White Planters are set to take a quantum leap thanks to the addition of a new seed metre, electronic drive, and monitoring and data management technologies.
The new White 9800VE Series planter was unveiled last month during the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. AGCO Strategic Marketing Manager Tom Draper explains that the integration of Precision Planting technology into the VE Series is designed to help meet growers’ demand for seed placement accuracy.
In the following video, Draper explains that the new planters are equipped with Precision Planting’s vSet metre, which delivers consistent seed singulation. The meter features a flat disk with a single vac setting and a floating, 5-lobed singulator that ensures no two seeds can occupy the same hole. It handles virtually any seed size or shape and claims to deliver nearly 100% accuracy.
The addition the vDrive electronic drive system enables row-by-row control of the vSet seed metres so they adjust independently around headland curves. Draper notes that this precise control ensures growers achieve desired population and accurate spacing. He adds that vDrive allows for prescription planting that matches plant population to the soil’s yield potential. There’s also row shut off to prevent over planting of point rows and end rows.
New technology also helps the 9800VE Series planter deliver better seed depth control, says Draper. DeltaForce hydraulic downforce control matches field conditions on the go to provide consistent seed depth placement for each individual row. The downforce of each row unit is adjusted automatically to minimize soil compaction or prevent shallow placement. It compensates for soil variation caused by wheel tracks, changes in soil type, soil moisture and varying amounts of crop residue across the field.
All 9800 White Planters come equipped with a fully integrated SeedSense monitor, which tracks population, speed, skips, doubles, row unit ride, down force and ground contact on the go. The information is immediately displayed on a color screen, allowing the operator to make adjustments needed to seed precisely, maintain depth, avoid compaction and troubleshoot mechanical problems.