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NH and Deere snag engineering awards

New combine technology from both brands 
net a pair of AE50 awards

Every year the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recognizes 50 of the year’s best engineering achievements in market-ready farm equipment. This year both John Deere and New Holland each earned one for the engineering built into their newest combines.

New Holland’s Opti-Spread Plus residue management system for CR combines won the engineering award for that brand. According to the company, it has better residue spreading and improved chopping performance, providing an even spread across the full width of current and future combine headers. It chops residue finer than previous designs, allowing straw to decompose quicker.

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And all of these features can be fine-tuned via in-cab adjustments, allowing the operator to select spreading width, spreading pattern, and wind compensation without having to leave his seat.

The John Deere S700 Series combines were recognized for their innovations in “smart” technology, improved operator comfort and data capabilities. All of which, according to the company, give these machines a significant boost in grain harvesting efficiency.

The S700s also won the first-time JB Davidson award for engineering excellence, which was presented to John Deere at a special ceremony on February 27 during the 2018 Commodity Classic farm machinery show.

“We are honoured that the Society and AEM (The Association of Equipment Manufacturers) selected the John Deere S700 Series Combine as one of three recipients for their inaugural engineering award and chose to present it in front of thousands of our customers at Commodity Classic,” said Matt Badding, John Deere marketing manager for harvesting equipment.

John Deere S700 combines won an AE50 award for their built-in “smart” technology. photo: John Deere

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