Get ready for the high-tech future of farming


The inexorable surge of new farm mechanisation technology will see dramatic changes in the industry over the next five years.

That was the inescapable conclusion after a breath-taking display by manufacturers at the recent Agritechnica Show in Hanover, Germany. It won’t be too long before hydraulics are replaced by electrics, along with engines.

Judges assessing the new innovations awarded five gold and 44 silver medals from a staggering 311 submissions.

John Deere picked up three gold, with singles to Fendt and Krone. Deere also won 10 silver medals to be the most successful exhibitor in the awards. Deere’s gold-winning entries were Connected Nutrient Management, Connected Crop Protection with Chemical Application Manager and Pro Cut.

Connected Nutrient Management is a user-friendly, optimised nutrient management system and includes technologies for highly precise fertiliser application. The data, knowledge and key technologies owned by innovation partners John Deere, Land Data Eurosoft, VISTA, Rauch and Sulky have been tied up in a smart, complete bundle.

For the first time ever, farmers will be able to precisely determine, apply and document nutrient demands (nitrogen, phosphates, etc.) for specific sub-areas, regardless of the type of organic or artificial fertiliser used.

According to Deere, there has never before been a similar integrated solution offering maximum customer value while proactively considering the prevailing environmental and legislative constraints.

The Deere Connected Crop Protection and Chemical Application Manager is an intuitive system that helps users make a sound decision for a targeted, well-timed, and precise application. This integrated system relies on a range of key technologies that offer recommendations and operator assistance for filling and spraying and automatically take buffer zones into account and comes with full documentation.

It also integrates the Chemical Application Manager, a joint development by BASF and John Deere in conjunction with public-sector partners ISIP, ZEPP, JKI and KTBL.

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