John Deere has acquired KernelStar kernel and forage processing technology for self-propelled forage harvesters from German company CAWI.

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The company hopes to advance its biomass and livestock feed processing systems. KernelStar is based on a patented “bevel” disc design which allows for more intensive treatment of the kernels when compared to either the conventional cylindrical roll or disc designs on the market. Full integration of the concept into John Deere forage harvesters as a factory installed option will be announced later in 2012.