John Deere offers a range of corn head combine attachments for the X Series and S Series combine harvesters. Specifically designed for high-yielding corn and tough conditions like down crops, the CR corn heads make harvesting corn faster, more efficient, and less labor-intensive. With them, you can maximize your corn yield while minimizing the manual effort required.
What is a John Deere Corn Head?
A corn head is a combine attachment designed for harvesting corn. It cuts down corn stalks and cobs and then conveys the grain to the combine’s tank. John Deere corn heads are available in a variety of sizes, from 6 rows to 18 rows, and they can be either rigid or folding.
What is a John Deere Corn Head Used For?
John Deere corn heads are designed to help you harvest more bushels per hour and more acres per day. Corn heads can be used to harvest field corn, sweet corn, and other crops like soybeans and wheat in all types of conditions.
With specifically designed features like AutoTrac™ RowSense, Machine Sybc, and Active End Fenders, they are able to quickly and automatically process and convey corn while minimizing lost ears and residue build-up. Moreover, the powerful front-end attachment minimizes tire and track damage from high-yielding and high-moisture crops to reduce combine maintenance costs.
What Are the Features of John Deere CR Corn Heads?
John Deere corn heads are equipped with a number of features that make them the best choice for corn harvesting. These features include:
AutoTrac™ Row Sense™
Located in the CR corn head’s base equipment, the AutoTrac™ RowSense™ feature automatically aligns the combine with crop rows, helping ensure you follow guidance lines more accurately, confidently, and quickly.
Automated, On-The-Go Unloading
John Deere offers a Machine Sync on-the-go unloading feature to help you reduce the time and effort it takes to manually unload. With Machine Sync, you can control the tractor and grain cart’s movement without having to leave the combine cab.
Reliable Hydraulic Adjustable Deck Plates
Corn stalks and cobs come in all shapes and sizes. The CR corn heads’ hydraulic deck plates allow you to adjust the height of the corn head to match the height of stalks and cobs, optimizing your harvest and ensuring that you don’t miss any ears.
Active End Fenders
Large Active End Fenders help you harvest more corn by preventing lost ears. With improved crop collection, you don’t have to stop as often to clear crop buildup from the outer row units. This allows you to maintain a consistent speed even in difficult conditions, such as down, leaning, or flat stalks.
RowMax Chopping Stalk Rolls
The John Deere RowMax Chopping Stalk Rolls offer a number of advantages over similar competitive models from Calmer®. They provide 30% better wear life, consume less power, and keep more trash out of the combine. They also cut down up to 50% of the size residue to less than 6 inches, preventing residue breakdown and burial from washing away in the field.
AutoPath Guidance Lines
The CR corn heads not only help you follow guidance lines more accurately, but they can also create guidance lines for the entire field. During first pass, the AutoPath feature collects to create lines that match crop rows, regardless of conditions like down crops. You no longer need to manually create or reuse guidance lines, which improves accuracy and speeds up harvesting.
What are the Key Specs of John Deere CR Corn Heads?
While the John Deere CR corn heads share many similar features, they also come in various sizes and specifications to meet the needs of every farmer and crop type:
John Deere C6R
The John Deere C6R is the smallest model in the CR lineup, with only 6 rows. It can be configured with row spacing options of 27.6, 29.5, 30, 36, or 38 inches. It weighs between 4,334 and 5,002 pounds, and has an approximate overall width of 14.4 to 19 feet. When folded, it has a width of 8.58 to 10.58 feet.
John Deere C8R
The John Deere C8R is a mid-size model with 8 rows. With row spacing options of 27.6, 29.5, 30, 36, or 38 inches, it weighs between 5,483 and 6,777 pounds. It has an approximate overall width of 20.01 to 25.2 feet, and when folded, it has a width of 8.58 to 10.58 feet.
John Deere C12R
The John Deere C12R is a large model containing 12 rows. It can be configured with row spacing options of 20, 22, 30, 36, or 38 in. inches. It weighs between 7,694 and 10,185 pounds, and has an approximate overall width of 21.17 to 37.4 feet. When folded, it has a width of 7.58 to 10.58 feet.
John Deere C16R
The John Deere C16R is the largest model in the John Deere CR lineup with 16 rows, spaced out at 30 inches. It weighs between 10,798 lb and 11,940 pounds and has an approximate overall width of 40.35 feet. When folded, it has a width of 8.58 to 10.58 feet.
John Deere C18R
The John Deere C18R is a large model with 18 rows and row spacing options that can be configured at 20 or 22 in. It weighs between 10,666 and 11,914 pounds, and has an approximate overall width of 31.17 to 32.8 feet. When folded, it has a width of 7.58 to 9.75 feet.
Commonly Asked Questions About John Deere Corn Heads
Need more information? Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers to help you choose the corn head that’s right for your needs:
How Much Does a John Deere Corn Head Weigh?
The weight of a John Deere corn head depends on the model and if it’s purchased with or without a StalkMaster™. The lightest John Deere corn head weighs around 4,500 pounds, while the heaviest John Deere corn head weighs over 11,000 pounds.
What Does a Corn Head for Combine Do?
A corn head is a harvesting attachment that is mounted to a combine. It is used to cut corn stalks and cobs, as well as convey the grain to the combine’s grain tank.
How Do You Maintain and Clean a John Deere Corn Head?
John Deere corn heads should be maintained and cleaned regularly. Maintenance and cleaning procedures vary depending on the model of the corn head. Check the user manual for instructions.
How Big of a Corn Head Does John Deere Make?
John Deere corn heads have between 6 and 18 rows and a cutting width between 14 and 32 feet. Also, the cutting width of a corn head determines how much corn it can harvest per pass.
Where Can I Find John Deere Corn Heads?
John Deere corn heads can be found at John Deere dealerships and authorized retailers.
Final Thoughts: Harvesting Corn, Hassle-Free
John Deere corn heads are engineered to deliver unmatched performance and efficiency, helping farmers harvest corn faster and with less waste. With a wide range of models to choose from, John Deere has a corn head for every farm and every need.