I agree with you on your assessment of what would make a planter revolutionary. I'll bet it isn't too far off in the future either. Whether it is Kinze or Deere it wil be reality soon.
They are in a big pissing contest right now over on the other board about buying new planters and stripping them down to but PP stuff on them. I don't know why some people get so bent out of shape about what other people want to buy but they sure do. To me if you wanted to set up a a planter completely with PP stuff the best value is to buy a new stripped down Kinze or a well used and tired Deere or Kinze and strip it down. I can't see buying a new Deere and stripping it down. Too much waste. To each their own but some guys want to ignore technology advances and plant the way they did 30 years ago. Doesn't make sense to me.
Interesting concept. The seed meter on that Case meter is outstanding. Its larger diameter (than the rest of the industry) allows it to turn slower resulting in fewer skips, doubles and triples (although triples are rare with pneumatic seed meters).
Talking about seed meters . . .what do you think will happen to the finger pickup meter? Will all the new planters being introduced mark its slow death?
It will be interesting to see what John Deere does with the seed tube on their new planter. Seed bounce going down the tube, especially at speeds above 4 to 5 mph, plays heck with seed spacing. We certainly have seen different seed tube designs to minimize the bounce in the last decade. And then you consider the French-built Monosem planter which lowers it seed meter closer to the ground to minimize seed tube bounce. Shoot, they had that idea three decades ago! You see a lot of Monosem's at work planting sugarbeets where seed spacing and depth placement is crucial.
I agree with the comment about speed. How fast is too fast. But a planter that plants a picket fence stand of corn and soybeans which all emerge at the same time because their depth placement was consistent . . .and which can run at 6 to 8 mph . . .and allows individual row rate adjustment . . .and can plant different hybrids or varieties according to field needs . . .that's a planter which is going to make a huge mark on the market.
To explain to all . . .Agriculture.com has been selected to be the only location (web or otherwise) that will broadcast the introduction of the new Deere planter. Don't know if this has been done before . . .a live broadcast of an introduction to the farming public . . .so it will be interesting, exciting. You will get to see what spectators at the National Farm Machinery Show will see.
Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming
Two days until the live unveiling! Don't forget to watch at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning.
And we'll be interviewing John Deere reps after the launch. So let us know what questions you have about the planter by posting them in this forum and we'll get answers for you.
The unveiling is over and we've finally learned more about the new planter: the John Deere ExactEmerge.
What do you need to know?
This high-speed planter will run accurately at 10 mph thanks to a new brush belt trench delivery system.The planter is electric-driven with two motors on each row unit - one for the meter and one for the brush belt. Other upgrades include a new row unit, high-performance meters, and the SeedStar 3 HP monitoring system. Read more about the planter in this article and see more photos here.
What would you like to know about the planter?
We'll interview John Deere reps today and tomorrow at the National Farm Machinery Show. Share your questions in the forum and we'll get answers from the experts.