Equipment Roundup: Massey, Deere Announce New Equipment

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Many of Massey's VE Series planters models will come from the factory with Precision Planting products -- including vSet2 meters, vDrive electronic drive, DeltaForce and the 20

As the 2021 Farm Progress Show is opening in Decatur, Illinois, two equipment manufacturers announced new equipment releases. AGCO Corporation introduced its new Massey Ferguson VE Series planters. John Deere reveals that it is adding to its 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters (SPFHs) a new 9500 model to its lineup.

Here's a closer look.

Massey's new VE Series planters -- from rigid and folding-frame planters to narrow transport and track planters -- feature a redesigned row unit plus the ability to add Precision Planting technologies at the factory.

The VE Series is available in a variety of row-unit and spacing combinations, including six, eight, 12, 16, 23, 24 and 36 rows and spacings of 15, 20, 22, 30, 36, 38 and 40 inches.

The VE Series Heads Up row unit features the redesign of the seed tube guard mount. Two guards are available: a standard assembly cast of nickel material and an extended-wear guard assembly made of stainless and tungsten, which is recommended for high-speed planting with SpeedTube. With the redesigned mount, farmers can remove or install the guards into fully assembled row units. It is no longer necessary to remove the gauge wheels and opener blades to perform maintenance on the guard.

Many VE Series planter models will come from the factory with Precision Planting products -- including vSet2 meters, vDrive electronic drive, DeltaForce and the 20|20 Gen3. Plug-and-play aftermarket options such as SmartFirmer seed-firmer sensor, FlowSense and FurrowForce can be added by a Precision Planting dealer.

VE Series planters will be available with 3-bushel row-unit hoppers or a 90-bushel central-fill system. Depending on the model, 300-, 500- and 750-gallon liquid fertilizer tanks are available, as are dry fertilizer and insecticide delivery. For extra-large capacity, the VE Series planter is available in a track version with 150-bushel central-fill capacity and two 750-gallon liquid fertilizer tanks.

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John Deere is adding to its 9000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters introduced three years ago, a new model for market year 2022 -- the 9500 model powered by Deere's new, 18.0L John Deere 18X engine.

The 9500 has a rated power of 690 hp and a HarvestMotion Plus rating of 755 hp, generated by the inline, 6-cylinder 18.0L John Deere 18X engine. HarvestMotion Plus synchronizes engine speed with crop flow and power needs to maintain consistent crop throughput at low RPMs and with less fuel consumption, and no DEF requirement.

The 18.0L engine has a long 750-hour service interval and a 33% lower oil cost compared to the previous 13.5L engine and reduced total fluid consumption by 10% to 13%, Deere said.

All market year 9600 forage harvesters also feature the 18.0L engines with HarvestMotion Plus, which will boost their horsepower and performance with rated power of 740 hp and a max power rating of 775 hp.

The 9600 in 2022 will be available on a limited basis with full production in 2023.

Also, for market year 2022, 9500 and 9600 models operators will find changes to the spout that improve crop flow and operator visibility. The redesign includes additional cleanouts, new hydraulic spout flap to improve operator control during unloading, and four spout configuration options, including 8- and 10-row rigid, 12-row rigid and 12-row folding spouts.

For more information on the new 9500 and updated 9600 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters:


And, one other Deere announcement. Deere has expanded its track offerings for 8RX four-track tractors with new 16.5-inch-wide tracks, both front and rear.

The tracks are targeted to sugar beet and other high-value crop operations. The narrower tracks fit between the rows easier, minimizing impact to the seedbed during planting and crop during harvest.

The new tracks will be available for 8RX tractors built after June 1, 2022 with ordering beginning this fall.

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