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Deere debuts 120-foot planter

A 120-foot planter couldn't even completely fit on the floor of John Deere’s booth. The main feature of the new product, which is making its first appearance at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, is the width of the machine.

"It's a massive machine," says Rob Rippchen, division marketing manager with Deere.

The 48-row planter, Rippchen says, is for farmers who have a large number of acres and are looking to increase production. He says the planter is just the natural step to increase productivity after the 90-foot, 36-row planter was released.

"It is nearly impossible for farmers who have a 90-foot planter to add 500 to 1,000 acres," he says. "This is just the next step that needed to be taken."

Rippchen says maintenance for the planter is just like any 12- to 36-row planter, and is consistent with a 12-row corn head.

The planter also features a command electric clutch which turns on and off automatically to save seed by eliminating double planting.

"It is important we provide solutions as growers look to expand, and this is one of those solutions," he says.

A 120-foot planter couldn't even completely fit on the floor of John Deere’s booth. The main feature of the new product, which is making its first appearance at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, is the width of the machine.

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