John Deere is once again supporting Open Farm Sunday as the machinery sponsor for this year’s event, which takes place on June 5th, 2016.Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Open Farm Sunday will see hundreds of farmers across the country opening their gates to the public to help them discover the world of farming, from how farmers grow crops for food, clothing, medicine and fuel through to the science and technology behind British agriculture.Since its launch in 2006, Open Farm Sunday has seen over 1.6 million people visit a farm and learn about the vital work farmers do. LEAF is estimating that 400 farms will open this year and between them, will welcome over a quarter of a million visitors. In the last three years, more than 80 per cent of visitors reported learning something new about farming, and one in five visitors had not visited a farm before.A series of Open Farm School Days will also run throughout June. They provide thousands of school children with the opportunity to visit a farm to learn more about where their food comes from and how it is produced. More information about Open Farm School Days can be found at www.farmsunday.org.Via the newly refreshed website, LEAF provides lots of features and resources to help host farmers put on a safe, engaging and enjoyable event and help inspire their visitors about all aspects of farming. John Deere contributes to this by producing 35,000 information leaflets for visitors to take home, with content for both adults and children, highlighting the latest John Deere technology and featuring some useful industry facts.In addition, many dealers and John Deere staff support individual events with the loan of machinery for tractor rides or static display, or by helping host farmers and talking to visitors about John Deere’s advanced technology and its role in helping farmers to produce quality food for home and abroad.Further details of the event are available on the Open Farm Sunday website or you can follow @OpenFarmSunday on Twitter (#OFS16) or on Facebook at LEAFopenfarmsunday, while several new promotional videos are also available to view on YouTube.Facts about farming: The links below are designed to provide you with a few interesting facts about farming, John Deere and the use of technology on today’s farms – and after June 5, you’ll find the answers to our ‘Spot the Difference’ competition, which will also be featured on the event’s special visitor leaflet.
Featuring a larger 5000-litre capacity spray tank and a new ultra-lightweight but extremely strong carbon fibre boom, John Deere’s new R4050i self-propelled sprayer will be making its UK & Ireland show debut at Cereals 2016 in Cambridgeshire this June.Scheduled to be in full production at the John Deere Horst factory in the Netherlands for the 2018 season, the R4050i will join the existing R4040i 4000-litre self-propelled model in the company’s market leading sprayer range in limited numbers from early 2017. Weight distribution on this bigger machine has been improved by removing around 900kg from the rear through the use of the carbon fibre boom, alongside the extra weight of liquid carried in the larger tank.Able to spray at widths of 18 or 36m, the high-performance spray boom is considerably lighter than steel or aluminium designs. However, the carbon fibre material used in its construction is around 5.5 times stronger than steel and is able to flex, which relieves the boom structure from the stress that can cause fractures in metal booms. The carbon fibre boom is specially designed to withstand the high dynamic loads created at high application speeds of 20 to 30kph, even with very wide booms.The reduced weight of the carbon fibre boom, at around five times lighter than a steel equivalent, also has benefits for ride performance. The boom’s low inertia greatly reduces the undesirable roll and yaw movement often seen in wide spray booms. In addition automatic boom levelling systems, like John Deere’s own BoomTrac, are able to control the ultra-lightweight boom with greater precision, enabling lower boom heights and higher speeds to be employed.The R4050i is powered by the same 6.8-litre John Deere PowerTech PSS engine as the smaller machine, producing 235 rated hp (boosted to 255hp with intelligent power management/IPM). This engine meets Stage IV/Final Tier 4 emissions regulations by incorporating selective catalytic reduction (SCR).The machine’s centrally located, easy to access cab provides a comfortable operating position and offers good visibility both on the road and in the field. The sprayer chassis features dual-strut independent wheel suspension for a smooth, fast ride, and hydraulic track width adjustment as standard. There is also a choice of two-wheel, four-wheel or crab steering to suit different crop and field conditions.The R4050i is equipped as standard with the John Deere GreenStar 3 2630 touchscreen display with full FieldDoc spray documentation and ISOBUS compatibility. The sprayer comes AutoTrac ready and with a free JDLink Ultimate subscription for one year, which enables a range of additional FarmSight precision farming solutions including new Remote Display Access and Wireless Data Transfer, as well as Service Advisor Remote.Other standard features include a Hydro Handle multi-functional control lever, Solution Command electronic sprayer control for automatic filling, mixing, spraying and rinsing, and a 50-litre PowrFill inductor for safe transfer of crop protection chemicals into the main tank. Total spray pump capacity is a maximum of 560 litres/min, with a flow of up to 380 litres/min.John Deere’s established BoomTrac automatic boom levelling system can be upgraded to the new variable geometry BoomTrac Pro option, for increased application accuracy and efficiency. BoomTrac Pro automatically adjusts the height of the individual boom wings independently to match the terrain.Instant crop or soil coverage to the full working width of the sprayer is provided by the standard pressure circulation system, which keeps the liquid solution moving along the stainless steel spray lines and right up to the nozzles, even when not spraying. Once spraying starts, the system feeds the spray lines from both ends to maintain a constant pressure and application rate.To reduce input costs by minimising overlaps or skips, John Deere’s automatic Section Control system switches individual boom sections on and off when entering or leaving predefined areas, including headlands, while LED boom lights help to maintain high productivity at night.
Building on DPF expertise delivers improved total fluid efficiency and outstanding performance to agricultural customersMannheim, 11 April 2016 — John Deere is prepared today to lead European customers seamlessly through the upcoming transition from Stage IV to anticipated Stage V regulations with proven experience and expertise. The current line-up of John Deere engines equipped with DPF technology are Stage V capable, which makes the transition easy for John Deere customers.One of the significant impacts of Stage V will be the introduction of a particle number (PN) limit for engines in the 19kW to 560kW power band, which will necessitate use of DPF technology by manufacturers. John Deere has been employing DPF technology since Stage IIIB, with more than 150 million DPF hours logged in the field. “Our extensive experience with the development and integration of DPF technology means John Deere is already capable of complying with the requirements indicated in the EU Commission’s proposal COM (2014) 581 concerning Stage V emissions,” says Geoff Stigler, director of sales, marketing and customer support in EAME, Asia and Australia for John Deere Power Systems. This confirms the engine technologies implemented by John Deere for Stage IV have proved to be the right ones."The existing John Deere emissions path offers customers a Stage V capable solution that continues to deliver outstanding performance, fluid economy, operator convenience and overall value without the need for any additional technology,” says Chris Wigger, John Deere Region 2 Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Ag and Turf.Other technology choices made for Stage IV would require changes and added emissions complexity in order to comply with the proposed Stage V regulations. “As the implementation of Stage V approaches, customers can be confident because our proven emissions solution will provide a simple transition,” Chris Wigger says.The depth of experience John Deere has with DPFs extends throughout the John Deere service dealer network. John Deere dealers have been working with the technology since the implementation of Stage IIIB, resulting in a service network with years of experience, extensive training and an unparalleled comfort level with DPF technology.The fact is John Deere engines equipped with a DPF already meet the current emissions standards. This is particularly important for markets like local authorities and other low emissions areas that are looking for vehicles meeting the most advanced emissions standards for their environmental friendliness.Chris Wigger says John Deere is fully committed to providing its customers with innovative, technologically advanced engines solutions that continue to provide distinctive customer benefits in terms of vehicle performance, total fluid efficiency and ease of maintenance.
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