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Get the latest guidance technology for less

Farmers and contractors are being offered the chance to upgrade their old John Deere StarFire iTC satellite receivers for the latest SF6000 guidance technology at a specially reduced price, from now up to the end of April 2020. The introduction of the StarFire iTC receiver in 2004 established John Deere’s industry leadership in automatic…

Operations Centre adds a company a week

Today’s farmers and contractors have to manage a large amount of data. With the cloud-based John Deere Operations Centre, not only can documentation and John Deere machine data be exchanged, but also data from external applications such as field maps and weather stations or from competitive equipment. Additional functions can also be easily integrated…

Guidance without guidance lines

John Deere has launched its new award-winning AutoTrac Vision system for selected tractor and self-propelled sprayer models. This uses a high resolution front-mounted camera to automatically guide machinery down established crop rows, and effectively provides guidance without the need for guidance lines. “AutoTrac Vision allows users to bring more technology and automation to operations that are still driven manually. We see this…

New Gator is the most comfortable ever

John Deere’s new premium XUV 865R Gator is the most comfortable model ever produced in the company’s popular cross-over utility vehicle range. This 23hp diesel-powered model combines the established high performance of the XUV 865M with a wide range of additional…

John Deere dealer Sherriff acquires Greenlay

John Deere agricultural and turf dealer Thomas Sherriff & Co Ltd, whose headquarters are based at Haddington in East Lothian, has bought the professional turf business of Greenlay Ltd in Cramlington, south Northumberland. This development extends the dealership’s trading area and takes to seventhe total number of Sherriff outlets serving customers from the River Forth in Scotland, down through the Borders to Durham…

Heavy-lift utility drone for agriculture

John Deere and Volocopter have announced their cooperation on cargo drone technology and presented the first large drone adapted for agricultural use at Agritechnica 2019. A demonstrator model of the VoloDrone equipped with a John Deere crop sprayer, which is ready for its first field flight, was displayed in the Future Technology Zone. Featuring a potential payload of 200kg, the VoloDrone is able to cover an enormous area, especially…

A new dimension in harvest productivity and efficiency

John Deere has chosen Agritechnica 2019 to preview an addition to the top end of its combine harvester range with the all-new X9 model and matching draper header, specifically designed and developed for tough European harvesting conditions. Compared to the…

The future begins in the Future Technology Zone

In a new exhibition concept at this year’s Agritechnica, John Deere is demonstrating its leading position in precision agriculture in the Future Technology Zone. Nine different product developments and research projects in the fields of electrification, autonomy through automation and artificial intelligence show how agriculture could work even more…

New tractors make show debut at AgriScot 2019

John Deere’s new 6M Series tractors make their public show debut on Wednesday 20 November at AgriScot 2019 (stand no. 188). The four-cylinder 6120M and 6140M on display at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston feature higher standards of comfort, performance, manoeuvrability and visibility compared to previous models in the range. This is a more compact…

High-precision slurry spreading from John Deere and Vogelsang

John Deere and Vogelsang have launched a joint project to promote more sustainable organic fertiliser application. The combination of John Deere Section Control and Vogelsang’s automatic partial width Comfort Flow Control (CFC) section control system enables highly precise spreading of…

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