In mid-January, John Deere introduced pneumatic closing available for the 2016 planting season. As of now, these will only fit 2016 ExactEmerge planters. Deere plans to add more models to the lineup in 2017.
Adjustments are made from the cab on your 2630 display. You can preset up to 20 different settings based on your ground conditions. With the manual adjust closing wheels, it can take up to 5 min to adjust a 24 row planter. With the pneumatic, that time can be taken down to 10 seconds. Adjustments can be made on the fly with the press of a button. The pneumatic closing wheels will be able to be set up in 2 sections. Recommendations are center 4 rows as 1 sections, then the outer 10 rows on each wing as a 2nd section. This will allow you to put more pressure on the center where the weight is carried and should help to close the seed trench. There is also a pressure feedback sensor to let you know how the closing wheels are performing.
Why pneumatic closing wheels? One advantage is more uniform emergence. Uniform emergence is a 10 to 18 bu / acre factor. There is also 76% less variance in closing the trench than manual adjust. You can now take control over your ground conditions even more. Contact any of our Sloan Implement locations for more info.
Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sloans.com