John Deere debuted a new, high-capacity version of its 1910 air cart at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last June
Bigger” seems to be the word that describes most of the new air seeder technologies introduced at Canada’s Farm Progress Show over the last few seasons. And that fact hasn’t been lost on John Deere. At last June’s show, the green brand introduced its bigger 1910 air cart, which officially hit the market on June 1.
The new 550-bushel 1910 cart is about 22 per cent larger than the 430-bushel model that previously topped out the line. The new cart has three compartments: two 200 bushel tanks with one, 150 bushel hopper in between them. But the current cart design does not include a small-product tank.
“What we tried to do (with tank capacities) was make it so farmers could do cereal grains and it would still be useable for other crops you plant less product with,” says Aubrey Grove, product specialist at John Deere Seeding. “For all of our larger John Deere carts, customers have a choice of a 10-inch auger or 12-inch conveyor for loading product in the cart. For the 550 cart, we have beefed up the front axles and made available larger, dual-caster front wheels.”
The larger-capacity 550 cart brings the number of models in the 1910 air cart line to 12, ranging from 195 to 550 bushels. Carts up to the 430-bushel model are available both in tow-between and tow-behind versions. The 550 comes as a tow-behind model only. But all are compatible with Deere’s 1830, 1835 and 1870 hoe drills and 1895 disc drills.
The 550-bushel model offers hydraulic drive — which is VRT compatible — as standard equipment. Hydraulic calibration is also standard. “It’s works very similar to the crank-style version we had on our older carts,” says Grove. “Most of it is done in the cab. There’s just a switch you hold down instead of cranking the metres. But you still have to put the bag under the metre and weigh the seed.”
Deere hasn’t set a launch date for the sectional control feature on the 1910 carts, but it will be offered on future models. “We had some machines out in the last few years running it,” explains Grove. “We’re still refining it to the point where we hope we can introduce it soon.”
When sectional control does become available, it will have eight separate sections that can be operated independently and still be compatible with the cart’s VRT feature. “We’ll have eight different sections with those three metres with sectional control,” he adds. “You can do variable rate and sectional control.”
The company will make sectional control retrofit kits available for the current 1910 carts. †