Headland Warning Suppression
John Deere has improved its SeedStar 2 seed population monitor for 2010. A new Headland Warning Suppression system suppresses the on-screen signage on the display when the planter is turning on the end of a field so that drivers have an unobstructed view of their AutoTrac steering indicators. Onscreen signage is also held back during transport mode. The upgrade and monitor are included in the base price of the planter.
For growers who like the maneuverability of a stack-fold planter but need a unique configuration typically not offered by manufacturers, John Deere is now able to offer custom configurations through a partnership with Orthman Manufacturing. Under the agreement, Orthman provides the toolbar and John Deere provides the row units and its central-fill system called the Central Commodity System (CCS). “Customers and dealers have been building unique configurations for years on their own,” says Chris Savener, product manager at John Deere Seeding Group. “Now through this partnership with Orthman, we can give them a better quality product built under quality standards.” Suggested list price for a 16-row stack-fold planter: $138,000.
John Deere has expanded the use of its RowCommand system, which automatically controls individual planter row units, to include chain-driven John Deere planters. The company introduced RowCommand in 2008 for Pro-Shaft drive planters with MaxEmerge and Pro-Series XP row units.
“As the cost of seed continues to rise, more producers are looking for ways to maximize their seed investment through more precise placement in the field and to reduce overlap,” says Chris Savener. “The availability of RowCommand as a field conversion attachment to chain-drive planters gives more producers an opportunity to realize the value of this technology in their operations.”
The RowCommand system controls seed delivery by automatically engaging and disengaging the chain-drive clutch on each individual row unit based on GPS field maps and boundaries. “The system allows operators to reduce overplanting in point rows and around headlands, thereby reducing seed costs and the yield drag associated with double planting,” Savener adds. “Most growers say it is between a one- and two-year payback to completely pay for the system through seed savings and increased yields from not double planting.”
Suggested list price: $487/row. Row-Command requires a GreenStar 2 1800 or 2600 display and SeedStar 2 monitoring system installed on the planter for operation.