John Deere’s new 9570RT tractor, the company’s most powerful tracked model to date, makes its UK show debut on the John Deere stand (G54) at LAMMA 2015. Learn moreOther new products making their first appearance at the show include the top of the range 8600i self-propelled forage harvester – which has been shortlisted in the Technological category of the LAMMA 2015 Awards for Innovation competition sponsored by SSAB – the R4040i self-propelled sprayer, the 6215R Stage 4 tractor – equipped with new Bridgestone VT-Tractor tyres – and L1533 large square baler (more information here).In addition, a CESAR marked Gator XUV 855D utility vehicle can be seen on the CESAR Scheme/Datatag ID stand (503 in Hall 5). From January 2015 all new Gators can be equipped with this nationally approved security and registration system as a factory-fit option.CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles; the system for Gators has exactly the same functionality as the established CESAR marking on the John Deere tractor range.A series of product update talks are also being given on the stand by John Deere specialists throughout the show, featuring new FarmSight precision farming developments such as Wireless Data Transfer (WDT), Remote Display Access (RDA) and the MyJohnDeere.com website portal, as well as tractors, transmissions and fuel efficiency. Other stand news includes:
John Deere is once again the machinery sponsor of Open Farm Sunday, which will be held on 7th June 2015 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Members of the Open Farm Sunday team are actively looking to recruit new host farmers on the John Deere stand.
John Deere and Michelin are looking for the best tractor driver in Europe. UK and Irish farmers and contractors can register online here to win a two-day trip to the Michelin test track in France and the chance to represent their country at the European Drivers Championship. The closing date for registration is 31st March 2015 – details are available on the stand.
John Deere is supporting the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, which is aiming to raise £3m to build a helipad at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. This will provide the most seriously injured trauma patients from across the East Midlands direct access to the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. Recent statistics show that of all critically injured patients requiring transfer by air ambulance in the East Midlands, 38 per cent were as a result of agricultural and rural accidents. In addition to the usual charitable collections at all the show entrances, which will be contributing to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity along with the Air Ambulance, John Deere has a dedicated collection tin on its LAMMA stand.
John Deere’s award winning apprenticeship programme has raised the bar yet again, setting another record for the new training season’s intake for the fourth year running since Babcock took over delivery of the courses in autumn 2010.Altogether 59 young apprentices – up by three on last year – have signed up to begin their first year of training in the work-based programmes. The latest intake includes 40 Ag Tech apprentice engineering technicians, 12 Parts Tech and seven Turf Tech technicians.John Deere’s apprenticeship scheme was the first land-based agricultural and turf machinery programme to deliver training in the workplace, at the sponsoring dealership, with assessment and guidance from Babcock’s team of expert learning advisers. Additional training takes place at Babcock’s purpose-built training facility at Ruddington and the John Deere Training Centre at Langar, both near Nottingham.Overall the John Deere apprenticeship programmes, which also include Customer Service Tech, offer an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry, the apprenticeship programme’s awarding body) VCQ level 3 land-based engineering qualification, IMI VCQ level 3 parts operations qualification or IMI VCQ level 2 customer service qualification. In addition, completion of the John Deere Ag Tech or Turf Tech apprenticeship is recognised by the industry’s LTA (Landbased Technician Accreditation) scheme at level 2.Graduating apprentices can then complete three free courses to gain the John Deere Diploma and start their adult training at the John Deere University (JDU), using the knowledge and skills gained from their initial one-, two- or three-year apprenticeship. After additional training and experience, they can ultimately go on to achieve the highest possible LTA4 Master Technician accreditation.Now in its 23rd year, Ag Tech was the first such scheme to be introduced in the UK and won a National Training Award at the end of 1997, the only one ever made to an agricultural machinery apprenticeship programme. Since the first programme started in 1992, more than 570 apprentices have graduated through all the training programmes and been employed in the company’s nationwide dealer network.
John Deere’s new 6R and 7R Series tractors and 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester, all featuring the company’s latest fuel-efficient, Stage IV compliant engines, will be making their Irish debut on the John Deere stand at the 2015 FTMTA Farm Machinery Show next February.Spearheading the 6R Series mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the six-cylinder 6215R features enhanced manoeuvrability, improved operator comfort and an industry leading extended service interval of 750 hours. The tractor is powered by a new 6.8-litre engine rated at 215hp (97/68 EC), with an extra 40hp boost available for transport and pto work from the intelligent power management (IPM) system.Fuel efficiency of this new model can be enhanced by choosing either the established AutoPowr continuously variable transmission or the new, advanced double-clutch DirectDrive transmission. The new CommandARM – as featured on John Deere’s latest 7R and 8R Series tractors – features an electronic joystick and a Generation 4 CommandCenter display. In addition, this FarmSight-ready 6R Series tractor can be fitted with JDLink telematics as an option, to include remote display access (RDA) and wireless data transfer (WDT).John Deere’s 7310R was the company’s first European tractor to feature a Stage IV compliant engine. This top of the range 7R Series model produces 310hp at rated engine speed, with an extra 30hp for transport and pto applications, and heads a range of five other tractors from 210 to 290hp.Even with the addition of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to the engine, John Deere can claim to reduce total fluid consumption to even lower levels than before – the 7310R recently set a new fluid efficiency record for high horsepower Stage IIIB and Stage IV tractors in the DLG’s demanding Powermix test in Germany.The new 7310R tractor offers a choice of AutoPowr or the newly designed, fully automatic e23 transmission with Efficiency Manager, which has 23 equally spaced power shiftable forward gears and 11 reverse. This allows the operator to preset the working speed, and helps to save fuel by keeping the engine rpm at an optimum speed by automatically shifting up and throttling back.Other new features on this tractor include the CommandView III cab with CommandArm console and Generation 4 CommandCentre display. Integrated systems also enable the use of John Deere’s FarmSight precision farming technology.The top of the range 8600i wide body self-propelled forage harvester on show features a 625hp 13.5-litre John Deere engine, the unique, award-winning HarvestLab constituent sensing system and new KernelStar2 multi-crop processor. The forager’s AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature allows the operator to pre-select the precise cutting length based on actual forage conditions.John Deere is currently the only forager manufacturer with a proven, accurate, commercially available system for measuring both grass and maize constituents in real time. Mounted on the forager spout, the versatile HarvestLab system can be removed easily for stationary feed analysis of different forage ingredients and for clamp silage analysis in the winter.Additional new features on the 8000 Series foragers include the ADS Twin Line fully integrated advanced dosing system for silage additive application, and a wide range of headers. These include grass pick-ups from 3 to 4.5m and Kemper rotary headers from 6 to 9m wide. Kemper maize headers are optionally available with automatic steering and/or automatic header control. For wholecrop harvesting, John Deere also offers the Zürn ProfiCut 620, a highly efficient silage header that leaves clean, low-cut stubble.Other new John Deere machines making their FTMTA Farm Machinery Show debut include the 5M, 6MC and 8RT Series tractors, mid-specification M700 trailed sprayer, F440R fixed chamber round baler and the latest model T560 combine harvester and XUV 855D Gator 4x4 utility vehicle.