Bob Boelsen, seeding and tillage senior product marketing specialist, talks about the new 9812-30, forward-fold, narrow-transport planter during the White Planters 9000 Series Product Introduction event. The White Planters from AGCO are designed for precision planting to put seed in at the right depth, the right spacing and at the right seed-to-soil contact. In addition to the central fill system, farmers also can order this planter with 2- or 3-bushel individual seed hoppers.
Bob Boelsen, seeding and tillage senior product marketing specialist, talks about the new 9812-30, forward-fold, narrow-transport planter during the White Planters 9000 Series Product Introduction event. The White Planters from AGCO are designed for precision planting to put seed in at the right depth, the right spacing and at the right seed-to-soil contact. In addition to the central fill system, farmers also can order this planter with 2- or 3-bushel individual seed hoppers.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — The 9000 Series White Planters line from AGCO feature a new robust row unit with an enhanced seed meter.

“White Planters have a heritage of accuracy, simplicity and reliability,” said Tom Draper, seeding and tillage product marketing manager.

“The focus for the 9000 Series is the same three elements,” added Draper during the White Planters 9000 Series Product Introduction event. “That’s what made a great planter, and what we’re introducing today is the foundation of our future.”

“This is White’s first 12-row, central fill, narrow transport planter,” said Bob Boelsen, seeding and tillage senior product marketing specialist. “It has a lot of capacity for a 12-row planter.”

Production on the new planters will begin in August for delivery for the 2014 planting season. Farmers can choose from three models — 9812-30, 12-row 30-inch; 9816-30, 16-row 30-inch; and 9824, 24-row 30 inch.

“The 9812 planter has two 45-bushel hoppers that are translucent, so you can see the seed in the hoppers,” Boelsen noted. “The on-board liquid fertilizer tank holds 300 gallons.”

Since not all farmers want a central fill system, the planter also can be ordered with 2- or 3-bushel individual row mounted seed hoppers.

“Then you can put in 750 gallons of liquid fertilizer, so there is a lot of versatility to match the planter to the operator’s needs,” the marketing specialist said.

“Precision planting is the key — getting the seed in the soil at the right depth, right spacing and right seed-to-soil contact is essential,” Boelsen stressed. “We’ve got to design things to meet that standard.”

The White Planters have a positive-air metering system.

“The advantage is there is very low pressure, so you can have a little leak and it doesn’t hurt much,” the marketing specialist noted. “The air pump is mounted on the frame, and the air comes out of the frame to the meter to operate the seeding unit.”

The wiring system to operate the hydraulics goes to a central box to protect the electronics from the weather.

“It is important to keep the dust and dirt out, so the electronics are protected,” the marketing specialist stressed. “All the fuses are in the central box, which eliminates a lot of connections and improves reliability.”

The hydraulic system includes a 24-gallon pump.

“Right now, that is the largest in the industry for this type of planter,” Boelsen said. “It is tied to a 25-gallon reservoir.”

To keep the hydraulic system cool, the White Planters feature an on-demand cooling system.

“As the hydraulic oil reaches a certain temperature, the fan will automatically kick on because heat is an enemy to hydraulics,” the company spokesman said.

“This planter has individual row shut-offs, so you can use mapping to shut off one row at a time or all the rows at once,” Boelsen said.

“You can also change the rate on the go,” the marketing specialist added. “If one end of the field has pretty good soil, you can plant at 33,000 to 34,000 population, and the other end is pretty sandy, on the go, in the cab you can change the rate to 25,000 to 26,000 population or you can use a mapping system and it will change the population automatically for you.”

“The new cast row unit has three major components, which reduced the number of parts by 70 percent,” reported Gary Hamilton, White Planters product marketing specialist. “The real advantage of the cast assembly is it is heavier, which gives more strength.”

The depth adjustment can be adjusted rapidly.

“The numbers in the casting directly correspond to the depth of the seed in inches,” the marketing specialist explained. “If it says 3 inches, that’s the depth it places the seed.”

Daily maintenance has been simplified with the White Planters.

“There are no grease zerks in the row unit, so farmers can spend more time planting and less time maintaining,” Hamilton noted.

The disc openers have been increased to 16 inches.

“The increased diameter of the seed disc opener means extended wear,” the White Planters spokesman said.

“One of the requests we get from customers is they want extended life of ground-engaging components,” Hamilton said. “As we put heavier disc openers on that moves the abuse to the bearings.”

Previously, White planters had single row bearings and a stamped hub.

“Now, we have a double row bearing and a cast hub,” the marketing specialist explained. “When you take a cast hub and encompass the bearings, that extends the life of it two to three times.”

Reliability is vital to today’s farmers.

“A farmer has maybe 10 days in the ideal window to plant,” Hamilton noted. “He does not need a failure because 10 minutes of downtime on a planter is a long time.”

There is a big difference in the new seed meter on the 9000 Series planters.

“Since gravity is your friend with a positive air metering system, the planter is now picking up the seed at the 6 o’clock position,” the marketing specialist said. “This exposes the seed to the seed cell for a longer period of time, which results in less potential of missing a seed and the accuracy of the planter goes up.”

The seed drops off the edge of the seed disc, Hamilton said.

“The seed travels further down the tube before it touches,” he added. “This contributes to the accuracy because the less number of times you touch the seed once you let go of it, the more accurately it will enter the seed furrow.”

For more information about the 9000 Series White Planters go to www.white-planters.com.