In March, John Deere revealed the newest addition to its model 1895 line of air drills, a 60 foot version, which stretches the maximum available working width considerably. The new flagship model also gets some new technology to help improve seed and fertilizer placement.
“This wider no-till air drill is a perfect fit for producers looking to cover more acres faster with greater precision and improved monitoring of seed and fertilizer placement,” says Emily Klemmer, seeding product manager for John Deere, in a press release. “The 1895 is built on a heavy-duty tool bar… and is compatible with 430- and 550-bushel 1910 Carts, as well as the C850 air cart, plus twin NH3 wagons.”
The newest 1895 drill gets a completely different set of openers with Deere’s new ProSeries, which replace the 90 Series openers used on the other models in the 1895 line. The ProSeries openers debut on the 60-foot model, but Deere plans to eventually make them available on the other smaller toolbars in the future.
The ProSeries openers use a serrated closing wheel, which the brand claims allows for better seed and fertilizer trench sealing. They also have narrower and flexible press wheels along with a narrow seed boot for reduced soil disturbance and more precise seed placement.
“The ProSeries Openers help seal more anhydrous ammonia in the ground and improve seed-to-soil contact compared to previous openers,” Klemmer explains. “These new openers also feature sealed bushings and extended service life on ground-engaging parts such as the boot, seed tab, and press wheel bearing, along with fewer grease points to reduce maintenance time.”
The openers on the 60-foot drill are set on 10-inch spacing, with fertilizer placement every 20 inches. Deere’s SectionCommand metering system handles control of product delivery, and a new dual-fan setup provides the airflow. Operators can monitor product flow via the RelativeFlow blockage warning system. It uses sensors in the primary tower and on secondary hoses to monitor the relative flow rate of both seed and fertilizer across the drill from opener to opener.
Opener down force is adjustable with the TruSet in-cab control system, which provides six customizable pre-sets for both seed and fertilizer
The new 1895 drill also includes a floating front hitch, wings with 25 degrees of flex, and larger, high-floatation mainframe and wing tires, which are positioned inside the frame to provide better ground following on rolling terrain.