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New John Deere Starfire 7000 eases RTK Entry

John Deere’s new StarFireTM 7000 receiver enables an easy entry into precision farming. Without extra hardware, the receiver offers RTK accuracy of +/- 2.5 cm and customers will benefit from better satellite network coverage.

More farmers want to use the precision of RTK, but shy away from the greater initial investment. Now, John Deere offers the new StarFireTM 7000 with a completely new correction signal – StarFireTM RTK. The new signal can be activated very easily by purchasing a renewable licence, with no investments in additional hardware or activations necessary.

With a pull-in time of fewer than 10 minutes, field work can start up to three times faster than before. Recorded field boundaries have a repeatability of at least five years, offering the possibility to create guidance lines and tramlines in the same place in subsequent crops. Field boundaries can be used beyond the season for highly precise and automatic switching on and off sprayer boom sections. This means John Deere is providing a better solution for the increasing use of precision farming.

Just like the previous models, the new receiver offers the free SF1 correction signal as standard and can be upgraded to Radio and Mobile RTK. The StarFireTM 7000 Receiver receives Galileo and BeiDou-Satellite signals in addition to GPS and GLONASS. This ensures a stronger signal strength at no additional cost, which is more independent of interference, such as shading by trees.

The receiver is available in both universal/transportable and integrated versions. The integrated version is built directly into the roof of the machine from the factory, while the universal receiver is suitable for flexible use. With the new practical handles on the sides, it can be moved from machine to machine or to an implement even easier. The receiver is compatible with new and existing machines and can therefore be used for the entire fleet.

To ensure that the universal receiver is less attractive for thieves, John Deere offers users set up a PIN code. The PIN code can be defined for two access levels, for example an administrator and an operator. Additional protection with a mechanical lockable kit is available, and the receiver can be removed after the job is done and be stored safely until the next use.

The new StarFireTM 7000 will be available to order with new Model Year 23 X-Series Combines as an integrated version. It will be available as a universal solution for retrofit in Winter 2022/23.


Ripon Farm Services now supplying METOS weather stations from Pessl Instruments

Ripon Farm Services have partnered with Pessl Instruments to support Metos weather stations, enabling farmers to make better data-driven decisions for their crops.

Metos weather stations and sensors collect climatic data in the field and assess the conditions against the likelihood of common crop diseases. Farmers can easily see the level of risk to their crop on the interactive FieldClimate dashboard. Disease models are available for a huge number of crops, including all common cereals, roots, vegetables fruit and turf. By only applying fungicides when there is a high risk of disease incidence can save time and costs.

The field-level data from Metos stations, including hyper-local weather forecast, is available on smartphones via the FieldClimate app, online, or through the John Deere Operations Centre.

James Parker, Group FarmSight Manager from Ripon Farm Services, comments “We are delighted to support Metos weather stations to bring farmers accurate field data to help with everyday farming decisions. At the click of a button farmers will be able to identify which fields need spraying, when and where to irrigate and so on. The data can connect to the John Deere Operations Centre which many of our customers will be familiar with, creating an integrated precision farming tool that will save farmers time and money.”

Contact your Ripon Farm Services Precision Ag Consultant to discuss the range of Metos stations and sensors that could help make better informed decisions on disease control and a whole lot more.


Ripon Farm Services wins Mazzotti Dealer of the Year Award

Ripon Farm Services has been awarded the UK Dealer of the Year Award for 2021 by Italian sprayer manufacturer Mazzotti. The award recognises overall performance and dedication to the brand. In 2018 Ripon Farm Services became one of the first Mazzotti dealers in the UK and, since that time, has shown outstanding commitment to the self-propelled sprayer product line. The award was made in person by Vincenzo Gasperi, Export Manager for Mazzotti, during a recent visit.

Richard Simpson, Commercial Director of Ripon Farm Services, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award. It underlines the hard work we’ve put into promoting Mazzotti. We’ve put a lot of effort into launching the sprayers, not only to demonstrate the benefits of these machines, but also to support the customers with what is, after all, a new brand in the UK market.

“The entire Ripon Farm Services team can feel very proud of this, although a special mention has to go to our team at Market Weighton and, in particular, Area Sales Manager Mike Pickering, who really has gone the extra mile.

“The Mazzotti product really does seem to hit the mark for our customers. The UK-friendly design with integrated John Deere systems and components is a winning combination that offers not only great performance, but good value for money.”

Vincenzo Gasperi said: “We are very happy with the performance of Ripon Farm Services and it’s great to reward its hard work. As a new brand in the market, we have to find a place on UK farms, so strong partners who are committed to growing the business and to making sure the customer is happy is very important to us.”

Founded in 1947, Mazzotti has over 70 years of experience in agricultural vehicles. From its base in Ravenna, Italy, Mazzotti currently manufactures a range of 11 self-propelled sprayers, in addition to the Multi specialist tool carrier. In 2017 Mazzotti became a fully owned subsidiary of John Deere, though continues to trade as in independent company. Mazzotti products are available from Ripon Farm Services, contact your Area Sales Manager to find out more.


Visit Ripon Farm Services at YAMS 2022

We are looking forward to attending the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) at York Auction Centre on Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Come along and say hello, it’s free entry with free parking. BASIS and NRoSO points are available.

We hope to see you there!

(York Auction Centre, Murton, York, YO19 5GF).


RIPON FARM SERVICES CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE WITH PRESTIGIOUS NEW YEAR SHOW

One of the UK’s leading agricultural machinery shows is back with a bang – after missing out last year because of the global pandemic.

Ripon Farm Services will be hosting its prestigious two-day New Year Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on January 19 and 20.

Richard Simpson, commercial director of Ripon Farm Services, explained: “We have thought long and hard about whether to go ahead with this year’s show, in view of the continued challenges posed by coronavirus, but in the end, we believe the farming community needs – and deserves – our support.

“Farmers can’t cancel lambing time, they can’t cancel milking or cancel harvest, they have to carry on, no matter what. The nation relies on them. So it would be unfair of us to let farmers down. After last year’s cancellation, which was unavoidable, we are delighted to be back – with one of the very finest shows we have ever held.”

“It goes without saying that we will be following all the Government and NYCC guidelines and all the recommended anti-Covid measures will be in place through the two-day show. We have contracted a third-party company to monitor the event and ensure that everyone feels – and is – safe. We will be insisting on proof of full vaccination with the NHS Covid-19 pass, together with lateral flow tests in line with the strict Government guidelines.

“This has not been an easy decision; in fact, the easy decision would have been simply to cancel the show and do nothing. But that would have be doing a major disservice to the farming community and I’m sure we would have regretted that decision in the weeks and months to come,” said Mr Simpson.

The show, which is one of the key events in the northern agricultural calendar, will feature the largest combine harvester in Europe and the brand-new and hugely anticipated John Deere 6R tractor.

Mr Simpson explained: “This is our 40th anniversary year and we are celebrating in style, underlining the show’s reputation as the biggest and best dealer-led agricultural event in the UK.

“Pride of place goes to two very special ground-breaking machines. The first is the largest and most technologically advanced combine harvester in Europe, the John Deere X9 1100 combine harvester. This is an amazing machine, which caused a media frenzy at the Great Yorkshire Show where it was the star attraction.

“We are also very proud to be hosting the UK debut of the new John Deere 6R tractor, which is Europe’s best-selling tractor. We are confident that the new 6R will be of huge interest to our customers. Since their launch in 2011, John Deere’s 6R Series tractors have set standards in both field and transport performance, as well as precision agriculture technology, and the new 6R takes these standards to even greater heights.”

In addition, there will be opportunities to see and discuss the latest Precision Agriculture technology which helps farmers and growers make better Agronomic decisions to reduce input costs and increase yields and profits.

Dan Robinson, who is heading up the preparations for the show, explained: “We are expecting over 5,000 people to attend over the two days. Apart from those two headline machines, we will be showcasing everything we do, including a huge range of used equipment which will be available to buy. This is the very best opportunity to see all the very latest and best farming machinery in one single location.”

“The show is housed in the warm and dry Yorkshire Events Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground and there is no better place to see all that RFS offer. Our specialists across all sectors will be available to answer any questions during the two days, and there will be seminars and presentations, so the event is ultimately a one-stop shop for farmers across the north of England.”

Hot food and refreshments will be available throughout the show.

Apart from John Deere, high-profile exhibitors at the show will include Kramer, Bailey Trailers, Kuhn, Ifor Williams Trailers, Spearhead, Dalbo and Mazzotti Sprayers.

We look forward to seeing you at the Yorkshire Event Centre on 19th & 20th January.

All visitors will be required to present a valid NHS Covid passport or an approved international equivalent, or a valid text or email confirmation from the NHS of a recent negative test result to gain entry (children aged 5 and over will also need to show proof of a recent negative lateral flow test to gain entry). Covid vaccination cards (showing the second dose) are also valid for entry with a form of ID. Information on how to get an NHS Covid pass can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/

Face masks/coverings must be worn at all times in the venue except when eating and drinking. Please note that there will be no lateral flow tests available at the show.

RIPON FARM SERVICES TO OPEN NEW DEPOT AT FLOURISHING MALTON BUSINESS PARK

Ripon Farm Services (RFS), one of the leading agricultural machinery suppliers in the UK, is to open a new depot at the flourishing 30-acre Eden Business Park near Malton.

RFS has just received planning permission for a high-quality 22,000 sq ft building at the multi-million pound business park, which is located immediately off the A64 by the Pickering Road (A169) junction by Eden Camp.

Richard Simpson, Commercial Director of Ripon Farm Services, explained: “This is a tremendously important move for us and a significant milestone in our 40-year-old history.

“Our new flagship building, will feature offices, training suites and meeting facilities for staff and customers and has been specially designed to accommodate our rapidly growing combine harvester business, including the John Deere X9. The new Malton location will be our twelfth depot in all.

“We are especially pleased to be moving to Malton, which has the enviable – and entirely justified – reputation as the food capital of the north. It is at the centre of North Yorkshire’s extensive agricultural community, which we are looking forward to serving,” said Mr Simpson.

Ripon Farm Services is one of the largest agricultural equipment dealers in the UK. With a workforce of over 250 RFS is a John Deere main dealer and supplies world class agricultural machinery brands such as, Kramer telehandlers, Kuhn cultivation equipment, Bailey Trailers and Sumo cultivators across Yorkshire, Teesside, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Construction work on the new building will begin at once, with completion and occupation scheduled for August next year.

Funding for this new depot was provided by HSBC. Stephen Smith, relationship director for HSBC UK Corporate Banking, said: “The development of this depot will support Yorkshire’s agricultural sector, whilst also providing valuable local engineering jobs for the local community. Ripon Farm Services is well established in its field, so we’re pleased to support the business achieve it’s next stage of ambitious growth.”

Miles Lawrence, director of York-based property consultants Lawrence Hannah, who are marketing Eden Business Park along with AWS Ltd on behalf of Yorkshire developers Commercial Development Projects (CDP) in conjunction with the Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation, explained: “We are delighted to welcome a company with such an excellent reputation as Ripon Farm Services. Their move is a ringing endorsement of the quality of Eden Business Park and marks the successful launch of Phase Two of the development.

“The speculative first phase of this development has proved to be a tremendous success story with all of the six industrial premises now occupied. The second phase will feature not just Ripon Farm Service, but also another high-profile occupier, who will be named shortly.

“This is both a reflection of the quality of Eden Business Park and also its superb location, with swift and easy access to York, the East Coast and to Yorkshire’s excellent motorway network. This is a winning combination.

Developers CDP are delighted that the business park, the largest speculative development in the area during the past 10 years, is proving popular, fulfilling a pent-up demand for quality industrial units with offices.

Nick Arundel of AWS Ltd added: “This is a very important development for the Malton area. Its popularity so far is a vindication of CDP’s brave decision to develop speculatively in challenging economic times.”

When Phase One was completed, Malton councillor Lindsey Burr commented: “As a county and district councillor for Malton, I’m delighted to see the construction of the business units. Hopefully this will encourage more jobs, business, economic viability and investment into Ryedale.”

John Deere to Acquire Majority Ownership in Advanced Battery Company Kreisel Electric

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire majority ownership in Kreisel Electric, Inc. (“Kreisel”), a battery technology provider based in Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria. Kreisel develops high-density, high-durability electric battery modules and packs. Additionally, Kreisel has developed a charging infrastructure platform (CHIMERO) that utilizes this patented battery technology.

Since 2014, Kreisel has been a leading innovator focused on the development of immersion-cooled electric battery modules and packs for high-performance and off-highway applications. The company has a differentiated battery
technology and battery-buffered charging infrastructure offering and currently serves a global customer base across multiple end markets, including commercial vehicles, off-highway vehicles, marine, e-motorsports, and
other high-performance applications.


John Deere sees demand growing for batteries as a sole- or hybrid-propulsion system for vehicles. Products in Deere’s portfolio such as turf equipment, compact utility tractors, small tractors, compact construction, and road building equipment could rely solely on batteries as a primary power source. Deere intends to continue to invest in and develop technologies to innovate, deliver value to customers, and work towards a future with zero emissions
propulsion systems.

The majority investment in Kreisel Electric will allow Deere to vertically integrate vehicle and powertrain designs around high-density battery packs while leveraging Kreisel’s charging technology to build out infrastructure required
for customer adoption.


“Kreisel’s battery technology can be applied across the broad portfolio of Deere products, and Kreisel’s in-market experience will benefit Deere as it ramps up its battery-electric vehicle portfolio. Deere will provide the expertise, global footprint, and funding to enable Kreisel to continue its fast growth in core markets,” said Pierre Guyot, Senior Vice President, John Deere Power Systems. “This is an opportunity to invest in a company with unique technology that’s designed for the demanding conditions where Deere customers work.”


“Furthermore, building an electrified portfolio is key to John Deere’s sustainability goal of pursuing new technologies that reduce the environmental impact of new products and work toward zero emissions propulsion
systems on equipment, while increasing our customers’ efficiency and productivity,” Guyot said.
Kreisel Electric will retain its employees, brand name, and trademark, and continue to operate from its current location in Austria to serve its growing customer base. The company was founded by the brothers Johann, Markus and
Philipp Kreisel and has approximately 160 full-time employees.

“The Kreisel team looks forward to expanding our base business, leveraging the Deere channel to accelerate adoption of battery-electric vehicles and charging stations, and working with Deere’s vehicle design teams on
product advancements,” said Markus Kreisel, who serves as Managing Director, along with his two brothers, at Kreisel Electric.

The transaction requires final regulatory approval in Austria, with closing
expected to take place in approximately 60 days. Financial details are not being
disclosed.

Machines in Late-Night Show Format

John Deere has used its own Deere TV Studio for the first time to show the world its innovative machines. Experts, farmers and influencers presented the new 6R tractor series as well as the latest combines and forage harvesters using live interviews and videos. The three late-night shows are available to watch again on YouTube and have already been viewed more than 220,000 times.

The stars of the tractor show were the 14 new models within the 6R Series. Gareth Gault, known to his fans as Donkey, from the Grassmen Instagram account, gave a look behind the scenes at Mannheim’s John Deere factory, where the new tractors are produced. The influencer has more than 153,000 followers on Instagram and took the audience on a journey through the assembly line inside Europe’s largest tractor plant. He then demonstrated the many innovations found on the 6R Series with a driving experience.

The focus of the forage show was on the two new models – the 9500 and the 9600. Experts from the Zweibrücker Harvesting Machinery Factory demonstrated the benefits of the new 18-litre John Deere engine and the innovative Harvest Motion Plus technology. Donkey was also the first to test the 9600 foragers in practice. Afterwards, the show went to Italy, for a nostalgic look back 50 years to the beginnings of John Deere forage harvesters.

The Combine Show focused on the performance of the John Deere harvester portfolio. Experts and farmers were invited to talk about their experiences with the X9 combine. Tom and Will from the Instagram account Rowles Farm were allowed to try the combine on the field and to learn more about it. Practical videos have shown that John Deere’s flagship model harvests more than 100 tonnes of wheat per hour.

Patrice Bouédibéla hosted the events in a professional and entertaining fashion. The presenter is known for his work on music channel MTV, among other things.

All three shows are still available on John Deere’s YouTube channel. You can access the shows here.

The Brand New John Deere 6R Series – Go Smart, Do More

We’re excited to announce the new 6R 150, 6R 165 & 6R 185 will be available to view publicly for the first time in the UK at our New Year Two-Day Show. Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ | 19th & 20th Jan 2022.

Since their launch in 2011, John Deere’s 6R Series tractors have set standards in both field and transport performance as well as precision ag technology. With 14 new generation models from 110 to 250hp announced this month, these tractors have become even smarter to help operators achieve even more.

In addition, four brand new models include the four-cylinder 6R 150, aimed particularly at mixed farms, and the six-cylinder 6R 185, a specialist transport tractor for farmers and contractors who spend more time on the road.

A key new 6R Series feature is the integrated 1-Click-Go AutoSetup system, which makes tractor and implement settings much quicker and easier. The operator can save up to 90 per cent of display clicks in the field and the tractor is always perfectly adjusted.

All the required settings can be pre-planned and managed in the cloud, including agronomic data such as field boundaries, guidance lines and prescriptions. Once the tractor crosses the field boundary, the stored profile is automatically available and even temporary drivers can be consistently accurate and avoid mistakes.

While AutoSetup makes the driver’s life easier, John Deere has also increased operator comfort. Among other features, the dashboard behind the steering wheel has disappeared – this not only improves forward visibility, but also operator control using the armrest and right-hand console. All settings and indicators are provided on the corner post display.

Another new feature is the E-joystick, which is particularly useful for front loader work. The operator can freely configure the layout of the buttons and can easily change the direction of travel using the reverser button, while a special hand detection system replaces the former safety flap.

For front loaders, there is a dynamic weighing system that allows weighing on the move, without having to stop. In addition, the Return to Position feature enables the loader to be placed into the correct position with one click, while Level to Horizon avoids spilling the bucket load.

IPM (Intelligent Power Management) has been made smarter on the new 6R Series. This means that in addition to IPM functioning in transport and PTO applications, it also delivers additional horsepower in hydraulic applications as required. The four-cylinder models can now deliver up to 20hp and the six-cylinder models up to 40hp when using hydraulic fans, pumps and the most power-hungry hydraulic implements, eg wrapping balers, slurry tankers and drills.

In late 2022 a new StarFire satellite receiver will offer even more precision ag performance. No matter which level of correction signal accuracy farmers choose, this new receiver will provide superior signal stability when operating in shaded areas.

Another highlight of the latest 6R Series tractors is their new design. The hood and mirrors are well known from John Deere’s larger tractor series, while the name and numbering system has also been adopted from the 7R, 8R and 9R Series models. The 6R range name is now followed by a separate indication of the rated engine horsepower.

To meet individual customer requirements, the 6R Series has been extended by four new tractor models. Chief of these are the compact and efficient 6R 185 that delivers up to 234hp with IPM and is specially designed for transport work, plus the 6R 150 with a four-cylinder engine and high payload, which is the perfect all-rounder for mixed farms.

There are also more transmission options available in this new range. In addition to AutoQuad Plus and the AutoPowr infinitely variable transmission, customers can now choose the CommandQuad option for four-cylinder models.

6R 185: King of the road

The new 6R 185 is aimed at farmers and contractors looking for a compact, versatile and powerful 6-cylinder tractor to be used mainly for transport, but also capable of handling demanding hydraulic power requirements. It delivers up to 234hp maximum power with Intelligent Power Management in transport, PTO and hydraulic applications.

The 6R 185 is also an agile tractor, due to its short wheelbase of just 2.76m, which makes it more compact than the larger 6R Series models with a 2.8 or 2.9m wheelbase. This feature, combined with the proven 6.8-litre John Deere PowerTech PSS engine and highly efficient AutoPowr transmission, makes this tractor particularly fuel efficient on the road.

The 6R 250 flagship model has already set a new efficiency standard in transport applications, and John Deere is convinced that the 6R 185 will be a worthy heir in this class.

6R 150: The all-rounder

Mixed farms prefer four-cylinder tractors, but do not want to sacrifice power. With a maximum power rating of 165hp or 177hp with IPM, the 6R 150 is now the largest four-cylinder model in the series and covers this tractor segment perfectly. Tyre size has also been increased, with rear wheel options available up to 650/65 R38. Its short wheelbase of only 2.58m makes this machine particularly manoeuvrable.

With a low empty weight of 6.5 tonnes and a total permissible weight of 10.45 tonnes, the 6R 150 tractor provides a very high payload of 4 tonnes. It therefore offers the performance of a six-cylinder tractor with the advantages of a four-cylinder machine, ie compact dimensions and light weight combined with agile and versatile performance.

For lifting heavier equipment, rear hydraulic lift capacity has been increased by 12 per cent. The 6R 150 also offers a larger 155-litre hydraulic pump which, combined with the dynamic weighing system, provides considerable front loader performance advantages.

Ripon Farm Services – Kramer 2021 Best Brand Ambassador

On the 26th of October Kramer hosted their first Digital Dealer Awards and we’re extremely pleased to have won the 2021 Best Brand Ambassador Award.

For details of our award, you can skip to 23:20 on the video to see the announcement and see Geoff Brown, Managing Director) being presented with the award. Thank you to all our staff and customers for all their help because without them, awards like this would not happen.