How fast can you drive the new 9800VE Series White Planters and still maintain precision seed placement accuracy?
RealAgriculture got the scoop from AGCO’s strategic marketing manager Tom Draper last week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first opportunity for farmers to take a closer look at the 9800VE series planters equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting.
In this video, Draper explains that SpeedTube will allow the planters to achieve precise corn seed placement at nearly double traditional operating speeds.
In field tests, Draper explains that the 9800VE Series planter with SpeedTube produced the same consistent seed spacing at ground speeds of 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, adds Draper.
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 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.