John Deere and Orthman Manufacturing have announced that they will begin co-producing custom-built planter configurations for customers.
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This agreement benefits cotton and corn producers in the Mississippi Delta and in West Texas where they farm on 36-, 38-, or 40-inch row spacing.
The two companies have had a supplier agreement for stack-fold toolbars for 17 years. According to Rob Rippchen, division manager, John Deere Seeding Group, the new, expanded agreement will be beneficial and seamless to customers.
“Today, customers and dealers can order planter row units from John Deere and toolbars from other suppliers, and assemble their own planters to fit their specific row counts and row-spacing needs. This can be a time-consuming process. By expanding upon our current supplier agreement with Orthman, customers can now order a custom-built planter — straight from the factory,” Rippchen explains.
The new agreement allows producers in regional markets to be able to order fully assembled planters with some not-so-typical row spacing and working widths from their local John Deere dealer.
Source: John Deere