the operator folds down the wheels without having to leave the cab. The duals are then attached to the rear wheels via a special coupling system and the tractor is quickly ready for work.
 
  • John Deere Intelligent Four-wheel drive
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Engage four-wheel drive only as necessary
Four-wheel drive systems that are currently on the market disengage relative to speed and steering angle to avoid torsional impact on the driveline. However, in many situations, the operator needs to select/deselect the four-wheel drive system manually.
 
The intelligent four-wheel drive management system from John Deere automatically engages/disengages the four-wheel drive irrespective of the current load, offering a technology that improves the overall efficiency of the tractor. The system automatically engages the four-wheel drive relative to the wheel slip on the rear axle and disengages it automatically as soon as the front axle is no longer contributing significantly to the overall drawbar work after its load has changed or because the wheels are now running on hard or tarmac ground. As a result, torsional effects cannot develop in the driveline.
The necessary control system relies on sensors that measure the torque inside the four-wheel drive clutch. The system is able to detect the tractor's current wheel slip by using either the radar signal, GPRS data or the differential speed of the front and rear axles, depending on the tractor's specification. The system marks a major improvement over those systems currently available on the market and helps reduce material wear and operator fatigue.
 
  • ULTRA-LIGHT slurry tanker
ZUNHAMMER GmbH, Traunreut, Germany; Hall 22, Stand A12
 
Light-pulling slurry tanker
Slurry tankers are usually pulled by high-capacity tractors which provide the required drawbar power to supply a self-propelled slurry spreader or a high-capacity combination in the field.
 
Ultra-Light UL-T18 is a payload-optimized and double-axle slurry tanker that has been developed to a new concept. It has a self-supporting tank that is made from glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) and which mounts directly on the two pneumatic suspension axles. No chassis is required. The plastic tank offers great resistance to slurry and biogas substrate and requires no further interior coating.
All this combines to reduce the machine's dead weight by 40% compared with the dead weight of a comparable steel tank and yet offers a 19% higher payload. Running on two axles and turntable steered, the machine requires a lower tractor input and offers quick attachment and removal.
 

Fendt VarioDrive  driveline
AGCO GmbH – Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany, Hall 20, Stand B08f
 
Redefining the driveline
Growing engine power and an increasing demand for higher efficiency make it necessary to re-assess present powertrain concepts.
The innovate 'Fendt VarioDrive' powertrain system constantly compares and adjusts the speeds of the front and rear axles, thereby eliminating any excessive wheel slip and avoiding torsional effects in the powertrain in all situations. 'Pull-in-Turn' is a feature that reduces the turning circle. As ground speed increases the system uncouples the hydromotor on the front axle to increase the efficiency. This is further increased by reducing the gearbox input speeds.
The system enhances the overall driveline efficiency, prevents reactive power and makes for soil-friendly operation.
 
  • Fendt Grip Assistant
AGCO GmbH – Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany, Hall 20, Stand B08f
 
Not a hard choice
Many operators are not aware that tyre pressure is just one parameter that affects drawbar power. Yet, this is also dependent on weights fitted and the ground speed. As a result, operators often use only the tyre pressure control system to alter the inflation pressure from field to road application and vice versa.
This is where Fendt Grip Assistant is a great help. The system prompts the operator with the optimum ground speed and the proper tyre pressure for a given weight fitted or vice versa; it indicates the optimum ballast weight and inflation pressure for a specific ground speed. The operator merely selects the type of attachment, the type of implement attached and the character of the soil on the Vario terminal. Then the tyre pressure control system will inflate the tyres automatically to the proper field or road pressure.
The optimum pressures are then automatically set for best soil protection and efficient traction.
 
  • iTEC AutoLearn - the world’s first auto-teaching tractor
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
The auto-teaching system
Using a headland management system or programming headland turn sequences into the system requires navigation of the software menu, which is often a challenge for uninitiated operators.
The 'iTech AutoLearn' system from John Deere supports operators, because it detects similar headland sequences automatically. After it detects that the last sequence was repeated three times, it suggests that the sequence should be automated. The operator can accept the suggestion by pressing a button to store it to the system. Such an auto-recorded sequence can also be edited at a later time.
The new system promotes the overall acceptance of fatigue-reducing and efficiency-boosting headland management systems.
 
  • John Deere EZ Ballast
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Ballasting the rear axle in no time
Fitting/removing rear wheel weights or pumping water into the tyres to adapt the tractor's weight to current conditions are time-consuming activities and therefore not popular among farmers and contractors.
 
The drawback of these techniques is that the tractor is over-ballasted during many other applications and not only for those very few heavy-duty applications. In addition, fuel consumption is excessive. EZ Ballast is an underbelly design which mounts the ballast hydraulically. The time-saving system distributes the weight evenly on the axles and is a more productive way of ballasting a tractor
 
  • Setting the point of draft on semi-mounted ploughs
LEMKEN GmbH & Co.KG, Alpen, Germany, Hall 11, Stand B42
 
Setting the point of draft
Unlike with mounted reversible ploughs, it is not possible to alter the line of draft between a semi-mounted reversible plough and a tractor.  And yet, if the line of draft is set incorrectly, torque will develop around the tractor's vertical axis near the middle of the rear axle –  with the result that the front axle tends to move sideways, fuel consumption increases and the first furrow width becomes too narrow.
This new development provides a way to adjust the point of draft hydraulically, thereby shifting the point of draft towards the middle of the tractor's rear axle. This allows the operator to change the landside pressure and tractor side thrust and thus optimize fuel economy. With all lateral drag eliminated, there is no need for countersteering - a substantial relief for operators
 
  • John Deere TruSet™ implement control
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Adjusting tillage implements at the bush of a button
The (depth) settings of the individual tools on tillage equipment are usually adjusted hydraulically via the tractor's spool valves or in a few rare cases electrically as well.
The John Deere TruSet™ technology is the first implement control system that controls and calibrates all implement tools from an ISOBUS control unit in the tractor cab.
Another innovation is the auto-compensation function for the various tools sections on a cultivator. In the past, operators had to adjust each section separately. Now the settings for all sections (cultivating tines, press, levelling tines) are adjusted automatically when the setting for one section (the discs) is changed. The system allows operators to alter the depth on the move and hence respond to varying conditions. It relieves operator stress and fatigue and helps avoid mis-settings. John Deere plans to integrate TruSet™ in its Farmsight System which links to the open Precision Farming-Portal MyJohnDeere.com for localized implement control.
 
  • Väderstad´s automatic machine setting system
VÄDERSTAD GmbH, Werder, Germany, Hall 12, Stand B24
 
Machine that reads the soil conditions
Väderstad is introducing a method of adjusting machine settings in real time and relative to the current soil conditions. The system even dispenses with field maps.
It relies on a number of sensors and a central processing unit which receives and processes the sensor signals into automatic machine setting signals: by measuring a specific angle of the machine's frame, the systems adjusts the tools section automatically in parallel to the ground. The Väderstad gyro sensor detects rotation and any change in direction in real time. Furthermore, the Crossboard is adjusted automatically with the help of pressure. This way, the board is always pushing the same amount of soil, optimizing the levelling work and fuel consumption.
 
  • Automatic seed type calibration for air seeders
LEMKEN GmbH & Co.KG, Alpen, Germany, Hall 11, Stand B42
 
Calibration made easy
Today's seed drills require preliminary adjustments by means of a manual calibration routine. Potential errors may be caused by seed losses during calibration, while handling the calibration pan or during manual weighing.
The automatic seed-type calibration fully adjusts the metering units by calibrating the seed amount and bypass-weighing the seed. All the operator needs to do is enter the required seed rate and seed population parameters, the 1000-kernel weight and the maximum ground speed, and the calibration process may begin. Once the automatic seeder calibration has started, the seed coming from all meters is delivered not to the openers but instead to a load cell via a bypass. After weighing the seed and transmitting the weight value, the system simply discharges the seed back into the hopper. Now the operator needs to confirm the weighing value and the possible working speed. There is no need for direct access to the metering unit via a calibration pan. The machine is now ready for seeding.
 
Since the seed rate calibration may be performed without the operator dismounting the tractor, occasional quick checks will ensure reliability throughout the sowing period. The seed amount required for calibration is no longer limited by the size of the calibration pan, and exposure to seed dressing is kept to a minimum. On top of that, the operator may use the time freed up to perform other activities such as preparing the implement.
 
  • Quality assurance system providing in-field automation for John Deere ExactEmerge
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
High-speed precision planting
In precision planting, high speeds of up to 16km/h r require coordination of various parameters to ensure a high level of plant-distribution and seed-placement quality in varying conditions.
This quality assurance system providing in-field automation for John Deere ExactEmerge is a complex automation system for high-speed precision planting offering a host of different monitoring, control and documentation features. At the same time, the vacuum automation system guarantees a high level of seed-singling quality which in turn results in a more precise seed placement. Active Downforce Control is a pneumatic system which activates downforce pressure as needed. Curve Compensation controls the row units to achieve different seed frequencies when cornering to ensure identical seed spacings in all rows. The seed disc rotational speed equals the implement travel speed, ensuring a high level of seed spacing accuracy. The fast-response section control system enables precise sowing even in confined sections of the field. The Auto-Load function for ITEC Pro integrates implement-specific data and tractor-specific sequences into the headland management and steering systems via the ISO-bus. In addition, the GoPlant App and the SeedStar Mobile software offer comprehensive possibilities for easy attachment, configuration and operation of the implement and the tractor or for precision farming applications.
With this system the operator has room to fully focus on monitoring the sowing process. Of course, the system also integrates the recording of process data for documentation
 
  • GPS Switch and AutoPoint
AMAZONEN-WERKE, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany, Hall 9, Stand G14
 
Further reduction of overlaps
The time delay between activation of the metering motor and seed delivery at the openers can make it somewhat difficult to handle air seeders in the field. The delay frequently causes gaps in the crop, particularly when entering and exiting rows.
GPS Switch and AutoPoint is a system evolution to reduce overlaps at the headland when working with air seeders. The simplified, automatic precision control system ensures a further increase in seed use efficiency. A sensor located on the opener detects the seed at the time of delivery. This way the system can react to changes in seed behaviour, as the time delay depends on the structure of the delivery system, blower speeds and seed flight characteristics. By automatically calculating the delivery time, the implement control system is able to determine the optimum moment for starting and stopping the metering system at the headland.
A graph on the display and an audible signal tell the operator to maintain the current ground speed until the tractor reaches and then leaves the headland (turning sequence). This assistance system aids the operator in controlling the implement to ensure an improved seed pattern.
 
  • EasyCheck
    AMAZONEN-WERKE, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany, Hall 9, Stand G14
 
Quick and easy control of the distribution across rows
In-field transverse distribution checks for centrifugal spreaders using traditional collection trays involve lots of time and effort. The trays cannot be taken in the tractor cab. Instead, farmers need a second vehicle and driver for transporting the trays.
A solution to this problem is the digital, mobile transverse-distribution test station for centrifugal spreaders. It comprises a smartphone app and a set of collection sheets. The operator collects the fertilizer granules on a set of flexible, easy-to-handle adhesive sheets and takes a picture using their smartphone. This image is then evaluated by an image-processing app installed on the smartphone which automatically calculates the optimum spreader settings.
This means the digital mobile test station offers significant advantages for the farm's workflow and organizational structures: Compared to testing with a collection tray, the EasyCheck digital mobile test station cuts testing times by around 25 percent. This system will significantly increase the degree of market acceptance for in-field transverse distribution tests. It is expected to quickly gain acceptance among farmers. In view of the new fertilizer application regulations, the value for the customer and the environment is extremely high.
 
  • IDTA Air Injector twin flat spray nozzle
Lechler GmbH, Metzingen, Germany, Hall 8, Stand B15
 
All boxes ticked: Twin flat spray nozzles offering maximum user protection
Twin flat spray nozzles offer a number of advantages for successful spraying. Up to now, it has been difficult to clean existing systems from blockages, This requires operators to wear protective gloves, because the risk of contamination is greatest here.
IDTA is an asymmetric double flat spray nozzle (30° to the front, 50° to the rear), which in contrast to other systems achieves the same effective spray width on the target surface. This is implemented by the special spray pattern. A 120° spray in direction of travel applies 60 percent of the flow rate while a 90° spray to the rear applies 40% of the flow. What’s more, this is a nozzle-cap system which offers straightforward removal and cleaning in the field, even when the operator is wearing protective gloves. He can even remove and clean the injector wearing gloves. This way, the nozzle offers the double benefit of using twin flat spray technology and providing operator and environmental protection.
 
  • Horsch Boom control
HORSCH Maschinen GmbH, Schwandorf, Germany; Hall 12, Stand C41
 
Look-ahead and look-around boom
Traditional ultrasonic sensor controlled boom control systems often suffer from limited accuracy, especially in patchy crops, tramlines or game grazed patches. In these situations, the control system would adjust the boom unnecessarily.
This is different with the laser scanner based and look-ahead detector which Horsch developed to support boom control. The system comprises a laser scanner attached to the cab roof which scans the immediate surroundings ahead and to the side of the machine, covering the complete work width. The data is collected and used to produce a surface model. The system is the first to adjust the boom up front in such a way that it will only deviate minimally from the default setting. During operation, the surface model is used to control the height and position of the boom. This way it is possible to reliably detect obstacles in the field. This system will then decide whether it is only necessary to raise the boom or whether the brake should be applied.
 
  • easyFlow QF
agrotop GmbH, Obertraubling, Germany, Hall 8, Stand D20
 
Accurate metering and no contamination
Closed metering and draining systems on sprayers will be in the focus of future European legislation as the chemicals approval authorities issue new requirements for operator safety.
easyFlow QF is a universal and accurate system that was developed for small mounted sprayers and self-propelled machines. It offers the option of using chemical containers of various sizes up to bulk size units as one system. The combination of various chemical containers eliminates the need to change or convert draining/metering systems and clean these systems separately. easyflow QF is designed to offer very easy cleaning, even when only some of the spray liquid is drained from the closed system, which results in enormous time savings.
It also significantly reduces the risk of metering incorrect volumes into the system and their time-consuming removal. What’s more, the fact that the chemical inductor is disconnected from the suction line helps eliminate misapplications, which often result from poor cleaning.
This efficient, time-saving system makes a worthwhile contribution to environmental protection and operator safety.
 

 
  • DIS – PSM direct injection without delay; multiple-compartment tank for easier cleaning
Herbert Dammann GmbH, Buxtehude-Hedendorf, Germany, Hall 9, Stand B31
 
Delayed nozzle response eliminated
In the past, many direct filling systems suffered from long response times and the ability to only accept liquid chemicals, along with inadequate cleaning of the spray lines, which is necessary to prevent misapplications.
DIS cleans the entire sprayer and collects the cleaning liquid in a separate tank, from where the liquid is later applied at diluted rates in line with good practice. The extra tank is implemented by splitting the main tank into five compartments which can take three different chemicals. The fully automatic system is operated from a separate control unit. The integrated Dammann Fluidsystem reduces response times to a minimum while maintaining the required +/-5% accuracy tolerance.
The system eliminates the intolerable delay that was typical for earlier systems and that presented a major problem for precision applications.
 
  • AmaSpot
    AMAZONEN-WERKE, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany, Hall 9, Stand G14 und agrotop GmbH, Obertraubling, Germanys Hall 8, Stand D20 und
Rometron B:V., Steenderen, The Netherlands, Hall 9, Stand G14a
 
Intelligent, sensor-based nozzle control
Targeted and variable rate application of pesticides is fundamental for viable crop production and saves a considerable amount of money by minimizing the use of chemicals.
A joint development by Agrotop, Amazone and Rometron, AmaSpot is an intelligent sensor-nozzle system that reduces spray rates in crop protection. Detecting green plants against the soil background, the system is able to provide very localized application, saving 20-80 percent of the chemicals. Using advanced infrared sensors, a unique and ultra-fast pulse width modulation (50 Hz) and bespoke low-drift nozzles on the Amazone Super-L boom, the system is able to detect green plants down to an accuracy of one square centimetre - by day or night and at speeds of up to 20km/h. Operating the valves and nozzles extremely fast, the system is able to reduce application rates from 100 percent to 30 percent instantly and infinitely variably and can also shut off the nozzle completely. In addition, it continues to control the rates also during turns.
By combining a range of individual technologies and integrating them into Amazone's sprayers, the system is the first to minimize application rates in European conditions.
 

 
  • ICA-WIRELESS – Intelligent irrigation controller
    PESSL INSTRUMENTS GmbH, Weiz, Austria, Hall 15, Stand K07 und
BAUER GmbH. Röhren- und Pumpenwerk, Voitsberg, Austria, Hall 23, Stand A05 und
LAND-DATA Eurosoft GmbH & Co. KG, Pfarrkirchen, Germany, Hall 15, Stand G30
 
Single-source irrigation
The operation of field irrigation systems usually requires comprehensive knowledge about the current soil moisture content and involves frequent and/or periodic field checks.
The new ICA-WIRELESS system is an intelligent irrigation controller which uses no more than a smartphone or tablet app to monitor and control any make or model of irrigation system (centre-pivot irrigators, field sprinklers, drip irrigation systems etc.)
Three companies have worked together to develop ICA-WIRELESS. The system combines individual solutions to a single logical system approach which includes and covers all areas of irrigation. Based on real-time soil moisture and precipitation measurements while taking into account the various plant and soil properties as well as the current weather forecast, the system calculates irrigation recommendations on a daily basis which are then implemented either manually or automatically. Real-time monitoring also enables timely fault detection and troubleshooting on the irrigation system. In addition, direct data transfer to a field log provides complete documentation of all irrigation measures.
The ICA-WIRELESS irrigation controller offers high value to agricultural irrigation customers, as it ensures a considerable increase in water and energy efficiency and a considerable reduction in labour time.
 
  • Zürn i-flow
    Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG, Schöntal-Westernhausen, Germany,
    Hall 13, Stand C24 und
    Gebr. Schumacher GmbH, Eichelhardt, Germany, Hall 13, Stand D26 und
    Eichelhardter Werkzeug und Maschinenbau GmbH, Eichelhardt, Germany, Hall 13, Stand D26 und
    Compact Dynamics GmbH, Starnberg, Germany, Hall 13, Stand C24 und
    HTW Dresden, Professur für Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik / Elektrische Antriebe, Dresden, Germany, Pavilion 34, Stand B13c
 
Electrification for optimum header settings in all conditions
Up to now, it was not possible to adjust the header settings (except for the reel) steplessly and independently of all other combine settings and thereby respond to the current harvest conditions, machine requirements and ground speeds.
Zürn has now developed the fully electric control cereal header i-Flow.  The elevator driveshaft drives a 60V alternator package which powers the electric motors that drive all revolving assemblies. The motors also serve as sensors on electric drives. This design unlocks potential to optimize the header functions: the speeds of all assemblies can be adjusted individually to conditions, such as reducing belt or auger speeds in low-yielding crops or patches. The speeds can also be matched to the current load on the combine, such as controlling chopping frequency relative to the work rate. The electric header also offers intelligent overload protection and provides further potential for optimizing the crop flow whilst reducing wear and interacting with the combine.
 
  • Linde HMV105D
    Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG, Aschaffenburg, Germany, Hall 16,
    Stand D19
 
Higher specific power and efficiency driveline
As machines grow in performance and throughputs, drivelines are coming under revision by developers.
Linde has developed a new double-axial piston hydro motor, the HMV 105 D. The unit is made up of two swash plate motors which are arranged face to face on the piston end of a shaft. This design allows the use of one swash plate to alter the oil flow from both motors. This way, the inner motor forces are compensated and it is possible to use smaller bearings, which in turn reduces friction. Compared with the single motor version, the new HM 105 D double motor generates higher maximum speeds and hence increases the ratio at which the oil flow is transformed into rotary movement. The new double motor is also 30 percent lighter in weight than a motor with transaxle and shorter than other module versions.
Its two drive shafts reduce the space required inside a driveline, which results in an overall higher specific power.
 
  • GoHarvest Premium combine simulator
    John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Training operators and avoiding operator errors
If a high-capacity combine is not operated properly, the machine may fail and the resulting downtime costs may exceed the purchase price many times over. Consequently, uninitiated operators should receive training on the complex operation of a combine harvester.
John Deere has developed the GoHarvest Premium combine operation simulator, which allows drivers to be trained outside the harvest season and in various scenarios. Three screens provide a virtual workplace for the operator who is seated on a genuine combine seat. In this environment, he can learn and practise all functions of the machine – from road transport to shunting and header attachment/removal as well as filling the trailer. Service and maintenance are also included in the training. Like existing systems, GoHarvest simulates the harvesting operation in the fields and adjusting the combine settings. The simulation experience is more intense than that provided by an online simulator and has a greater learning effect.
The simulator is installed at the dealership where it can be used in training sessions or hired out to customers who use it to avoid operator errors and machine downtime as a result of these. 
 
  • Automatic crop flow control for CLAAS LEXION combines boost machine performance and reduce operator stress
    CLAAS-Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C05
 
It is now possible to utilize a hybrid combine to its full potential
Many hybrid combines are not utilized to their full potential because operators fear blockages and time loss.
The Claas-developed automatic crop flow control system is an alert and control system that allows the combine to be driven to its limits. The system continuously compares all sensor readings, including crop mat thickness and rotor speed, with the maximum throughput rates and the maximum driveline slippage for the specific assembly. It triggers an alarm as soon as one of these parameters is only slightly exceeded. The crop flow control system responds to the alarm relative to the degree by which the limit value is exceeded by reducing ground speed automatically or stopping the header instantly. Consequently, the system enables the operator to drive the combine to its performance limit without the risk of blockages, not even when using a large concave gap setting in rape or operating at low rotor speeds in long straw.
Machine utilization increases whereas downtime and repair risks decrease.
 
  • CLAAS 4D cleaning for LEXION-Hybrid combine models - uncompromised cleaning on the slope by fan and rotor segment  control
CLAAS-Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C05
 
Self-levelling system for tracked models
Combine losses increase despite the use of self-levelling sieves when the machine is working at high throughputs across a slope. The reason for this is that a mix of chaff and grain collects on the downhill side of the sieves after the rotors and the return pan feed the material to the downhill side on the grain pan. 
The so-called 4D cleaning system from Claas aims at maintaining the high performance of hybrid combines even in hilly fields and when working across the slope and downhill. Established self-levelling systems for wheeled combines are not suitable for these high-capacity machines which usually run on tracks. The rotor cage panels now have three segments, and each segment consists of two sections that can be opened and closed relative to the slope gradient, directing the separated material to the hillside return pan only and hence to the grain pan, thereby preventing too much material from collecting on the downhill side of the cleaning system and sudden surge in losses.
Simple by design, the system has a complex control system that boosts performance of the combine and hence the efficiency of high-capacity combines on the slope.
 
  • Integrated Combine Adjustment 2 (ICA2)
    John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Automatic combine adjustment relieves operators
Maintaining quality of work and output at high levels for long hours can be an overwhelming challenge for operators.
For this reason, John Deere has upgraded the existing Interactive Combine Adjustment technology by a complex system termed Integrated Combine Adjustment (ICA 2). At the core of this new system are two cameras inside the grain and the returns elevators as well as new and more accurate grain loss sensors. The footage of the two cameras can be viewed side by side or separately on the in-cab screen. If the operator agrees with the current work quality either after adjusting the settings manually or via the assistant, he or she can save the result as a target value. If the current quality is off target, ICA 2 will correct all relevant settings automatically and continuously, including rotor speed, concave clearance, fan speed, sieve settings and throughput, depending on his/her priority: quality or output. A time-coded settings list tells the operator which adjustments have been made.
This is the first system to adjust threshing automatically to target values and presents another step towards the optimization of the entire process.
 
  • John Deere Active Yield
    John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
Automatic calibration, optimized yield metering
The data supplied by a combine's yield metering system is often not accurate enough, because the system cannot be calibrated to any harvest situation or because calibrating would disrupt the harvesting chain. As a result, the yield maps used are inaccurate and do not comply with the standards of precision farming.
John Deere has therefore extended the yield metering system by the Active Yield calibration system. Three weighing cells are fitted inside the grain tank and measure the vertical forces as the filling level rises. The calibrated system compares these forces with the data supplied by the yield sensor, taking into account the moisture sensor reading. The accuracy of the calibrated result increases as the number of tank fills increase, so that the inaccuracy settles around +/- 3%. Such a level of accuracy can normally be achieved only by skilled operators who calibrate several times a day. The system also compensates for a growing inaccuracy of the readings over several harvest campaigns due to wear and tear of the elevator chain.
Active Yield is a new and automatic system that eliminates calibration and provides the basis for maintaining a high accuracy in yield metering results on a combine harvester.
 

 
  • R-Soil Protect  - Hydraulic chassis control with new tyre technology and only 1.4 bar inflation pressure for soil-friendly root crop harvesting
    ROPA, Herrngiersdorf, Germany, Hall 25, Stand G12 und
    MICHELIN Reifenwerke AG & Co. KGaA, Karlsruhe, Germany, Hall 20,
    Stand C02
 
Soil protection is key
Only five years ago it was inconceivable that beet harvesters were operating at tyre pressures of 1.4bar, especially not triple-axle models.
In ROPA Tiger 5, ROPA and MICHELIN offer a solution that reduces compaction and therefore contributes to viable farming.
The new triple-axle running gear is the first system that provides hydraulic load compensation even on side slopes (up to 10 percent slope gradient) and adjusts the pressure inside the big flotation tyres CerexBib IF 1000/55 R32 from Michelin accordingly. The system eliminates peak loads on individual axles or wheels and – similar to tracks – spreads the weight over a larger contact area. The tyre or wheel pressure on the contact area is reduced by 33% despite a 49% higher mass. The positive effects of increased traction and efficiency are overshadowed by the effect of soil protection, which is the focus of this innovation.
 
  • Integral drive on Fendt Former 12555X
    AGCO GmbH – Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany, Hall 20, Stand B08f
 
Electric rotor drive
Traditionally, the rotors on rotary rakes are powered mechanically, hydraulically or by the driveshaft.
The Fendt integral drive is the first compact electric torque drive that is integrated in the top of the rake. Each motor is controlled independently by a separate electronic system, and this allows the fitting of an automatic overload protection and a quick stop mechanism. Each rotor can operate at its own individual speed and can thus respond to the specific harvest conditions. The specific energy input is lower than that on direct drive systems.
 
  • John Deere Active Fill Control Sync
    John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30
 
GPS-controlled harvester trailer formation
It is not always very easy for the operator of the forage harvester to direct the chute into the trailer travelling alongside the forager.
The John Deere 'Active Fill Control Sync' uses GPS data of both the forage harvester and the tractor trailer combination travelling alongside. It also captures the contours of the trailer and the current filling level and controls the communication between the machines. It is this communication that controls the tractor autonomously. This means the trailer is filled automatically and no part of the crop is lost. The GNSS data are used by the camera system for positioning the chute. Provided all machines in the harvest chains are equipped with GPS, it is now possible to synchronize all trailers automatically.
 
  • CLAAS Multi Crop Cracker MCC MAX with cutting and friction rings improves energy levels and fibrous structure in maize silage
    CLAAS-Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C05
 
Cracking kernels by friction, cutting and shear forces
Forage harvesters crack the maize kernels with the help of corn crackers to make their high energy and nutrient levels more easily available for cattle and biogas plants.
MCC MAX is a new conditioning system that comprises conditioning rollers which are made up of 30 ring sections each. The special arrangement and geometry of these rings defibre the material by applying cutting and shearing forces in addition to friction. This leads to a greater treatment intensity and extra defibration of stalks and leaves, irrespective of the chop length. Dairy producers and biogas operators will benefit from a higher energy yield
 
  • Combined knotter monitoring system and automatic baling pressure control on CLAAS square balers
    CLAAS-Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C05
 
Monitoring the knotters and controlling the compressing force
Monitoring the baling pressure and the knotter function on a square baler represents a great burden for operators.
The new and electronic control and monitoring system (APC) for square balers comprises an automatic baling pressure control system, which not only uses the machine load as a parameter to control the baling pressure and density but for the first time also the quality of the twine. The system also monitors the twine system and issues an alarm when it detects a problem. The system presents a great boon for operators, especially when time is pressing because of the weather.
 
  • RS 9000 double loop knotter
    Rasspe Systemtechnik, Wermelskirchen, Germany; Hall 13, Stand D26B
 
It's about the knot
Up to now, the knots have been the weakest point on a tied bale.
The double knotter from Rasspe has replaced bill discs by bill hooks. The hook makes better use of the tensile strength of the twine, because loop knots exploit the maximum tensile strength of a twine more effectively. The new knotter has an enclosed and low maintenance drive unit with only one single shaft for the entire tying process. Up to 8 units of this compact knotter can be fitted on a machine with a 1.20m bale chamber. At the same time, it may be possible to dispense with one knotter because they tie knots of such a high strength.
 
  • KUHN SW 4014 AutoLoad™ on square and round balers
    KUHN Maschinen-Vertrieb GmbH, Genthin-Schopsdorf, Germany, Hall 12, Stand C04
 
Non-stop bale wrapping
Collecting silage bales and unloading the wrapped bales onto the ground is a very time-consuming process.
The Auto Load function from Kuhn ensures a fully automated and non-stop wrapping system for square and round balers without any input from the operator. A laser integrated into the main frame detects the bale as the machine is approaching, scans the bale length and brings the load arms into their loading position. The bale is picked up with greatest accuracy, wrapped in film and unloaded on the move. This enhances the workflow and increases the overall output of the harvest chain
 
  • Every-Air
    Mooij Agro BV, Hegelsom, The Netherlands; Hall 24, Stand C10
 
In the past few years, the industry has used active and suction ventilation systems to improve storage conditions of freshly harvested potatoes and to ventilate uncovered bulk boxes. In stores with long rows of boxes, the air is not distributed uniformly within the stack, which leads to an inconsistent storage quality.
The new and simple air distribution system Every-Air by Mooij Agro BV uses a vertical tarp with perforations, which is positioned between the rows, complementing existing pressure ventilation systems for open bulk boxes. The tarp ensures that the air is evenly distributed in the entire row inside the store, providing consistent climate, drying and cooling conditions and hence improving the overall quality and storage efficiency.
 
  • Pfanzelt Pm Trac 2380 4f
    Pfanzelt Maschinenbau GmbH, Rettenbach/Allg., Germany, open-air area,
    Stand A08
 
Forestry systems tractor
Unlike agricultural tractors, forestry tractors are specialist tractors that use permanently mounted tools.
Pfanzelt Pm Trac 2380 4f is outstanding for its large load space on the rear axle which has a quick-fit system that allows swapping equipment without tools. A separate tractor chassis with a bridge frame and hydraulic suspension system that locks automatically increases the tractor's stability. The panoramic cab offers optimum visibility and the electric 340° operator seat ergonomic control. This specification allows owners to deploy Pfanzelt Pm Trac 2380 4f in different applications without time-consuming preparations and is a universal systems tractor that suits work in agriculture and forestry, landscaping and waste disposal.
 
  • Beacon based machine tracking by Fliegl Tracker
    Fliegl Agrartechnik GmbH, Mühldorf, Germany, Hall 4, Stand A33
 
Easier documentation with Bluetooth technology
A high level of food safety requires consistent documentation of the food production chain from the field to the plate.
Fliegl Tracker is a Beacon-based vehicle detection system. Beacon is a small and cost-effective Bluetooth transmitter which is constantly transmitting its code signals; these are received by antennas stationed within close range. The Fliegl Tracker is a universal device that can be operated on any vehicle and machine of any make, for example on a combine harvester. As the combine is loading the crop into the grain cart, the cart receives the code of the combine. As the cart is unloading into the road truck, the truck sends its code data to the cart. Then, when the truck unloads the grain at the store, the silo receives the truck's beacon code.
This means the grain flow is tracked from the field to the store. The universal Fliegl Tracker is not restricted to harvesting operations but is suitable for any application and communication.
 
  • Topsoil Mapper
    Geoprospectors KG, Mödling, Austria, Hall 15, Stand F44
 
Soil parameters
Topsoil Mapper is a non-contact system for measuring soil parameters in real time. The device is installed on the tractor's front linkage where it automatically detects a range of soil parameters, including compacted patches, degree of saturation with water and soil type, as the tractor traverses the field. Transmitter and receiver coils detect and compute the apparent conductivity down to a depth of 1.1m. The device software prepares 3D soil maps and is able to control the depth of an implement. The device increases area output, is weatherproof and easy to operate by the farmer himself.
 
  • Fendt 360° camera for X/P series combines
    AGCO GmbH – Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany, Hall 20, Stand B08f
  • John Deere 360 deg 3D camera system
    John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Hall 13, Stand E30 and
    Continental Automotive Austria GmbH, Wien, Austria, Halle16, Stand G05
  • Driver Extended Eyes
    SAME DEUTZ-FAHR, Lauingen, Germany, Hall 4, Stand C36
 
 
 
 
Digital imaging technologies: New dimensions in driver safety and assistance systems
Digital image processing increases the potential of imaging systems that detect the environment of an agricultural machine. The technology is a major advance from purely visual solutions.
The factory-installed technology processes digital data, which expands the operator's vision by offering perspectives from different angles or integrates additional information and image processing algorithms into the image. Using a number of cameras, the system creates a 360° panoramic view and 360° image of the machine and its surrounding from various perspectives including a bird's eye view (John Deere 360 deg. 3 D camera system, Fendt 360 deg. 3 D combine camera). Furthermore, it is possible to import additional information into the system, including projected wheelmarks or the pivoting range of the machine's rear end (John Deere). The Driver Extended Eyes system from Same Deutz-Fahr demonstrates the potential of digital camera image processing for enhanced operator focus.
This innovation provides a major boost to the aspects of safety, driver assistance and automation.
 
  • Deepfield Connect - Asparagus Monitoring
    Robert Bosch Start-Up GmbH, Ludwigsburg, Germany, Hall 9, Stand F02
 
Temperature control in asparagus fields
Deepfield Connect – Asparagus Monitoring is a system that combines sensor and communication technologies to improve the quality and yields of asparagus by using wireless sensors that measure the temperature at various levels in the asparagus field and a user platform designed by Robert Bosch Start-Up GmbH. The readings are evaluated and translated into commands by communication technology such as a smartphone app and communication technology for users. As an added option, it is possible to take history and external data into account, for example to produce forecasts on the start of harvest.
This practical solution gives farmers added information. It can be extended and the data used in other harvest products as well.
 
  • CLAAS Field route optimizer with precise wheelmark computation and job time forecast
    CLAAS-Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C05 und
    365FarmNet Group GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany, Hall 15, Stand J 13 und
    European GNSS Agency, Prague, Czech Republic, Hall 15, Stand K36
 
Increasing efficiency by optimizing field traffic
The direction of cultivation and the maximization of traffic efficiency are often issues on large and awkwardly shaped fields.
The CLAAS route-optimizing software computes the optimum route for the specific geometry of the field. The system computes the layout of the field and shows how the tracks can be arranged to achieve the most efficient traffic, along with a forecast on the amount of time required. It compares the current and the projected situation and introduces steps to improve it as necessary. The software is a planning tool which can be integrated into the internet-based 365FarmNet platform.
The field route optimizing system suits all field work in arable and grassland farming. According to the manufacturer, the computed results can be used to reduce the time required for covering the field by 6 percent on average.
 
 

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