John Deere was recently presented with three 2023 AE50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for outstanding innovations that improve agriculture production. The ASABS annually recognises the 50 most innovative product-engineering designs in the food and agriculture industry with AE50 Awards, as chosen by international engineering experts. The three John Deere innovations recognised for bringing advanced technology to the market included the See & Spray Ultimate technology, 8 Series Electric Variable Transmission and the 800R Floater, all three not currently available in Australia or New Zealand. An ASABS spokesman said the AE50 Award nominees were recognised for their engineering developments that helped farmers and food processors increase efficiency and profitability, plus enhanced quality and improved safety. US-based John Deere managing director of production and precision agriculture marketing Joel Dawson said the AE50 Awards recognised the great work being done by the John Deere staff of engineers to bring incredible products and technology to market for the benefit of customers. “No other agricultural company spends more money, time and energy on research and development, than John Deere,” he said. “Our commitment to innovation ensures customers have the absolute best tools and technology possible as they work to feed, fuel, clothe and develop infrastructure for a growing global population in the most productive and sustainable manner possible.” Last March, John Deere introduced See & Spray Ultimate technology that enabled targeted spraying of non-residual herbicide on weeds among corn, soybean and cotton plants. This technology has been shown to reduce non-residual herbicide use by more than two-thirds. In addition, the dual-product capability of See & Spray Ultimate allows farmers to combat herbicide resistance by using two independent tank mixes in one pass and avoiding antagonism in more advanced mixes. Also introduced last March was the John Deere Electronic Variable Transmission for 8 Series Tractors. The EVT has electric motor generators in place of the hydrostatic motors on an infinitely variable transmission to provide the variable input. The EVT is the industry’s only transmission that enables electric power generation (up to 100kW). By using this electricity farmers could power implement fan drives that take the place of implement hydraulic pumps or assist the tractor by powering the implement’s axles. This is similar to proven technology John Deere uses on construction equipment. Agricultural implements with powered axles are already successfully being used in Europe to help push the tractor from behind while working in the field. EVT technology off-boards electricity from the tractor to provide added power to the implement and can reduce wheel slip, improving uphill performance. The third 2023 AE50 Award John Deere received was for the 800R Floater. John Deere introduced the 800R for ag-service providers and growers. The floater can be equipped with air boom, updated dry spinner-spreader and liquid systems. Compared to the previous John Deere F4365, the 800R helps operators cover more acres per day with less fatigue and it improved serviceability by reducing attachment changeover times. To find out more, visit JohnDeere.com.