John Deere showcases newcotton picker first at Sunbelt Ag Expo
BY BRAD HAIRE
Farm Press Editorial Staff
DURING THE 43RD Sunbelt Ag Expo, John Deere will bring for thefirst time to the North American market the new CP770 cottonpicker, as part of the company’s third generation of round-bale cotton harvesters.
“We are honored to host the first public unveiling of the JohnDeere CP770 cotton picker in the field demos at the 43rd SunbeltAg Expo. We have always prided ourselves on showing the latesttechnology that the marketplace has to offer to enhance our farmers economic and environmental sustainability,” said Chip Blalock,Sunbelt Expo executive director.
The new 770 series of cotton harvesters includes the CS770 cotton stripper, too, which will not be showcased at this year’s Expo.
The John Deere 690 was introduced to the market in 2015 as anupdate to the John Deere 7760, which a decade ago changed on-the-go harvest and ginning with its round modules.
Christopher Murray, John Deere product marketing manager,said the new 770s are more than an update. The project started fouryears ago and included direct input from growers across the U.S. cotton belt, including in the Southeast, Midsouth and Southwest, alongwith global customers, such as in Australia.
“We worked closely with a core team of customers, both cotton
picker customers and cotton stripper customers, from the onset to
get their feedback and to get them around machines early so that
we knew that as we were designing and making iterations that the
customers’ input was being used to make these updates,” Murray
told Farm Press.
The results are two cotton harvesters, he said, 75% all-new fromthe ground-up with a platform John Deere can use for many years.
The CP770 has the new John Deere PRO16 HS Row Unit, fittedwith high-speed stalk lifters and ‘ultra-fast’ cotton-grabbing spindles,
and it makes round modules 2% larger and 5% more dense than itspredecessor. Once it collects the cotton, the CP770 can wrap andeject a modulein just over 30seconds.
The CP770might appealto farmers withlarger cottonacres or customharvesters whowant to coverthe most acresper hour, he said.
The CS770comes witha new three-drum, 75-inch-wide cleaner toremove plantmaterial fromseed cotton inthe field. “Customers havecommentedon how muchcleaner theround modules are coming off the 770versus the 690
machines side by side in the field,” he said.
Both harvesters have the new John Deere 13.6L Power Techengine and hydraulic power module, improving fuel efficiency,according to the company, by up to 20% for the CP770 and up to15% for the CS770. “When combined with the updated crop handling components, these systems work together to help farmersharvest more pounds of cotton per hour at faster speeds than previous models,” he said.
The 770 cabs are 30% larger than the 690 cab, he said, withimproved visibility to the places growers want to see with strategically placed cameras, mirrors and lighting.
The CP770 and the CS770 come equipped with John Deere Generation 4 Display and JDLink Connect.
“Customers will be able to price and work with their dealersstarting this October to configure a machine that best meets theirfarm operation needs, and we will start shipping the harvesters thespring of 2022 to John Deere dealers,” Murray said.
The John Deere CP770 makes round modules 2% larger and 5% more dense than its predecessor. Credit: John Deere