- COLOSSAL COMBINES
Case IH has expanded its axial-flow line with the new 20 series combines: class IX 9120 (523 hp), class VIII 8120 (420 hp) and class VII 7120 (415 hp).
Standard on the new machines are grain tanks ranging from 315 to 350 bu. with 21-ft. unload augers that have an unload rate of 3.2 bu./second. Standard on the 7120 and 8120 models is a self-leveling cleaning system.
The combines come with a wide variety of tire options, including an optional Quadtrac track system for the 8120 and 9120 models, which reduces ground pressure by 50-60% compared to dual-drive tires. Other options include a heavy-duty feeder lift package for use with larger corn heads (on the two larger models) and the MagnaCut extra-fine-cut chopper for use when fine residue chopping is required. Also an option is a 24-ft. unload auger.
Also new is the Case 88 series axial flow macines in classes V, VI, VII.
- SYNTHETIC DIESEL OIL
A new synthetic oil for diesel engines is available from Shell Rotella. Its T Synthetic 5W-40 offers significant improvements in wear protection, soot control, deposit control, heat resistance and protection in extreme climates. The T Synthetic 5W-40 also resists breakdown by heat for better protection under high-temperature or severe operation.
The diesel oil formulation is compatible with exhaust after-treatment devices, including diesel particulate filters (DPF). The low-ash formulation helps control the rate of DPF blockage. Also suitable for heavy-duty diesels built before 2007 and off-highway applications where 500 ppm diesel fuel is used, the T Synthetic 5W-40 is available in bulk, drums, gallons and quarts.
- GUIDANCE SYSTEM
John Deere is offering a new sensing system for corn heads for the 2008 harvest season. AutoTrac RowSense integrates GPS data from the StarFire Receiver with mechanical feeler data from new row sensors located on the corn head.
Accurately guiding the combine down the row at optimal harvest speed, it also helps maneuver around curves and through waterways or weedy areas. AutoTrac handles steering, while RowSense makes small adjustments to keep the machine on the row, even in downed corn.
- MAPPING SOFTWARE
Surety Customized Online Mapping's new features allow users to create and use custom reports. Users can store information and then select commonly used chemical and EPA registration numbers and applicator names and license numbers. The software helps ag applicators, crop consultants, land managers and farmers increase their accuracy and efficiency. Using current FSA acreage, field borders and the National Agriculture Imagery Program to create maps, Surety combines digital field maps and aerial photography to be customizable and easy to use.