Source: CLAAS news release
Omaha, NE – When the latest “seed green” LEXION combines recently rolled off the CLAAS Omaha production line equipped with an all-new APS SYNFLOW HYBRID grain handling system, few were overly surprised that the high-capacity machines were able to deliver even more throughput and fuel efficiency than earlier models.
Of greater interest to some was whether all that added productivity would come at the expense of grain quality. “We’ve always been known for our throughput and fuel efficiency,” explains Jeff Gray, Product Manager – Field Support at CLAAS of America. “In order to test our grain handling capability, we hired an independent firm to analyze grain samples in a head-to-head-to-head comparison of Class 8 machines between the CLAAS LEXION 8600, John Deere S780 and Case IH 8250 in two different varieties of soybeans.”
The three machines were dialed in to factory recommended settings and allowed to run at their full engine load in the side-by-side comparison. Samples were collected, packaged and sent to the Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Inc. to be analyzed for splits, coating damage, and germination.
According to Gray, “Splits are an easy way to gauge a combine’s sample quality and fine-tune settings, just as coating damage is a way to gauge germination. Less coating damage leads to higher germination, which is critical — especially in seed-producing operations.”
While the differences in splits appeared competitive between the three different machines, the LEXION 8600 actually produced less coating damage and higher germination rates than the competing machines, according to the tests conducted on a central Illinois farm. “We were able to deliver premium quality grain samples, while still keeping our grain losses under one percent,” added Gray.
With greater capacity and proven grain quality, testing done by the Illinois Crop Improvement Association left little doubt that the new LEXION combine can deliver competitive grain quality, while still providing industry-leading throughput.