Agco officially launched the Class 7, 8 and 9 Ideal combines in North America in 2018. The initial launch for 2019 is being limited to 20 dealers in North America. As part of this limited run, the Ideal combine has been used to harvest everything from corn, wheat, canola, sorghum, lentils and, in this field in Iowa, soybeans.
The Ideal Harvest system can automatically make adjustments to fan speed and rotor speed as needed in different conditions. On the hilly terrain of northwest Iowa (pictured here), that's a handy tool to have.
Conor Bergin notes the Ideal has harvested in some high-yield conditions this year, including 60-plus-bushel-per-acre soybeans in northwest Iowa.
Available with 26-, 30- and 36-inch tracks, Bergin says the Ideal's optional TrakRide system provides a comfortable ride, with greater weight distribution, less compaction and the ability to traverse wetter fields.
With this year's narrow harvest window, Bergin says the Ideal's 485-bushel grain tank capacity and 6-bushel-per-second unload rate have been an asset.
LIMITING GRAIN LOSS
Rick Sparks pilots a Fendt Ideal combine in a field near Hinton, Iowa. With the automated adjustments through the Ideal Harvest system, and other components such as the Ideal Balance system and dual helix rotor design, Sparks says grain loss on these northwest Iowa soybean fields has been minimal — typically down to a quarter-bushel per acre.
With the Ideal Harvest system, the machine can make automated adjustments to rotor speed and fan speed as needed. The combine does this through about 24 mass acoustic detection sensors, which also allow the operator to monitor grain throughout the threshing and separating process, giving a good picture of the grain sample.
With the dual helix rotor design, Bergin says the threshing and separating system on the Ideal is gentler on the crop, with less cracks, less MOG (material other than grain), and an overall cleaner sample.