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machine, with open interfaces on
which to exchange data between
the different systems. Farmers
can send field data to contractors,
across any make of machine. The
agrirouterTM does not store data
and farmers themselves choose
which data is shared with other
systems, meaning Fendt farms
always retain full control over
their data. The entire process
meets the strict regulations
of the European General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR).
In developing the Fendt 314
Vario, Fendt focused on intuitive
and individual operation as
well as ergonomics. The new
multifunction joystick, for
example, has been equipped
with added functions and
the crossgate lever has been
ergonomically optimised, making
it easier to operate different
attachments. The operator
can choose the allocation of
the five buttons, to further
personalise the controls. The
button allocation is set with the
Individual Operation Manager
(IOM) on the terminal. A clever
colour concept helps the driver to
quickly find their way around and
avoid operator errors. In the IOM
you can also reprogram the 19
pre-set buttons, for functions like
pre-activating the steering system
(On/Off), the all-round indicator
lights (On/Off) and valves.
All functions are divided into
different groups with an assigned
colour. The driver immediately
sees whether buttons have
been re-allocated by the colour
concept. As well as the well-
known crossgate lever, the new
3L joystick with up to 3 operating
levels and up to 27 functions is
also available as an option. With
the 3L joystick, you can control
the front loaders Fendt Cargo
and Fendt CargoProfi, including
a weighing function. In addition
to the multifunction lever, the
3L joystick can also be used to
control an ISOBUS device and/or
tractor functions.
The Fendt 314 Vario also features
a combination of three display
options. These consist of a new
9" digital steering column display
(dashboard), a 12" terminal on
the armrest and an optional 12"
terminal in the sunroof. Up to
six freely configurable display
fields can be shown on the 12"
terminals, while the dashboard
terminal displays Fendt Guide
features on up to four display
fields, as well as all the machine
data for road travel. The digital
dashboard display is conveniently
controlled by a pushdial on
the armrest. The 12" terminals
can also be operated via touch,
for easier control. The 12" roof
terminal can be slotted half-way
into the sunroof for a better
overview when out on the road.
Optimal power transmission
between the tractor and the
ground is guaranteed by the
suspension front axle, which is
now installed as standard.
From Agritechnica in November
2019, the new Fendt 314 Vario will
be available for order in its Profi
and Profi+ versions. FendtONE
is being initially rolled out in
Germany, France and the United
Kingdom before being expanded
to other markets.
and harvesting
Noel Dunne,
Machinery Editor
As I sit down to put
together this month's
column the winter barley
harvest is in full swing
down south with tillage
farmers taking advantage
of the good weather. We
are expecting a break in conditions but it is all
systems go until then. Early reports are showing
an average of four ton per acre and there is a
good demand for straw, which is coming in at
around 18 to 20 a bale. With crops looking
good we are hoping that grain farmers can
realise a good price for grain over the next few
This month I got a chance to visit CLAAS in
France where they were launching the next
generation of LEXION combines. We got a
chance to see them in action and there are a lot
of new and exciting changes I will have a full
report in our September issue.
On the machinery front, telehandler sales are
up by 41 per cent for the first six months of
this year. There are over 319 new telehandlers
registered in 2019 against a total of 303 units
sold for the full year in 2017.
The sales of loading shovels are back on 2018
with a total of 72 new units registered to the end
of June 2019, down six units on the same period
last year. For Ploughing, plans are well on the
way for this year's event with stand numbers up
and ground works ahead of target. This year will
see a machinery demo area near the machinery
trade area. The Farmhand Krone Big M mower
is also mowing its way to the Ploughing site,
where it will take centre-stage on the Farmhand
stand at this year's event.
Elsewhere, Scha er loaders have appointed
Laurence McMullen as their new after sales
manager in Ireland and we wish him the very
best in his new role.
Meanwhile, in the UK tractor sales are down by
13 per cent in June. Figures just released from
the Agricultural Engineering Association in the
UK show that there were 1,034 new tractors
registered in June 2019. This figure shows a
downturn of 12.9 per cent on June 2018.
In Northern Ireland there was a total of 317
tractors sold to date in the first six months. This
represents an increase of 11.2 per cent on the
same period last year. In the Republic of Ireland
new tractor sales are up by 4 per cent for the
first 6 months of 2019 compared to the same
period of 2018.
Until next month my friends, farm wisely and
farm safely.
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