Archive for November, 2013

New combine app launched at Agritechnica

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Setting and optimisation of John Deere combines has just got easier. The new GoHarvest mobile phone app announced at Agritechnica 2013 in Hanover, Germany, is now available as a free download for smartphones and tablets using both the Android and iOS operating systems.
Following the launch of the JDLink mobile app last year, this latest application allows operators to optimise their combine easily and always have the recommended John Deere settings to hand. In addition to the combine settings, the app also allows the user to improve performance by focusing on specific machine areas and evaluating losses.
The operator simply chooses the combine model – W, T or S-Series – and crop type. GoHarvest then suggests initial settings for the selected crop both inside the cab and around the machine using a series of straightforward menus, tips and yes/no options, illustrated by clear photographs and diagrams.
The app also features a notes section, a help page and a link to John Deere’s online dealer locator. In addition, GoHarvest is easy to use in the field for changing and recording the combine settings as harvesting conditions change.
GoHarvest is available in seven languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

John Deere at Agritechnica 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Following their European launch in Germany this summer, all John Deere’s new and updated products for 2014 were on display at this year’s Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover (12–16 November 2013).
Of the 70 new agricultural and turf products announced in August, visitors were able to see 27 tractor models from 80 to 120hp, the latest combines, round balers, mower-conditioners, sprayers and Gator utility vehicles, and the new silver award winning Hitch Assist and Smart Irrigation Systems.
With a total of five gold and 23 silver medal awards since 2001, John Deere is an industry leading innovator. This year’s stand was designed around nine separate product hubs displaying key John Deere solutions for a range of different customers, farm sizes and specialisations, with the focus on performance, uptime and low cost of operation.
Other features of the 6500m2 exhibit included a wide-screen cinema with seating for 60 people, a John Deere shop with the latest merchandise for customers and fans of the brand, a customer centre and a dedicated dealer area. The centrally located customer centre featured John Deere FarmSight, finance and product support solutions, including PowerGard maintenance and protection programmes, parts and other aftermarket services.
New product details, technical data and other company related information were provided by state-of-the-art ‘innovation towers’, numerous touch-screen tables and John Deere product representatives equipped with a total of 230 iPad computers.


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

British digger maker JCB today responded
to the Filipino typhoon disaster with the news that machines and generators
worth more than $500,000 are to be provided to assist in the aftermath
of the catastrophe.

The company is sending a fleet of
three 3CX backhoe loaders to help in the clear up operations following
Typhoon Haiyan which was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded
on land and which has left up to 2,500 people dead. In addition more than
120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company’s
Filipino dealer Camec.

The generators are already being used
to power community buildings, including hospitals and local authority premises.
The JCB backhoes will be deployed in clear up operations in the province
of Tacloban City.

JCB has a long history of helping
countries affected by major natural disasters and this is the second time
the company has sent aid to the Philippines. In 2006 JCB sent a fleet of
3CX backhoe loaders after Typhoon Reming hit the Bicol region, destroying
much of the infrastructure.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said:
“The human suffering and scenes of devastation in the Philippines have
been heart-rending and I hope JCB’s contribution to the relief effort
will help, in some small way, those who are bearing the brunt of this disaster.
One of the main challenges facing rescue workers is clearing roads in the
affected areas and the JCB backhoe is exactly the right machine for the
job of removing debris.”

The versatile JCB backhoe loader is
the ideal machine for disaster situations thanks to its front shovel which
can be used as a bulldozer and rear excavator that not only be used to
dig emergency drains, but also to crane heavy objects. Crucially, the machine
can get from site to site under its own steam with no need for additional

JCB Power Products offers a comprehensive
range of 170 different of generators ranging from 1kVA to 3300 kVA in both
diesel and petrol powered configurations. The generators despatched to
the disaster zone are all small petrol models which can be carried easily
by two people. They are ideal for powering medical equipment, fridges and
microwaves as appliances can simply be plugged into the generator.

Brogan’s Tractors Duncormick

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Brogan’s Tractors, established by Pat and Margaret Brogan in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in 1986 have recently opened their second farm machinery branch. “Brogan’s Tractors Duncormick” is the new name of this branch in Duncormick, Co. Wexford which will be managed by Pat’s eldest son Niall.
Following the purchase of the garage and farm machinery stock from Duncormick Tractors, the Brogan’s have already returned to offering the high quality service and supply of spare parts which was synonymous with this garage and the late Nick Gore for decades.
The garage will continue as main Landini and McCormick dealers and Niall Brogan has also retained the services of Tom Whitty. Tom, who joined the garage in 1980 brings a wealth of experience and his service knowledge of Landini, McCormick and Ursus tractors is recognised far and wide.
Niall Brogan, a qualified agricultural mechanic has previously operated the stores at the home garage in Strokestown. Niall understands the importance and benefits of running an efficient parts department and he is keen to develop a new agri-stores in Duncormick.
For Pat and Margaret Brogan, the expansion of their farm machinery business is a huge challenge but they are committed to supplying proven and reliable farm machinery supported by a quality service to the south east.