John Deere Cereals Preview 2022

New machines and breakthrough innovations from John Deere on show at Cereals 2022

 John Deere’s new 6R Series tractors and the company’s largest ever sprayer will be among the fleet of machines on show for the first time at Cereals this June.

The company announced the addition of four new models to its hugely popular 6R range last November, including the four-cylinder 6R 150 – aimed particularly at mixed farms – and the six-cylinder 6R 185, which is a specialist transport tractor for farmers and contractors who spend more time on the road.

Cereals will be the first time many farmers have seen the new models up close, and it will be the debut UK outing for the new R975i sprayer.

It is the biggest trailed model the company has ever produced, with boom widths of 24-40m and a 7,500-litre capacity that tops the R900i Series line-up. The R975i brings higher accuracy, reduced chemical use and more comfort when filling and operating the sprayer.

Over the two days, John Deere will be taking part in the Sprays and Sprayers Arena, demonstrating both the new R975i and the smaller R740i, as well as the latest model year Mazzotti MAF self-propelled sprayer. Mazzotti was bought by John Deere in 2017 but remains a fully owned subsidiary and retains its iconic branding.

Another major technological breakthrough farmers can learn about at the show is the new eAutoPowr option available on the John Deere 8R 410. It is the world’s first electric infinitely variable transmission with electro-mechanical power split.

John Deere has completely replaced the hydraulic components with an electric power path. Two brushless electric motors are virtually wear-free and powertrain durability exceeds any other concepts previously offered in the industry. Moreover, this simplifies the design of the transmission and allows real time remote technical diagnosis.

This significant step in John Deere’s journey towards electrification has been developed in partnership with Joskin.

John Deere will be taking part in the direct drilling demonstrations at Cereals 2022 with farmers able to cast their eyes over the 750A All-Till drill.

Available in 3, 4 and 6m widths, the 750A is a versatile tool. It’s designed with large clearances for no-till drilling into stubble, working after minimum or conventional cultivations, and single pass operation for grassland and rough pasture renovation.

Fitted with the Accord air seeding system, operators will need a minimum of 80 to 140hp and can expect to cover 6ha/hr, depending on conditions, at seeding depths from 13 to 90mm. Seed is applied at a rate of 2 to 380kg/ha via a central 1800-litre hopper and single metering system on the 3 and 4m units, or a 2300-litre hopper and twin metering units on the 6m model, which folds down to 3m for transport.

Arable farmers looking to achieve the next level in harvesting performance can take a look around the flagship X9 combine, which will be on the stand for the show.

These machines help large-scale farmers harvest more tonnes per hour and more hectares per day, even in tough conditions.

Tactical Marketing Manager at John Deere UK, Chris Wiltshire, said: “We have lined up a great range of static and moving demonstrations for arable farmers to explore our range of tractors, sprayers, combines, drills, and technical innovations.

“The future of efficient, profitable agricultural production is going to be heavily dependent on boundary-pushing technological advances and this year’s John Deere Cereals stand is packed full of examples of fantastic machinery that can make a big difference to farm businesses.”

Big success for Hunt Forest Group at this week’s Isuzu dealer awards held at the Hilton, Wembley Stadium. HFG Isuzu Sales Manager, Gareth Thomas was present to bring home 3 huge awards on the night.

  • Isuzu New Dealership of the Year Award 2021 – for our Blashford branch
  • Event of the Year Award 2021 – for our off-road event at Thruxton Motorsports Centre
  • Hero of Isuzu 2021 – Gareth Thomas our Isuzu Sales Manager

Huge congratulations to Gareth and all the team involved with the Isuzu brand at Hunt Forest Group, having launched two new dealerships and the new D-Max during a pandemic and the ongoing issues surrounding it, It is great to be recognised on a national level.

Here is to building on 2021’s success throughout 2022!

John Deere has been touring the length and breadth of the country for the past 6 weeks with their 6R Roadshow, stopping off at dealerships along the way to unveil the new 6R Series tractors to consumers. Early March was our scheduled time with the new machines. Recent changes to the restrictions due to COVID-19, allowed the team at Hunt Forest Group to finally be able to host our first in-person customer event for over 2 years.  

Queue the 2nd and 3rd of March, deep in the rolling farmland of the South Wiltshire Downs. Staff, tractors, and a wide variety of other farm machinery from across our many branches descended upon The Gathering Barn at Keysley Farm. A picturesque wedding venue, hidden away on a working farm near Monkton Deverill. A marquee was erected, lighting and audio-visual equipment setup, new and used machinery positioned, a pop-up merchandise shop stocked to the brim, customer gift bags packed, and the event bar fully stocked as we awaited the arrival of our first guests. 

The HFG Sales representatives were all on hand to greet and walk our customers around the new 6R tractors and the other machinery on display. With our heated marquee home to the new John Deere 6R 150 and loader with technology package, a John Deere 6R 185 and a Kramer KT144 it proved a great place to showcase the advancements and new developments in the 6R range. 

Connected technology is advancing all the time and our Precision Ag team had plenty of visitors in the Long Barn to discuss the latest improvements in displays, receivers, RTK signals and much more, along with regular demonstrations on the benefits and functionality of the HarvestLab 3000. Our impromptu popup merchandise store saw plenty of customers with a wide range of John Deere toys, clothing, and official branded goods available for purchase, the co-branded HFG ‘Grassmen’ clothing range a proven success. 

Good food and a few drinks were enjoyed by all in Keysley’s stunning converted heritage barn and helped to create a relaxed and sociable setting, with over 600 visitors across the two days at The Gathering Barn, it was a welcome return to customer events for the Hunt Forest Group team with the bonus of being able to talk to people face to face again without a mask.  

A big thank you to all our staff, manufacturers, and suppliers for their involvement in helping deliver such a successful event. And an extra special thankyou to our customers for their attendance and continued support.  

We look forward to seeing you at the next one! 

Road transport is part of the daily business for farmers and contractors and the new 6R 185 is specially designed for this purpose, scoring high for its economy. Just three months after its launch, John Deere’s powerful six-cylinder 6R 185 is officially the most fuel-efficient sub-250hp tractor on the road.

In the DLG PowerMix Transport Test 2.0, the new 6R 185 consumed only 355 g/kWh Diesel and 14 g/kWh DEF. Depending on regional diesel and DEF prices, this enables cost savings of up to €2.00/h during transport, meaning farmers and contractors can reduce their operating costs even further.

This makes the 6R 185 a born road tractor. With a low unladen weight of 7.9 tonnes, it delivers a maximum output of 234hp with IPM. In addition, the 6R 185 features the highly efficient AutoPowr™ transmission alongside a proven 6.8-litre PowerTech™ PVS engine.

With this result, the 6R 185 continues to build on its success in the 6R Series.

Previously, the 6R 250 achieved the best PowerMix test values ever measured in the 250hp plus performance class. As a result, the tractor is still the undisputed leader.

All John Deere tractors were tested according to the strict specifications of the demanding DLG PowerMix Transport Test at the DLG test centre in Groß-Umstadt. The test cycles on the road involve driving under typical operating conditions with low and high loads.

Today at Hunt Forest Group we are celebrating International Women’s Day!

We are proud that we currently employ more women across our business than ever before and we will continue to break the mould in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated industry.

We wholeheartedly welcome and encourage female applicants across all sectors of the business and believe in forming a truly diverse workforce.

Here’s to the Women of HFG forging change to build a sustainable future!

With the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 preventing us from holding any in-person training events over the past 2 years, it was great to be able to welcome customers back last week for our first Precision Ag events of the year, held for the first time at Thruxton Circuit in their purpose-built presentation space.

Customers and their operators benefited from the knowledge and expertise of the Hunt Forest Group Precision Ag department. Led by Group Precision Ag Manager, Lawrence Matthews the Precision Ag team had an informative and detailed day planned for guests covering the benefits of the John Deere products available.

 The following areas were covered by the team :

An overview of Generation 4 Display

An overview of the 6000 series

MyJohnDeere – the differences between JDLink & Operations Center

An introduction to AutoTrac Turn Automation

A live demonstration of AutoTrac Turn Automation

A live session of Remote Display Access

All of the topics covered in our Training Schools are aimed at customers and their operators getting the best from their machinery and refreshing or educating them on the technology and its many uses and applications. It was also a great opportunity for operators to discuss any questions they have with the team and even potentially diagnose any problems.

Over the course of 3 days, the Hunt Forest Group team welcomed over 90 attendees. A  great return to face to face events and the perfect opportunity to answer our Customers’ technological questions. With more Training School events planned in the West Country this week, keep an eye on our social media accounts and the website events page for dates and details of our next Precision Ag training events.

You are invited to attend the annual Hunt Forest Group Precision Ag Training Schools 2022 on Wednesday 2nd or Thursday 3rd February (both FULLY BOOKED) and NOW Friday 4th February.

We will be covering the Generation 4 display. Overview operation & adjustments. New features, dual display & extended monitor set up. Turn automation demonstration, including an overview of JDLink & Operations Center. Please note that we will NOT be covering 2630, 2600 or 1800 displays.

The training schools will take place in the Thruxton Centre at Thruxton Circuit. Starting at 09:00 finishing at 14:30 with lunch & refreshments included. Groups will be limited to 30 per day on a first-come first-served basis. There will be a charge of £50 per person invoiced directly to your farm/business account.

Please contact Lawrence Matthews on 07899 890 356 or Tom Windel on 07498 228 079 to book your place.

During a press conference at CES 2022, John Deere revealed a fully autonomous tractor that’s ready for large-scale production. The machine combines Deere’s 8R Tractor, TruSet™-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies. The autonomous tractor will be available to farmers later this year.

The autonomous tractor has six pairs of stereo cameras, which enables 360-degree obstacle detection and the calculation of distance. Images captured by the cameras are passed through a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in approximately 100 milliseconds and determines if the machine continues to move or stops, depending on if an obstacle is detected. The autonomous tractor is also continuously checking its position relative to a geofence, ensuring it is operating where it is supposed to, and is accurate to within less than 1 inch.

To use the autonomous tractor, farmers only need to transport the machine to a field and configure it for autonomous operation. Using John Deere Operations Center Mobile, they can swipe from left to right to start the machine. While the machine is working, the farmer can leave the field to focus on other tasks while monitoring the machine’s status from their mobile device.

This is a new and exciting, ground-breaking development in modern farming methods, with technology at the forefront of everything we do, the team at Hunt Forest Group are looking forward to the launch of the Autonomous 8R and bringing our customers more information and insight into the technical features and functionality involved over the coming months.

Renowned chef and television presenter James Martin has become the proud owner of a new John Deere Gator.

Supplied by John Deere dealer Hunt Forest Group from its Chilbolton branch in Hampshire, James now has a 4×4 road legal utility vehicle which is perfect for his outdoor pursuits.

The XUV865M model has a towing capacity of 907kg and has a maximum load weight of 454kg – perfect for heavy or bulky loads. Additionally, it reaches a top speed of 31mph.

Ed Smales, Turf & Construction Sales Director at Hunt Forest Group, said: “It was great to see James and help facilitate him with a machine suitable for exploring the great British countryside that he is such an advocate of.

“The XUV865M Gator is absolutely perfect for James to get around in the Hampshire countryside where he is based. Featuring on-demand 4WD and the highest ground clearance of any of our crossovers, the vehicle frees the driver to focus on what’s ahead and go to places other models can’t in tricky conditions.

“With fully independent suspension, power steering, and top-of-the-line power, capacity and comfort, we think James will be perfectly equipped for new adventures and exploring a variety of terrains in his new vehicle.”

At the handover, James was very pleased with his new purchase, giving it a ringing endorsement in his own personal way.

“It’s a proper piece of kit,” he said.