Engineers name top 5 machines
Best new machinery
The best new machinery of 2010 was given special recognition this year at the AE50 Judge’s Choice Awards Event, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The presentations were made on January 8, 2011 at the AG CONNECT Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, which featured new equipment exhibits from around the world.
For the first time ever in the 25-year history of the awards, five products out of 50 total cited by the program were given special recognition. ASABE President Ronald McAllister, a product evaluation manager for CNH, made the awards presentations. Click on to see all the award winners.
‘Mountain goat’ machine
The Brielmaier Motor Mower Q1 is touted as the “first & only uniaxial agricultural high-performance mower that houses its engine, wheel drive & all major hydraulic or mechanical components completely inside its studded roller wheels.” The design enables the machine to work in rough terrain, mowing on extremely steep slopes. The Q1 is also engineered to operate in wet and water terrain.
The Tractor Baler Automation from John Deere “automates manual baling operations by bringing the tractor to a stop automatically when a bale reaches the desired sized in the chamber….” The system then opens and closes the gate to eject the bale. The automated system improves operator comfort, allows longer working days and improves bale size consistency.
The Biobaler WB-55 Woody Biomass Harvester, designed by the Anderson Group, makes dense bales of woody crops. The small-dimension harvester includes a mulching head and a central swing pivot tongue. It can harvest up to 23 wet tons per hour in a woody crop plantation and up to ten tons in natural vegetation.
Olives in a row
The 6420 SHD Olive Harvester, made by Oxbo International Corporation, mechanically harvests olives in “super-high density” hedgerow plantings. Designed with feedback from growers, processors and nurseries, the harvester features limited-slip four-wheel traction and a high-visibility cab that can be lowered while mounted to the chassis for easy transport.
AutoFarm’s ParaDyme Precision Farming System is a “totally integrated GPS steering and precision farming solution" featuring a VHF/UHF radio for RTK corrections, cell phone modem for corrections, WiFi link for software uploads and data transfer, GPS receiver and steering controller all in a single enclosure.