Bigger isn’t necessarily best when it comes to choosing the right planter. For corn and soybean growers looking for a split-row configuration, planter-applied fertilizer capability and narrow transport, John Deere’s 1745 MaxEmerge 5 Planter, may fit the bill.
“The 1745 is an economical planter in a split-row configuration that’s capable of planting soybeans on 15-inch (38 centimetres) rows and corn on 30-inch (76.2 cm) rows. Customers told us they want to be able to apply dry or liquid fertilizer while planting corn, a technique that can boost yields by approximately 10 bushels per acre when compared to the conventional method of broadcasting nitrogen fertilizer,” Ryan Hough, marketing manager, planting and seeding for John Deere said in a company press release. “The 1745 planter addresses these requirements. It’s simple, productive and efficient and it can be configured and equipped many ways to help customers reduce their input costs.”
The 1745 replaces the 1785 in that they are both 20 feet wide, both have the same row width capability, and both can apply either liquid or dry fertilizer, says Jeffrey Barnes, a marketing product manager with John Deere’s seeding group.
Where they drastically differ, he says, is the 1745 folds for narrow transport. Built to be user-friendly, it folds quickly, right from the cab. Once folded, its compact size tracks within the duals of the tractor for stable, narrow transport under 13 feet (3.9 metres) high. Whereas some planters fold for transport via wings that turn 180 degrees or fold forward, the 1745 folds via a pivot fold.
“The whole planter raises up and then does a twist or pivot 90 degrees. That means it can fold to just 12 feet wide,” says Barnes. “This planter really suits smaller fields, where you don’t need as big of a planter, odd-shaped fields, narrow roads and wooded areas. Some bigger producers might want this as a secondary planter just for planting soybeans.”
Customers can choose from an eight-row, 30-inch, or a 15-row, 15-inch configuration for the 1745 planter. And the planter is compatible with a wide variety of tractors including older models (95 drawbar horsepower and up).
“We designed it to be pretty simple so it wouldn’t have a lot of requirements from the tractor. It has very low hydraulic requirements — just one set of hydraulic hoses to control all of your functions — and it’s got mechanical meters. We operated our test machine with an old style 4440 John Deere tractor,” says Barnes.
From there, customers can choose to keep the machine simple or add technologies. When fitted with optional RowCommand individual-row control, the 1745 planter can help reduce seed costs by 4.3 per cent on average, compared with not using RowCommand. Another optional technology is to add a 50-bushel CCS central (bulk) fill delivery system to decrease time spent filling individual hoppers.
“This is the smallest planter we offer those technologies on,” says Barnes. “Traditionally you wouldn’t see those technologies until you get up to a 30-foot planter or bigger.”
Three commodity storage options are available, including 1.6- and three-bushel row hoppers or mini hoppers with the CCS central fill seed delivery system.
Operators can also choose to run the planter with either liquid or dry fertilizer. This flexibility is somewhat unusual in a larger planter: in fact, reminds Barnes, many planters don’t offer a split-row fertilizer option.
The 1745 planter can also be fitted with the optional John Deere SeedStar XP monitoring system. This technology provides operators with detailed planter performance information and lets them easily make machine adjustments as needed for optimal efficiency.
Shipments of the 1745 planter began last fall.