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John Deere updates 4-Series Sprayers, builds largest air cart

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John Deere is back at it again, this time with a new C850 air cart for small grain producers and some updates to their 4-Series Sprayers, including a new lightweight carbon fiber boom and new CommandView III cab that provides comfort and a customizable workspace.

For small-grain producers wanting to drill more acres per day, John Deere introduces its largest air cart ever – the new C850. The cart’s 850-bushel carrying capacity is 55 percent greater than previous models and provides an ideal match between cart capacity and in-field performance when appropriately paired with John Deere’s 9R Family of Tractors and Air-Drill offering.

“Producers will see industry-leading total product delivery from AirPower 2; standard equipment on the C850,” says Ryan Hough, John Deere product marketing manager for seeding. “Integrated tank scales are included and a five-pivot hydraulic wireless conveyance is capable of delivering 100 bushels per minute to fill all tanks from a single positioning of the cart and semi. Every additional bushel of capacity to each tank was considered to ensure the splits were right, allowing more time for seeding.”

John Deere introduces its largest air cart ever – the new C850 with an 850-bushel carrying capacity.
John Deere introduces its largest air cart ever – the new C850 with an 850-bushel carrying capacity.

Hough says this allows producers, using common input rates, to seed 170 acres, yet avoid the additional soil compaction and decreased flotation that comes with less than optimal tank splits on larger cart offerings.

The C850 is compatible with the 76-foot John Deere 1870 Air Hoe Drill; and 50- and 60-foot 1890 No-till Air Drills. A 50-bushel mini hopper, and dual rear and single front tires are included. The new air cart can also be equipped with additional features that include AirPower 2; ActiveCal, Acres Remaining, Section Command, and Hydraulic Wireless Conveyance. Other features include:

  • For those who want to calibrate from the comfort of the tractor cab, ActiveCal allows in-field calibration while seeding. Air-tank pressure can also be monitored from inside the tractor cab.
  • The single-lid per tank design of the C850 provide a generous opening for easy access and filling. Lids are flush across the top and when opened, slide along the contour of the tank to remain out of the way while filling. Hough says this prevents the cart’s lids from blowing closed in the wind or from blocking conveyor access to the tank opening.
  • Equipped with an integrated camera wiring harness, standard C850 models come from the factory camera ready. Factory-installed mounts and connections are located at the rear of the cart and inside each tank for seamless installation.
  • Top platform railings on the C850 can be quickly folded down to a height of 13.5 feet with the pull of a pin. The lower platform railings can also be unpinned and removed when transferring seed from the back of a truck or when loading from a pallet and loader.
  • Optional SectionCommand can be ordered with the C850 to reduce seed and fertilizer inputs while improving even emergence and crop development.

Producers and ag service providers can also now enhance the capabilities of their new John Deere 4-Series Sprayers by adding a new lightweight carbon fiber boom and new CommandViewTM III cab.

“The CommandView III cab comes equipped with the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter that enables producers and ag service providers to efficiently capture, manage, and transfer data. The redesigned CommandARM features a multi-function handle to give operators additional ways to customize their work environment,” says Doug Felter, marketing manager, application equipment for John Deere.

The new John Deere CommandViewTM III Cab includes a redesigned CommandARMTM that features a multi-function handle to give operators additional ways to customize their work environment.
The new John Deere CommandView III Cab includes a redesigned CommandARM that features a multi-function handle to give operators additional ways to customize their work environment.

An optional heated, fully ventilated leather seat, also is available and can swivel up to 15 degrees for improved operator visibility to the area behind the sprayer. The new 120- and 132-ft. carbon fiber booms help minimize crop and soil impact.

“The strong, durable and lightweight material reduces boom wing weight by more than 35 percent, and overall machine weight, minimizing negative effects to the soil or crop. The booms are corrosion resistant and their simple design make them easy to clean and maintain. Using the 132-foot boom can increase spraying productivity by 8 percent compared to the 120-foot boom. That means fewer passes to finish the field,” adds Felter.

John Deere dealers will be taking orders for the new added features beginning in June.

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