Bigger isn’t always better, as is the case with the new 1745 MaxEmerge 5 planter, says John Deere.
The manufacturer rolled out the planter at the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) earlier this month, touting narrow transport capabilities, a split-row configuration, a fit for small fields and no-till, and compatibility with older tractors.
The key to the 1745 is its size and simplicity, says Ryan Hough, Deere planting and seeding marketing manager. Farmers can choose from an 8-row or 15-row configuration and the simple design makes it compatible with older tractors (95 drawbar horsepower) and up.
In this video, Hough explains that the planter can be quickly folded for transport, right from the cab. Once folded, its compact size tracks within the duals of the tractor for stable, narrow transport under 13-foot high. Depending on the options chosen, customers can add as much or as little technology as they want to best fit their operation. (Story continues after the video.)
Hough says the 1745 is an economical planter in a split-row configuration that’s capable of planting soybeans on 15-inch rows and corn on 30-inch rows. It also gives operators the ability to apply dry or liquid fertilizer while planting corn, a technique that can boost yields by 10 bushels per acre when compared to the conventional method of broadcasting nitrogen fertilizer, he adds.
Hough notes that RowCommand individual-row control is also available on the 1745 to help reduce seed costs. Three commodity storage options are available including 1.6- and 3-bushel row hoppers, or mini-hoppers with a 50-bushel central fill seed delivery system.
The planter can also be fitted with the optional John Deere SeedStar XP monitoring system. It delivers detailed planter performance information, allowing operators to make machine adjustments as needed for optimal efficiency.
Deere will be taking orders for the MaxEmerge 5 planter beginning in June 2020.
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