New air carts about to hit marketplace

The air cart market for the 2021 model year already has a few notable updates, including Bourgault’s 8000 and 9000 series air seeder lines expected to be revealed in June.

“We’re replacing our existing lines of air seeders. We’re doing a wholesale change of our current 6000 and 7000 series with the 8000 and 9000 series,” said Robert Fagnou of Bourgault.

The 6000 series air seeders will be replaced by the 8000 series and the 7000 series will be replaced by the 9000 series carts.

Few details have been released to the public, however, images of the carts have been circulating on social media and a significant change is evident.

“It’s an individual tank design; we have gone to individual compartments, all of them on scales, so you will have live instantaneous weight on all of the compartments while seeding,” Fagnou said.

Bourgault will release its latest series of air carts this summer. New are individual tanks with scales for live metering and calibration along with a host of other new features. | Bourgault photo

Case IH also added individual tank product weigh scales to its Precision Air 5 series line of air carts, originally launched in 2016.

“This is a feature that is available on any one of our carts, so 950 bushels all the way down to our two-tank, 350-bushel version,” said Trent Nowosad of Case IH.

The weigh scales can be installed at the factory, or installed later.

Another major update for the Case carts is the addition of curve compensation, which is enabled by the metering system launched in 2016 called AccuSection.

In this system the metering segment for individual primary headers on the cart are independent from one another which enables each tower on the drill to be metered individually at the cart.

Each meter is electronically controlled, which provides a straightforward sectional control by turning them on or off.

For carts in the model year 2021, curve compensation has been added where the meters can be slowed or sped up to match the ground being covered by each section of the drill.

“We can increase the flow through the meter to give us a more even application rate on the outside, and we can slow down the flow on the inside,” Nowosad said.

He said this system provides a more uniform application rate and plant stand.

There are two, new sizes in the Case air cart line up for model year 21, a 725-bushel and a 915-bushel air cart, and they both come equipped with three tanks, three meters, and are offered in a tow-behind configuration.

“These are sister products to the two larger products we have on the market right now, our 760 and our 950 carts, that are four tank carts with four metering systems,” Nowosad said.

“They’re designed for customers that need large tanks, but (don’t)really have the need for a small auxiliary tank for a product like canola.”

Single and double chute configurations are offered with the new three-tank carts.

There is also an option to order the cart without an auger or conveyor.

John Deere also released a new cart, the C650 that is a little brother to the C850 air cart it launched in 2016.

The C650 fills a production gap for Deere between the company’s 1910 air cart with a 550-bushel capacity and the C850, which has an 850-bushel capacity. The C650 also does what its big brother can't, tow-between. | Dan Videtich/John Deere photo

Brian Thull of John Deere said the C650 fills a production gap for John Deere between the company’s 1910 air cart with a 550-bushel capacity and the C850, which has an 850-bushel capacity.

The C650 comes with many of the same features as the C850, but the most obvious difference is the smaller cart is also offered in a tow-between configuration.

“From an agronomic perspective some guys will tell you a tow-between is better, just because the last thing leaving the field is the actual air drill itself that’s putting the seed in the ground and you’re not rolling over it with your cart tires,” Thull said.

“Just being hooked directly to the tractor you’re not going to have the dog wagging effect as you might with a tow behind because it’s so much further back.”

The C650 comes with the same cart-side display as the C850 and it allows operators to input values to calibrate the meters without having to enter the cab.

The C650 comes with load cells on the commodity tanks, which enables the company’s Active Call system that monitors the amount of product applied, as well as the acreage covered and then provides suggestions to operators to refine their initial calibration.

“It’s going to actively calibrate the meters without having to remove the operator from the cab,” Thull said.

The front mini tank on the C650 has 50-bushel capacity, the front tank has 260-bushel capacity, the middle tank has 130-bushel capacity, and the back tank has 210-bushel capacity.

“The 200-bushel reduction from the 850 to the 650 is all in that back tank. The 210-bushel tank on the C850 is 410 bushels,” Thull said.

New on the C650 is a slightly widened belt, to 19 inches, and there is also an added cleated belt pattern to help prevent finer products like canola from tumbling back.

The C650 comes with hydraulic disc brakes on the rear axle that can be controlled with either a foot pedal or electronically through the company’s GEN4 display.

The tanks also come prewired for in-tank and rear-facing cameras.

“The C650 has in-tank lighting and because of the poly-type material at night time, it will glow and you will be able to see your product levels,” Thull said.

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