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John Deere Offers its First Folding Corn Head

For the first time, John Deere will sell a 12-row folding corn head.

“The biggest advantage of a folding corn head is being able to fold on the go without having to take the head off the combine,” says Todd VerHeecke with John Deere. “This increases acres harvested per day and decreases operating costs because you don’t need the additional labor or fuel for the truck that moves the combine head.”

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John Deere estimates that the 612FC will harvest up to 30 acres more per day than a traditional eight row corn head and six more acres per day than a traditional 12-row head while reducing operating costs by 15%.

The 612FC will feature the same characteristics as the rest of the 600 series corn heads. The folding capability adds 2,000 to 3,000 pounds to the head. Pricing is not available.

Upgrades to S-series
John Deere made significant upgrades to the S-series combine line, starting with a 12% larger cleaning sieve and a new shoe drive system with a wider, more durable belt.

In-shoe limited conditions the new Dyna-Flow Plus cleaning system can increase combine capacity up to 10% in corn and 13% in wheat. The combines are designed with stronger internal bearings, pulleys, and support structure for increased durability and uptime.

In addition, John Deere is making Active Terrain Adjustment available as a factory-installed option for all 2016 models. Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls the fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels in hilly terrain, optimizing the harvesting performance and minimizing grain loss. On uphill slopes of 12° to 16° the results can be a $32 to $64 savings per acre while reducing tailings by as much as 35%.

To improve accuracy of yield data, John Deere is also introducing Active Yield with automated calibration. This feature greatly reduces the time spent calibrating yield monitors.

Lastly, John Deere has added an onboard air compressor to new 2016 combines, making routine combine cleaning and maintenance easier.

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