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New planters in AVR Ceres series for planting 2 to 4 rows

Usually, a new spring means a fresh start. In 2020, however, spring has been far from normal. Nevertheless, all players on the agricultural field are doing everything in their power to make sure everyone can count on a steady food flow. At AVR we are also doing our utmost, which is why the company has remained fully operational during the COVID crisis.

This month, producer of potato cultivation machines, AVR will be introducing no less than three new planters: the Ceres 200M, Ceres 200H, and Ceres 440. The highlight of the Ceres 440 is undoubtedly its AVR Connect system, which unites all planting information and remote parameters in one digital platform. Get ready for the next chapter in AVR’s precision farming story.

AVR Ceres 440

The AVR Ceres 440 is based on the Ceres 400. It’s a four-row mounted planter that is both available as a hydraulic and mechanical version. With the Ceres 440, AVR purposefully opts for ISOBUS control and a row-independent hydraulic drive. A wide bunker ensures smooth loading.

Advantages

The Ceres 440 outperforms its smaller brother in every way:

  • The machine is controlled via ISOBUS, which means the operating screen of the GPS system or tractor can be used to control the planter (VT functionality). If required, a screen can optionally be supplied by AVR.
  • Other functions are section control (TC-SC) and variable planting or fertilizing using task cards (TC-GEO). Once all data has been uploaded to the GPS system, the AVR Ceres takes care of the desired dosing quantities provided by the GPS system.
  • In case of a hydraulically driven machine, each row is equipped with a separate hydraulic motor, which means:
    • A reliable, fast and low-maintenance row stop system
    • A row-independent planting distance, i.e. planting closer in the spray tracks as well as the following rows
  • Large, serrated covering discs with a diameter of 510 mm
  • The depth control wheels can be adjusted using a spindle that can be operated from the machine’s exterior for extra ease of use and operational safety.
  • Further attention was payed to the adjustment of the agitator system, focusing on ease of access and precision. The agitator intensity can optionally be changed automatically depending on the inclination.
  • Several versions of the Ceres 440 are available: a 1.5 tons fixed bunker or a 1.9 tons tipping bunker (4×75), with an optional ridging hood and/or anti-erosion kit.
    AVR can also supply a powdering unit, granular applicator and spray system.
  • Optionalconnection using AVR Connect

16+ added value points using AVR Connect

The digital platform AVR Connect (previously known from the AVR Puma 4.0 harvester) is now also available on the Ceres 440 planter. This means that from now on, planting and harvesting can be geared to one another even more in the precision farming chain. Moreover, AVR will continue investing in this technology and developing it further. Existing features will be expanded and new functions will be added. AVR is also planning to apply this technology to other machine types.

Thanks to its algorithms and visualizations, AVR Connect offers the following advantages:

  1. Extensive and user-friendly field management:Importing a shape file, linking to government databases (e.g. land register), using own drawings, synchronizing with tractor brands (e.g. John Deere), etc.Extra info with field creation, such as variety, cut/uncut, size, amount of potatoes/ton, etc. This can for instance be useful when keeping a cultivation document.Activities are automatically linked to the loaded fields. The driver no longer has to perform any manual actions to indicate his position.The data can also be linked to the correct fields afterwards.
    1. Real time machine overview
      1. Field overview while planting (done/to do)
        1. Estimate the required or used amount of seed potatoes per field or in total (= number of tons/ha planted, via number/weight factor at field creation).
      1. Overview of the total number of hectares planted this season
      1. Last position and communication time
      1. Indication whether or not the machine is planting
    1. Detail “As applied” information: Overview of the planter’s measurements in the field (e.g. planting distance, miss analysis, speeds, driving status, etc.)
    1. Real time overview of all technical settings, such as temperature, tractor speeds, consumption, etc. (if the tractor is connected via ISOBUS)
    1. Hectare counter per trip, field and total per season (based on GPS information)
    1. Remote tracking of alarms, alarm history and forwarding via SMS and/or email
      1. Filtering based on importance + alarm location
    1. Changing options remotely
    1. Remote detailed analysis options for a better service
    1. Geofencing zones (virtual delineation/perimeter of physical location using the GPS system) & alerting
    1. Mapping waiting times in the field
    1. Tracking tractor info when not planting (e.g. consumption, speed, etc.)
    1. External user management: The user can give others access to his platform and share data.

Real time machine overview: done/to do

Detail “As applied” information

Real time overview technical settings

AVR Ceres 200M

The Ceres 200M is a mechanically driven, two-row mounted planter. The planting system is based on the same principle as used in the well-known AVR Ceres line, but in this machine it has been reduced to its simplest form. Available options are lighting, two types of fixed bunkers (750 kg and 1,300 kg), electrical agitators in the cup belt, a ridging hood and a fertilizer unit.

Advantages

  • Mechanically driven planting channel with adjustable floor at the supply side
  • Furrow plough in parallelogram and fixed soil openers – one central depth control wheel
  • Optional integration of row fertilization
  • Mechanically driven agitators (adjustable)

AVR Ceres 200H

The Ceres 200H is a two-row planter equipped with nearly all features its larger siblings have to offer. If you are restricted to two-row planting after destoning, all functionalities of the four-row machines can be reduced to a two-row width. Like the M version, the Ceres 200H is two-row mounted planter, but in this case, the machine is driven fully hydraulically and comes with a comprehensive technology package and a larger bunker. This machine is designed for planting in preconstructed beds, i.e. mainly for situations where the soil is “destoned”.  

Advantages

  • Large wheels
  • Narrow furrow ploughs
  • Capability to position the wheels next to the bed
  • Soil guiding plates keep the soil inside the machine
  • Large, wide (up to 2.85 m), and easy to fill hydraulic tipping bunker

The Ceres 200H planter is equipped with a modern touchscreen (5”) with clear icons. The control box can be configured as per your request and comes with an extensive memory module for saving machine settings and terrain data. A 7” display is available as an option.

From prototype to series production

“In 2019 we have extensively tested our machine prototypes. As the results were very positive, we are confident to introduce about a dozen of pre-series planters of each type for the 2020 planting season. We are looking forward to starting series production in 2021,” says AVR Product Manager Pieter Galle.

Model comparison

 Ceres 200MCeres 200HCeres 440
Number of rows224
Bunker capacity600 kg1,300 kg1,500 kg
Hydraulic tipping bunker capacity2,000 kg 2×751,900 kg 4×75  
DriveMechanical chain driveHydraulicMechanical or hydraulic
Row distances2×70 – 2×75 – 2×80 – 2×85 – 2×90 cm2×70 – 2×75 – 2×80 – 2×85 – 2×90 cm4×75 – 4×80 – 4×85 – 4×90 cm
Covering discsSpring-loaded covering discs with adjustable distance (Ø 450 mm)Spring-loaded covering discs with adjustable distance (Ø450mm)Spring-loaded covering discs with adjustable distance (Ø 510 mm)
Default cups40 cups per cup belt, size 30-60 mm40 cups per cup belt, size 30-60 mm40 cups per cup belt, size 30-60 mm
Plant protection optionsGranular applicator – powdering unit – spray kitsGranular applicator – powdering unit – spray kitsGranular applicator – powdering unit – spray kits
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