Deere adds planter liquid fertilizer upgrades for adding efficiency

John Deere is betting that its new model year 2022 planters will appeal to growers wanting to apply high rates of liquid fertilizer while limiting fertilizer refilling stops.

Redesigned planters will be part of a factory-installed offering from Deere that integrates the company’s ExactRate technology. The set up monitors and controls the application of liquid fertilizer during planting to eliminate the need for add-on tanks, custom plumbing solutions, and multiple suppliers.

The tractor and planter liquid fertilizer solution comes with integrated 3785 litre ExactRate tractor tanks for 8RX tractors that can be paired with a new Deere planter for a combined 6057 litre total fluid capacity.

Kevin Juhl, marketing manager for John Deere, says the planter-tractor combination “is an evolutionary planting solution that can increase capacity, minimize soil compaction, and precisely place seed and fertilizer.” It also means growers could plant up to 80 acres of corn between fills, he adds.

On Deere 2022 planters, seed tank capacity will increase 30 percent from previous models.

The planter’s new factory-installed fluid tanks hold up to 2,271 litres and feature air-bleed and overflow protection. To stretch the time required between fills and to reduce tendering, capacity of the planter’s seed tanks will be increased by 30 percent to 130 bushels.

“A John Deere ExactRate, fluid-transfer-equipped planter is designed to work seamlessly with 8RX tractors fitted with ExactRate tractor tanks to provide additional fluid-carrying capacity and to allow you to apply high rates of nitrogen at planting without sacrificing planting efficiency or increasing soil compaction,” Juhl said.

Beyond capacity enhancements, tires on John Deere 1775NT planters can be replaced with factory-installed tracks to improve flotation and reduce ground pressure up to 73 percent to 13.3 psi. When half-filled, track-equipped planters can maintain a transport speed of up to 32 km/h for up to two hours for quicker transport from one planting location to another.

Deere says it will begin taking orders for its new planters beginning summer 2021.

 

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