Planting Plots with Central-Fill Planters: John Deere® CCS Planter

Today's high-capacity central-fill planters are making planting more efficient thanks to fewer stops on the turn rows to fill up.

John Deere CCS Planter

The central tank does, however, create a challenge for growers who would like to put out product trials or other agronomic plots.

Follow these step-by-step instructions when planting plots with a John Deere CCS planter:

1. Shut off the CCS fan. This is the fan that blows the seed from the tank out to row units.

Disconnect the harness (A) to stop the CCS fan.

Disconnect the harness to stop the CCS fan.

2. Install cap (B - below) on mini-hopper hose inlet (C - below) to prevent plot seed from backing into the delivery hose.

Install cap on mini-hopper hose inlet

3. Fill the mini-hoppers with seed. A mini-hopper will plant approximately a 1/4-mile long plot, depending on seed size.

Mini-hopper on John Deere CCS Planter

4. If a 1/2-mile plot length is required, add a hopper extension (D - above). It is OK to stack up to two hopper extensions.

5. Changing seed: Hoppers may be emptied out with a shop vacuum by adding a section of 1" PVC to the end of the hose or dumped out just like hopper units.

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