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New Farm Tools and Equipment Showcased at National Farm Machinery Show

Thousands of crop and livestock farmers from around the country traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the National Farm Machinery Show last week. More than 800 exhibitors gathered to showcase their latest tools, equipment, and technology for farmers. Here’s a recap of the highlights.

Planting and Seeding

John Deere introduced a new redesigned N500C air drill for small grain producers at the 2019 National Farm Machinery Show. This is an updated version of the 1990CCS air seeder. The updated N500C includes ProSeries openers and easier access to the meters.

A John Deere N500C air drill.
John Deere

Wet soil may be less of a challenge for farmers planting with the new Coil Wheel System from PolyTech. The new self-cleaning spring coil wheels replace traditional rubber depth gauge wheels and closing wheels. Read more in this article.

Unverferth Manufacturing Co. announced a new cover crop seeder that can be mounted to its Rolling Harrow soil conditioner. The seeder can be added to new orders of the Rolling Harrow 1245 and 1245D, or can be added to most previous models if farmers already own a Rolling Harrow from Unverferth. The hopper capacity is 40.5 cubic feet.

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Unverferth

Martin-Till introduced another industry-first piece of planting technology at the National Farm Machinery Show last week. Prototypes of a closing wheel system that feature adjustable closing wheels riding on a parallel linkage suspension with pneumatic down pressure were on display at the Martin-Till booth. Read more in this article.

Irrigation

Lindsay Corporation introduced its new Pivot Watch device last week. This solar-powered monitor can be accessed via the FieldNET app on any mobile device, allowing farmers to remotely monitor the current position, status, direction, and speed of their pivot. Read more in this article.

Tires and Tracks

Titan announced new sizes of its crossover tire, the Goodyear R14T at the show. “We expanded this line to 18 total sizes, making this our premier tire line for nearly any subcompact tractor or loader, as well as any compact or utility tractor on the market,” points out Scott Sloan of Titan Goodyear. Read more in this article.

Camso, the track company now owned by Michelin, announced its certified remanufactured tracks program is expanding. As part of the program, the company accepts a farmer’s used tracks and puts new tread bars on the carcass. Martin Lunkenbein with Camso says compared with buying new components, farmers can save 40% by remanufacturing their tracks and wheels on average. Read more in this article.

Shop Tools

Crankenstein is a lightweight tool to help farmers and ranchers jump-start dead machinery. This handy device can be used in temperatures as low as -28˚F. and can hold a single charge for more than one year. Read more about this 9-pound device in this article.

Harvesting

Calmer introduced the first 12-bladed chopping stalk roll in the industry last week. The new roll has been named the Super Chopper by Calmer, and it works on wet, dry, and green stalks. Sizing and chopping stalks helps the residue break down faster allowing the important nutrients inside to be recycled more quickly. The new Super Chopper is compatible with John Deere 600 and 700 series corn heads. Read more in this article.

Hiniker displayed a hemp harvester prototype. Engineer Gary Hodapp said the cutter-style hemp harvester is still being tested and will not be available for farmers to purchase until at least mid-2020. The current prototype is designed to harvest two rows at a time. The company is also looking into producing a stripper-style hemp harvester.

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Natalina Sents

Tractors

Case IH unveiled its latest tractor innovation at the National Farm Machinery Show in 2019. The new AFS Connect Magnum tractor series features a significantly updated cab to better accommodate the improved AFS precision technology. “The AFS Connect Magnum offers new levels of connectivity and comfort,” marketing manager Jay Barth says. Read more in this article, or watch this video for details.

New Holland announced the introduction of its model year 2020 Genesis T8 series tractor with PLM Intelligence. This new tractor was unveiled for the first time at the show. Inside the revamped cab, the armrest has been completely redesigned with customized controls. The updated cab also features cameras, a dashboard-like display, and larger door window for increased visibility. The Genesis T8 also includes updated PLM Intelligence precision technology. Read more in this article or watch this video for details.

John Deere also introduced new tractors last week. The company expanded its 6R series to include the 6230R and 6250R. These new models were especially designed to meet the needs of hay producers and livestock farmers when they become available in 2020. The new tractors can accelerate quickly, and they have a more comfortable cab with a standard factory-installed Generation 4 4200 CommandCenter. Read more in this article.

Kubota is targeting livestock, hay, and forage producers with its second generation of M7 tractors. All three new models include the new 30-speed semipowershift, which allows the user more flexibility to choose the best gear for each job.

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Kubota

Deutz Fahr also revealed a new set of tractors to fill a gap in its product line. The 6 series tractors announced last week are powered by FARMotion diesel engines and are distributed in the U.S. by PFG America. The 6130 and the 6140 will be available in the U.S. and offer 126 hp. and 136 hp., respectively.

Massey Ferguson expanded its GC1700 series subcompact tractor line to include the MFGC1723E and MFGGC1725M with 22.5 hp. and 24 hp., respectively. This small tractor is ideal for mowing, snowblowing, loading, and doing backhoe work.

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