A new John Deere planter that ensures accurate corn and soybeans planting at speeds up to 10 mph was showcased during a clinic held near Hillsboro, Ala. The ExactEmerge planter will be commercially available in 2015.

“The ExactEmerge is the best planter I’ve ever seen as far as uniform spacing,” said Mark Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Farms and Hillsboro Gin. “The spacing will be uniform even when you’re going up to 10 miles per hour. I’m going for that picket fence emergence that translates to high yields. And uniform emergence helps management throughout the season.” 

Hamilton used the new ExactEmerge planter all through his corn planting, beginning April 3. Depending on the hybrid, he planted anywhere from 26,000 to 33,000 seeds per acre. “But no matter the seeding rate, it held the exact spacing,” he said. “With the 12-row ExactEmerge planter set for 30-inch rows, we planted 300 acres in one-and-a-half days. 

“We normally plant 4.5 mph to keep our spacing and seed depth uniform. However, we were able to run that new planter 7 mph to 8 mph on our rougher ground, and bumped it up to 10 mph on our smooth ground. The ExactEmerge ran faster and bounced less than my other planters in the same type soil.

“Speed to me is an added bonus. Here in north Alabama, most of my no-till and minimum till fields are rough so exact spacing is more critical than speed. But the speed is especially helpful in years like this one when rains keep us out of the fields; when a window opens, we can go!”

John Deere research illustrates the value of increasing planting speed while maintaining accurate corn and soybeans planting. Its studies show that a 2,500-acre farm can be planted in 10 days going 5 mph; 7 days at 7.5 mph; and 6 days at 10 mph (based on 24-row, 30-inch spacing planter with fields averaging 90 acres).

Features of the ExactEmerge planter include a Belt Delivery System that delivers seed to the bottom of the trench at a rearward trajectory that matches the planter’s ground speed at any desired population. Additionally, the High-Performance Vacuum Meter enables growers to use a variety of seed shapes and sizes—like refuge in the bag—all at once without mechanical adjustments. And the Brush-Style Doubles Eliminator provides precise singulation as the bristles of this doubles eliminator sweep extra seeds away, limiting one seed per hole before the seed reaches the brush belt.