Chris Wiltshire has been appointed the new branch tactical marketing manager at John Deere Limited, from 1st October 2014. Chris replaces Gordon Day, who has elected to retire at the end of September after 31 years’ distinguished service with the company. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for delivery of all John Deere’s agricultural and turf marketing programmes and activities in the UK and Ireland.Chris Wiltshire graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with Marketing from Harper Adams University in 1998. He began his career as a technical training instructor for a European competitor prior to joining John Deere Limited in 2000 as an agricultural demonstration instructor, before becoming an ag demonstrator/marketing specialist the following year.Chris moved to a marketing position in Zweibrücken, Germany at the end of 2002 before returning to the UK in 2004 as territory manager for Northern England and the Scottish Borders. He then returned to the John Deere headquarters at Langar in 2010 as product line manager responsible for hay and forage products. In this position Chris was instrumental in building the image and market share of this product line, which led to the launch of the company’s self-propelled forage harvester certification programme.In 2011 Chris moved to Deere & Company’s Global Training Organisation, assuming responsibility for training delivery in the UK and Ireland. During his three-year tenure, also based at Langar, Chris made a major contribution to improving both the range and quality of training provision, as well as levels of satisfaction across the business.Gordon Day joined John Deere Limited in 1983 as a training instructor. In 1986 he was promoted to area service manager, before becoming agricultural territory manager for the West Midlands in 1990. In 1995 Gordon gained a further promotion to product line manager for tractors and loaders. In this position he was instrumental in the company achieving market leadership in tractors in both the UK and Ireland.In 2011 Gordon assumed the newly created role of branch tactical marketing manager, a position which he has held until his retirement. John Deere Limited managing director Antony Scott said: “Gordon’s hard work, dedication and deep knowledge of the industry have made a very significant contribution to the development of our agricultural and turf business over his 31-year tenure. We wish him all the best as he moves into retirement, and thank him for his many contributions to John Deere, our dealers, our customers and the broader industry.”
John Deere is introducing the new five-walker W330 and six-walker W440 entry level combine harvesters for the 2015 season in the UK and Ireland. Offering reliability and simplicity at a low operating cost, these John Deere branded combines are the result of a marketing agreement with Finnish manufacturer Sampo Rosenlew, and feature 210 and 238hp Sisu engines with maximum power ratings of 216 and 253hp.The W440 is available in two versions, either with or without a pre-threshing cylinder (PTC); this is standard on the W330 model, which has a grain tank capacity of 5200 litres. The base W440 model has a 6500-litre grain tank, while the W440 PTC combine holds 7600 litres and can be emptied at up to 100 litres/sec. Header sizes from 3.9 to 6.9m are available, depending on the model.In addition to these new W-Series combines, a new high-performance package is now available for the T-Series, designed to increase separation performance in high-yielding crops and green straw conditions.Further up the range, the S670 combine will have a new Stage IV compliant engine for 2015, featuring a 19hp increase in rated hp (ECE R120) to 392hp with maximum power boosted to 449hp. The new John Deere engine’s integrated emissions control system utilises a combination of proven components, including cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and smart exhaust filters, together with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The entire system is optimised to meet emissions regulations while delivering maximum performance, reliability and durability.A new four-strand feederhouse is available on level-land S-Series combines, while Active Concave Isolation (ACI) and heavy-duty separator grates are standard on all 2015 S680, S685 and S690 combines, which continue to be powered by John Deere’s existing Stage IIIb engines. These new features are designed to provide higher feeding capacity and smoother crop flow at higher throughputs, resulting in better reliability, threshing & separation, particularly in tougher crop conditions; up to five per cent more capacity has been measured at the same loss level in straw moistures above 25 per cent.The S-Series range can be equipped with all-new 8.7m (28½ft) rigid and 7.9m (26ft) folding unloading augers, to match wider 12.2m (40ft) headers and controlled traffic farming systems. Noise levels in the redesigned cab have also been reduced by 5dB(A).With its latest ‘ConnectedCombine’ package, John Deere now offers a number of intelligent solutions to optimise machine performance in the field, including John Deere FarmSight Services dealer support. Key elements of this concept include AutoTrac guidance, Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) and Remote Display Access (RDA).The ICA system is available on all W, T and S-Series combines, and is integrated into the cab’s armrest display, while the ICA’s own display is available with an optional touch screen. Designed to minimise losses and optimise both grain and straw quality, ICA offers the operator a selection of several harvesting strategies and a choice between single or multiple optimisation targets.No matter what the operator values most – whether it’s grain quality, throughput, a cleaner sample or straw quality – direct feedback on changes in performance is provided; there is no need to rely on an optimisation strategy preset by built-in software. As a result, the ICA system can provide significant savings and quality assurance throughout the harvesting season, regardless of crop type.John Deere’s GoHarvest mobile phone app is also available as a free download for smartphones and tablets. This latest application allows operators in the field to optimise their combine easily and always have the recommended John Deere settings to hand. Alternatively, RDA enables the dealer or farm manager to remotely view the GreenStar 3 2630 and the Generation 4 CommandCentre displays in the cab and, if necessary, advise the operator on how to optimise the combine settings for maximum efficiency. RDA can also be used to carry out operator training, for example.To further enhance machine and fleet performance, John Deere S-Series combines can be fitted with JDLink telematics and Machine Sync harvesting logistics systems, both additional elements of the John Deere FarmSight strategy.
The Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) in north Nottinghamshire, in the heart of Robin Hood country, has invested in five new John Deere mowers from dealer Henton & Chattell on a John Deere Financial operating lease, together with PowerGard protection and a service contract.Following an extensive machinery review and trial period comparing all the main manufacturers, John Deere mowers were considered to be the best choice for primary mowing of the tees, greens and surrounds. The club and greens staff settled on four 2500E hybrid electric greens mowers equipped with 7- and 11-blade cutting units, two of which can be fitted with dedicated groomers when necessary, plus an 8800 TerrainCut rotary mower for the rough.“The John Deere mowers offered us the right combination of value for money and performance,” says course manager Phil Stain. “There was not a bottomless pit of money available, but cost initially didn’t really come into the equation. We looked at what we needed and then looked at the available finance options.“The bottom line was the machines had to do the job required – we needed to know we could prepare the course prior to play in a tournament situation. Having four greens mowers means we’ve always got spare capacity too, which is good because we aim to cut everything before play. This allows us to maintain standards to the same high level every day, and gives us the ability not to let these standards slip.“We only put on the groomers when we have to, but having them available shows a serious professional approach to greens management, and it’s certainly paid dividends. The presentation of the course has improved so much, especially the surrounds – the mowers are reliable, reasonably light and manoeuvrable, particularly on the tees, and the offset units are great for alternating the cut. Another major plus is the greatly reduced risk of hydraulic oil leaks, which was a real issue for us in the past. It means I sleep much more soundly these days!”One of Phil’s team of five fully trained greenkeepers is responsible for maintenance and servicing, and does the regular service work on site. “He checks over the mowers when they come in each day, keeps good service records and monitors the hours worked. He can then tell the dealer when the PowerGard cover kicks in,” adds Phil.“With this new kit, the staff feel proud of their ability to prepare the course to championship standards every day, plus they recognise the significant investment that has been made by the club in them and their work, so it’s been good news all round,” says club secretary/manager Martyn Bonner. “Membership has been sustained and there’s now a waiting list, while the income from green fees has been increased – and I believe that’s all down to the improved quality of the course.”