Machinery Journal - Late Spring 2018

April 17, 2018 03:45 PM
Machinery Journal - Late Spring 2018

Alliance Tire Americas Rolls Out Flexion Harvest Tire

At an inflation pressure of 46 psi, the Agriflex 372 IF 1250/50R32 CFO tire from Alliance Tire Americas Inc. can carry up to 22,480 lb. The tire stands nearly 7' tall and more than 4' wide. Alliance has also added an IF 1050/50R32 size to the Agriflex 376 lineup. Increased flexion (IF) sidewall technology offers 20% greater load capacity than standard radials at the same inflation pressure or the same load capacity as standard radials at 20% less inflation pressure, according to James Crouch, agricultural marketing specialist for Alliance Tire America. Both of the new tires bear the “CFO” designation, which stands for cyclical field operations; it reflects special design and construction to withstand the cycles of loading and unloading, and shifting weight experienced on the go during harvest. For more details, visit

John Deere Unveils 60' No-Till Drill

Currently the largest seeding system on the market, John Deere’s new 60' 1895 no-till drill with ProSeries openers is 40% wider than the company’s 43' air seeder.

“We’re advertising that farmers can gain up to 100-plus acres per day in productivity with our 60' 1895,” says Emily Klemmer, seeding product manager for John Deere. The extra 100 acres is based on the drill being paired with a C850 air cart and a seeding window with farmers planting 10 hours a day, seven days a week to complete the job.

“Another thing farmers will appreciate is that on a quarter section they’ll make nine fewer passes with the 60' 1895,” Klemmer adds.

While covering more ground in less time, Klemmer says the 60' seeder can help farmers avoid a 1% to 1.7% loss per day in yield potential by helping them stay within their targeted seeding window.

The seed rows on the new drill are on 10" spacing with separate fertilizer rows on 20" spacing. Seed and fertilizer rates are controlled by the
SectionCommand metering system and powered by an AirPower 2 dual-fan for variable-rate and prescription seeding applications. The twin fans provide a 40% improvement in flow of seed and fertilizer to the openers across the entire seeding compared to a single-fan system.

Operators can set downforce pressure from the cab with the TruSet closed-loop downforce pressure control system. TruSet offers six presets for seed and six for fertilizer, or the operator can dial in desired settings.

The RelativeFlow Blockage Monitoring System provides more accurate seeding performance information in the field. Sensors in the primary tower and on secondary hoses monitor the relative flow rate of both seed and fertilizer across the drill, from opener to opener, and the information is displayed on the monitor in the cab.

For the first time, John Deere is introducing ProSeries openers, which replace the 90 Series openers, on the 60' 1985. The openers feature a serrated closing wheel option for better seed and fertilizer sealing, narrow and flexible press wheels along with a narrow seed boot for reduced soil disturbance while ensuring more precise seed placement.

The 1895 air drill has a floating front hitch and wings with 25° of flex. An upgraded tire package features high flotation tires (30 psi mainframe and wing) to decrease surface compaction and minimize seed emergence issues.

The seeder will be available for the 2019 season. For more information on the 60' 1895, visit


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