At Farm Progress one of my responsibilities is coordinating the editorial content of our show programs – Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. A highlight of the content is "Look for these new products to debut at the show". We contact exhibitors and ask them to provide us with info on their new product introductions so we can include that information in the program. We don't get everything in the program because some companies are so secretive that they won't even tell us about it until the actual unveiling at the shows.
But here's a sneak peak at some of what we have learned. In the harvesting arena, New Holland rolls out the CR Series of combines that boast up to 15% more capacity and a new Harvest Suite cab. The company calls it the "culmination of 40 years of Twin Rotor technology.
Leading Edge Technologies will be showing their Load Judge, which uses high-tech sensors and smart phones to load grain trailers with a high degree of accuracy.
Claas of America will roll out the new Xerion tractor – the only over 400-hp, four-wheel drive tractor on the market that offers a constantly variable transmission, a rigid frame and a full turning cab.
New tillage equipment to be demoed at fall shows include the Joker from Horsch that features aggressive, 20-inch notched blades that are positioned offset to finely chop long straws and mulch tough residue at operating speeds from 8 to 12 mph.
TrakTill, from Agriculture Concepts is a planter attachment that reduces pinch row compaction and will be available in 2015 for John Deere Bauer Built planters with narrow row spacing and John Deere 1770/1775 planter models.
There's an app for most everything these days and you will find a lot of new ones at the fall shows. Brandt Tank Pro is designed to help growers check product compatibility before making critical purchase and application decisions. It focuses on the compatibility of postemergent herbicides and foliar micronutrients.
Trimble's UX5 unmanned aircraft system can capture aerial images for scouting and monitoring crop health, locate cattle and available forage, measure crop height and generate topographic maps. The output of a single flight provides geo-referenced precision images, a digital surface model and a dense 3-D point cloud that includes elevations.
Those are just some teasers. Some introductions we won't know about until show time. A number of press conferences are scheduled at the Farm Progress Show, for example, including Topcon Precision Agriculture, Monsanto, Case IH, The Climate Corporation, Agco, Bayer and others.
So be sure to mark your calendars for Farm Progress Show, Aug. 26-28 at Boone, Iowa, and Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 9-11 at Grand Island, Nebraska.