Deere Hauls in 6 AE50 Awards

Deere Nets Awards for Product Development, Efficiency, Safety

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
ExactRate is a liquid-fertilizer-application system that helps reduce fertilizer costs at time of planting by automatically shutting off application in areas of overlap or non-application. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)

John Deere has received a half-dozen AE50 Awards for outstanding innovations that improve production agriculture.

The awards come by way of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The group recognizes the 50 most innovative product-engineering designs in the food and agriculture industry with AE50 Awards. Winning products are recognized for ingenuity in product development and for saving farmers time, costs and labor while improving safety.

Here are Deere's 2021 AE50 Awards:

-- ExactRate liquid fertilizer system: ExactRate is a liquid-fertilizer-application system on John Deere planters that farmers can use for row-by-row section control. This system helps reduce fertilizer costs at the time of planting by automatically shutting off application in areas of overlap or non-application.

-- Harvest Monitor with SmartClean: Deere's Harvest Monitor with the SmartClean System is an industry-first cleaning performance and documentation system for mechanical sugar cane harvesters. SmartClean enhances operator decision making. Coupled with integrated machine sensors, SmartClean minimizes cane losses and manages residue ejection and leaf trash sent to the mill.

-- X9 combines: Last summer, John Deere introduced two models of X Series combines, the X9 1000 and X9 1100. The 1100 can harvest up to 30 acres of wheat per hour and harvest up to 7,200 bushels per hour in high-yielding corn. As conditions change, the combine automatically adjusts itself to keep running at peak levels.

-- CH950 sugar cane harvester: The CH950 sugar cane harvester is the industry's first two-row harvester. The CH950 doubles productivity and decreases crop losses by 60% and using 30% less fuel.

-- HDR rigid cutterbar drapers: Deere received an AE50 Award for its HDR rigid cutterbar draper. The HDR enables small grains, oilseed or soybean farmers to maximize their combine's acres-per-hour capacity across various crops, changing conditions and uneven or rolling terrain.

-- CF folding corn heads: Deere's CF folding corn head features a fold cycle time of less than 40 seconds when connected to a John Deere X Series combine. The folding corn head reduces operating costs by eliminating the need to purchase a header trailer to transport between fields.

Dan Miller