Deere harvester set for 2H arrival

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John Deere’s new X9 combine harvester range is due in Australia in the second half of 2021, the company says, as the harvester’s robotics system wins US tech award

Deere harvester set for 2H arrival
The John Deere X Series of combine harvesters has earned a CES Innovation Award


The US-based Consumer Technology Association has awarded the Robotics prize of its CES Innovation Awards to John Deere, for the new technologies contained in its X9 combine harvester range.

Designed to recognise programmable or otherwise intelligent machines that can either perform certain tasks or replicate human movement or interactions, the award is one of a series awarded annually, but was the only one awarded to an agricultural manufacturer.

Check out our story on the X9 harvesters here

The X Series combine harvesters are equipped with ActiveVision camera technology to help farmers see inside the grain tank and observe tailings to allow them to monitor the condition of harvested grain, right down to individual kernels.

This technology, fuelled by proprietary algorithms, provides farmers with information to make critical decisions in the moment, and to gather data over time to inform future decisions.

John Deere production systems manager Ben Kelly says the award is recognition of John Deere’s technology leadership.

"We are eager to drive future advances as we strive to work with farmers and distributors to benefit from John Deere technology," he says.

"We look forward to showcasing the X9 and its award-winning technology in Australia in late 2021."

Deere says the two new X Series combine harvesters, the X9 1000 and X9 1100, will help large-scale farmers thresh, separate and clean more tonnes per hour or harvest more hectares per day without risking grain loss or quality, even under changing conditions.

The X Series’ increased harvesting productivity is driven by artificial intelligence, computer vision, in-field machine-to-machine communication, integrated sensors and self-driving capabilities.

For example, the harvester can automatically adjust itself to adapt to changing conditions to run at peak levels while helping farmers with in-the-moment decision making.

The harvesters also monitor themselves and enable farmers and John Deere service technicians to manage concerns remotely, thereby minimising downtime and supporting profitability.

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