AGCO introduced the RoGator C Series self-propelled row crop applicators and all-new LiquidLogic system, which will make its public debut during MAGIE 2017. The new technology-loaded, user-friendly RoGator and liquid application system deliver innovations needed to meet the needs of today’s crop production industry, professional applicators and farmers.
“With the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country and the introduction of new herbicide systems to control these weeds, greater management and attention to detail will be needed for anyone applying herbicides,” said Mark Mohr, tactical marketing manager for AGCO’s application division. “The engineering and technology of the RoGator C Series machines and new LiquidLogic system are going to help operators simplify their jobs, reduce potential for off-target application, make cleanout faster, easier and more thorough and reduce product waste.”
The FlowLogic recirculation plumbing keeps product moving through the boom, plumbing and filters to reduce chemical buildup and help eliminate plugged spray tips. New ClearFlow recovery, the industry’s first full-recovery system, uses air to force product from the booms or reload station back into the tank, leaving less than 2.5 gallons in systems without injection. And, new self-priming booms help save time and money since product flows quickly through the entire boom once the product pump and recirculation are turned on.
Other key features of the LiquidLogic system include a “hold at minimum” pressure setting across the boom that helps ensure a consistent spray pattern to keep product on target at low speed and the ability to maintain a +/– 1 psi variation across the boom. Section control for either 35 sections with 10- or 15-inch spacing or 36 sections with 20-inch spacing are standard with the AgControl® rate controller. Finally, variable displacement control of the product pump manages and limits speed to 5,000 rpm to help prevent pump failure.
Touchscreen AccuTerminal is one-stop control system
The first thing operators will notice is the 10.4-inch touchscreen AccuTerminal which allows intuitive, easy-to-learn control and monitoring of machine functions, such as the new cruise control and shuttle shift speed along with drive sensitivities, headland control and tractor management system (TMS).
The AccuTerminal can be used to access functions within the redesigned AgControl rate and section control system as well as spray functions such as pressures, auto agitation, boom cleanout, product rinse and recovery. Its design also seamlessly provides simple control of the AirMax180 dry system and calibration. The ISO-compatible interface of the New LeaderEdge box controls features such as boundary spreading and other capabilities within the AccuTerminal.
Automatic guidance and AGCO’s full suite of Fuse precision application, documentation and machine tracking tools are all controlled through this single operating terminal. Dual-band cellular plus worldwide satellite connections allow machine tracking and performance through Fuse Connected Services via AgCommand, keeping the machine connected everywhere, like never before. In one simple step, task data flows seamlessly between TaskDoc on the machine and a growing number of major Farm Management Information Software (FMIS). The RoGator C Series can be configured with AGCO’s fully integrated AgControl and Auto-Guide systems, or Raven Viper 4+ technology with SmarTrax. A hybrid configuration also allows the use of Raven Viper 4+ for product control while using AGCO’s Auto-Guide for guided steering.
Chassis offers SmartDrive system for greater operating efficiency
The RoGator C Series chassis also delivers unprecedented levels of performance. Its new all-wheel SmartDrive system will make the operator’s job easier and more efficient through a long day in the field. Cruise control gives the operator a consistent speed for accurate application and easy speed changes in the field and on the road. Shuttle shift makes changing direction fast and easy. Redesigned based on operator requests, the new joystick is compact with a comfortable, ergonomic feel.
All-wheel traction control adjusts motor displacement when a wheel starts to slip, keeping the machine moving in the field, and the anti-locking brake system (ABS) and improved hydrostatic braking deliver stopping power and speed control.
Cab filled with operator comforts
A new armrest is one of the primary features within the cab, with improved ergonomics for the joystick, section switches, boom control and liquid system controls located on the armrest. USB power ports help keep the operator connected through the day; a programmable keypad allows the operator to customize the lighting package and a rearview camera operates automatically when the machine shifts into reverse.
“With a heritage of serving the application needs of agriculture and professional applicators, plus thousands of hours of real-world application, the new RoGator C Series and LiquidLogic system delivers the technology, reliability and efficiency today’s applicators need to easily and successfully do their jobs,” Mohr said. “They’ll find it offers many new and industry-leading features they’ve been waiting for.”
The RoGator C Series made its public debut at MAGIE, Aug. 24 and 25, 2017 in Bloomington, Ill. It also will be on exhibit at several farm shows this fall, including Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., Big Iron in West Fargo, N.D. and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. To find a dealer or for more information about AGCO application equipment including the new RoGator C Series row crop applicators and the exclusive LiquidLogic system, visit www.Challenger-ag.com or a local Challenger dealer.