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Equipment Roundup: Raven Launches New OMNiPOWER Unit, Deere Prepares Way for Electrification

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
A new stepless Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) will be available for all Deere 410-horsepower 8 Series tractors. An EVT has electric motors in place of the hydrostatic motors that improve transmission performance, reliability, and efficiency. Future Deere EVT tractors will optionally feature electric power generation to power implements and axles. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)

In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at Raven Industries launching a new autonomous power platform, John Deere updating its 8 and 9 Series tractors for model year 2023 with new technology and power and also updating its model year 2023 planters, Titan International Inc. expanding its AgraEDGE tire line with four new flotation sizes, Brock offering mid-roof walkarounds on its grain bins, and CNH Industrial donating $500,000 to support Ukrainians affected by the war.

Read on for more details.

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RAVEN REVEALS OMNIPOWER 3200

CNH Industrial subsidiary Raven Industries is launching its OMNiPOWER 3200, the newest of its autonomous power platforms. OMNiPOWER gives ag professionals the ability to perform multiple farming operations autonomously. The new 3200 model will accelerate the adoption of advanced autonomous solutions with the addition of mechanical, functional and aesthetic enhancements that improve efficiency and make autonomy more practical for growers, Raven said.

OMNiPOWER 3200 runs on a new Tier 5 engine with increased horsepower compared to the previous OMNiPOWER system. The machine's hydraulics system has been optimized, adding about 50% more power to the ground and improving operating speeds. The new model also eases operator serviceability.

See Raven's OMNiPOWER 3200 video here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….

For more information: https://ravenprecision.com/….

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DEERE ADDS NEW TECH, POWER TO 8, 9 SERIES TRACTORS

John Deere has made updates to its 8 and 9 Series tractors for model year 2023 by adding new technology and power. For the largest models of 8 Series Tractors, John Deere is offering a new stepless Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) that enables precise speed control and enhanced drivability. For 9 Series Tractors, the largest models will be powered by a redesigned JD14X (13.6L) diesel engine.

For customers who prefer stepless transmissions for infinite speed control and ease of drivability, the new EVT will be available for all 410-horsepower 8 Series Tractors, including 8R, 8RT and 8RX models.

As farmers look to the future, the EVT will likely be the transmission of choice for many customers, Deere expects. That's because EVT-equipped 8 Series tractors will optionally feature electric power generation capable of offboarding electricity to power implements. The EVT is the industry's only transmission that enables electric power generation (up to 100kW), Deere says. By using this electricity, farmers could power implement fan drives, replace implement hydraulic pumps, or assist the tractor by powering the implement's axles.

This is similar to technology John Deere currently uses on construction equipment.

Agricultural implements with powered axles are already successfully used in Europe to help push the tractor from behind while working in the field.

For model year 2023, John Deere 9R 640 and 9RX 640 tractors will now also be powered by the all-new, completely redesigned JD14X diesel engine, producing 640-rated horsepower. Based on internal testing, the JD14X engine in 9R 640 and 9RX 640 tractors uses 7% less fuel than previous models, Deere said.

For more information: www.johndeere.com.

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DEERE UPDATES MODEL YEAR 2023 PLANTERS

John Deere has announced updates to its model year 2023 planters that include a new configuration for the 1725C 16R30 planter and enhanced frame design for existing 1725C 12R36/38 and 12R38/40 planters, along with other enhancements that will add value for corn and cotton producers.

The 1725C replaces the 1725CCS planter, which will still be offered until the end of model year 2023. The 1725C 16-row planter offers individual-row hydraulic downforce, pneumatic closing wheels and ExactRate. In addition, the 1725 offers improved frame weight distribution and better maneuverability without the need for lift-assist wheels compared to the 1725CCS.

Updates to the 1725 16R30 planter include a new configuration with enhanced frame design and a 55-bushel Central Commodity System (CCS). Farmers can now order the 1725C 16R30 planter with the optional ExactRate fertilizer system.

For more information: www.johndeere.com.

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TITAN ADDS FLOTATION SIZES TO AGRAEDGE LINE

Titan International Inc. is expanding its AgraEDGE tire line -- launched last year -- with four new flotation sizes. The radial R-1W tires are available now in 710/70R38, 710/70R42, 800/65R32, and 800/70R38 sizes for MFWD tractors, combines, grain carts and four-wheel-drive tractors.

For more information: titan-intl.com/Tires/AGRAEDGE.

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BROCK OFFERS MID-ROOF WALKAROUNDS

Brock EVEREST bins can reach heights up to 150 feet. As more equipment is being installed on these tall roofs, many commercial grain operations and large farm operations are choosing to install roof safety walkarounds.

Brock Mid-Roof Walkarounds are permanently installed walkways giving workers 360-degree access to grain bin roofs and mounted components.

Brock's Mid-Roof Walkarounds are designed for EVEREST Bins 60 feet in diameter and up and are now available to order. Mid-roof walkarounds for bin models 36-54 feet in diameter will be available by midyear 2022.

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CNH GIVES $500,000 TO SUPPORT UKRAINIANS

CNH Industrial is donating $500,000 to support Ukrainians affected by the war. CNH is working with non-governmental organizations to manage distributions.

"CNH Industrial strongly condemns any and all acts of unprovoked violence and aggression, which have led to the current lamentable situation in Ukraine. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, and we are prioritizing the safety of our employees and their families in the country," said Scott W. Wine, CEO, CNH Industrial.

CNH Industrial has 38 employees based in Ukraine, and a dedicated team is actively providing them with ongoing support.

Dan Miller can be reached at dan.miller@dtn.com

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