Press Releases   May 22, 2017

Deere's debutants at the Royal Highland Show

John Deere’s new 5R Series and record-breaking 8400R tractors, Stage IV T-Series combine harvester, top of the range F441R fixed chamber round baler and manure sensing system are all making their Royal Highland Show debut on the John Deere stand on Avenue S in June.

The new 400hp 8400R tractor recently set three new world records for fuel efficiency (field and transport) and maximum drawbar performance at the DLG test station in Germany. It beat its nearest competitors by almost 23 per cent in drawbar performance and lowered the combined fluid consumption figure for field work to only 247g/kWh.

This translates into six per cent higher pulling capacity and a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two per cent compared to the previous top of the range 8370R model, enabling wider implements to be used to increase productivity and maximise total fluid efficiency.

Powered by a new John Deere 9-litre Stage IV compliant engine and featuring an e23 transmission with Efficiency Manager, the 8400R delivers up to 450hp with Intelligent Power Management (IPM). This tractor is also fitted as standard with JDLink telematics, including remote display access (RDA) and wireless data transfer (WDT) linked to the website portal.

The compact 5R Series tractors from 90 to 125hp feature a one-piece curved frame design with a low centre of gravity and a turning radius of only 3.75m, even when fitted with a front loader such as the new 543R. Features include front axle suspension and an air suspended seat, plus an optional cab suspension system.

This range’s Stage IIIB 4.5-litre John Deere PWX diesel-only four-cylinder engine produces 10 extra hp for transport applications. Three transmission options include the new 32/16 Command8, with eight powershiftable gears and an ECO mode enabling a top speed of 40kph at only 1759 engine rpm, plus automatic shifting as standard.

Equipped with higher power, Stage IV compliant John Deere engines featuring low diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption, the new T-Series combines can deliver up to 15 per cent more output compared to previous models. This is due to the large active separation and cleaning shoe area, paired with the unique crop flow of the combine’s multi-drum/straw walker design concept.

Additional leading features in this class of combine include the fastest unloading rate and header conversion for different crops; exclusive 40kph top speed and track options; and the latest FarmSight precision farming developments with ConnectedCombine and

The new generation F441R premium round baler has been developed to meet the high-capacity requirements of contractors and larger livestock farms. Like all F441 Series models, it features a wider bale chamber, up from 1.17 to 1.21m, which automatically translates into an increased bale weight, and it also incorporates an extra 18th roller.

This baler offers a choice of 2m or optional 2.2m pick-ups feeding a high capacity MaxiCut HC rotor with 13 or 25 knives. A range of design enhancements mean the F441R can increase productivity by up to nine per cent compared to the previous model.

John Deere’s new, commercially available manure sensing system is based on the same award winning HarvestLab near-infrared (NIR) sensor technology used on the 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvester range. It is designed to adjust slurry spreader application rates to match field conditions, which helps to increase productivity and crop yields while minimising input costs.

Based on complementary data from yield mapping, soil sampling, N-sensors and other sources, the required application rate (eg target or maximum rate) can be set in the GreenStar in-cab display before starting work. Nutrient maps are easily accessible in the Operations Centre on

The NIR sensor is able to measure the key constituents of the slurry being applied (dry matter, total nitrogen, ammonium, P and K) in real time. The system then automatically adjusts the final flow of slurry to deliver exactly the quantity of nutrients required.

If a John Deere tractor is used with the spreader, this process can be enhanced by the Tractor Implement Automation (TIA) system. This enables automatic speed control of the application rate adjustment, based on the tractor’s forward speed.