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Precision Upgrades for Planters


Why Upgrade?

Reach your technological capability for stronger yields

Your equipment is a big investment and you’ve got it running just how you want it. Why not get even more return on that investment? Agronomic studies have found that planting within the optimum weather window and achieving uniform emergence are the two leading contributors to stronger yields. We make it easy for you to get that strong start with getting the latest row unit technology. Not ready to purchase a new planter? Purchase an upgrade instead where you'll get a new serial number and 1-year warranty.

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Planting Window

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Uniform Spacing/Emergence

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Correct Population

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Nutrient Placement

Precision Upgrade Interactive Tool

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Accurate at up to 10 mph Exactly.

Welcome to ExactEmerge. It's about accurate singulation, population, spacing, and uniform depth....all at 10 miles-per-hour.

  • Up to 10 mph planting speed
  • BrushBeltTM technology for precise placement

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MaxEmergeTM 5e
Unlock technology with a quicker return on investment.

Improve your seed population and spacing on those oddly shaped, curved fields with a MaxEmerge 5e Row Unit Precision Upgrade.

  • Curve compensation for even population
  • Up to 5 mph planting speed

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10 mph


 Meter, BrushBelt

Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Popcorn, Sugar Beets, Sweet Corn, Sunflower, Sorghum (milo), Edible Beans

5 mph

Seed Tube


Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Popcorn, Sugar Beets, Sweet Corn, Sunflower, Sorghum (milo), Edible Beans, Canola, Peas, Peanuts, Melons, Squash, Cucumber, Pumpkin

Core Upgrades

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Frame Weight Distribution

Reduce compaction in the center section of CCS planters with a frame weight distribution precision upgrade. This bolt-on option redistributes weight to the wings where it can be used to increase downforce on the other sections.

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Promote early root development and save on fertilizer cost during planting with ExactShot™. Using advanced technology, ExactShot delivers a dose of starter fertilizer only where needed, delivering up to two-thirds cost savings1 when applying fertilizer.

ExactRate™ Liquid Fertilizer System

ExactRateTM Liquid Fertilizer System

Maximize your yield potential by applying nitrogen during each planting pass with the ExactRate™ Liquid Fertilizer system precision upgrade.

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Save time and keep running when you can verify seed depth right from the seat of your cab with FurrowVision™

Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce

Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce

Take your planter up a notch when you add an Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce (IRHD) precision upgrade. IRHD reacts quickly (seconds) to soil conditions in each row, increasing ground contact for improved seed depth.

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Ultimate LED Lighting

Extend your working days into night with ultimate LED lighting. Featuring illumination across the entire toolbar, this precision upgrade provides improved visibility beyond the ends of the planter so you can light up the night.

Optional Add Ons

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Active pneumatic downforce

Increase or decrease pressure and maintain row-unit target margin values from the comfort of the cab with active pneumatic downforce.

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Pneumatic closing wheels

Adjust closing wheels in seconds. Available on MaxEmerge 5e and ExactEmerge row units, pneumatic wheels provide consistent trench closing in rough field conditions.

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Easy Adjust row cleaners

Use three preset heights to remove residue from the seed trench. No more climbing under the planter to make changes. Do it from the cab with the touch of a button.

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Yetter Twister closing wheels

Effective in a wide range of soil types and conditions, the rounded center-ring design will ensure consistent trench closure during planting.

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Planting Window

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Correct soil temperatures. Ideal moisture levels. Just two of the key variables you contend with each season when it comes to meeting your optimal planting window. And missing that window could potentially result in lower yields. With an ExactEmerge™ row-unit upgrade, you can ensure your seed is put into the ground with pinpoint population and spacing accuracy at speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h).

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Uniform Emergence

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You know the pride you feel when looking across your planted acres and seeing an evenly emerged field. Verify your planter has the precision upgrade pieces in place to obtain that even emergence. With individual row hydraulic downforce (IRHD), the built-in accumulator helps take shock out of your row units to ensure optimal seed-to-soil contact. Add pneumatic closing wheels or Yetter Twister closing wheels to provide consistent trench closing in all types of field conditions. Read why uniform emergence matters

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Correct Population

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Saving seed cost begins with eliminating waste. And when you add electric drive row-units to your planter, you’ll reduce overplanting with individual meter control that allows for greater curve performance and individual row shutoff when crossing sections already planted.

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Nutrient Placement

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Save on fuel costs by applying nutrients at the right rate, in the right place and at the same time as your planting pass. With an ExactRate™ fertilizer system precision upgrade, you’ll have the capability to apply pre-emergent fertilizer in-furrow saving you on multiple trips through the field.

Precision Upgrades and Precision Ag Technology

Want to get the most out of your Precision Upgrade? Make sure your precision ag technologies are up to date, including these four core components.

G5 Display

G5 Display

Manage guidance lines, application rates, input placement, and more with a bigger, faster, and clearer touchscreen display compared to our previous models.

StarFire™ 7000 Receiver

Starfire™ 7000 Receiver

The next generation receiver – with SF-RTK gives you RTK-like accuracy within 2.5 cm and up to 73% faster pull-in times.

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JDLink™ Connection2

Connect your machines – regardless of brand or age – for fast data transfer to your Operations Center Account.

John Deere Operations Center™

John Deere Operations Center™

The leading cloud-based farm management system to help you monitor, organize, analyze, and share your data 24/7.

1Initial tests of a prototype ExactShot system on corn planted six inches apart resulted in more than a 60% reduction in fertilizer use compared to ExactRate with no material impact to yield.
2Activation/subscription required. JDLink hardware comes standard with the machine. The customer can turn on the JDLink service in their Operations Center account for free. JDLink requires a cellular connection to transfer information from machine to JDLink website. Consult your John Deere Dealer for coverage availability.