Press Releases   December 18, 2020

CES honours John Deere X Series Combines in Robotics category

John Deere X9 1100 combine harvesting wheat

The John Deere X Series Combine Harvesters have earned a CES Innovation Award.

Crestmead, Queensland (18 December, 2020) — JOHN Deere has, for the second consecutive year, received a CES Innovation Award to recognise outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology, with its X Series Combine Harvesters being honoured in the 2021 Robotics category.

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

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.  

While not yet available in Australia and New Zealand, two new X Series Combine Harvesters, the X9 1000 and X91100, will be added to the John Deere harvesting lineup to help large-scale farmers thresh, separate and clean more tonnes per hour or harvest more hectares per day, even under changing conditions, without risking grain loss or quality. These machines represent the next level of John Deere harvesting performance and will broaden a harvesting lineup that includes field-proven S Series Harvesters.

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.

"Technology and innovation are at the core of how John Deere helps farmers overcome uncertainty and improve efficiency," Mr Hindman 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 farmers 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.

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

About Deere & Company:

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at or in Australia at

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