John Deere shows new harvester at Nampo

Step into the future of farming. John Deere is showcasing tractors and equipment packed with the latest technological innovations at Nampo 2024, reflecting the Agriculture in a Digital Age theme.

John Deere shows new harvester at Nampo
On display at Nampo this year is the brand new John Deere S7 combine harvester.
Photo: Magda du Toit
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Nampo visitors can learn more about John Deere offerings, including the brand new S7 combine harvester, the 9R 640 tractor, the 6R mid-size tractor, the 6B-Series tractors, the 5080E tractor, the 540M and 520M loaders for tractors, the 1725C planter, and the L341R high-density large square baler.

The new John Deere S7 combine harvester is the most technologically advanced combine globally.

Although farmers can only order these magnificent machines from August, one is available for inspection at Nampo and experts are on hand to answer any questions farmers may have.

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The S7 900 combine has a fuel capacity of 1 250ℓ and the predictive ground speed and harvest settings automation functions further help with optimising fuel consumption.

The John Deere PowerTech™ 13,6ℓ engine delivers 10% more maximum torque and provides 10% less fuel usage. It has a larger, more comfortable X9 cab that contains the integrated G5Plus CommandCenter™ Display, StarFire™ Receiver, and JDLink™ modem. The model offers an improved and accurate grain loss sensing sensor.

Designed for performance in coarse grain crops such as maize, the TriStream™ rotor and Dyna-Flo™ Plus cleaning shoe efficiently thresh and clean grain in tough harvesting conditions.

The TriStream rotor helps to maximise fuel efficiency with technology that reduces the force required to move material through the combine by as much as 20%. The S Series provides large areas of clearance to enable high crop volumes to flow uninterrupted.

The two-speed, four-wheel drive is perfect for demanding conditions, while the ProDrive lets you switch between speed and torque ranges with the push of a button. In slow-speed mode, the high-torque rear-assist is ideal for tough conditions, while the high-speed mode is ideal for low-torque performance and faster ground speeds.

“At John Deere, we do everything with passion and a smile. We focus on building the future based on reliability and durability. For our customers, our products and services must add to their profitability, productivity, and sustainability,” said Hentie Breedt, marketing and communications manager for John Deere Africa and Middle East, during a Nampo media information session.

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John Deere introduces the new S7 combine at Nampo2024. Hentie Breedt, marketing and communications manager for John Deere Africa and Middle East, shares the combine’s specifications. FarmersWeeklySA

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Herman Groenewald, general manager of John Deere Financial, shared details of the finance deals that are available at Nampo on John Deere tractors and equipment.

“Farmers are looking at ways to manage cost and cash flow, and with these deals available during Nampo, we are positive that we are able to support our farmers.”

He added that while the drought may have influenced the financial position of farmers, John Deere Financial is ready to discuss financing solutions.

The company also presented their Precision Ag Solutions, pointing out that as the industry’s leading cloud-based farm management system, the John Deere Operations Center™ provides a single, secure place to monitor, organise, analyse, and share data.

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“John Deere is the industry leader in providing farmers with excellent machines, as well as with the precision ag tools they need to monitor, manage, and maximise their farm operations every season,” said Stephan Gouws, managing director of John Deere Africa and Middle East, during the media information session and walk-through.

The John Deere experience offers more efficiencies – from automation to repeatability, helping the farmer with precision technology to work faster and smarter, Gouws pointed out.

John Deere’s Nampo message was that farmers who make John Deere their on-farm partner will:

  • Reduce input costs through better machine management and application accuracy.
  • ‌Increase yields by improving every aspect of their production process.
  • ‌Run smoother with less stress by automating repetitive tasks and enabling remote diagnostics.
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Magda du Toit is a freelance communication consultant and journalist. She has worked in the agriculture sector for more than 35 years. She obtained a BA in Communication (Hons), and also completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. Throughout her career she has received recognition and various awards for individual and team contributions. She was also the chairperson of the northern branch of Agricultural Writers SA and still serves on both its executive bodies. Magda is also the South African representative at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, where she chairs one of the committees.