Event: Agritechnica 2023

With more than 2800 exhibitors from 52 countries, Agritechnica was a celebration of the best and newest agricultural machinery developments


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Held every two years, this was the first time Agritechnica, known as the world’s largest farm machinery show, could be held since 2019 given the restrictions enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, 2812 exhibitors from 52 countries supported the show organised by the DLG, German Agricultural Society. Indeed, a few of them used the popularity of the event to drop the covers off a number of new machines launching them to the world. Crowds gathered at the stands of New Holland, Massey Ferguson, Merlo, Same Deutz-Fahr, and JCB, to witness the latest machines.

Away from tractors and combines, new technology was unveiled on some of the latest implements and trailed machinery to suit modern farming.

“As the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, Agritechnica 2023 has demonstrated how highly innovative the industry is,” says Timo Zipf, Agritechnica project manager. “After four years, exhibitors were finally able to present their wealth of innovations to the world here in Hanover once again. Everyone appreciated the opportunity for face-to-face discussions, exchanges, and networking opportunities, also to make new business contacts.”

The next Agritechnica will take place from 9 to 15 November 2025.


Nexat modular vehicle

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A huge area was needed for Nexat to make its debut appearance at Agritechnica with its multi-use crop vehicle.

Nexat is a state-of-the-art modular vehicle that can be fitted with interchangeable implements, which perform tillage, sowing, plant protection, and harvesting tasks.

The Nexco harvesting module, for example, enables throughput to be increased by more than 50% when compared to a traditional large combine. It even has an unrivalled solution for uniform straw distribution, eliminating the need for additional cultivation steps and enabling true controlled traffic farming (CTF) to be practised all year round.

Depending on the Nexat’s configuration, its wide-span controlled traffic method enables working widths of six to 24 metres. This means that 95% of the entire arable area may never be driven over again depending on the configuration, ensuring the maximum yield potential is realised and the soil and environment are protected to the greatest degree possible.
Nexat is electrically driven, as its generators are currently powered by two independently driven 550hp diesel engines, but the system itself is prepared to be powered by green hydrogen fuel cells. 

Siloking eTruck 2012 

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SiloKing exhibited one of its new electric Truckline eTruck 2012 feed mixers that range from 12 cubic metre to 20 cubic metre capacity.

On stand was the 18 cubic metre version with a new individual drive concept for mixing augers and wheels, as well as high-quality lithium-ion batteries.

Except for the smallest model, the eTruck 2012–12 with a capacity of 12 cubic metres and only one mixing auger, the new models each have two mixing augers, each driven by its own motor.

The total system power of the mixing drive is 80kW, which helps ensure a homogeneous feed mixture even with round bales.

Battery life is sufficient for two to four container fills and allows for 3000 to 5000 full charge cycles.

In the cab, the control panel includes functions for mixing at 17rpm, cutting at 40rpm, and residual emptying at 55rpm. The driving speed ranges from 0 to 15km/h.

Lemken Solitair DT 9m 

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A new nine-metre version of the Solitair DT combination seed drill featured on the Lemken stand.

“This new wider drill has been developed thanks to demands from farmers in Australia and New Zealand,” said Lemken Australia and New Zealand area sales manager Craig Hopkins, who was on the Agritechnica stand.

“It’s brand-new for the 2024 market and will suit the big contractors and farmers in New Zealand’s South Island and Australia.

“This combi drill comes with a new third box, so we now have two for seed and one for fertiliser. It has individual electrically driven, fertiliser-proof metering units, and section control and will need 400hp on the front to operate the machine.”

Roc RT1150 windrower

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One of the latest grass windrowers on display from Roc, currently merging into the Kverneland Group, was the RT1150 model with an overall working width of 11.5 metres.

These machines differ from traditional rakes as the Roc RT1150 lifts the crop up before transporting it on a conveyor belt, whereas traditional rakes drag the crop on the ground up into the windrow.

By using the Roc system, the crop is lifted and put gently on the belt to be transported and deposited centrally without any damage.

Roc claims its machines save power and fuel consumption, as only one 100hp tractor is needed to form a swath every 10 metres with the RT1150.

This machine folds up to three-metre wide and three-metre tall for road transport and sits on 500/50 x R17 tyres. 

Pottinger Novacat F3100 Opticurve

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A front mower with an automatic curved side shift was introduced on the Pottinger stand. The Novacat F3100 Opticurve guarantees a perfect overlap with the rear mower and ensures the tractor drives along a clear track free of forage when cornering and working on steep ground.

Even if the tractor drifts sideways when cornering or on steep terrain, the rear tyre of the tractor does not run over grass that has not been cut yet because the mower shifts towards the inner radius of the curve.

JCB 560-80 telehandler 

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JCB previewed its new high-power JCB Loadall 560-80 AGRI Pro with a six-tonne maximum lift and 7.9-metre maximum lift height, powered by a 129kW (173hp) JCB Dieselmax engine.

The flagship model features JCB’s exclusive 40kph JCB DualTech-VT transmission, which combines two transmissions in one: hydrostatic for yard work and a three-speed powershift transmission for on-road and field operations.

It has a small footprint and excellent visibility making it agile in smaller workspace areas.

Kuhn Karl 

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Kuhn is also embarking on an autonomous vehicle journey and displayed its Karl concept at Agritechnica.

With a power of 175hp delivered by a Volvo hybrid engine, Karl is designedto meet the demands of most farm sizes, whether medium or large. Controlled remotely by the operator, further Karls can be added to the fleet to improve production.

Karl weighs in at around 8.5 tonnes, has a rear lift capacity of five tonnes, and a front lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes. It can travel at speeds up to 15km/hour and sits at 2.5 metres wide. A choice of track widths at 34cm or 45cm is available.

Karl can handle a wide variety of tools in the field, but most trials so far have been focused in the tillage sector. When the farmer defines the land that the work
is required on, a work plan is created, Karl is placed in the plot, some adjustments are made, and off he goes automatically.

The end result is successful cultivation such as the correct tillage depth, adequate seed application rate, or even regular and fine shredding of residue.

Dieci Mini Agri-e

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Dieci has also entered the electric telehandler market with its new Mini Agri-e model shown at Agritechnica. This all-electric agricultural telehandler has a maximum load capacity of 2600kg, a lift height of up to six metres, and is powered by a 19kW traction motor and a 22kW hydraulic motor. The E-Modular powerpack uses one or two lithium batteries and can work a full day on a single charge. 

Steyr Hybrid CVT tractor

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Steyr’s new Hybrid CVT tractor, based on the 180hp Steyr 6175 Impuls CVT platform, featured on the stand. Power is boosted to 260hp by the electrically powered front axle, which also features a newly developed independent suspension.

The combination of higher power in a lighter package is made possible primarily because of the combination of hydro-mechanical CVT drive to the rear axle and the hybrid module on the front axle, both of which can be combined with an intelligent 4WD clutch.

The E-CVT function means the tractor is powered purely hybrid-electrically at up to 75kW and a low 1100rpm, enhancing comfort with non-constant PTO loads, such as big square baler work and maintaining ground speed via electric drive, with no mechanical connection with the engine.

Deutz-Fahr 5115DF four-wheel steering

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On the Deutz-Fahr stand was a 5115 DF TTV tractor with four-wheel steering technology, suited for municipal work in confined spaces.

The four-wheel steering technology reduces turning radius by up to 26%.
The technology is available in two three-cylinder models, 90 to 100hp, and three four-cylinder models, 95 to 126hp.

A number of steering modes are available, including crab steer where the rear axle steers in the same direction as the front axle, enabling diagonal manoeuvring and reducing the need for frequent direction changes.

These tractors are powered by the latest FARMotion 35 and FARMotion 45 engines.

Case IH Quadtrac 715

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Case IH showed off the biggest tractor the manufacturer ever built – its Case IH Quadtrac 715 tractor rated at 715hp.

At the heart of this machine is the FPT Cursor 16 engine, which delivers up to 778hp at maximum power. Together with increased torque, improved engine power, an 11% larger fuel tank, and other improvements, Case IH says this beast will deliver high productivity.

The maximum pump flow rate is 428 litres per minute and it has the 16-speed Powerdrive transmission for ultra smoothness in the field.

Only available in tracked Quadtrac format, the new tracks are 305mm longer, giving more ground contact offering enhanced power transfer, greater traction, and reduced compaction. 

McHale V6 760 baler

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McHale launched its new V6 760 and V8 960 fully automatic variable chamber balers, which are the highest spec machine in the V6/V8 range.

McHale has created its highest output pick-up for the V6760/V8960 to increase crop intake through more efficient crop flow. The new tapered feed channel encourages the crop to flow from the pick-up, towards the rotor and into the bale chamber, maximising throughput.

To reduce maintenance, all Profi-Flo pick-ups are fitted with a heavier driveline, which reduces chain load and increases chain life.

Customers can choose between a five-tine bar cam track pick-up or the optional six-tine bar camless pick-up, which has increased in width.

A 540rpm gearbox is equipped on the V6760/V8960 as standard, plus to optimise machine performance, a 1000rpm gearbox is available as an optional extra.

These fully automatic machines are ISOBUS compatible with the option of using McHale’s Iso-Play 7 or Iso-Play 12 terminals.

Krampe ProBody760 trailer

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If you want to shift farmyard manure, or any other commodity, Krampe’s new ProBody 760 trailer will do the job.

This trailer is capable of hauling 24 tonnes at 40km/hour and has a body capacity of up to 40 cubic metres, using extension sides. The normal grain body itself is two metres tall, 2.32 metres wide, and eight metres long, while the loading height is 3.57 metres.

The inclined front wall increases the loading volume while maintaining manoeuvrability and overall length. A large inspection window provides an easy view into the body. The angle of the front wall facilitates load sliding, ensuring faster and safer unloading.

The chassis is made of a large-volume rectangular tube 300 x 150mm and has a suspended, height-adjustable drawbar for low hitch position with flanged 80mm ball head coupling.

Joskin Bioflex 720 R6F6 aerator

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New on the Joskin stand was one of its new crop weeders, which has three elements for models up to 7.2 metres working width and five elements for models up to 12-metre working width.

Each element includes up to 96 tines distributed over six consecutive rows. The 7mm diameter tines on the Bioflex are highly flexible, following the ground relief perfectly while remaining independent of one another.

Bioflex aerators are available in 4.8-, 6-, and 7.2-metre versions with a single folding system and in 8.4, 9.6-, 10.8-, and 12-metre versions with a double folding system.

As standard, they are equipped with 3+4 gauge wheels for models up to 7.2 metres and 5+6 gauge wheels for those up to 12-metre working width.

Each model is hitched to the three-point linkage of the tractor and has an external width of just 2.5 metres.

Faresin PF1.14 electric wagon

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Faresin revealed its first all-electric Leader PF 1.14 self-propelled mixer wagon with 14 cubic metres capacity.

The machine is powered by a 91kW, 210Ah lithium-iron-phosphate battery integrated with Farmatics telematics for remote control, which is installed in the rear engine compartment.

Traction power is provided by a 51kW electric motor positioned in the rear axle, which also transmits motion to the front axle via a cardan shaft. The system has two gears that allow travel up to a maximum speed of 20km/h.

The Leader PF Full Electric has four drive and steering wheels that allow three types of steering. It’s also equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension that can be adjusted in height via a control in the cab, allowing comfortable and safe driving.

A 45kW electric motor supplies power for all types of mixes, thanks to the eight mixing speeds. In addition, a special cleaning function allows the auger to completely discharge the mixture inside the mixing tub.

New Joskin 12m slurry boom

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Joskin also showed its new high-performance 12-metre slurry boom in its Start range.

Whereas the previous 12-metre model had a single macerator to distribute the slurry into the 44 hoses, the new version is now equipped with two Scalper macerators and four additional hoses.

In total, there are now 48 hoses, with a 25cm row spacing, compared with 28cm previously. While the presence of two macerators ensures a better slurry distribution, it also increases the working speed since there is a higher flow of slurry at the tank outlet.

This model is also equipped with gauge wheels on both sides of the boom. These improvements can be found on both the Pendislide Start version with skids and the Penditwist Start version with line hoses.

New Holland CR11 combine

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New Holland’s CR11 combine was unveiled at the show promising high productivity and minimal grain loss.

Thanks to its 775hp C16 engine, two 24-inch rotors, a 20,000-litre capacity grain tank, and a 210-litre per second unload rate, the CR11 will significantly increase productivity.

The new Twin Clean cleaning shoe comes with two cleaning systems behind each other, with two upper sieves, two lower sieves, two clean grain augers, and two sets of pressure sensors to measure the cleaning shoe load.

The completely new residue management system also comes with a new chopper and chaff spreader system, designed to ensure the best chop quality and even residue spreading over up to 60ft cutting width.

Valtra Q305 tractor

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Sitting pride of place in the Valtra stand was one of its Q305 tractors powered by a 7.4-litre six-cylinder engine and driven by a CVT transmission.

Although not the newest tractor series in the stable, visitors were drawn to the Q Series at the show due to its sharp looks and presence.

There are five tractors in the Q Series ranging from 230hp to 305hp, all of which are loaded with a host of smart technology. The Q305 model on the stand is the largest at 305hp.

MF 9S Series tractors

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Massey Ferguson launched its 9S tractor series of six models ranging from 285hp to 425hp.

This new range replaces the outgoing MF 8700S series. All six models are powered by an updated six-cylinder, 8.4-litre AGCO Power engine, with Engine Power Management (EPM) offering up to 30hp extra for all models, except the flagship 9S.425.

Models start with the MF 9S 285 at 285hp with a max EPM power of 315hp, while torque output is 1250Nm at 1500rpm at max power and rises to 1400Nm at 1500rpm with EPM.

Updates to the engine include a new turbocharging design with a single advanced turbo replacing the twin-turbo system. The 660-litre fuel tank is 10% larger than previous models, while the engine is also designed to run on HVO fuel.

The new models are fitted with MF’s renowned Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission that offers new power management to deliver additional power and torque compared with previous models.

Merlo TFe 43.7

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A new full-size electric TFe 43.7 telehandler was on the Merlo stand, still in the prototype stage but already creating huge interest.

It has a modular pack design, which means the electric pack can be moved from one machine to another in the Merlo stable. The Italian manufacturer has switched to Lithium-ion batteries for this larger machine giving it more output and productivity.

It has a lift capacity of 4.3 tonnes up to seven metres high.

Krone Lemken VTE auto vehicle

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Krone and Lemken joined forces to present their VTE automatic towing vehicle with a Krone mower attached. All implements on this vehicle are automatically re-adjusted by means of high-quality sensor systems to ensure that optimum working quality is always achieved.

Power is supplied by a diesel MTU four-cylinder engine that delivers 230hp to a generator, which then supplies electrical power to both axles and the power take-off.

A standardised interface connects the towing vehicle with the attachment device and ensures continuous data exchange in real-time. In this manner, the data recorded on the attachment device and forwarded to the towing vehicle is continuously compared with previously defined values.

In case of deviations, changes are made automatically to the setting of the attachment device. In extreme cases of malfunctions or damage, the unit is stopped.

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