Our Top 5 John Deere stories of 2017

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From acquisitions to new tech to bigger machines, here’s our Top 5 most read John Deere stories of the year.

5John Deere’s largest forwarder yet

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The largest model in the John Deere forwarder line, the new 1910G offers operators the power and efficiency needed to tackle tough jobs on difficult terrain.

The 1910G is equipped with a Final Tier 4 268 hp engine. The maximum engine output has increased by 7.5 per cent and torque by 21 per cent, compared to previous models.

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4John Deere acquires artificial intelligence company

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John Deere has acquired Blue River Technology, an agriculture-based artificial intelligence company.

Blue River Technology successfully applied integrated artificial intelligence with agricultural spraying equipment. The company designed and integrated machine learning technology that enables farmer to spray herbicides only where weeds are present.

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3John Deere adds Foresight Intelligence

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John Deere is adding Foresight Intelligence to its stable of construction data solutions to increase dealer efficiencies and customer uptime. The collaboration utilizes Foresight’s Intelligent Alert Triage Center (IATC) and helps John Deere dealers and customers better manage daily machine alerts.

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2Dobbs Management Service purchases seven Nortrax locations

Nortrax hosted two demo days in Sudbury and North Bay.

Nortrax sold seven of its John Deere Construction and Forestry locations in South Florida to Dobbs Management Service.

The purchase, made through DJD Equipment Holdings, includes full service stores in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Miami and Ft. Myers, as well as parts only stores in Pompano and Riverview. The businesses will operate as Dobbs Equipment and will retain its headquarters in Tampa.

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1John Deere completes acquisition of Wirtgen Group

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On Dec. 1, Deere & Company announced it has completed its acquisition of the Wirtgen Group.

In June, Deere announced the agreement to purchase the international, privately-held company for EUR4.357 billion in an all-cash transaction. The total value is about EUR 4.6 billion, including the assumption of net debt and other consideration.

“The Wirtgen Group will enhance the size, scale and stature of our construction equipment business and will help Deere continue its global growth,” said Samuel R. Allen, Deere & Company chairman and chief executive officer.

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