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John Deere Unveils 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters

John Deere’s new 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters (SPFH) provide up to 400 tons of throughput per hour in corn, along with optimal corn silage processing that’s independent of the length of cut. Yet, that high capacity doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice forage quality.

“Ultimately, high-quality feed helps livestock producers improve their feeding efficiency, animal health, and productivity, while reducing their feeding costs,” says Tim Meister, division manager for marketing at John Deere. “The 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters produce superior silage quality that lay the foundation for a healthy and productive herd, which produces high milk or beef yields at low input costs.”

The four machines, all of which have final Tier 4-compliant engines, included in the series are:

  • 9600 616 hp. (460 kw) (625 ps) John Deere six-cylinder, 13.5L PowerTech engine
  • 9700 759 hp. (566 kw) (770 ps) Liebherr V12 24L engine
  • 9800 858 hp. (640 kw) (870 ps) Liebherr V12 24L engine
  • 9900 957 hp. (713 kw) (970 ps) Liebherr V12 24L engine

Meister adds that the improved performance and capabilities of this series enable producers and custom harvesters to obtain the highest possible return on investment under narrow harvesting windows where high-capacity and high-quality feed are the goal.

“Custom harvesters can raise the profitability of their SPFH investment by covering more ground in the same harvesting window while increasing their margins through lower operating costs,” Meister explains. “The increased reliability and strengthened components found on the 9000 Series maximize uptime and ensure you’re in the field on time and ready to go.”

10% Gains on a Number of Levels

Compared with previous models, the 9000 Series is 10% more productive per horsepower and features a 10% improvement in kernel processing. In addition, a new 772 12-Row, Big Drum Corn Header eats up to 7 tons of forage per minute. When paired with the new XStream kernel processor, customers achieve optimal corn silage processing, regardless of length of cut. Fuel consumption has also been improved by 10% per ton when compared with the 8000 Series, and wear parts on these machines are built to last three times longer.

Technology solutions integrated throughout machines

“From a technology standpoint, the 9000 Series is the most advanced SPFH John Deere has ever produced,” says Meister. “Each model comes equipped from the factory with John Deere Connected Support that includes a five-year JDLink subscription and a year of JDLink Connect with wireless data transfer. This provides customers with valuable machine health monitoring and fleet management tools.”

Optional technology that can also be integrated includes John Deere AutoTrac RowSense, Active Fill Control with Rear Unloading, HarvestLab 3000, and AutoLoc.

When ordered guidance-ready, AutoTrac, RowSense or AutoTrac RowSense guidance can be field activated. AutoTrac RowSense keeps the machine in the right row, regardless of conditions, and helps maximize time in the field by improving harvest efficiency and yield quality while reducing operator fatigue.

Active Fill Control with Rear Unloading can be factory or field installed and provides automated truck and trailer filling while allowing operators to harvest with confidence, day or night, with less stress and fatigue.

When mounted to the SPFH, John Deere HarvestLab 3000 with constituents sensing provides moisture levels and yield data. It also helps operators get a read on forage nutrient levels on the fly. When paired with AutoLOC, the collected data can be used to make informed decisions and adjustments to improve feed quality.

“The data provided helps customers determine if it’s time to harvest, how much inoculant to apply and what length of cut to set for optimal forage quality,” Meister explains. “In the office, yield maps can help them make better seeding and fertilizer decisions for the next growing season.”

If you want to keep an eye on harvest across your entire operation, John Deere offers a variety of display options. A GreenStar 3 CommandCenter is included as base equipment. An optional GreenStar 3 2630 can be mounted on the armrest or mounted on the armrest along with an optional Gen 4 4640 display mounted to the side rail. The Gen 4 display provides an improved operating experience and comes complete with data merging, collecting, and transferring capabilities.

“Whether you are a beef or dairy producer, or a custom harvester, John Deere 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters are durable, state-of-the-art machines that deliver more throughput, lower costs, and better data management,” Meister says. “More important, they provide a better, more consistent livestock feed product.”

Contact your local John Deere dealer or visit to learn more.

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