John Deere offers integrated tractor and planter solution

Misty Caddell |

John Deere has updated its model year 2022 planters to appeal to farmers wanting to apply high rates of liquid fertilizer at planting while making as few of stops to fill and tender as possible. These redesigned planters are part of a factory- installed, integrated ExactRate solution from John Deere that the company says 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. 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, says Kevin Juhl, marketing manager, John Deere.

The planters new factory-installed fluid tanks hold up to 600 gallons (2271L) and feature air-bleed and overflow protection. To stretch the time required between fills and to reduce tendering, capacity of the planters seed tanks was increased 30 percent, to 130 bushels.

Deere says tires on the MY22 John Deere 1775NT planters can be replaced with factory-installed tracks to improve flotation and reduce ground pressure up to 73 percent (when fully loaded) to 13.3 psi. When half filled, Deere says these 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.

Additionally, an 8RX Tractor with 1,000-gallon (3785L) ExactRate tractor tanks raises the combined tractor and planter liquid capacity to 1,600 gallons (6057L), the company says.

When farmers think about 1,600 gallons being applied at 20 gallons (76L) per acre, it means they could plant up to 80 acres of corn between fills, Juhl says.

In the cab, Deere says 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, the company adds.