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November 02, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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The Hum of the Harvest

Wherever the crop is, there is no cost-effective substitute for diesel engines to power the harvest that will feed the world during the coming months.

The harvest of corn and soybeans, staple crops that are the building blocks of many food and other products, are now coming in and are the target of massive, efficient, harvesting machines, some over 40 feet wide working 24/7 to capture the crop just at the right time. These machines are often sporting next-generation tech like GPS guidance, autonomous technology and wireless connectivity to maximize equipment and fuel use while minimizing soil compaction and crop damage. 

Last week both crops reached the halfway mark in the harvest according to the USDA with corn at 49 percent and soybeans at 53 percent. The harvest of sugar beets, sorghum, cotton, peanut and rice are all on track as well as the planting of the winter wheat crop.

U.S. agriculture is among the most productive and economically valuable in the world; producing more yield in less time with fewer inputs, thanks in part to the advancements in tractors and machines and the power of the diesel engine. Diesel technology helps us realize our agricultural bounty while the latest generation of diesel technology helps us deliver this bounty with minimal impact to our environment.

Thanks to their unique combination of features, the diesel engine is the workhorse on America’s farms, powering more than three-quarters of all farm tractors, harvesters, pickers, pumps, machines and other specialty agricultural equipment. The latest generation of advanced diesel technology, known as Tier 4, achieves dramatic emissions reductions compared to previous generations.

Farmers have been investing in new tractors and harvesters that are using the most fuel efficient, productive and cleanest technology available. Getting more of the latest generation engines into service delivers immediate benefits to farming communities, as well as the farmers who use them. Replacing older generations of equipment with the latest generation Tier 4 diesel models reduces emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and fine particles by more than 90 percent. These near-zero emissions technologies deliver emission reductions for agricultural communities while helping to feed the world.

To meet the leaders in clean diesel agricultural engines and equipment visit AGCOCaterpillarCNH Industrial,  IsuzuJohn DeereVolvo, and Yanmar.




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