Make No-Tilling Easier, More Accurate

John Deere is introducing several new planter ideas that will prove especially valuable under no-till conditions.

John Deere says recent improvements to their planter lineup will let you seed a wide variety of crops more accurately and faster, which is especially important as no-till acres continue to increase.

Beefed Up Units

While it’s been more than 30 years since the original MaxEmerge planters were introduced, Deere says the new MaxEmergeXP and Pro-SeriesXP planter units offer additional strength to meet the demands of varying no-till field conditions while supporting an array of planter attachments.

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“Growers will appreciate the increased strength and easier serviceability of the new units,” says Bill Barr, product manager for the company’s seeding division. “They have been field-tested to stand up to the most rigorous field conditions and offer several feature enhancements.”

The biggest change is the introduction of a ductile iron single-piece row unit shank that’s much stronger than the traditional 11-piece welded shank. Combined with the row unit head, the stronger cast iron unit offers a row unit that is 25 percent stronger to handle planter sideloads.

The cast shank of the XP unit is 50 percent stronger in frontal impact (rocky) situations and the 6 1/2 pound heavier row unit offers increased soil penetration of the Tru-Vee openers, especially in no-till situations.

By increasing the Tru-Vee blade thickness from 3 to 3 1/2 mm, Barr says you can expect the opener blade to last 25 percent longer under no-till conditions.

“The new ductile-iron casting provides great performance,” says Barr. “It deflects without bending, withstands great impact without cracking and is machined…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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