In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at new equipment and product rollouts by Kinze, Can-Am and Case-IH, John Deere's strong first-quarter sales and Yanmar's upgrading its autonomous tractors.
KINZE EXPANDS TRUE SPEED PLANTER LINE, ENHANCES BLUE VANTAGE
Kinze is expanding its True Speed high-speed planting technology to five more planter configurations for the 2022 season. The company is also adding new features to its Blue Vantage planter display for 2022.
Kinze's 4905 True Speed planter debuted this spring in 16- and 24-row models, providing corn and soybean farmers with seed placement at speeds from 3 to 12 miles per hour. Kinze's high-speed technology enables farmers to accurately double the acres planted in a typical day.
For 2022, the expanded True Speed lineup includes:
-- 4905 12R30 configuration for smaller operations or a second planter for smaller fields. All three 4905 planters offer increased fertilizer capacity for 2022.
-- 31/32R15 split-row and 16R30 configurations of the Kinze 3665, a 15-inch soybean planter for high-residue conditions.
-- 24R30 and 36R20 configurations of the 4705 high-flotation planter for narrow width crops.
New seed discs will be offered with the 2022 True Speed models for planting cotton, sugar beets and milo.
Kinze is adding new features next season to its Blue Vantage display. These include:
-- Shared coverage mapping, enabling two planters to be in the same field and work together to share coverage data.
-- Up to four cameras in the display. One camera will be factory-installed for rear viewing when transporting the planter. Kinze customers can order up to three more cameras to install wherever they choose.
-- Blue Vantage displays will be added to 3505 8-row bulk fill planters.
Orders for 2022 True Speed planters and enhanced Blue Vantage display can be placed with dealers beginning April 5.
For more information go to: www.kinze.com
CAN-AM'S NEW COMMANDER
Can-Am is launching a brand-new Commander side-by-side for 2021. Here are the features:
-- Performance. Rotax 1000R engine delivering 100 horsepower.
-- Workability. 2,000 pounds of towing capacity and 600 pounds of cargo in the bed. The dumping cargo bed is 29.5 by 45.2 by 10.6 inches.
-- Power Steering. Dynamic power steering, more power at lower speeds.
-- Crew Cab. Bucket seats for up to four riders, adjustable driver's seat, wider opening doors, tilt steering wheel, full skid-place, premium half-door, plus a sport roof on the XT and XT-P.
-- Storage. 7.3 gallons of interior storage: glove box compartment; driver storage; center console and cup holders; side cargo box storage (passenger side); dual side panel storage.
-- Trip Info. 4.5 and 7.6 in. wide digital displays with keypad, readable in all conditions: speed, time, fuel level, engine temperature, mileage.
MSRP: starting at $16,399. For more information go to: www.can-am.brp.com.
FAST OUT OF THE BOX: DEERE REPORTS BIG FIRST QUARTER
Deere and Company reported net income of $1.224 billion for the first quarter of 2021 (ending Jan. 31, 2021) compared to $517 million in the same quarter one year ago. Equipment operations net sales were $8.051 billion for the quarter, compared to $6.530 billion a year ago.
"Our results were aided by outstanding performance across our business lineup and improving conditions in the farm and construction sectors," said Deere chairman and chief executive officer John C. May.
Looking at production and precision agriculture alone, Deere reported net sales of $3.069 billion in the first quarter of 2021. That's up 22% from the same time last year. Numbers reported by Deere's small ag and turf division were astounding. Net sales were up 27%. Operating profit was up 203%.
CASE OFFERS NEW LUBRICANTS
Case is announcing new lubricant options for all generations of Case IH equipment. These include:
-- Hy-Tran Premium. Provides engineered enhancements in shift quality, superior, deposit-free protection against wear, corrosion, heat and noise and 1% water tolerance with low additive dropout.
-- No. 1 Engine Oil. Engineered, tested and proven to meet the heavy-duty (Tier 4) demands of agricultural equipment, extended drain intervals, oxidation and deposit control.
-- Extended Life Oat Coolant. Up to 4,000 hours/four years of service life without a booster or extender; Organic Additive Technology (OAT) for corrosion protection, high-temperature protection.
For more information: https://www.mycnhistore.com/…
YANMAR UPGRADES ITS JAPANESE TRACTORS
Yanmar Agribusiness Co. (a subsidiary of Yanmar Holdings) has announced upgrades of its autonomous tractor series, capable of full or partially autonomous work.
Robotic tractors have come to prominence in Japan because of two changing conditions. First, there has been an increase in large scale farming, brought on by consolidation of smaller farms. Second, a declining and aging farming population has led to workforce shortages.
Yanmar's upgraded robot/autonomous tractors will now utilize a multi-frequency antenna for stable connection and higher positioning accuracy.
"Yanmar's auto tractor and robot tractor have found favor in the farming community for their efficiency, reliability and accuracy," said Nagamori Masuda, Yanmar Agribusiness president. "With these new models, Yanmar offers farmers even more value with more robust positioning technology."
Here are the new features:
-- Multi-frequency antenna for faster positioning. By receiving signals at three different frequencies, the multi-frequency antenna can ensure safe driving. Positioning time is reduced by 75%.
-- Greater convenience through expanded RTK coverage. Previously, by receiving the signal from the satellite and a correction from a base station, it was possible to achieve precision of plus/minus 3 centimeters (1.18 inches). The new system receives a multi-frequency signal, allowing the tractor to receive local reference point positioning data. It is no longer necessary to install a Yanmar base station and the system can be used anywhere mobile signals are available.
-- Lower speed for precision work. Because positioning is highly robust, it is possible to carry out precision work at speeds as low as 0.5 kilometers per hour (0.31 miles per hour).
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