An international jury panel of industry specialists assisted by a network of technical experts have rewarded New Holland Agriculture’s combine harvesters with two medals at the SIMA 2021 Innovation Awards.
The awards announced in a virtual ceremony broadcast on April 22nd were a Silver Medal in the “From Harvest to Storage” category for NutriSenseTM, the in-harvest nutrient analysis system and a Bronze Medal in the “Parts, Services and Onboard Electronics” category for the cleaning system pressure sensors.
Carlo Lambro, New Holland Brand president, stated: “Farmers today are expected to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. However, they must be able to do it without losing their profitability. As equipment manufacturers, it is our role to leverage technology to support them.
“The two innovations awarded today address two important issues they face with the harvest, helping them to make informed decisions – one with agronomic data they can use to market their crops most profitably, the other enables them to take proactive actions to reduce grain losses as they are harvesting. As always, New Holland’s innovations bring tangible benefits to their efficiency and profitability, as they operate sustainably.”
NutriSenseTM NIR sensor nutrient analysis technology
Winning the silver medal in the “From Harvest to Storage” category, The integration of the Near Infrared (NIR) sensor enables the analysis, recording and mapping of crop composition during harvest.
Operation is based on the measurement of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation in NIR, enabling farmers to get the most from the sale of their crops, as the price is linked to the harvest quality (according to parameters such as protein or fat content). They can also enhance the nutritional value of varieties for animal feed, and mix different grain grades to achieve a certain quality and target industry standards.
By mapping the protein level in the grain, customers will see the status of nitrogen exported by the plant, so that they will be able to modulate their nitrogen supply accordingly.
The NutriSense system uses the New Holland NIR sensor that is used on the brand’s combines and forage harvesters for other functionalities, such as measuring crop moisture and has DLG certification.
The NutriSense system will become available on New Holland large square balers in the near future.
Cleaning system pressure sensors
Winning the Bronze Medal in the “Parts, Services and Onboard Electronics” category, the cleaning shoe pressure analysis system enables a faster harvesting speed while pursuing maximum quality.
The system measures the pressure in the cleaning shoe, up and below sieves, and alerts the operator is if it is overloaded or not, informing decisions on any adjustments to make.
The pressure sensors integrated into the cleaning system provide real-time information to the operator and this new parameter can be viewed on the IntelliviewTM IV display.