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John Deere brings 8RX smart tractor to South Africa

2020 will see John Deere launch the new 8RX tractor in South Africa. The 8RX integrates artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and advanced automation to help farmers work more efficiently while also gathering data to make more informed decisions and increase future machine intelligence.

Having just won honours in the ‘Tech for a Better World’ category in the CES Innovation Awards in the United States, “we are very excited about the impact that the new 8RX tractor will have on improved yields in Africa,” says Freddie Rupping, Production System Specialist, Tractor Marketing, John Deere Sub-Saharan Africa.

Focus on innovation in precision agriculture

“This award recognises our focus on innovation in precision agriculture, enabling farmers to increase productivity as they meet the challenge of feeding a rapidly-growing global population,” says Rupping.

For model year 2020, John Deere has introduced a new 8 Family Tractor lineup that includes 8R wheel tractors, 8RT two-track tractors and the industry’s first fixed-frame four-track tractors, the all-new 8RX.

Latest precision ag technology

These new tractors come equipped with the latest precision ag technology and allow customers to choose the machine configuration, options and horsepower to best fit their operation.

Each new 8R, 8RT and 8RX Tractor comes standard equipped with an integrated Gen 4 4600 CommandCenter display, StarFire 6000 integrated receiver and AutoTrac activation.

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John Deere offers a wide range of track and axle configurations for 8RX Tractors. Multiple tread-spacing options are available and include 76-, 80-, 88-, or 120-inch (193-, 203.2-, 223.5-, or 304.8-cm) wide front axles. Three belt widths are available and include 18- and 24-inch (45.7- and 60.9-cm) wide front belts, or 18-, 24- and 30-inch (45.7-, 60.9- and 76.2-cm) wide rear belts. - Photos: John Deere
John Deere offers a wide range of track and axle configurations for 8RX Tractors. Multiple tread-spacing options are available and include 76-, 80-, 88-, or 120-inch (193-, 203.2-, 223.5-, or 304.8-cm) wide front axles. Three belt widths are available and include 18- and 24-inch (45.7- and 60.9-cm) wide front belts, or 18-, 24- and 30-inch (45.7-, 60.9- and 76.2-cm) wide rear belts. - Photos: John Deere

John Deere Operations Center

Additional premium or automation activations are available so customers can upgrade and choose the level of accuracy they prefer. A full suite of John Deere technology is included for the seamless integration of automation, documentation and connectivity through the John Deere Operations Center.

The Precision Ag Intelligence package includes JDLink with 5 years of service, John Deere Connected Support, Expert Alerts, Remote Display Access and Wireless Data Transfer.

The new StarFire 6000 integrated receiver requires no calibration of the Terrain Compensation Module (TCM), is more accurate than previous models and is less vulnerable to theft according to John Deere.

Manage fertiliser prescriptions

Regardless of the model a customer chooses, each 8 Family Tractor is precision-ag equipped to prepare precise seedbeds, handle variable-rate seeding and manage fertiliser prescriptions, all at up to 10 mph (16 km/h).

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