Harvest Helper
Wed Feb 25, 2015 03:55 PM CST

John Deere's new CS690 is the right machine at the right time for Steven Beakley, Ellis County, Texas.

In 2013, Beakley used a prototype of the CS690 to harvest his cotton. Technicians were present to take measurements and make adjustments on the premarket machine, so he had plenty of stops and starts. Even so, the harvest happened fast.

"I covered 150 acres in one day by myself with one machine, and it was nearly 300 bales of cotton," says Beakley, based near Bardwell. "When I was through for the day, I turned off ...

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