Deere has a lot tied up in its X Series combines with its next ten years of sales resting on the Series success or otherwise and for now it’s looking very positive
John Deere has, for the second consecutive year, received a CES Innovation Award that recognises outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology, with its X Series Combine Harvesters.
What helped in the case of the 2021 Robotics category was due to X Series Combine Harvesters being equipped with ActiveVision camera technology so the operator has a much clearer picture of what’s going on.
This technology lets them to see inside the grain tank and observe the tailings, allowing them to monitor the condition of harvested grain, right down to individual kernels.
This technology, fueled by proprietary algorithms, provides operators with information to make critical decisions in the moment, and to gather data over time to inform future decisions.
John Deere engineers relied heavily on artificial intelligence, computer vision, in-field machine-to-machine communication, integrated sensors and self-driving capabilities to increased harvesting productivity for the X Series.
For example, the harvester can automatically adjust itself to adapt to changing conditions to run at peak levels while helping the operator with in-the-moment decision making.
The harvesters also monitor themselves and enable growers and John Deere service technicians to manage concerns remotely, thereby minimising downtime and supporting profitability.
The Robotics category of the annual CES Innovation Awards highlights programmable or otherwise intelligent machines capable of performing specific tasks or replicating human movement or interactions.
Products are reviewed and scored by a panel of judges comprised of designers, engineers, and technology media.
Products are also evaluated on their engineering and functionality, aesthetics, and design; and what makes the product unique and innovative.
John Deere Chief Technology Officer, Jahmy Hindman, said John Deere is honoured to receive the award as it highlights its ongoing commitment to agriculture, innovation and technology.
“The award recognises our efforts to build cutting-edge smart machines, systems, and solutions that unlock customer economic value through enhanced precision, automation, speed and efficiency previously not possible,” Mr Hindman said.
Many growers have already put in orders for the X Series Combine Harvesters, expecting first deliveries will be in time for the 2021-22 season summer harvest and have been able to choose from either the X9 1000 and X91100.
Both X Series combines Harvesters are available on wheels or tracks with Control Traffic Farming configurations. The X9 1000 grain tank can hold up to 14,800-litres, while the X9 1100 holds up to 16,200-litres.
For many growers updating their S790’s the increased grain tank capacity represents a 5 and 15 per cent increase.
Folding unloading augers with Adjustable Spout are available for the X Series in 7.9m, 8.7m or 9.4m lengths.
Overall these X Series harvesters will be able to thresh, separate and clean more tonnes per hour or harvest more hectares per day, even under changing conditions, without risking grain loss or quality.
“Technology and innovation are at the core of how John Deere helps farmers overcome uncertainty and improve efficiency,” Technology Officer Jahmy Hindman went on to said.
“To make our customers the most profitable and sustainable farmers in the world, John Deere challenges the status quo to deliver smart, highly autonomous and connected machines.
“Like our X Series Combines that unlock opportunities for them to make more informed and accurate decisions at scale, which in turn supports the greater goal of feeding a growing world population.”
John Deere Production System Manager Ben Kelly said the prestigious award recognised John Deere’s technology leadership and ability to empower Australian and New Zealand growers to achieve greater efficiencies across their operations.
“Our competitiveness to be at the forefront of ag-tech developments is driven by Australian and New Zealand farmers’ desire to be world leaders in farming innovation,” he said.
“For more than 180 years, we have shared this vision of innovation with primary producers. We are eager to drive future advances as we strive to work with farmers and distributors to benefit from John Deere technology.
See more on the John Deere X Series combine harvesters online: X Series Combine Harvesters.