WATCH - Future Farming - The John Deere HarvestLab 3000


John Deere have released their latest design for the harvest season, the HarvestLab 3000.

This new instrument was first revealed in late 2017 and is a nutrient analyzer, which provides real-time data gathering that can help farmers decide on harvester setting decisions. Not only this, but the Harvestlab 3000 can also be utilized to analyze the quality of feed when making rations, helping make their livestock operations more efficient.



How it works -
The design works through the use of NIRS (Near-infrared spectroscopy) which can evaluate various different characteristics of a forage crop. These characteristics include - DMD, Moisture, Starch, Protein levels, ADF (Acid Detergent Fiber) and NDF (Neutral Detergent Fiber).

Farmers can then decide themselves what adjustments need to be made in order to maximise the quality of feed. The HarvestLab 3000 provides it’s data wirelessly to the John Deere Operations centre. From here, farmers can analyze the data and plan their individual nutrient and crop applications. The HarvestLab can actually measure 10 nutrient values 4,000 times every single second!

The HarvestLab 3000 can also store data permanently and the data memory has recently been increased to 2GBs. The analyzer can be used by itself or it can be installed on any John Deere 8000 series self-propelled harvester.



Benefits-

  • Allows for on-the-go measuring of moisture, dry matter, protein, starch, fiber, neutral detergent fiber, acid detergent fiber, crude ash, and sugar
  • Automatically adjust inoculant dosage based on current dry matter level
  • Automatically adjust length-of-cut, on the go
  • The HarvestLab 3000 is equipped with a turntable which ensures a more frequent and more accurate evaluation of the ensiled material before rations are mixed.
  • Dual-use capabilities of the Sensor for forage harvest and bunk management with the stationary turn table allows for year-round use.
  • Certified accuracy for dry matter measurement
  • Helps maximize biogas production
  • Helps better manage livestock feed rations.
  • Permanent memory storage of data.
In times of drought where grass growth is not at the required levels and after the fodder crisis of Winter 2017, John Deere seem to have gone a long way in solving these problems. No longer will farmers not maximize the utilisation of their feed and harvest, all thanks to the John Deere HarvestLab 3000.

Video - John Deere UK IE.

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