Cutting herbicide use with the combine

The Seed Terminator kills almost all weed seeds in the combine.
The Seed Terminator kills almost all weed seeds in the combine.

Zürn offers Seed Terminator in Europe and CIS

The cutting platform and field research technology specialist Zürn Harvesting is taking over sales, production and service for the Australian “Seed Terminator” in Europe. The special mill technology almost entirely kills those weed seeds which come out of a combine. It was invented by the farmer and engineer Dr. Nick Berry who went in depth with this topic for many years as part of his thesis.

“With regard to increasing herbicide resistance and few new product authorisations, we need effective alternatives soon. Thus, we see a huge potential for mechanical weed control like this new concept from Australia.” says Zürn Harvesting director Rolf Zürn about the new collaboration.

The unique technology consists of two high-performance multistage hammer mills which process the residue coming from the sieves. It is now available for John Deere, Claas, Case IH and New Holland combines.

For more information about the SeedTerminator please visit the website:  www.seedterminator.com.au.

Mechanical weeding becomes intelligent

Zürn and Garford to cooperate

The cutting platform and field research technology specialist Zürn Harvesting has acquired a majority stake in the English hoeing technology manufacturer Garford Farm Machinery Ltd. The German family-owned company is thus expanding its product range to include the growth market of mechanical weed control and future-oriented camera-assisted machine guidance with individual plant recognition.

"In the future, we want to jointly use our experience and resources in sales, production and development to enable Garford to take further growth steps with its extensive hoeing technology programme. The increasing resistance problems with herbicides will open up new opportunities for mechanical weed control," is how Managing Director Rolf Zürn of Zürn Harvesting sums up the company's cooperation.

Further information on the products and the Garford company can be found on the website www.garford.com.

The better choice

The ZÜRN D62-SF is the powerful and cost-effective alternative solution to self-propelled seeders.
The ZÜRN D62-SF is the powerful and cost-effective alternative solution to self-propelled seeders.

ZÜRN D62-SF: Manoeuvrable sowing combination with John Deere tractor

As powerful and cost-effective alternative solution to self-propelled seeders, we offer the ZÜRN D62-SF seeder. With a mounting frame, the mechanically driven ZÜRN D62 is rigidly coupled to a standard tractor. To ensure operator comfort and occupational safety, only the coulter bar is lifted hydraulically while the platform and all other functional components are not moved around.

With its modular design, the flexible concept builds a basis that can equally be used for the mechanical single-row seeder ZÜRN D90 and the plot fertiliser spreader ZÜRN D50.

The manoeuvrable and compact John Deere 3038E tractor is part of the economic efficiency. With special adaptions and the desired track width, it is perfectly build for your trials. Using tested series-production technology reduces acquisition and maintenance costs, and the tractor can be used throughout the whole year for other tasks.

Brand new dry-matter sensor for grain moisture analysis

The brand new dry-matter sensor is fully integrated in the ZÜRn WieSEL weighing system and ensures grain moisture analysis of the highest accuracy.
The brand new dry-matter sensor is fully integrated in the ZÜRn WieSEL weighing system and ensures grain moisture analysis of the highest accuracy.

Grain moisture analysis of the highest accuracy

In our business, the season doesn’t end with the harvest. It’s the result data which we are looking for. Collecting this data already in the field enhances efficiency and increases process reliability. Zürn plot combine harvesters can be individually equipped with comprehensive weighing and analysis technology.

Besides the whole NIRS content analysis, we now offer another optical measuring device. The brand new sensor technology is extremely robust and ensures grain moisture analysis of the highest accuracy.

The technology behind this new device is a compact-photometer on a LED basis. The contact sensor head collects the data of numerous measurements and directly calculates the average moisture with the integrated references.

The great advantage over existing systems is the measurement right in the crop flow which ensures an average moisture value of the whole plot yield. The measurement does not require the correction with the specific weight as an additional factor. Therefore, a volumetric box is not necessary.

The sensor operating terminal is fully integrated in the ZÜRN WieSEL weighing system menu structure. Choosing the crop type and storing the result data is done directly in the reliable and tough operating screen.

For even more performance

Wolverine: The 735PF profi test report

What happens if you improve the "best header" once again? That's what the German farm machinery magazine "Profi" wanted to find out when testing the new PREMIUM FLOW 735PF in a weedy rye field. Check out the video to see the result.

“Converting the header to rapeseed [...] is almost child’s play. The massive intake auger is raised simply by operating the pump on the back of the header. You don’t even have to release the tensioner of the drive chain for that. Then you fit the [...] side knives, which may take some muscle power but not a lot of time. The crop dividers are unlocked and unhooked without any need for a tool, and the double knives simply take their place. Excellent! Better still, neither the electric nor the oil lines need coupling, because the knives are driven mechanically by a simple but ingenious overload clutch.”

Read the full "profi" driving report here.

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Dr. Hans-Ulrich Hege

The ZÜRN team Hohebuch, together with the jubuilee Dr. Hans-Ulrich Hege, in front of historic HEGE and current ZÜRN combine harvesters.
The ZÜRN team Hohebuch, together with the jubuilee Dr. Hans-Ulrich Hege, in front of historic HEGE and current ZÜRN combine harvesters.

In 1963, an invention by Dr. Hans-Ulrich Hege revolutionized the world of agricultural field research. The first viable plot combine harvester to ensure seed purity left Hohebuch and conquered every continent. Nearly 60 years on from the first Hege unit Zürn is again developing and manufacturing machines at this historical site. So the Hohebuch estate continues to be a reliable partner for research technicians all over the world.

Great birthday parade for the anniversary

Recently, the ZÜRN employees celebrated the 90th birthday of Dr. Hans-Ulrich Hege, the inventor of the plot combine. With a historical machine parade and barbecue, they honored his life’s work at the place where he once laid the foundation for modern field research.

Watch the birthday parade in the video.

Unmatched Versatility

Thanks to the specialy developed "Silphie-Kit" the PROFI CUT does an excellent job harvesting the perennial cup plant.
Thanks to the specialy developed "Silphie-Kit" the PROFI CUT does an excellent job harvesting the perennial cup plant.

Clever solutions for all crops and conditions

The new PROFICUT direct cut header sets new standards in power and performance with working widths of 5.3 and 7 m.

The PROFI CUT is a universal tool for direct cut of biomass. It is designed for the highest throughputs no matter if you are harvesting classic whole crop silage, vetch-rye or cup plants (Silphium).

Thanks to the large working width, even the capacity of the most powerful forage harvesters will be utilized. If there is a little less yield on the field, the PROFI CUT will work properly up to a ground speed of 20 kph

ZÜRN 130-ST: The new Stationary Thresher

The redesigned stationary thresher ZÜRN 130-ST can be individually equipped. The threshing and cleaning units are easy to adjust.
The redesigned stationary thresher ZÜRN 130-ST can be individually equipped. The threshing and cleaning units are easy to adjust.

Stationary thresher now available with weighing system

We have redesigned our stationary thresher in many details. The new ZÜRN 130-ST is of a modular design which allows us to customize the stationary thresher easily to your specific needs. The threshing and cleaning units now are identical to those of the proven plot combine ZÜRN 130. The single-sieve cleaning system is easy to adjust - a fast clean out of the machine and a clean sample are guaranteed.

In order to increase the ergonomics, the stationary thresher can be equipped with a flexible bagging platform. Weighing systems are available now as option: Customers can select between a ZÜRN WieSEL weighing system or the HarvestMaster weighing system.

With the integrated chassis, the stationary thresher is flexible and offers a high level of mobility. The drawbar can be removed quickly to guarantee a neat straw discharge. The long in-feed table, various safety devices and the central operating terminal grant a high level of occupational safety and ease of use.

Learn more about the ZÜRN 130-ST.

Agritechnica impressions 2017

 
 

Even more power for your harvest

The perfect feeding by the header is the basis for high performance. Due to the active transport the grain is always optimally supplied to the threshing unit.
The perfect feeding by the header is the basis for high performance. Due to the active transport the grain is always optimally supplied to the threshing unit.

Now the PREMIUM FLOW is even better

The completely new PREMIUM FLOW 700PF generation is setting new directions in harvesting performance.

With the new 700PF high-performance belt conveyor header, we have made the superior concept of active in-line feeding even better. The PremiumFlow now features even more performance, even less maintenance and even higher reliability.

With the active crop flow on the conveyor belts and the huge auger, the new headers convince with perfect and even feeding of your combine under all conditions. And it only takes 3 minutes to change over from grain to rapeseed harvest.

See for yourself. From 12 to 18 November 2017 at Agritechnica in Hanover. Hall 13 Stand C26.

ZÜRN 540: New versatile tool carrier

The light tool carrier ZÜRN 540 can be used flexible for dividing and swathing plots and many other applications.
The light tool carrier ZÜRN 540 can be used flexible for dividing and swathing plots and many other applications.

For various applications

The high clearance tool carrier ZÜRN 540 expands our versatile tool carrier fleet. The new multi-functional tool carrier can be used in combination with a plot divider, fertilizer spreader, sprayer and other various applications in order to be in use all year round. The large tires reduce the ground pressure and offers enough traction in tough conditions. The ground clearance (1,30 m for cereals; 1,60 m for higher crops like rape seed) can be adjusted to your requests.

Find out more about the ZÜRN 540.

Katja's Harvest Tour | USA 2017

In the upcoming months, we will be accompanying a German young talent as she embarks across the US for her harvest tour.

Before the great adventure, Katja explained, “I am from the beautiful Schrozberg in the south of Germany where my parents run a custom harvesting business.” The 20-year-old completed her apprenticeship at custom harvester Landtechnisches Lohnunternehmen Frank Scholz. After her graduation last summer, Katja moved to the US and admits: “Now I have fulfilled my dream of being in the land of unlimited possibilities.”

Katja is telling us what to expect in the upcoming months: „ The custom harvester Green Acres Enterprises has its home base at Elk City, OK. Every year they start with the wheat harvest here in Oklahoma, in the south of the country. Then they follow the harvest northwards to the Canadian border in North Dakota. Because of this we will be traveling a lot in the upcoming months"

Follow Katja and her harvest crew.

IHK awards the cooperation project Zürn i-Flow

Die Preisträger des Forschungstransferpreises 2017 in Gold
v. l. n. r.: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Harald Unkelbach, Präsident der IHK Heilbronn-Franken; Rolf Zürn, Inhaber und Geschäftsführer der Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG, Schöntal; Kirsten Hirschmann, IHK-Vizepräsidentin und Geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin der Hirschmann Laborgeräte GmbH & Co. KG; Tim Bögel in Vertretung von Steffen Wöbcke, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Technischen Universität Dresden; Elke Döring, Hauptgeschäftsführerin der IHK Heilbronn-Franken.
Die Preisträger des Forschungstransferpreises 2017 in Gold
v. l. n. r.: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Harald Unkelbach, Präsident der IHK Heilbronn-Franken; Rolf Zürn, Inhaber und Geschäftsführer der Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG, Schöntal; Kirsten Hirschmann, IHK-Vizepräsidentin und Geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin der Hirschmann Laborgeräte GmbH & Co. KG; Tim Bögel in Vertretung von Steffen Wöbcke, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Technischen Universität Dresden; Elke Döring, Hauptgeschäftsführerin der IHK Heilbronn-Franken.

Research Transfer Prize from IHK Heilbronn-Franken conferred

On April 3, 2017, Chamber of Industry and Commerce IHK Heilbronn-Franken held its sixth “IHK Research Transfer Prize” awards ceremony. Three outstanding cooperation projects merging science and business were chosen to receive the prestigious award.

The gold award was given to Zürn i-Flow project, a result of cooperation between Rolf Zürn, Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co.KG, Schöntal and Steffen Wöbcke, Institute for Natural Product Technology at the Dresden University of Technology. Under this project, an intelligent and automated cutting platform for combines was developed wherein all components can inter-communicate and adapt to the individual conditions and needs of the harvested materials.

Kirsten Hirschmann, Managing Partner of Hirschmann Laborgeräte GmbH & Co. KG, vice president of the IHK Heilbronn-Franken and jury member, congratulated the project partners on their success. He also highlighted the intensive cooperation between project partners and the innovation of self-optimizing technologies, as they relate to the theme of knowledge-transfer. The resulting intelligent control allows between 10-15% of additional power.

To encourage cooperation between research institutes and companies, IHK offers special “Research Transfer Prize” to 3 successful projects each year. All submitted projects are evaluated on the basis of their innovation level, transfer of knowledge, application potential and economic impact potential.

New Plot Combine Harvester ZÜRN 110

Due to its short wheel base the compact ZÜRN 110 is very maneuverable and therefore ideal for micro plots.
Due to its short wheel base the compact ZÜRN 110 is very maneuverable and therefore ideal for micro plots.

The strong basic machine for plot trials

Zürn Harvesting is expanding its proven range of plot combine harvesters by a powerful basic machine for smaller research companies and plant breeders. The new ZÜRN 110 is a very simple and compact plot combine harvester for clean and mix free harvesting of research plots.

Simple equipped. Simple to operate. Simple to service.

This plot combine harvester is very easy to operate and extremely service friendly. Driving forward and reverse is controlled directly by a hydraulic foot pedal. All header and threshing settings are operated directly from the driver’s seat by hydraulic valves.

All threshing components are designed very efficiently. The largest concave area in its class assures best threshing results also under tough conditions.

Learn more about the new plot combine harvester ZÜRN 110.

The new direct cut header for harvesting of biomass

The completely new Profi Cut 700 direct cut header is a match for even the toughest conditions with high-yield harvests and flattened crops.
The completely new Profi Cut 700 direct cut header is a match for even the toughest conditions with high-yield harvests and flattened crops.

Direct cut headers for challenging tasks are increasingly in demand for the biomass harvest. Especially when it comes to unusually long, high-yield, non-homogeneous or flattened crops, many headers reach the limit of their capabilities.

New benchmarks for more performance

That is why we added the completely re-engineered Profi-Cut 700 and ProfiCut 530 to our product range. With a working width of up to 7 m the headers set new benchmarks in performance.

The Optidisc mower bed supplied by Kuhn is lubricated for life. This disc cutterbar practically "chomps" through the crop. Power is transmitted via a 5-groove power band and distributed to the two cutterbars that are externally driven and synchronised. In keeping with the high harvest yields, the direct cut header features a large intake auger to cope with these great quantities.

RapsCompact Side Knifes for Draper Headers

Mechanical driven side knifes now available for right and left hand side mounting on the Draper headers of John Deere, Case IH, New Holland and MacDon.
Mechanical driven side knifes now available for right and left hand side mounting on the Draper headers of John Deere, Case IH, New Holland and MacDon.

Zürn rapeseed/canola side knifes are now also available for right and left hand side mounting on common Draper headers. The new side knife models are tailored to the specific cutting platforms.

Superior mechanical drive

Due to the proven purely mechanical drive, the side knifes convince by unmatched fast installation and removal. The slim design of the side knifes prevents unnecessary cutting losses. In addition, Zürn rapeseed/canola side knifes are running with very low vibrations, as there is no drive unit on top of the knife.

Agritechnica Silver Medal

Zürn PremiumFlow headers represent the highest level of innovation and performance worldwide.

This was confirmed again by the independent Innovations Commission of Agritechnica, the world's biggest agricultural fair. They awarded Zürn for its advanced technology again a silver medal.

Innovative Zürn i-Flow header awarded

Zürn i-Flow is a newly developed intelligent cutting platform generation to improve performance of large combines. For the first time all rotating drives are electrified, flexible in speed and torque and communicate with each other. Field trials confirm that harvesting performance, ease of use and durability rise significantly.

Learn more about the project Zürn i-Flow.

top agrar system comparison: "With or without Flow?"

"What are the advantages of the PremiumFlow technology with active transport compared to a standard cutting unit?" This question is answered in a large combine harvester system comparison in the January edition by the journal top agrar.

"Performance starts with the header." Special focus was therefore the comparison of the Zürn PremiumFlow belt conveyor header with the John Deere standard header: "Here the PremiumFlow
has clear advantages. The supply of material is a pleasure to work with, much more relaxing. Even in dense rapeseed/canola stalks there was no need to help out with the reel. The threshing unit is noticeably more evenly fed, the feeder house is distinctly less strained."

Regarding the power demand of the PremiumFlow header the top agrar editorial team was surprised: "The header with belts required no more driving power than the normal header. In addition, the more uniform crop flow generates substantially lower torque spikes in the drive train."

During fiel trials the maintenance of the PremiumFlow only made little effort: Wenig Aufwand hatten die Tester mit der Wartung des PremiumFlow: "The seal between the belts is worthy of its name. Apart from a little dust, we did not have to clean anything from under the service guards for an entire season."

Read the full system comparison (German).

Click here for the system comparison at top agrar online.