We understand the European launch will not take place for a couple of months, but US press and dealers have already seen John Deere’s new S700 combine harvesters. Previewed at the factory in East Moline, Illinois, the full technical details have not yet been published on the company’s website, but what we can confirm is that there are four models – the S760, S770, S780 and S790.

On sale for the 2018 season, John Deere says they take the S600 models introduced in 2012 to the next level. All we can reveal at this stage is that overall intelligence of the new models has been increased to make life easier for the operator. One example is the new Combine Advisor package, which helps operators set, optimise and automate the combine for harvesting, allowing it to make needed adjustments automatically, on the go. Another function of the package uses cameras to provide operators with a view into the tailings and clean grain elevators, and these latest machines are also fitted with technology that saves time by automatically calibrating the mass flow sensor. Physically, the biggest difference is the cab that Deere says provides a common user experience across its larger tractor and self-propelled sprayers. It has not yet been confirmed, but it is highly likely that the European public launch of the new combines will be at Agritechnica, in November.