It is of particular note of the weather conditions when the testing was done in this report. For an OZ perspective …… that’s ffaarrken freezing! 🥶.Go on google and look. You probably couldn’t find a better place to hide out in western Canada and not be close to a major city or dealer or anything then where this testing was done. And they grow crop right in that area with reasonable straw.
To many times in the past everyone was testing combines in shorter straw conditions with extremely dry grain. ( Testing a X9 at Saskatoon or Regina is a joke in my opinion just because of average straw and grain conditions)
But this is what great testing work requires & includes in their reports.
OZ conditions would be something like, 42°C, 6% RH, wind 5-10k WNW, grain moisture 5-7% & 2t/ha (whatever that is in that ancient measurement of volume😁)
And everyone would realise that these harvesting conditions are way, way different to SK conditions …… but machines (all colours) have to be able to accomodate for these changes. Some do it better than others but most machines designed for European conditions don’t like it at all WITHOUT changes to their configurations. Just the same as machines that are designed for corn & beans …… they need to be changed & configured for cereals, then optimised even more for environmental & crop conditions to give them a chance of obtaining optimum performance.
So surely the next advancement in (harvester) machine automation is an on-board weather station that’s feeds that info into the brains of automation to help improve performance.
I‘m pretty sure I saw a weather station fitted to an (test) X9 in western North Dakota a couple of years ago.
Anyway, John Deere should be congratulated for commissioning PAMI to do the independent evaluation of their machine & Claas (or whoever owned this particular Claas machine) should also be congratulated for being a comparison machine. MacDon would have gained information out of this testing.
Just wish we in OZ had the same facility …….