White Planters Roll Out With Precision Planting SpeedTubes

AGCO Corporation is bringing to market White Planters 9800VE series planters equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting.

With SpeedTube on White Planters 9800VE Series planters, farmers can now achieve precise seed placement of corn at speeds nearly double traditional operating speeds, says AGCO.

In field tests, the 9800VE Series planter with SpeedTube produced the same consistent seed spacing at ground speeds less than four miles per hour, as it did when planting at more than 9.8 miles per hour. That means more acres planted per day and a better chance of hitting the narrow five-to-10-day ‘optimum planting window’ important for top yields.

With traditionally designed seed tubes on planters, high speeds create a ricochet effect as seed travels down the tube, causing poor seed spacing in the furrow. SpeedTube controls the seed all the way from the meter to the furrow. Feeder wheels at the top take control of the seed from the seed meter disk and pull it into a flighted belt that places it in the bottom of the seed trench. The belt speed increases or decreases with planter speed and seeding rates, to ensure the desired seed placement.

The 9800VE Series planters with SpeedTube are the latest outcome from AGCO’s application of planting technology from Precision Planting.

The VE Series planters feature the vSet seed meter, vDrive electronic drive system, optional automated DeltaForce hydraulic downforce plus fully integrated 20/20 SeedSense monitoring so the operator can make needed adjustments to seed precisely, maintain depth, avoid compaction and troubleshoot mechanical problems. FieldView data collection is available as a factory-installed option and offers real-time, high definition mapping and data collection.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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