French start-up Seederal builds prototype electric tractor
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by Annelies Bakker
15h ago
In 2023, the French start-up Seederal announced that it was working on the development of an electric tractor. Now, Seederal is preparing for the launch of its first prototype. The French start-up Seederal is in the process of constructing an electric tractor. It is said to be an electric tractor with a power of 160 hp. The first prototype will be presented this year. Planting continuously for 12 hours To carry out the project, start-up Seederal began with an existing tractor equipped with an internal combustion engine. Once modified for electric use, the Seederal tractor turned out to be l ..read more
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Nebraska research team developing autonomous planting robot for cover crops
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by René Groeneveld
23h ago
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing a commercial robot for autonomously planting cover crops. Currently, the research team is working on planting the full 300 acres of Rogers Memorial Farm near Lincoln, Nebraska, by using their Flex-Ro robots. According to Santosh Pitla, Associate Professor Machine Automation and Agricultural Robotics, planting 300 acres autonomously is a very ambitious goal. “We are working hard to develop robotic platforms (both UGVs and UAVs) to achieve autonomous agriculture at Rogers Memorial Farm. This will be contingent on continuous gran ..read more
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One year’s experience with Agbot, what’s it been like?
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by Maxence Guillaumot
4d ago
Beefwood Farms, an Australian family farm renowned for its innovative spirit, distinguished itself seven years ago by being among the first to adopt autonomous tractors, under the initiative of Gerrit Kurstjens. He invested in Agxeed’s Agbot. Now, 10 months after the integration of this new machine on his farm, Future Farming went to meet this family to witness the impact and developments since this transition. In partnership with Dutch company Precision Makers, Gerrit converted two flagship tractors, the Fendt 936 Vario and the John Deere 8345, marking a breakthrough in the agricultural se ..read more
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John Deere introduces new S7 Combines
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by Ed Asscheman
5d ago
John Deere has launched its new S7 Combine, a machine designed to deliver increased efficiency with the latest John Deere engines and higher productivity through advanced harvesting automation. The S7 has a new cab, styling and naming as well as integrated advanced precision agriculture features, offering a wide range of the leading technology already tried and trusted in the John Deere X9 combines. The new S7 combines are equipped with the latest generation JDX engines. The 9-litre JD9X engine powers the S7 700, whilst the S7 800, S7 850 & S7 900 are powered by the 13.6-litre JD14X. Th ..read more
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Egide Vandevelde: ‘New Holland sets hydrogen aside for now’
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by Bob Karsten
5d ago
Machinery manufacturer New Holland is following a ‘Clean Energy Leader Strategy.’ In other words, the manufacturer aims to take the lead in alternatives to diesel. Small vehicles are becoming electric, while for larger ones, the options are methane or a hybrid solution. Egide Vandevelde, business director at CNH Industrial, states, “Hydrogen is not a solution for now.” In 2009, New Holland initially focused on hydrogen, but it is no longer part of the current strategy? “Hydrogen has high cost and limited autonomy. The Fuel Cell Hydrogen concept, converting hydrogen directly into electricity ..read more
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Yield Optimizer helps farmers choose the best hybrids
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by Ed Asscheman
6d ago
Field Optimizer™, a seed selector program that arms farmers with objective seed performance data and helps them choose the best hybrids, has been released by AcreShield™. This new tool is backed by an industry-first yield performance protection warranty program. Maximizing yield through minimizing components of yield risk is key to determining profitable farm operations. Profitability generally depends on getting crop yields close to 100 percent or more compared to historical yields. While crop insurance covers up to 85 percent of a farmer’s historical yield, profits are at risk when yields ..read more
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AutoAgri and Ekobot initiate collabration
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by Ed Asscheman
6d ago
AutoAgri AS and Ekobot enter a collabration with the aim to adapt the Ekobot intelligent weeding tool to the AutoAgri autonomous implement carrier. The initial goal is to setup a commercial demonstration with a Norwegian customer during the third quarter of 2024. It is then intented to be offered to the market for commercial deliveries in 2025. Ekobot has an intelligent and autonomous weeding tool. With a combination of sensor data and a decision module, powered by the Ekobot artificial intelligence engine, the system can with very high accuracy distinguish between crop and weed. The system ..read more
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Exploring four other noteworthy connectivity options
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by René Groeneveld
1w ago
In an ever-evolving agricultural landscape, high-quality on-farm connectivity has become a critical factor for farmers. Seamless connectivity allows growers to leverage current precision agriculture technologies and embrace future innovations effectively. Recently, John Deere’s collaboration with SpaceX to provide SATCOM service to farmers has captured significant attention. With a target of connecting 1.5 million machines globally by 2026, John Deere aims to revolutionize farming operations. The partnership with Starlink will enable technologies such as autonomy, real-time data sharing, and ..read more
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Connectivity is already developing at a rapid pace
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by René Groeneveld
1w ago
High-quality on-farm connectivity is of vital importance for farmers. If this part of the business runs smoothly, growers can fully utilise their current precision agriculture technology, and the new innovative solutions they will deploy in the future. That’s why John Deere’s recent announcement that it has entered into an agreement with SpaceX to provide a SATCOM service to farmers, is considered by some analysts to be the biggest news in digital agriculture we have seen over the last number of years. Deere has said that it has a target of having 1.5 million connected machines worldwide in ..read more
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New autosteer retrofit kits added to our popular catalogue
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by René Koerhuis
1w ago
After being around for over 25 years, the market for autosteer retrofit kits started to change a couple of years ago. Who are the newest players and what’s up next? In a recent analysis, the changing market for universal brand independent autosteer systems, also referred to auto guidance or autopilot systems, was already touched upon. Many independent manufacturers of the technology have been acquired by tractor manufacturers. While on the other hand, many new suppliers have emerged whose majority is of Chinese origin. Our catalogue is your guide For the Future Farming catalogue, company ow ..read more
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