Increased output for John Deere combines in 2020

By: Chris McCullough

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John Deere has unveiled a number of optimisation tweaks to its combines for 2020

The new John Deere 700X combine header features a new low-profile feeding design

Just in time for Agritechnica and for customers ordering a new combine for next season, John Deere has unveiled a number of optimisation tweaks to its combines for 2020.

First up, the S-Series combine’s automatic regulation of forward speed, HarvestSmart, has been optimised and integrated with the interactive combine adjustment system ICA2.

In situations where ICA2 cannot achieve the required grain sample due to high levels of chaff or broken grain, or it exceeds the set loss rate, ICA2 automatically adjusts the HarvestSmart system and the combine’s speed just as the driver would normally do.

Side winds can have an enormous effect on the distribution of combine residues, so it will be possible on S700 Series machines for 2020 for the angle of spread to be adjusted automatically.

Using GPS, the new AutoSwap system detects the combine’s direction of travel and automatically mirrors the broadcast pattern once the combine turns at the headland and moves in the opposite direction.

Improvement in chop quality is also enabled by remote adjustment of the counter knife. The operator can easily assess chop quality from the comfort of the cab by checking the combine’s reversing camera, and set the counter knife position from the seat.

The ActiveYield automatic yield sensor will also be supplemented from 2020 with an even more precise humidity sensor to improve data collection.

New display

W and T Series combines can now be equipped with the new fourth generation 4640 Greenstar Display. While all combine settings are still regulated using the armrest display, all other functions can be controlled through the 4640 display.

These include guidance, documentation, data transmission and MachineSync automatic steering of the tractor/trailer combination driving alongside. The universal 4640 display is removable and can also operate SectionControl on a sprayer, for example.

Remote counter knife adjustment will improve chop quality

New headers

John Deere will also be launching the new 700X variable length header for 2020. This maintains the existing unit’s long 1,200mm table for maximum harvesting capacity and minimum losses in oilseed rape, with the benefit of an even better crop flow.

The 700X headers will feature a new low-profile feeding design to guarantee an even smoother transition to the auger, especially for short crops such as spring barley.

With increasing restrictions on the use of herbicides and crop desiccation products, the ability to effectively combine swaths of oilseed rape, legumes and other crops is regaining importance.

To pick up swaths with as few losses as possible, John Deere will be offering the new 615P pick-up header. This one has a working width of 4.5m and is equipped with unique air-sprung support wheels.

*Info to come regarding Australia

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