Deere upgrades its seeding and power offerings

More power with heavier frames and additional ballast and new features for seeding are available in 2022 machines

Model year 2022 will see key improvements to the John Deere lineup of farm machinery.

Air seeding rigs are getting better blockage monitoring, more cab adjustments and faster changing tools in soil.

John Deere announced last week that all of its air seeding units would get the RelativeFlow blockage monitoring. The system reports variations in the flow of material and seed, letting farmers get a complete picture of their operations with the machine before and major line plug or they find skips or unplanted areas.

Fertilizer variability of flow is an issue that is harder to diagnose, as it might not be as apparent in the field until harvest and even then tricky to determine a cause, even if it is spotted. The system tells producers when the flow isn’t where it is supposed to be.

Down force settings on the seeding tool from the cab make that process easier, especially as conditions change throughout the day. Often setting changes are put off in case soil conditions change back or continue to shift even further. Operators can make TruSet adjustments without having to leave the seat, improving uptime for the machines and making the decision to adjust the unit easier. The settings are made through the Gen 4 displays.

Another change operators sometimes put off for logistics reasons are blades on an opener. Squeezing in more hours before a swap or waiting to finish the season can compromise the seeding effectiveness or even slow field speeds. The choice to make a change on the Deere ProSeries of openers has been easier with a new Quick-Change blade. The new system is 45 percent faster to swap, says the company.

On the planter side of seeding, Deere has a tractor and planter designed to complement each other. A factory installed 1,000 gallon tractor-tank system is now available, working with a now larger 600 gallons already on the planter. These are available on the 8RX series of tractors. To accommodate the extra mass the company is giving producers the option of replacing tires with tracks on the 1775NT planter.

The new planter’s seed capacity has also jumped about 30 percent, reaching 130 bushels. Ground pressure at the tracks with a loaded planter is now about 13.3 pounds per sq. inch.

The new planter allows producers using the ExactRate system to apply much higher rates of fertilizer at seeding time.

If a producer was putting down 20 gallons of fertilizer to the acre, it means they could potentially seed 80 acres of corn between refills.

More power is coming for 2022 in Deere’s biggest units, including new Deere engine, a 13.6-litre PowerTech. That unit is in the 390 to 590 horsepower machines, a 20 h.p. increase per unit. The biggest of the big gear, the 9R and RX 640s are powered by the Cummins 15-litre unit.

The two track tractors get the new 13.6-litre engine, replacing the Cummins.

“It has some great lugging capabilities in those tough spots and lower maintenance over the lifetime of the machines,” he said.

“We are able to hang more ballast on those machines now too,” said Ryan Jardon of Deere in the Kansas City area.

To make all of that sustainable for the machines, the company made several changes to the undercarriage, axles and frame, at the frontend. Those changes resulted in tractors with a maximum weight from 60,000 to 67,000 pounds. Front-end weight supports are now standard on the 9RX, four-track, articulated machine.

An additional 50 h.p. is available through the hydraulic Intelligent Power Management system. It uses software to manage hydraulic demand and engine horsepower. For large air seeders in challenging terrain, the system provides a boost to maintain flows during heavy pulling. It is available on some of the smaller models for 2022 and no longer requires the eight-stack of selective control valves as well.

The cab of the 2022 tractors is larger and features an improved automation system running tools like the AutoTrac turn for repeatable functions such as headlands sequences and MachineSync that ensures consistent operations when multiple machines are working in the same field.

“These are the most connected machines in our history. There aren’t a lot of pieces to add on, or harnesses to put in, they just come this way from the factory,” he said.

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