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World Ag Expo celebrates 40 years of innovation in ag production

Agriculture.com Staff 02/14/2007 @ 9:55am

As the World Ag Expo opened its doors for its 40th year, visitors and exhibitors from all over the world converged on Tulare, California, to see what's new in ag technology and equipment. Products launched here this week will have a lasting impact on the agriculture industry. And on the first day of the expo, visitors weren't disappointed. New entries from New Holland, CaseIH and Claas are just a few of the highlights of the show.

One of the big introductions today was from New Holland with its new FR Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters. Farmers can choose from five models - FR9040, FR9050, FR9060, FR9080, and FR9090. The models feature a horsepower range of 418 to 812. A new simplified powertrain delivers maximum power using one main gearbox, belt drive, and fewer driveshafts than previous systems. The extra-wide, Variflow accelerator propels crop with maximum efficiency. Other features include the hydraulically controlled sharpening system, the widest spout in the industry and 210 degrees of spout rotation, and choice of corn or grass knives. This machine is scheduled for production in Fall 2007 with an expected delivery for 2008. The suggested manufacturer's price will be $403,000 (Model FR9090).

The CaseIH Module Express 625 is two machines in one. It combines a cotton picker with a module. The machine is the first of its kind in the industry and combines a cotton picker that makes a module. Some highlights include a 365 hp., Case IH 9-liter engine, an Automatic Intelligent Auger Packing System, and a module chamber with a capacity of 4,000 to 12,000 lbs. There will be limited production in 2007 and is priced $100,000 over a traditional six-row unit.

The Xerion 3300 from Claas is a combination of a tractor and systems vehicle. This machine can be used for multiple applications including tillage, seeding, spraying, and mowing. The main highlight of the machine is its rotating cab. It is the first machine of its kind and touts a PTO power rating of 273 hp. MSRP is $325,000.

John Deere is giving farmers a sneak peek of its round cotton module. Although this unit will not be available until 2008, it promises to give cotton producers an alternative way to harvest cotton. The machine promises to reduce labor costs and handling losses, and no tarp is required.

Exhibitors who have been with the show since its inception were also honored today. Some of the companies celebrating 40 years as an exhibitor included Agco Corporation, Case IH, John Deere, New Holland, and Dow Agro Sciences.

Agriculture is a viable, complex industry, and farm shows are the place to see the leaders in ag innovation, technology and the latest in new products. This is one of the greatest shows on earth and features all of these things and much more.

Opening day of the Expo brought record breaking numbers in the Expo's International Business Center. For the first time in show history, the Expo welcomed 565 international attendees from 57 countries in one day.

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