Equipment Roundup

Deere Adds to HarvestLab, Wins Design Awards; Polaris Rolls out New Side-by-Sides, ATVs

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
John Deere grabbed an AE50 innovation award for its electric variable transmission that enables electric generation to power implement fan drives in place of implement hydraulic pumps or that can assist the tractor by powering the implement's axles. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)

In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at John Deere expanding the functions of its HarvestLab 3000 system to include grain sensing, Deere winning three innovation awards, and Polaris rolling out a series of side-by-sides and ATVs built for the rigors of farming and ranching.



John Deere is now offering HarvestLab 3000 Grain Sensing in 2018 or newer John Deere S700 series combines. Grain Sensing measures and monitors protein, starch and oil values in wheat, barley or canola in real-time. The site-specific data can then be viewed in the combine or analyzed in the John Deere Operations Center.

Grain Sensing is the fourth application of John Deere HarvestLab 3000. Deere customers have used HarvestLab for constituent sensing on John Deere self-propelled forage harvesters, for manure sensing on liquid manure applicators, and as a stationary desktop unit to analyze forage and samples.

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Polaris is expanding its line of off-road vehicles with the return of Ranger Crew XP 1000 Texas edition and Ranger SP 570 NorthStar and Ranger Crew SP 570 NorthStar editions. For ATV riders, Polaris is bringing back its Sportsman 850 and XP 1000 High Lifter editions, Sportsman 570 and XP 1000 Ride Command editions and Sportsman 570 Utility HD model. Here's a feature rundown:

-- 2023 Ranger Crew XP 1000 Texas Edition (starts at $24,299). Exclusive Texas badging, 2,500 lb. towing, 1,000 lb. bed capacity, factory-installed 4,500 lb. winch with synthetic rope. Also 14-inch ground clearance on 29-inch Pro Armor tires, LED lights, USB charging.

-- 2023 Ranger SP 570 NorthStar Edition (starts at $19,299); Ranger Crew SP 570 NorthStar Edition (starts at $21,999). Full cab with full crank-down window doors, heating, LED lights, mud guards, Polaris Pro HD 3,500 lb. winch with synthetic rope, USB charging.

-- 2023 Sportsman 850 High Lifter (starts at $12,199); Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter (starts at $16,899). High-mount air intakes and clutch ducting allow clean, cool air to enter the engine when traversing mud/water, 30-inch Outlaw 2 tires, 13.5-inch ground clearance.

-- 2023 Sportsman 570 Ride Command (starts at $12,399); Sportsman XP 1000 Ride Command (starts at $16,699). Sportsman XP 1000 Ride Command includes remote vehicle location service, vehicle health monitoring features, 27-inch Duro Tires, LED lights.

-- 2023 Sportsman 570 Utility HD (starts at $10,199). 1,350 lb. towing, 270 lbs. of rack capacity, front hitch, optional rear power port plug.

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John Deere has been given three 2023 AE50 Awards for outstanding innovation. The annual awards are given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, recognizing the 50 most innovative product-engineering designs in the food and agriculture industry. Deere received AE50 Awards for the following innovations:

-- See & Spray Ultimate technology. Deere introduced See & Spray Ultimate technology last March that enables targeted spraying of non-residual herbicide on weeds among corn, soybean and cotton plants. This technology has been shown to reduce non-residual herbicide use by more than two-thirds.

-- 8 Series Electric Variable Transmission (EVT). Also introduced last March, Deere's EVT for 8 Series Tractors has electric motor generators in place of the hydrostatic motors on an infinitely variable transmission to provide the variable input. The EVT enables electric power generation (up to 100kW) that operators might use to power implement fan drives that take the place of implement hydraulic pumps or assist the tractor by powering the implement's axles.

-- 800R Floater. The floater can be equipped with air boom, updated dry spinner-spreader and liquid systems.

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