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Yetter now offers both options if you're buying an air-adjust unit for your planter from the Illinois-based company.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

March 12, 2014

3 Min Read

One thing that happens when you visit farm shows is that you find out not only what's brand new, but what companies have done to expand their line-up and offering of products. That was the case this year for those visiting the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.

The Yetter hydraulic air-adjust system offers another way you can control various features on the planter pneumatically with Yetter's air adjust system. The hydraulic pneumatic system is new from Yetter for this year. Yetter also still offers the electric compressor system introduced earlier.


Get faster recharge time with the new hydraulic compressor option, spokespersons say. The choice may come down to which type of system works best with the tractor you use to pull the planter.

You can plumb directly into tractor remotes or hook into the hydraulic system at the planter level. If your tractor is maxed out on electric controls, this new hydraulic option may be appealing. In other cases if the tractor is already maxed out on hydraulic power, you still have the electric option.

Several Yetter products work with the pneumatic system, including row cleaners that can be controlled via air adjust from the cab, and downforce systems that apply pressure on planting units.

The new hydraulic unit contains a 12-gallon tank. Since it's smaller than the electric unit, you have more flexibility in where you place it. The decision could also come down to how you can plumb the hydraulics to operate the compressor. Electric units can lose some voltage if positioned a good distance back from the tractor on the planter.

Learn more by visiting or call 800-447-5777. Yetter is located in Colchester, Ill.

Here are comments from Farm Progress editors who have investigated new products at farm shows for a long time. The participants in this review based on information provided by the company are Tom J. Bechman, the author and editor of Indiana prairie Farmer, Lon Tonneson, Dakota Farmer and Mindy Ward, Missouri Ruralist.

Bechman: Controlling downforce on planter units and also being able to adjust row cleaners on the go are options people seem to like. More emphasis has been placed on the ability to control downforce on planter units lately. Many see it as crucial to getting uniform emergence, which is critical if you're after top yields. This new offering from Yetter gives them a line-up so you can go either with an electric or hydraulic unit, whichever fits your situation best.

Tonneson: This is another good option for being able to adjust row cleaner position, downforce on planter units and other components on-the-go. With corn a large part of the yield depends on precision planting, being able to change settings quickly to match conditions promises to increase yields.

Ward:  Well, if your tractor cab is on electronic device overload, Yetter has a solution for at least one system that might be electronic. The hydraulic air-adjust system offers you the option to control planter features with air. The system allows for row cleaners and downforce systems to be adjusted form the cab. This system has the advantage of quick on-the-go connections and a 25-seocnd recovery time.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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