AGCO’s White Planter brand has recently debuted a new high-speed machine. The updated 9800VE Series planters, which made their first public debut at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February, now offer the same placement accuracy at 9.8 m.p.h. as other non-high-speed machines can at less than four, according to the company.
Their ability to operate at high speeds is the result of incorporating the SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting into the design of the 9800VE models.
“With SpeedTubes on White Planters 9800VE Series planters, they can now achieve precise seed placement of corn at speeds nearly double traditional operating speeds,” said Larry Kuster, senior product specialist for tillage and seeding, in a press release.
With traditionally-designed seed tubes on planters, high field speeds create a ricochet effect as seed travels down the tube and bounces once it hits the furrow, resulting in inconsistent seed spacing. Instead, SpeedTubes control the seed all the way from the meter to the furrow and allow it to drop and remain in place. To do that, feeder wheels at the top take the seed from the metering disc and pull it into a flighted belt that places it in the bottom of the seed trench. The belt speed increases or decreases with planter speed and seeding rates.
9800VE models come standard with 12-volt electric meter drive motors that eliminate the problems associated with mechanical drive systems and help maintain accurate seed spacing. They also use a central fill hopper with a 90-bushel capacity.
The planters are available in 12-, 16- and 24-row models.