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John Deere debuts new forage harvesters

John Deere announces three new self-propelled forage harvesters to its harvest lineup — the 9500, 9600, and 9700.

Each wide-body model will feature John Deere’s X engine, 18L, which doesn’t need diesel exhaust fluid. The 9000 Series also has a new spout that reduces plugging when chopping high-moisture corn or forages. 

With HarvestMotion Plus engine technology, the harvesters have a torque-rise curve. As a result, the machine can output power at low engine rpm speed, which increases power so operators can push through harsh harvesting conditions while maintaining crop quality.

“The ideal performance characteristics of the engine decrease fuel consumption and are perfectly aligned and synchronized for outstanding crop flow through the machine,” says Chase Milem, marketing manager with John Deere. 

John Deere’s integrated technology, such as AutoTrac, RowSense guidance, Active Fill Control with rear unloading, and the Generation 4 Universal Display, are added options for farmers. 

In addition, the self-propelled foragers come with the HarvestLab 3000 software, which provides on-the-go constituent sensing and documentation of forage quality and kernel using John Deere Premium or XStream KP kernel processors. The software analyzes the crop’s NDF, crude protein, moisture, sugar, starch, crude fiber, ash, and ADF components. 

“Using the documented information, farmers can quickly analyze data from worked fields, adjust fertilizer use, select optimal varieties for the upcoming season, and improve water management,” says Milem. 

Through the John Deere Operations Center app, farmers can access harvest data as well as set up pre-harvest work plans to send to the cab. The app also allows farmers to monitor and analyze harvest in real time.
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