John Deere is adding two new X Series header models to its harvesting line-up to help large-scale grain farmers get more tonnes per hour and more hectares per day.
The new X9 1000 and X9 1100 headers represent the next level of John Deere harvesting performance with a couple of demonstration units expected on the ground in late 2021 with orders taken for delivery the following year.
John Deere's tactical segment manager Marko Koelln said as crop conditions changed the X9 harvester can make automatic adjustments so it consistently functions at peak levels.
"For example, in the morning, straw can be damp and make threshing and separating tough. Later in the day, moisture evaporates and harvesting conditions improve," Mr Koelln said.
"In the past these changes required operators to adjust harvester settings to help the machine compensate - now the adjustments are made automatically," he said.
X Series Combine Harvesters featured a wide feeder house, dual separator and the industry's largest cleaning shoe which worked together to improve crop flow and increase harvesting capacity.
"At the heart of the new combine is the X Series dual separator (XDS) with the largest threshing and separation areas Deere has ever offered.
"Crop in the XDS is threshed and separated during nine revolutions, resulting in less grain loss and increased harvesting capacity," Mr Koelln said.
The seven square metre Dyna-Flo XL cleaning shoe had 36 per cent more cleaning area than the S790.
"It can harvest thin dry crop, thick damp crop and everything in between, putting more high-quality grain in the tank, pass after pass. Even if conditions change, grain quality remains high.
"During harvest, the fuel-efficient X Series combine harvesters can run up to 14 hours without refuelling, while an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6-litre engine works with a robust belt-drive system and updated ProDrive XL transmission to improve fuel efficiency.
"Compared to the S790, the X9 1100 uses up to 20pc less fuel per tonne harvested to help keep input costs low," Mr Koelln said.
X Series combine harvesters will be available with integrated precision ag technologies that collect important machine and yield data while helping to improve harvesting results, he said.
"These harvesters come with an integrated StarFire 6000 receiver which requires no calibration of the terrain compensation module (TCM) and is more accurate than previous offerings.
"Coupled with new guidance system enhancements, the new receiver boots up and acquires the GPS signal quicker, so the harvester can start running with improved accuracy in less time."
JDLink was standard on both models and came with five years of service in base.
"This enables machine-to-machine communication and makes it easy for the owner to share agronomic and machine-performance information."
Three technology packages are available for the X Series including Select, Premium and Ultimate.
The roomy, restyled X Series cab has more storage space, more USB ports and better connectivity than other models, Mr Koelln said.
An optional touchscreen radio can be added that's smart-phone ready so operators can use voice commands or integrated controls to get directions, make calls, listen to music, or send and receive messages.
X Series combine harvesters will be available on wheels or tracks with control traffic farming configurations.
The X9 1000 grain tank can hold up to 14,800 lires while the X9 1100 holds up to 16,200L - 5pc and 15pc more than the S790 respectively.
Folding unloading augers with adjustable spout are available for the X Series in 7.9-metre, 8.7m or 9.4m lengths.