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New Deere Drills Are No Fawns

John Deere has introduced two new sizes of its 1890 air drill, which will be available for the 2011 season. Now available in wider 50-and 60-foot

widths, the 1890 and 1890 SFP (Separate Fertilizer Placement) drills have grown considerably from the maximum 43-foot width previously offered, giving farmers a choice of sizes from 30 to 60 feet.

“The addition of the 50-and 60-foot 1890 no-till air drills complements the lineup of seeding products from John Deere and are ideal for use in not only no-till, but reduced-till and even conventional small grain, cereal and soybean operations,” says Aubrey Grove, seeding product marketing manager for John Deere. “The larger seeding widths allow producers to cover more acres in less time, which can be critical in areas where there is a short window of opportunity for seeding.”

Both new larger models use a five-section drawn, flexible frame with an over-center fold for transport and storage. The smaller 1890s are available with 7.5-or 10-inch row spacings, while the two larger models use a standard dual-row spacing package of either 7.5 and 15 inches or 10 and 20 inches. The new drills use the same 90 Series single-disk openers.


“The active hydraulics can provide from 165 to 400 pounds of down pressure per opener, which is easily adjusted by the operator, to provide the correct amount of pressure to penetrate even hard soils with heavy residue,” says Grove. “Each row has an individual gauge wheel, press wheel and closing wheel and is designed so each row unit moves with the contour of the land to improve seed to soil contact and even germination,” he says.

The SFP version includes separate openers for mid-row fertilizer placement, which are available in a five or seven-degree design to match the type of fertilizer used. These openers are available with a choice of four different, interchangeable fertilizer tubes that can accommodate dry, liquid and NH3.

Down pressure adjustment for the fertilizer openers can be set separately from the seed openers. Making those adjustments is relatively easy by using the controls and gauges mounted on the drill. The system is compatible with either closed centre or pressure flow compensated tractor hydraulic systems.

The seed opener boot is a slim, backswept design to allow it to cut a narrow furrow. The company says this design can perform well at a wide variety of speeds, and its also available in a chrome-alloy version for extended wear life.

In addition, Deere has redesigned the air towers to make the manifolds more easily accessible for clean out. SeedStar2 blockage sensors are also available to monitor seed lines for blockage.

The company recommends tractors with a minimum of 375 engine horsepower for the 50-foot 1890 and a minimum of 475 for the 60-foot model.


When it comes to in-cab monitoring of seeding operations, Deere has also introduced its new family of GreenStar displays, which include the GreenStar 3 2630 Display and the GreenStar 3 CommandCenter These displays are capable of running applications such as AutoTrac and Swath Control Pro. In addition, select models are now designed to include video capability.

The GreenStar 3 2630 Display features a faster processor, increased memory, and touch-screen and video capabilities. The GS3 CommandCenter is a standard feature on the new 8R Series Tractors and also available with an optional touchscreen.

“This is an exciting addition to our product line and incorporates many of the features customers have told us they want in a next-generation display for their equipment operations,” says Audrey Bartlett, product manager for John Deere Ag Management Solutions. “We improved the capabilities of the display, made it easier to read in sunlight and added many other features that improve its functionality and application with other implements and machines.”

“The GreenStar 3 2630 Display has been designed to meet the needs of producers today and well into the future, no matter what colour or type of equipment they use,” Bartlett says. “It has a user-friendly touchscreen interface and the ISOBUS compatibility allows operators to view and control many implements simultaneously. Customers may use one display with many types of implements and different controllers for a wide variety of precision farming applications.”

In addition, the included USB port makes it more convenient to access data as well as update, service and expand the applications of the system.


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Scott Garvey

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