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They're header over heels in love

IT is the new breed of headers - and Callide Valley farmers were among the first to see it in the country.

The new 2010 John Deere 9870 STS combine, the biggest in the company's line-up, has one of the largest combs in the industry.

John Deere and Centracks brought the class eight harvester to demonstrate the new model in Biloela during this Wednesday and Thursday.

Biloela Centracks manager Dylan Yeoman said the header had the new John Deere 640D draper platform which has integrated header height sensoring, hydraulic suspension and new knife drive system.

The combine has the latest AMS auto trac technology with new software that allows yield mapping providing a total farm management solution.

“There are only two of these to have arrived in Australia - the other one is in Victoria,” Mr Yeoman said.

It has a high capacity clean grain handling system, larger cleaning area and an exclusive ProDrive Transmission which provide industry leading productivity in field.

John Deere territory manager Damien Effeney said the combine was brought to Central Queensland, including an Emerald demonstration next week, due to the importance of grain in the region.

Mr Yeoman announced there had been serious interest shown in the 9870 STS combine by Callide Valley growers.

He said 20 farmers would view the header during the two-day demonstration on Valentines Plain Rd courtesy of the Wilkie family.


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