Team FIN farmer Daryl Bridenbaugh gives an update on the corn and soybean crop conditions in Ohio, plus a test drive of New Holland's 7 and 8 series tractors.
Ohio has seen some heavy rains that delayed planting and damaged young plants. An area near where I live received 5-10” in one hour in late May. I’ve been fortunate to not have any of the huge rains. I would say the corn in my community looks the best it ever has and the soybeans are just a notch below.
I went to a New Holland field day last month and drove both 7 & 8 series tractors with auto command transmission. The transmission has four modes of operation. The auto mode is the principle one that is used when none of the others is selected. Basically in this mode the driver selects a desired target speed and the tractor’s computer senses the load and sets the rpm to optimize fuel economy. I liked that a lot, but it’s an expensive option and the standard power shift does nearly the same thing, i.e., in one of its modes it will shift itself to the most fuel efficient gear for the job. I liked the 7 series super steer. The tractor turned on a dime, but I was disappointed in the turning radius of the 8 series which does not have super steer available. Customers who sell corn to ethanol plants qualify for extra special discounts directly from New Holland. The discounts apply to all their equipment and not just tractors. I learned that the tractor’s fuel efficiency is similar on both Tier IV interim and final Tier IV models, but the final Tier IV tractors will use more urea fluid.
I have been going to some parades and a tractor show with one of my JD 4020’s. I am looking forward to participating in a few more.
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