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Farmers showcase Kinze’s autonomous harvest system

Kinze Manufacturing has continued its progress on Kinze Autonomy, refining the capabilities of its groundbreaking autonomous row-crop solution and undertaking release previews on three large Illinois farms this harvest season.

As the world’s first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution, Kinze’s autonomous system is capable of completing many tasks with minimal direct human input, including planting, nourishing, maintaining and harvesting crops. Farmers at a recent event demonstrated the system’s harvesting capabilities, showcasing four primary modes of operation:
• Follow: The autonomous grain cart system follows the combine through the field at a safe distance.
• Unload: When the combine operators are ready to unload the grain into the cart, they press the ‘Unload’ button on their tablet. The autonomous grain cart system then speeds up and pulls alongside the combine, matching its speed to the combine’s and positioning the cart under the combine unload auger. The combine operator can then start filling the cart.
• Park: After unloading, the combine operator can instruct the autonomous grain cart system to return to the edge of the field. From there, the cart can be unloaded into a semi-trailer for the grain to be hauled away from the field.
• Idle: When instructed, the system will come to a controlled stop at its current location and wait for further instruction.

“This system has been a long time in the making and we are excited to share it with the farming community,” said Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, Kinze vice president and chief marketing officer. “As farmers ourselves, we know how crucial it is to be productive during the short harvest season. With this solution, we can help farmers make the most of their harvest. ”  


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