By Farm Progress staff
No one who makes combines or any type of equipment for harvesting and handling grain is resting on their laurels. It’s full speed ahead as they either fine-tune previous models for the new year or come up with new products that will help you during the harvest season.
A team of four Farm Progress editors combed the Farm Progress Show looking for new products. More editors also searched the grounds at Husker Harvest Days and discovered more new products not displayed at other shows.
Several of those products that relate to harvesting crops and handling and even storing grain successfully are highlighted here. You’ll find improvements that you can expect to find on the new John Deere combines for 2020.
You’ll also get a look at the latest combine model from Claas. There is more that is new on the latest Lexion combine from Claas than just the color scheme, but, yes, the colors of the combine have changed. New Claas combine models carry the traditional colors of Claas equipment rather than the yellow and black colors that Lexion combines sported for several years. Spokespeople assure customers that they will find the same great quality inside, plus additional features added for the new models.
Agco introduces a new draper head for Gleaner combines. Draper-style heads continue to grow in popularity vs. traditional-style heads that used only reels and augers to convey soybeans, wheat or other crops into the throat of the combine.
Several other companies displayed products at fall farm shows that can help you at harvest, but those are much smaller and cost much less than a combine or a draper head. Some of those include replacement parts for existing combines, such as concaves offered by short-line companies.
Still other companies are offering attachments that should make your existing combine work better. For example, you can buy five-finger, poly tines that fit over regular tines of reels for only $7 each. Spokespeople claim these tines can help pull in more crop, especially if the crop is short or if you’re in down conditions.
Check out these new products — there is something for everyone and for every budget.