Planter manufacturers are turning a new focus on designing narrow-transport machines suitable for small fields, no-till, transport on narrow roads and for growers lacking high-power tractors.
Throughout the industry, there’s a realization that bigger isn’t always better or even wanted. Many corn and soybean growers do planter-applied fertilizer with a split-row configuration and narrow transport.
For those producers, John Deere designed the 1745 MaxEmerge 5 split-row Planter.
The size and design makes the 1745 MaxEmerge 5 compatible with older tractors that have a minimum 95 drawbar horsepower. The new planter was tested last year with co-operators using a John Deere 4440 tractor.
The 1745 is capable of planting soybeans on 15-inch rows and corn on 30-inch rows. Growers want the ability to apply dry or liquid fertilizer while planting corn, a technique that can boost yields by approximately 10 bushels per acre when compared to the conventional method of broadcasting nitrogen.
When fitted with optional RowCommand individual-row control, the 1745 planter can help customers reduce their seed costs by 4.3 percent on average compared to not using RowCommand.
Customers can choose from an eight-row 30-inch, or a 15-row 15-inch configuration for the 1745 planter.
Three commodity storage options are available and include 1.6-bushel and three-bushel row hoppers, or mini hoppers with the 50-bushel John Deere CCS central fill seed delivery system, allowing the operator to fill the planter from one spot.
The 1745 planter can be fitted with the optional John Deere SeedStar XP monitoring system. This technology provides operators with detailed planter performance information and lets them adjust machine as needed for optimal efficiency. Depending on the options chosen, customers can add as much or as little technology as they want to best fit their operations.
The 1745 planter can be quickly folded for transport from the cab. Once folded, the compact planter tracks within the duals of the tractor for stable, narrow transport under 13-foot high.
John Deere will be taking orders for the 1745 Planter beginning in June with shipments beginning later this year.