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
“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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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