New Holland Agriculture received six AE50 Awards by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The AE50 awards are presented for the 50 most innovative product ideas to enter the market in 2013. They honor new product ideas that are ranked highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement, and impact on the market served.

The New Holland award winners include:

•       Roll-Belt™ 560 round baler

•       Discbine® center-pivot disc mower-conditioners

•       Speedrower® self-propelled windrowers

•       Opti-Speed™ variable strawwalker speed technology for CX Series combines

•       SmartTrax™ system with Terraglide™ suspension for CR Series combines

•       ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR exhaust gas after-treatment system

The Roll-Belt™ 560 round baler lets operators increase their productivity with a higher-capacity pickup and other features for overall improved ease of use. The entire feeding system, from the pickup reel to the rotary action feeder in the new ActiveSweep™ pickup, improves crop flow for faster core starts and more positive feeding in even the most demanding crop conditions. The Roll-Belt 560 is available with a 60-inch, six-bar SuperSweep™ pickup or the new 82-inch, 5-bar ActiveSweep pickup. The Specialty Crop Roll-Belt 560 is designed to handle tough conditions and high-volume crops like cornstalks, straw, or large windrows of heavy grasses like sudan.

Discbine® center-pivot disc mower-conditioners introduce a high ratio of cut width to conditioning width. A kit specifically for biomass harvesting allows the unit to easily harvest biomass crops such as Miscanthus and switchgrass. WideDry™ conditioning system provides 125 inches of conditioning with a choice of rubber-on-rubber or steel-on-steel intermeshing rolls or LeaningEdge™ flails. The WideDry™ system also allows delivery of a 10 foot wide swath.

A high-speed transport option, improved hydro-mechanical steering, and integrated IntelliSteer™ auto-guidance make the Speedrower® self-propelled windrower more productive, getting an operator from field to field more quickly and allowing faster field speeds with a full header on every pass. Transport speeds up to 24 mph are beneficial to customers with widespread haying operations and custom operators. IntelliSteer auto-guidance provides the ability to operate within 6 inches of pass-to-pass accuracy at speeds up to 16 mph, even with a WAAS guidance signal.

Opti-Speed™ variable strawwalker speed technology for New Holland CX Series combines, beginning with Model Year 2014, delivers productivity improvements of up to 10% in corn and up to 25% in wheat by automatically matching the strawwalker speed to the crop type and harvesting conditions on flat or hilly ground. The operator selects the crop to be harvested on the in-cab IntelliView™ IV display, and Opti-Speed™ constantly regulates the strawwalker speed for that crop by reading the slope.

The SmartTrax™ system with Terraglide™ suspension for New Holland CR Series combines is a track system that follows the contour of fields or roads using rollers that adjust side to side as well as up and down for maximum traction, less soil compaction, and greater driver comfort. The triangular structure of SmartTrax™ is designed to reduce ground pressure by up to 60%, when compared to wheeled machines, and to improve stability while maintaining the maneuverability of traction-tired combines.

The ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR exhaust gas after-treatment system, developed by FPT Industrial, ensures that the high-horsepower New Holland T7, T8, and T9 Series tractors are Tier 4B-compliant* while maintaining efficiency and productivity. The ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR system is an evolution of the existing ECOBlue™ SCR system and is protected by eight patents. This system has the highest NOx conversion efficiency in the industry—above 95%—while maintaining or improving the productivity of the machine. The new engine control unit manages both the engine and the HI-eSCR after-treatment system by predicting the DEF/AdBlue injection rate for the dosing module.