John Deere Debuts High-capacity Self-propelled Forage Harvesters

John Deere 9000 Series Forage Harvester
John Deere 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters provide up to 400 tons of throughput per hour.
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A new line of self-propelled forage harvesters with high-capacity means forage growers will no longer have to sacrifice quality according to John Deere.

The 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters (SPFH) from John Deere provides up to 400 tons of throughput per hour for corn silage.

“Ultimately, high-quality feed helps livestock producers improve their feeding efficiency, animal health and productivity, while reducing their feeding costs,” says Tim Meister, division manager for marketing at John Deere. “The 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters produce superior silage quality that lay the foundation for a healthy and productive herd, which produces high milk or beef yields at low input costs.”

The four models, all with final Tier 4-compliant engines include:

  • 9600 616 hp (460 kw) (625 ps) John Deere 6 cyl. 13.5L PowerTech Engine
  • 9700 759 hp (566 kw) (770 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine
  • 9800 858 hp (640 kw) (870 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine
  • 9900 957 hp (713 kw) (970 ps) Liebherr V12 24L Engine

Meister believes the 9000 Series provides improvement in performance that will enable producers and custom harvesters to have the best available return on investment during a narrow harvest window while still obtaining forage feed quality goals.

“Custom harvesters can raise the profitability of their SPFH investment by covering more ground in the same harvesting window while increasing their margins through lower operating costs,” Meister says. “The increased reliability and strengthened components found on the 9000 Series maximize uptime and ensure you're in the field on time and ready to go.”

The 9000 Series is 10% more productive in horsepower and provides a 10% improvement in kernel processing compared to the previous offering from John Deere. The new 772 12-Row, Big Drum Corn Header consumes up to 7 tons of forage per minute.

Fuel use has also improved by 10% per ton versus the 8000 Series.

“From a technology standpoint, the 9000 Series is the most advanced SPFH John Deere has ever produced,” Meister says. “Each model comes equipped from the factory with John Deere Connected Support that includes a 5-year JDLink subscription and a year of JDLink Connect with wireless data transfer. This provides customers with valuable machine health monitoring and fleet management tools.”

A number of other improvements have been made to the 9000 Series from a technological standpoint that are optional. These include: John Deere AutoTrac RowSense, Active Fill Control with Rear Unloading, HarvestLab 3000 and AutoLoc.

“Whether you are a beef or dairy producer, or a custom harvester, John Deere 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters are durable, state-of-the-art machines that deliver more throughput, lower costs and better data management,” Meister adds. “More important, they provide a better, more consistent livestock feed product.”

For more information about the 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage harvesters can be found at