JOHN Deere’s new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvester will make its UK show working debut at ScotGrass 2019 in Dumfries on May 15th.

It will be demonstrated alongside the company’s latest wrapping baler and 6R Series CommandPRO tractor.

The 9000 Series combines new forage harvesting technology with several efficiency developments to form the basis of John Deere’s HarvestMotion concept, which significantly increases throughput and enables industry leading fuel economy.

Performance improvements of up to 10 per cent have been verified through numerous field tests conducted by both John Deere and several independent research institutes.

There are four models in the series from 625hp to 970hp, with the flagship 9900 powered by a new 24.2-litre V12 Liebherr engine with twin exhausts. This provides oustanding torque capacity and copes easily with peak loads at lower engine speeds, even beneath 1400rpm. The large crop channel width of 850mm is designed to handle the foragers’ higher throughput, to ensure the best possible forage quality and chopping efficiency.

The new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters are also available with John Deere’s complete range of AMS precision farming systems. These include AutoTrac automatic steering and the latest HarvestLab 3000 near infrared constituent sensing system with AutoLOC automatic length-of-cut settings and silage additive dosing on the move, based on dry matter content.

This three-in-one system will also be demonstrated at ScotGrass. The same sensor system can be used in stationary mode for analysing clamp silage in order to manage feed rations more accurately, and for analysing the constituents in manure (eg N, NH4, P & K) when operating a slurry tanker.