Much buzz has been generated over John Deere’s 2014 announcement that its ExactEmerge technology could plant accurately at 10 mph. The company has been looking into other product segments that could get that same “need for speed” treatment.
To that point, Deere has introduced two new tillage tools it is specifically touts as able to run “faster and smarter,” including operating at speeds up to 10 mph, even in tough soil conditions or high crop residue levels.
“Producers are continually demanding more from their tillage equipment in terms of soil mixing and residue management, faster operating speeds and more precise depth control,” according to Jarred Karnei, Deere product marketing manager. “To meet those needs, we’ve increased working widths and operating speeds and provided a wider array of finishing attachments to create that custom field finish and firm seedbed that’s so important for uniform germination and crop establishment.”
These tillage implements include new John Deere 2230 Level-lift and Floating Hitch Field Cultivator models.
The John Deere 2230 Level-lift Field Cultivator is ideal for level or gently rolling ground, Karnei says. It has both three-section and five-section configurations in 15 total different sizes that range from 23.5 feet to 60.5 feet. For more hilly terrain, the 2230 Floating Hitch Field Cultivator is available in 14 different widths, from 25.5 feet to 69.5 feet. These models can cover up to 217 more acres in a 10-hour workday than previous models, Karnei says.
Both models have the ProFinish Leveling System with six rear harrow options, along with hydraulically adjustable flat-bar or round-bar rolling baskets. This allows operators to easily raise, lower or float the baskets when field conditions shift, according to Karnei.
Another new piece of equipment – the 2330 Mulch Finisher – is meant to complement the 2230 Field Cultivators, Karnei adds. This implement allows farmers to more effectively size and distribute residue without sacrificing a smooth, even seedbed, he says. A new frame design allows for wider working widths and additional harrow options. And like the 2230 Field Cultivators, it can be operated at field speeds up to 10 mph, he says.
“From the frame and tires to more finishing options and advanced adjustability, all of these improvements are to ensure customers can get an ideal seedbed from a single, productive pass ahead of the planter,” Karnei says.