Combine harvester automation is one of the most rapidly evolving sectors of precision farming technology and Case IH is at the forefront with the incorporation of AFS Harvest Command into its latest 250 Series machines.
Combine automation allows for settings such as rotor speed, rotor cage vane angle, cleaning fan speed, and sieve positions to be continuously monitored and adjusted as conditions change – without operator intervention.
AFS Harvest Command automation on the 250 Series uses 16 sensors to control a total of seven combine functions.
“AFS Harvest Command is designed to improve grain quality and grain savings through sensing and optimising machine settings, and with this level of automation even less experienced operators can achieve a similar level of productivity and performance to their more experienced counterparts,” said Tim Slater, Case IH product manager for Hay and Harvest.
Corn, soybeans, wheat and canola are already supported by the technology, and Tim said a further version of AFS Harvest Command for barley would be introduced this year.
AFS Harvest Command monitors everything from ground speed and engine load all the way up to feed-rate control and sieve settings, which are based on the feedback received from the loss sensors, a grain camera and sieve pressure sensors.
These sieve pressure sensors are vital for ensuring the optimum performance of the combine. The sensors provide for the relay of data concerning the load on the sieve, which in turn allows the system to determine the difference between sieve overload and blow-out losses.
A grain camera monitors grain quality, including cracked and broken kernels – as well as foreign material, allowing for the adjustment of settings as required.
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