John Deere and Orthman partner to build custom corn and cotton planters

June 4, 2009 11:37 AM

With a new cooperative effort, John Deere and Orthman Manufacturing will provide custom built planters for corn and cotton straight from the factory.

This agreement is targeting cotton and corn producers in the Mississippi Delta and in West Texas where they farm on 36-, 38-, or 40-inch row spacing.

Customers can order 18-row 38" and 16-row 40" stack-fold integral planter configurations equipped with John Deere Pro-Series XP Row Units and our Central Commodity System (CCS) technology affixed to rugged Orthman toolbars. In addition, these custom-built planters will include our John Deere SeedStar 2 monitoring system. The exclusive John Deere RowCommand system also is available as a factory-installed option.

The two companies have had a supplier agreement for stack-fold toolbars for 17 years.

The backbone of the new planter toolbars is the Orthman 925 Series stack-fold frame. The 18-row 38" toolbar features eight row units on the center frame, five row units on each wing – three mid-wing and two on the outer wing. The 16-row 40" integral toolbar has six row units on the center frame with five row units on each wing – three mid-wing and two on the outer wing. These new planters can easily make the transition from planting cotton to corn as needed.

The Orthman 925 Series stack-fold frame doesn't accommodate row markers. However, John Deere Ag Management Solutions guidance products can be used to help guide a customer's tractor and planter through the field. The stack-fold toolbar is compatible with John Deere 8030 Series Tractors and requires an ASABE Category 4N 3-point rear hitch for operation.

The new stack-fold frame base configuration consists of rigid wings. A gull-wing option is also available and can be added to allow for plus or minus 7.5° of wing float. The gull-wing provides hydraulic control to raise the wings for extra wing clearance during end-row turns.

New John Deere/Orthman custom-built planters can be ordered at local John Deere dealers and will be available for the 2010 spring planting season.

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