For the 2012 tillage season, John Deere is offering three new 2600 Series disks and one new vertical tillage tool designed to provide penetrating, chopping, and mixing soil and crop residue in a single pass to create a uniform seedbed. The new lineup includes the 2625 disk, 2623 disk, 2620 disk and 2623VT (vertical tillage).

“Tillage preferences vary from farm to farm depending on a number of factors such as cropping programs, field topography, soil conditions and residue requirements,” said Patrick Sikora, marketing manager at John Deere Des Moines Works. “The new 2600 Series allows customers to match the right tillage tool — from a one-pass primary tillage disk to a seedbed finisher — while giving them plenty of versatility and years of durable performance.”

In addition, Sikora says that John Deere has built the 2600 Series disks to industry standards, with a 2-in.-dia. gang bolt, increased weight per blade by 30% and sealed maintenance-free bearings. All new models have C-spring standards and hydraulic fore-aft leveling offered on base equipment to provide consistent tillage results in all field conditions.

The 2625 disk is designed to be a heavyweight primary tillage tool. It sizes and buries heavy corn and other crop residue, resulting in 30% or less residue cover on fields. The 2625 disk comes in five different working widths from 23 ft. 7 in. to 40 ft. 8 in.  The 2625 disks provide a maximum working depth up to 8 in. and a minimum of 280 lbs. of weight per blade.

The 2623 disk is engineered for its flexibility as either a primary or secondary tillage tool. It features 24- and 26-in. disk blades set on 9-in. spacing, C-spring standards with weights per blade ranging from 201 to 243 lbs. depending on the selected blade size and width model. It provides a working tillage depth of up to 6 in., making it suitable for use in post-harvest residue chopping or preparing spring seedbeds for planting. The 2623 disk is available in 10 different widths ranging from 20 ft. 9 in. to 49 ft. 3 in.

The 2620 disk is designed to loosen the top 3 to 5 in. of soil. It features 22- or 24-in. blades on 7.25- or 9-in. spacings with weight per blade of 179 to 209 lbs. A harrow or rolling basket can be added to help break up clods and create a more consistent soil surface for planting. It comes in 10 different width models ranging from 20 ft. 9 in. to 49 ft. 3 in.

All three of the 2600 disks have transport widths from 13 ft. 6 in. to 16 ft. 3 in., and transport heights from 10 ft. to 15 ft., depending on the specific width model. Recommended field operating speeds range from 5 to 7 mph.

New Vertical Tillage Tool: the 2623VT

The new John Deere 2623VT is designed for producers looking to size residue, mix residue and soil and create a level soil profile. The front gang has 22-in. shallow concavity spherical blades on 7.25-in. spacings and is angled 21 degrees to provide residue chopping while helping the blade maintain a sharp edge. The rear gang has 22-in. shallow concavity wavy blades on a 19-degree angle that helps anchor residue and aerate the soil. In the spring, the front and rear gang angles intersect each other to create a more uniform, smoother seedbed for planting.

The John Deere 2623VT also features the active hydraulic rolling basket that provides consistent ground contact when used in tough field conditions or rolling terrain. The 2623VT is available in five different widths from 26 ft. 5 in. to 40 ft. 8 in. and can be operated at 7 to 10 mph to cover more acres in less time.

The pricing range for all of the aforementioned products are as follows:

2620:  $39,870 to $105,772

2623:  $43,877 to $113,692

2625:  $52,193 to $94,355

2623VT:  $63,782 to $105,172

For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com.