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The IDEAL, which is badged as a Massey Ferguson, will be demonstrated throughout the Wheatbelt during harvest by AgWest Machinery, which is taking forward orders for 2019. While AGCO is not saying anything about autonomous machinery, the IDEAL is getting close to that mark. It is equipped with 52 sensors, including mass acoustic detection sensors (MADS) that measure the differences in acoustic qualities to determine what grain is and what is not. In addition, the IDEAL harvest system can even compensate for sudden shifts in various factors, such as crop density and field slope, anticipating and correcting problems before they occur.
According to AGCO, the 8 and 9 models are equipped with twin rotors, each 4.8m in length and 600 millimetres in diameter, making them the longest when measured against competitive brands. The IDEAL harvest system is then directed to change the concave clearance and the height of chaffer and sieve, as well as ground, rotor and fan speeds – all to maintain the operator’s harvest strategy. The harvest strategy itself is set by an easy-to-use touch-screen display, allowing the operator to select preferences for minimising grain damage, loss and material other than grain (MOG) in the bin.