John Deere introduces new planter technology and electric excavator

ExactShot photo courtesy of John Deere

John Deere revealed new technology for the agriculture and construction industries during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

During the company’s keynote address Deanna Kovar, Vice President of Precision Ag Production Systems, introduced new planter technology called ExactShot which uses sensors and robotics to place starter fertilizer precisely onto seeds as they are planted, instead of a continuous flow of fertilizer to the whole row.  

“This reduces the amount of starter fertilizer farmers need by more than 60% while still allowing them to maintain the speeds they need to get the job done on time.”

John Deere also unveiled an electric excavator, powered by a Kreisel battery, that is designed to improve reliability and decrease both noise and emissions at construction and road work sites.

Chief Technology Officer Jahmy Hindman says electrification is only one component of their energy portfolio.  

“John Deere is focused on four areas of change in power generation; biofuels, battery electric, hybrid electric and advancements to internal combustion engines. The reason we a re focused on all four of those rather than just one is because we need to meet the economic and efficiency needs of our global customers and because that is what it will take to meet our carbon reduction goals.”  

John Deere also highlighted their See and Spray and autonomous technologies at the event.

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