Great Plains is expanding the capacity and efficiency of its BD7600 box drill lineup with the addition of a 50-foot model.
Two years after the initial roll-out of the BD7600, the company is now offering its largest model size with several enhancements, including hydraulic drive with DrillCommand capabilities, an exclusive metering system, and a durable, field-tested design. Now available in widths from 26 to 50 feet, the new drill model also provides box capacity of up to 3.8 bu./ft – over 180 bushel capacity.
Great Plains eastern sales manager Doug Jennings gave RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin a tour of the new drill at the National Farm Machinery Show last month in Louisville, Kentucky. In this video, Jennings says the working width and box capacity of the 50-foot drill brings productivity and efficiency together to improve producer profitability. He adds that whether producers require a simple-to-operate ground drive unit or a technologically advanced hydraulic drive unit to overcome field variability, the new BD7600 will meet their needs.
Using hydraulic drive and DrillCommand technology, producers can use variable rate seeding and cost-saving section control features to combine the productivity of an air drill with box drill simplicity, says Jennings. The Great Plains DrillCommand technology uses an easy-to-navigate interface that works with most ISOBUS-compatible monitors to provide manual section control and full variable rate seeding with a prescription map. Operators can also select seed rate, adjust speeds from the cab, monitor seed levels and receive in-cab diagnostics.
At the heart of the BD7600 is the Great Plains metering system, which allows the metering of large seeds, small seeds, fertilizer, and cover crops – all through the same seed cup. With its innovative design, Jennings says producers can expect greater accuracy for both traditional and cover crops, as well as an easy calibration experience. Input gates located above the meter adjust the seed flow to the meter wheels, which allows producers to turn off rows to change row spacing and assist in calibration.
The BD7600 also features a heavy-duty, durable box design. Its geometry allows it to be filled completely without moving seed by hand, while a new split-box design allows the use of three different fertilizer-to-seed ratios.
Jennings notes manufacturing and production of the 50-foot BD7600 is slated to get underway this summer.
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