(Left to right) Tony Gardiner, Darren O’Hare and John Deere marketing manager Gordon Day.
A number of new John Deere products and services were shown on the company’s stand at Cereals 2013 in Lincolnshire in June, covering precision farming, tractors and the latest Gator utility vehicle.
- The newly established FarmSight service packages are now available from participating dealers in the UK and Ireland, and offer a range of precision farming solutions relating particularly to machine guidance, ISOBUS controls and telematics. Customers may choose from four flexible packages each with three optional service levels, designed to help optimise their machinery and farm operations.
- The XUV 855D Gator 4x4 utility vehicle has a number of additional new features for 2013. These include a dash-mounted digital instrument cluster, a larger 27.6-litre fuel tank, improved engine braking and a redesigned descent control system. This follows the introduction of a new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system earlier in the year, which is now standard on the XUV 855D Gator with olive & black livery, and optional on the green & yellow version.
- The new single-fuel 6M Series tractor range makes its first appearance at the Cereals event, in the shape of the 6125M model. The versatile, newly styled 6M Series includes tractors from 115hp to a new top of the range 170hp (EC 97/68), and a 140hp model featuring the highest power level yet from a John Deere four-cylinder tractor.
- Also shown for the first time at the Cereals event were a 6210R tractor with the new DirectDrive transmission, and a 6150R tractor with the new return to position (RTP) front loader option.
In addition, the latest winner of the 'National Champion Combine Operator' Cup, Darren O'Hare of Waldersey Farms in Norfolk, was presented with his 2012 harvest award on the stand by Tony Gardiner, MD of combine harvester training specialists New Life Training (the second year running that a John Deere combine operator has won the trophy).
Darren, originally from Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, is one of a team of four combine operators at Waldersey Farms, which grows 6000 acres of combinable crops – wheat, oilseed rape and peas, as well as sugar beet, potatoes and onions – in a total of 12,000 acres farmed across the group.
“Darren was operating a John Deere 9880 STS combine with a 9m header in very damp, green straw wheat on a dull day, working at a forward speed of 5kph covering 4.5ha/hr and averaging 10.5 tonnes/ha,” said Tony Gardiner at the award presentation.
“The spot rate was 47.25 tonnes/hr, which was very creditable in such a damp, green straw crop. This showed John Deere’s STS single tine separation rotor to its best advantage. Darren’s total losses were only 65kg/ha, under one per cent of the total crop, and could not be improved upon because of the very damp straw; he was using the machine to its maximum capacity safely in those conditions, and is a well deserved winner of the Championship Trophy.”
Darren was also presented with a model S Series combine, by John Deere’s marketing manager Gordon Day.