Voting is now closed for the 2021 CropLife IRON Product of the Year. The Product of the Year trophy will be presented to the winning company at one of this winter’s trade shows.
Manufacturer: Raven Industries
Description: OMNiPOWER is a self-propelled power platform that easily interchanges with farm implements. This will allow the ag professional to perform multiple farm tasks in all the growing seasons. The user launches missions in autonomous mode or can also control directly from the tablet. In either instance, no driver is necessary. Currently, OMNiPOWER has interchangeable implements for spreading and spraying with additional applications coming soon. More OMNiPOWER implements will launch quickly and consistently as Raven works with OEM partners to release new implements.
Why Nominated: “Empowering ‘all’ is exactly what OMNiPOWER brings to the agriculture industry. OMNi enables holistic, hands-free precision; it gives the farmer total control of their time and maximizes operational productivity and efficiency. The future of agriculture is here and now. The pivot-point is OMNi. You'll see the new brand identity and campaign to reflect and communicate our advancements to the market.”
Manufacturer: Heartland AG Systems
Description: The VPA 1000 includes a dual chute auger system to discharge fertilizer from either side, a 43% faster unloading rate than standard tenders, and self-cleaning bins to improve operator safety. The VPA 1000 side discharge tender is the industry’s first variable position auger system, featuring unloading capabilities on both sides of the tender at rates over 5,000 pounds per minute. Operators can store the 22-foot auger on either side of the tender – maximizing maneuverability for unloading, minimizing excess time positioning the auger and allowing for easier placement to fill multiple bin machines. The unique auger connection system eliminates leakage and product buildup commonly seen with two-piece auger systems. In addition to enhanced speed and unloading efficiency, the tender also increases operator safety with 50-degree angled hopper bottoms, self-cleaning bins, and product viewing windows to save drivers from the treacherous task of climbing up and down the tender to check levels.
Why Nominated: “Efficiency and safety are at the top of our minds for our customers. And, with the current labor shortages ag retailers are experiencing, a machine like the VPA 1000 can make a significant difference in their ability to cover more acres, with fewer machines and with fewer people doing it. We are committed to pushing ourselves to create new and innovative technology for our ag retailers. We equip them with the most efficient machines to ultimately help them serve their customers better.”
Manufacturer: Fendt AGCO
Description: The Fendt Rogator 900 Series applicator features adjustable clearance. The new applicator is the latest solution from Fendt created to meet the evolving crop production needs of today’s farmers.
With the push of a button, the two new H (high-clearance) models automatically raise from standard to high clearance of up to 76 inches in less than 45 seconds for critical late-season dry or liquid application and less disturbance of tall crops. After application, the applicators just as quickly return to standard clearance of 56 to 60 inches, depending on model for superior stability on the road. Changing between the liquid system and a dry spinner or pneumatic system takes less than two hours: Unhook two or four hydraulic connections, remove the on-board system from the chassis and replace it with the one needed for the next job. The hydraulic pump for all systems stays on the chassis. The Fendt Rogator 900 Series has five models: RG932, RG934, RG934H, RG937, and RG937H, ranging from 315- to 365-hp. The RG932 and RG934, with 70-inch-diameter tires, have 56-inch standard clearance; the RG937 has 80-inch tires and 60-inch standard clearance. The two high-clearance, dual-position chassis models, RG934H and RG937H, change to clearance heights of 72 inches and 76 inches, respectively.
Why Nominated: “The Fendt Rogator 900 is the first of its kind – the only self-propelled, rear-mounted boom applicator with adjustable clearance and easy conversion between liquid and dry systems for ultimate versatility. Because the new Rogator can be equipped for nearly any type of crop care application, customers not only optimize their investment in the machine, but have greater control over when and how products are applied. That helps ensure better product use for higher yields and an overall better return on their crop care investment.”
Manufacturer: Case IH
Description: To help operators cover more ground in less time, Case IH is adding a new 90-foot boom option — now the widest boom configuration available — for the FA 1030 air boom applicator. The FA 1030 is now available for either the Titan 3540 or 4540 floater models, giving customers the choice of either three- or four-wheel configurations. The FA 1030 also offers variable rate product application and left/right boom section control to further optimize product delivery. Operators can select from a range of bin options, including single-, double- and triple-bin configurations. The ability to configure the FA 1030 to spread up to three products and up to 1,200 pounds per acre of total product at 10 mph maximizes field efficiency.
Why Nominated: “The FA 1030 air boom applicator is helping operators get more done in tight windows and challenging conditions — and these new configurations and options will help them better optimize their productivity. The new 90-foot boom option paired with 320 cubic feet of struck capacity enables operators to make the most of their time in the field.”
Manufacturer: John Deere
Description: The 800R Floater for ag-service providers and customers can be equipped with air boom, updated dry spinner-spreader, and liquid systems. Three John Deere DS35 Dry Spinner Spreader options are available and include the NL 4500G4 Edge, NL5000G5 and the new N4500G4 HP Lime. Another improvement to the 800R was the addition of new common hydraulic pumps that significantly decrease the amount of changeover time required to switch between wet and dry systems. All New Leader dry-bin configurations, Hagie Liquid Systems, and Air Boom attachments can now all use the same hydraulic pumps. The LS20 Liquid System of the 800R offers more options than the previous LS475. Optional front fill and side fill will now be offered for the liquid system. The LS20 is available with 30-inch turrets and 60-inch cams, or 60-inch on-center cam locks with 15-inch on-center high-flow five-way nozzle bodies.
The 800R comes equipped with a field-proven 90-foot boom and 2,000-gallon solution tank that delivers best-in-class floater ride quality and operator comfort.
Why Nominated: “The 800R delivers best-in-class ride quality and operator comfort. In the field, an 800R can be driven up to 25 mph when utilizing John Deere AutoTrac guidance, making it the most productive high-capacity nutrient application system available. Previously changing from wet to dry was a 10- to 12-hour job. Now, the changeover can be done in about half the time, saving time and money.”
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought much of the world to a virtual halt. And while the agricultural community largely maintained its pre-pandemic routines, the absence of in-person trade shows also kept most equipment manufacturers on the sidelines. Instead, many companies held off on new product introductions until the 2021 show season was ready to kick off.
Since the beginning of summer, several manufacturers have launched new product innovations. From these dozens, CropLife IRON’s readers have chosen these five items to compete for the honor of Product of the Year. In the slideshow above, you will find brief product profiles and photos of the nominees.
After reading over the qualifications of these five products, now it’s up to you to decide which deserves the title (and trophy) of CropLife IRON Product of the Year. Once identified, the Product of the Year trophy will be presented to the winning company at one of this winter’s trade shows.