Agritechnica 2017 Preview

Farm machinery events are hosted around the world each year, but none are bigger than Agritechnica. This year in Germany the most important conference on the agricultural calendar will commence on the 12th of November, running for seven days and playing host to almost three thousand exhibitors as a multitude of attendees descend upon the Hanover Fairgrounds.

Agritechnica 2017 Preview

Claas AXION 900 (new larger model shown)

The latest equipment and innovations from all of the industry’s biggest players will be on display across a whopping 23 exhibition halls, allowing manufacturers to peddle their wares before a global audience. And smaller start-ups hoping to gain a foothold will sit shoulder to shoulder with established behemoths, including John Deere, Kubota and many more.

Innovation Awards

Although Agritechnica 2017 has yet to kick off, the winners of the show’s Innovation Awards have already been announced, with judges awarding plaudits for products which seek to disrupt the market and redefine expectations. This includes a silver award for the Claas Axion 900 semi-tracked tractor, which was recognised for featuring suspension on both the front and rear axles to boost operator comfort.

Another silver award for innovation was handed out to Fendt for its electric tractor, the e100 Vario. This zero-emissions machine has all the same features and capabilities as a standard model but can operate on battery power alone for up to five hours without stopping, creating fewer harmful emissions and less noise pollution in the process.

Krone’s BigX LiftCab forage harvester got a nod thanks to its height-adjustable cab which can put operators high above the crop they are collecting rather than having their view obscured by it. This not only improves productivity and safety but means that it is simpler to maintain the mechanical components at regular intervals.

Eco-friendly & Electric Tractors

Eco-friendly machinery is likely to be a theme at Agritechnica 2017, as German firm STW has confirmed that it will be showcasing its prototype electric tractor known as the SymonE at the event. This is an especially unusual vehicle because it is intended to be less specialised than traditional counterparts and will instead look more like a truck, with a range of cameras and sensors preparing it to embrace autonomous operation further down the line.

It is not just heavy machinery that will define the show but also tools, equipment, accessories and other associated technologies. Tyre firm Trelleborg has announced one of the more exciting aesthetic changes to its product line – this is essentially a personalisation service that will enable farmers and contractors to have a unique name or logo etched on to the wall of any tyres they order.

Other things to look out for at Agritechnica 2017 include the new line of compact simple tractors from Zetor, slurry pumps from Samson Agro, fertiliser drones from Rauch, mowers from SIP and everything in between. While a lot of attention will be focused on the larger machinery launches that are pencilled in for the event, some of the potentially more important unveilings will occur in smaller corners of the exhibition, where emerging firms seek to highlight products that could one day dominate agriculture.

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