John Deere's HarvestLab 3000 helps beef and dairy producers more accurately and quickly measure certain nutrient values of the forages they’re harvesting and feeding their livestock. When mounted to John Deere self-propelled forage harvesters, HarvestLab 3000 can monitor forage constituents at harvest or it can be removed and used in stationary mode to evaluate forage nutrient quality at feeding.

John Deere HarvestLab 3000 uses Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to evaluate constituent characteristics such as moisture, dry matter, protein, starch, neutral detergent fiber or acid detergent fiber. Results are immediate and allow owners to take more frequent and representative samples rather than relying on periodic, non-representative samples measured via wet-chemistry analysis. In the field, broader light spectrum measures up to 10 nutrient values 4,000 times per second, providing permanent, real-time data gathering. Operators can view constituent measurements while harvesting and then quickly make on-the-go adjustments.

When mounted to forage harvesters, HarvestLab 3000 offers integrated, automatic length of cut adjustments based on moisture ranges preset by the operator. This feature helps ensure optimum bunker density and high-quality silage. In addition, inoculants can be more precisely applied during harvest based on sugar and dry-matter readings.

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