Press Releases   November 05, 2020

S700 Harvester ready to tackle harvest season in 2020-21

The John Deere S700, is ready to tackle harvest season 2020-21.

The John Deere S700, is ready to tackle harvest season 2020-21.

Crestmead, Queensland (5 November, 2020) – The upcoming harvest season will soon bring the most automated and intelligent harvester on the market, the John Deere S700, back into the paddock to help capture New Zealand's 2020-2021 winter crop.

Automation key to efficiency

At the heart of the S700's effectiveness is the optional Combine Advisor™ package, to help set, optimise and automate main harvester functions when conditions change. Combine Advisor gives operators direct access to key technologies, including the HarvestSmart™ system for automation of feed rate, and Active Terrain Adjustment™ to compensate for rolling and hilly terrain, so as to maintain optimum performance.

It also includes Auto Maintain to analyse the level at which the harvester is performing, sets that as a target, and automates settings to continually maintain that target as conditions change. This is supported by ActiveVision™ cameras and grain loss monitors, specifically designed to adjust the machine to hit the pre-determined target.

"The S700 is the most automated and intelligent harvester in the New Zealand market and Combine Advisor empowers operators of any skill or experience to get the most out of the day, and out of the season," Mr Cusack said.

"It allows producers to reduce losses and maximise profits by ensuring the machine operates at its best at all times - regardless of conditions, time of day or who is behind the wheel – and to make sure what is taken from the paddock ends up in the field bin."

Precision ag at the forefront

Precision agriculture technology is at the forefront of S700 design, with AutoTrac™ Guidance included as standard on all machines across the lineup, ensuring accurate and repeatable pass after pass through the paddock to increase consistency and productivity, while reducing burden on the operator. Five years of free telematics communication products and services is also provided through JDLink™, with data streaming every 30 seconds direct from the cabin to the John Deere Operations Center to further unlock the intelligence of the harvester.

"Precision agriculture technology is now a turnkey solution with John Deere," Mr Cusack said.

"It's never been simpler, or more accessible, and we're striving to make it easier for every farmer to tap into the power high-quality information brings to decision-making and profitability."

New offerings will further strengthen performance

Updates to the entire header lineup of John Deere harvesters, announced earlier this year, including new Hinge Frame Rigid Cutterbar Drapers, RDF HydraFlexTM Drapers, a BP15 Belt Pickup Platform, and CR and CF Corn Heads will bring even more performance, including maximising hectares per hour and minimising grain loss when operating under a range of conditions, to future harvests.

John Deere also offers a fully-supported Harvest Weed Seed Control Unit through the option to add the Redekop Seed Control Unit (SCU) to the S780 and S790 models, as introduced to the market last year. Manufactured in Canada, the SCU provides a flexible and cost-efficient solution to destroy more than 98% of harvestable weeds in a single pass operation, and is fully integrated into the John Deere residue, drive and display system.

"We examined the marketplace closely to understand what some of our customers" key concerns were, looked at the best way to address these needs and determined the Redekop SCU for John Deere Combines provides the best solution for harvest weed seed control," Mr Cusack said.

"Through the SCU, we are the first harvest equipment manufacturer to offer a truly integrated, factory-tested solution that feeds seamlessly into our harvesters, our dealer network and our parts and service channels, and is of the quality we know our customers expect from a John Deere product partner."

Ready for the season ahead

Mr Cusack said John Deere was ready to work side-by-side New Zealand growers through this harvest, and optimistic about the season ahead.

"Our dealers are ready to tackle harvest 2020-21 and excited to see our products performing in the paddock for the all-important farm sector," Mr Cusack said.

"If growers require support or advice, or have any questions on the S700 or John Deere's header lineup, we encourage them to make contact with their local dealer."

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