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, 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.
All of these features can be fine-tuned via in-cab adjustments, allowing operators to select spreading width, spreading pattern and wind compensation without having to leave their seats.
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 Feb. 27 during the 2018 Commodity Classic farm machinery show.
This article first appeared on Grainews.