John Deere introduces new battery-powered agricultural and construction equipment

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On the first day of CES, John Deere, a leader in the agricultural and heavy machinery industries, announced two new technologies and detailed innovations that it released earlier in 2022.

John May, CEO of John Deere, delivered a keynote address in which he touched on a series of real-world situations that John Deere technology hopes to address. In the speech, May stated that population growth, declining arable land, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions are all taken into account when John Deere launches new farming and building technologies.

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His keynote topics focused on the technologies incorporated into John Deere’s heavy machinery. Products like ExactShot, See and Spray, and John Deere’s new electric dredger build on innovations like biofuel, electricity, autonomy, and cloud computing.


John Deere ExactShot Fertilize planted seeds

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Made for growers, ExactShot technology uses sensors and robots to more accurately dispense the amount of feedstock needed during the planting process.

Sensors built into the ExactShot know when the seed is sown and will dispense the required amount of fertilizer, approximately 0.2 milliliters. With ExactShot, John Deere says US corn crops can save more than 93 million gallons of fertilizer and reduce the impacts that fertilizer runoff can have on surrounding water supplies and green spaces.

ExactShot can spray fertilizer up to 10 miles per hour, cover more land and fertilize seeds faster and more accurately than farmers can do manually. One ExactShot machine can cover 34 million seeds per day.

With ExactShot, John Deere says he hopes to help address issues like sustainability and a growing population. According to the company, farmers will need to increase food production by 60% to 70% to feed everyone, and ExactShot can help make food production more efficient.

Jahmi Hindman, chief technology officer of John Deere, said during the keynote that across the United States, farmers use about 140 million gallons of primary fertilizer each year at the start of the crop season. ExactShot can reduce the amount to 93 million gallons. Its technology dispenses fertilizer directly to the seeds rather than adding additional fertilizer to a row of seeds.

See The Ultimate Spray

Last year, John Deere announced an upgrade to its original See and Spray technology: See and Spray Ultimate. See and Spray Ultimate targets weeds that reside in corn, soybean and cotton plants, precisely releasing herbicides to kill weeds without harming benign crops and green spaces.

See and Spray Ultimate uses machine learning to understand when to spray weeds and when to avoid spraying crops with herbicides. The machine is also equipped with “eyes” that detect something that is not the sky, earth, or tree line to prevent the machine from plowing over a person or animal.

Hindman said farmers across the United States use 23 million gallons of herbicide annually to kill weeds. With See and Spray Ultimate, that number drops to eight million gallons.

See and Spray Ultimate contains 126 cameras capable of capturing 1.6 billion pixels. The cameras are very rugged and built for rugged terrain and extreme weather conditions. The atomizer body is embedded with 10 advanced computing processors that can process up to four gigabytes of data per second.

electric excavator

a crissel battery It supplies power to the electric excavator, which increases the efficiency of the machine. As a result, the excavator promises lower operating costs, lower noise, more reliability, and zero emissions on construction sites.

Kreisel’s electric charging technology also promises lower cost connections and electrical burdens on the electrical grid. Electric machines reduce noise pollution from heavy construction machinery and reduce combustion emissions in urban areas.

Biofuels, electricity, autonomy and cloud computing

According to Hindman, the full electrification of all vehicles and heavy machinery would lead to increased technical problems and reduced reliability, primarily for farming and construction equipment. John Deere is investing in biofuels, such as ethanol and renewable diesel, to mitigate this problem while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

John Deere tractors and heavy machinery make hybrid use of rechargeable electric batteries and biofuel.

During the keynote address, May recalled the John Deere ad A robotic tractor at CES 2022. He also detailed the John Deere Operations Center, software built into the machines that contains farmers’ data about their fields.

In the Operations Center, farmers can access insights, share data, and use more than 200 apps from other software companies to help them decide when to plant specific crops and how deeply farmers should plant them based on historical data.

With this data, farmers can create digital twins of their farms to see which crops can thrive, given the farms soil type and weather patterns.

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