John Deere offers integrated tractor, planter solution
By Chad Elmore02 March 2021
Factory-installed fluid tanks designed to increase the time between fills and improve efficiency during planting.
John Deere has updated its model year 2022 planters for farmers wanting to apply high rates of liquid fertilizer at planting while making as few of stops to fill and tender as possible.
The factory-installed tractor and planter liquid fertilizer solution comes with integrated 1000 gal. ExactRate tractor tanks for 8RX Tractors that can be paired with a model year 2022 planter for a combined 1600 gal. total fluid capacity. John Deere said the design eliminates the need for add-on tanks and custom plumbing solutions and multiple suppliers.
“John Deere is the first company to bring to market a factory-installed, integrated liquid fertilizer delivery system on a tractor and planter together,” said said Kevin Juhl, marketing manager for John Deere. “A new MY22 John Deere planter with increased capacities, paired with the integrated ExactRate tanks on an 8RX Tractor, is an evolutionary planting solution that can increase capacity, minimize soil compaction, and precisely place seed and fertilizer.”
The planter’s new factory-installed fluid tanks hold up to 600 gal. 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 was increased 30%, to 130 bushels.
The tires on the 2022 John Deere 1775NT planters can be replaced with factory-installed tracks to improve flotation and reduce ground pressure up to 73% (when fully loaded) to 13.3 psi. When half filled, the company said the track-equipped planters can maintain a transport speed of up to 20 mph (32 km/h) for up to two hours if necessary, expediting the time it takes to transport from one location to another.
Another available factory-installed option is the premium LED lighting package that helps farmers extend their prime working days well into the night.
“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. “Multiple independent studies have shown that fertilizer applied at the time of planting provides the best opportunity for plant health, on-time maturity, and increased bushels per acre. When farmers think about 1600 gal. being applied at 20 gal. (76L) per acre, it means they could plant up to 80 acres of corn between fills.”
To plan the planting operation and then monitor the performance of the entire planting solution before, during, and after planting, the company said farmers can use the John Deere Operations Center.
“The Operations Center lets you monitor your farm from anywhere, analyze machine and agronomic data, and share information with your trusted advisors while making decisions,” Juhl said. “It’s the ultimate planning, monitoring and analysis tool.”
In the cab, operators can monitor fertilizer and seed data on the Generation 4 display. This information is streamed in real time through a JDLink connection to the Operations Center, where owners and farm managers can monitor performance of every row unit. In addition, the Connect Mobile app can be used on a tablet device in or out of the tractor cab to compare planting data with previous years. After harvest, farmers can use the Field Analyzer tool in the Operations Center, or any of the connected software tools, to study seed variety and fertilizer performance.
“Farmers now have a complete package of integrated John Deere equipment and technology to help them plant more acres per day and apply higher rates of fertilizer without sacrificing planting efficiency and while minimizing soil compaction,” Juhl said.
Model year 2022 John Deere planters can be ordered beginning later this summer.