9000 series forager to take centre stage on John Deere stand
John Deere is set to impress at this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show with a huge lineup of machines from tractors right down to its recently launched gator.

After launching its new 9000 series range of foragers last autumn, John Deere will be showcasing the new 9600 model at this year’s show.

The new range of self-propelled forage harvesters includes four models from 625hp up to 970hp. The 9600 model is powered by a 13.5 litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine, while the three larger models in the range are powered by a V12 Liebherr engine.

John Deere is also set to display its latest integrated baler/wrapper unit, the C441R.
The latest forager series have undergone a new design, including the addition of twin exhausts.

The new 9000 Series foragers feature the latest forage harvesting technology. According to John Deere, the new series will provide customers with 10% more productivity while consuming 10% less fuel, in comparison to John Deere’s current higher spec machines.

The new foragers have a reinforced drivetrain and an improved mainframe. They are also fitted with a larger crop channel with a width of 850mm, allowing them to handle a higher throughput.

The 9000 Series forager harvesters are available with John Deere’s range of AMS precision farming systems including the HarvestLab 3000 NIR (near infrared) sensor, AutoLOC automatic length-of-cut settings, and Active Fill Control (AFC) for automatic filling of trailers.

Gator

John Deere will be showcasing its new 865M Gator at the show. The gator features a new larger cab with an updated heating system that includes a windscreen defrost feature. The new cab is built to accommodate three people.

The 23hp 865M comes with power steering, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a top speed of 50km/h or 60km/h.

The new 23hp Gator comes with power steering, a CVT transmission and a top speed of 50km/h (31mph) or 60km/h (37mph).

New features include a tighter turning circle, improved weight distribution and a larger 42-litre fuel tank. Other changes include a new digital dashboard, LED headlights and a restyled front bumper.

The cargo box has a load capacity of 454kg, while towing capacity has been increased by a third to 907kg and total payload capacity is 680kg.

C441R combination baler/wrapper

John Deere will also display its latest integrated baler/wrapper unit, the C441R. The machine has a heavy-duty drive system rated at up to 210hp with 1,000rpm PTO.

It is equipped with a new 18-roller bale chamber that has increased in width, from 117cm to 121cm.The machine comes with a choice of a 2m or an optional 2.2m pickup reel, feeding the MaxiCut HC rotor with either 13 or 25 knives.

John Deere claims the wrapping unit features a 15% faster wrapping arm working at 40rpm, and an 18% faster table transfer system.

The unit will come as standard on a single axle or with an optional tandem axle chassis. John Deere will also be displaying its new drill and T Series combine at the show.

Contractors aim for 5% charges lift
The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

FCI is satisfied that this averaged price guide will act as a fair and reasonable guide for both contractors and farmers.

However, it must be remembered this is only a guide.

These guide figures are produced on an annual basis and are compiled by collating an average figure for each operation from a panel of FCI contractor members from across Ireland.

Because of the local differences, the actual guide charge may vary considerably between regions, across soil types, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used as well as the amount of product spread.

This year sees contractors quoting a 5% increase in charges, rounded off in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery and higher labour costs since the start of 2019.

Helpful

FCI chief executive officer Michael Moroney said: “FCI always advocates working out individual charges based on the cost of the operation; this guide is helpful to both contractors and farmers in highlighting a national average.”

Costs such as depreciation, finance costs and machinery purchase costs will transcend all regions.

Claasy beefed-up Torion impresses punters
Claas exhibited the Torion 1410 wheeled loader near the parade arena coupled with a large silage fork at the show.

The Torion is the first wheeled loader from Claas to be specifically designed for agricultural use.

It represents a new market sector for Claas and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show marks its second public outing in Ireland.

The Torion is a collaboration with Liebherr, the German crane and loader giant.

The range includes 10 models with load capacities from 3.45t up to 12.4t.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

This loader has a tipping load capacity of 9,100kg and an operating weight of 13,900kg.

Its 40km/h VariPower hydrostatic transmission features three ranges: 0–6km/h, 0–16km/h and 0–40km/h.

Will we see some of these wheeled loaders in an Irish agricultural contractor’s fleet this year?

Mean green stylish Deere attracts punters' attention
John Deere had an impressive stand at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show but the 9600i forager stole the show.

John Deere showcased two 9600i foragers. The scale and new design features meant they attracted a lot of attention at the show.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine, while the three larger models in the range are powered by a V12 Liebherr engine.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine

The new forager range has a reinforced drivetrain and an improved mainframe.

The machines are also fitted with a larger crop channel with a width of 850mm, allowing them to handle a higher throughput.

The harvester is equipped with John Deere’s fully automatic ProDrive transmission.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56 or 64 knives. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1,100 litres.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56, or 64 knives.

The new 9000 Series foragers feature the latest forage harvesting technology.

According to John Deere, the new series will provide customers with 10% more productivity while consuming 10% less fuel, in comparison to John Deere’s current higher-spec machines.