Major ag equipment maker Agco has merged its White brand of planters into a new series to be marketed under the Massey Ferguson banner.
The company in late August launched the Massey Ferguson VE Series of planters, which it said will work for “all growers — from conventional tillage to no-till operations to those who demand the latest technologies that allow for variable-rate, high-speed planting and individual row control.”
The VE line of planters will be a full line, from rigid and folding-frame planters to narrow transport and track planters, the company said, with 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.
VE Series planters are to be available with individual three-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.
Previous planter offerings from White Planters, a product line Agco took over in 1993, will be available “within the Massey Ferguson VE Series,” Agco said.
“Many VE Series planter models come from the factory with Precision Planting products — including vSet2 meters, vDrive electronic drive, DeltaForce and the 20|20 Gen3 monitor — already installed,” Arthur Santos, marketing manager for seeding and tillage at Agco, said in a release. “Plug-and-play aftermarket options such as SmartFirmer seed-firmer sensor, FlowSense and FurrowForce can be added by a Precision Planting dealer on all planters.”
Other options and attachments, including several single- and double-disc fertilizer openers, coulters, residue managers, press wheels and blades, also are available.
“The VE Series planters continue a long tradition of delivering accurate planting with minimal downtime, wear or required maintenance,” Santos said.
“These are the latest in the evolution of planting solutions from Agco, and they feature a redesigned, more durable row unit plus the opportunity to add many Precision Planting technologies right at the factory. These planters are designed to ensure that growers are planting at the proper depth with the right spacing, singulation and downforce for maximizing yield, no matter the crop.”
Agco said it expects the redesign of the seed tube guard mount is “likely to become the most appreciated change to the row unit.” Two guards will be available, Agco said: 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 the redesigned mount, farmers can remove or install the guards into fully assembled row units,” Santos said. “It’s no longer necessary to remove the gauge wheels and opener blades to perform maintenance on the guard, so it’s a huge time-saver.”
The redesigned shank casting now has an access hole which Agco said will make it easier to plumb lines for liquid fertilizer. “The hole is ahead of the seed tube, improving overall routing for the lines while also protecting them from the opener disc blades.”