FOR small-grain producers wanting to seed more hectares per day, John Deere has introduced its largest air cart ever – the new C850.
The cart’s 29,953-litre carrying capacity is 55 per cent greater than previous models and is ideally paired with John Deere’s 9R Family of tractors and air-drill equipment.
“Producers will see industry-leading total product delivery from AirPower 2; standard equipment on the C850,” John Deere product marketing manager for seeding, Ryan Hough, said.
“Integrated tank scales are included and a five-pivot hydraulic wireless conveyance is capable of delivering 3524 litres per minute to fill all tanks from a single positioning of the cart and truck. Every additional bushel of capacity to each tank was considered to ensure the splits were right, allowing more time for seeding.”
Mr Hough said this allowed producers, using common input rates, to seed almost 70 hectares, yet avoid the additional soil compaction and decreased flotation that came with less than optimal tank splits on larger cart offerings.
“The C850 is able to seed a comparable number of hectares to carts nearly 3524 litres larger without carrying the added weight of unused product that can result in increased soil compaction and decreased flotation,” he said.
The C850 is compatible with the 23.2-metre John Deere 1870 Air Hoe Drill; and 15.2m and 18.2m 1890 No-till Air Drills.
A 1762-litre mini hopper, and dual rear and single front tyres are included.
The new air cart can also be equipped with additional features that include AirPower 2; ActiveCal, Area Remaining, Section Command and Hydraulic Wireless Conveyance.
“These options help producers finish more work in less time,” Mr Hough said.
Calibration on the C850 is faster than ever and can be done from a robust display mounted to the cart. 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 heavy-duty frame is built for years of use, and stainless steel primaries were used to reduce corrosion and wear,” Mr Hough said.
Top platform railings on the C850 can be quickly folded down to a height of 4.1m 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 fertiliser inputs while improving even emergence and crop development.
Source: John Deere