2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Deere's New "No Back Door" Round Baler
Andy reports that Deere's new "no back door" round baler attracts big crowds. It has a canvas "clamshell" back end instead of a solid door. The clamshell rises up so quickly the bale is ejected in just 5 sec. Inside there are just two big belts on top and a couple rollers at the bottom so overall it looks like the baler is a lot lighter and requires less maintenance.
One interesting trend Andy spotted was new chisel plow/cultivator shanks with "add ons". The Vaderstad (www.vaderstad.com) TopDown shank has a curved "shin" that attaches to the face of the shank to thoroughly lift and mix soil and residue. Amazone's new shank (www.amazone.co.uk) is fitted with a flat shield that deflects soil to one side. It's used on the outside edge of the field cultivator.
Another hot idea: A German-built, tractor-mounted "crop reading" system that can be used to map fields and determine nutrient needs of standing crops. Manufacturer Isaria (www.fritzmeier.de/umwelt) says it's the only system of its kind in the world.
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