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New Kinze planters provide grower with more efficiencyNew Kinze planters provide grower with more efficiency

Farmer Iron: Kinze’s newest planters have many features to help farmers more efficiently plant all kinds of crops in many types of conditions.

Jennifer Carrico

August 30, 2023

3 Min Read
Kinze 5700 planter close-up
GREATER EFFICIENCY: The new Kinze 5700 planter comes with several different options, but it mostly helps farmers to more efficiently plant their crops.Photos by Jennifer Carrico

From the beginning, Kinze Manufacturing has strived to produce equipment with a customer focus and has made changes to the current machines based on input from those running the machines. This is also the case for the Kinze 5000 Series high-tech planters, which will be available for the 2024 season.

“We are always looking at how we can make things easier for the farmer,” Brad Niensteadt, Kinze senior product specialist, says. “We want to help them be more efficient and get more done with less. Longevity, durability, and field performance are important and that’s what we focused on with the 5000 Series high-tech planters.”

Kinze planter in action at field day

The 5900 planter replaces the 4905, and the 5700 planter replaces the 4705. The two machines have several similarities yet have a few differences. Both are three-section front-fold models packed with standard features that boost productivity and minimize daily maintenance, with a full array of options to meet diverse farming requirements.

Both planters feature:

  • Kinze Blue Drive electric drive

  • easy-to-use Blue Vantage display that controls all transport, planting, fertilizer, camera and data functions

  • easy ability to upgrade from Kinze’s True Speed high-speed seed meter to True Rate vacuum meter

  • True Depth hydraulic downforce for optimum and consistent seed depth

  • sleek-style cast row unit

  • air-adjustable closing wheels for optimum seed-to-soil contact

  • high transport clearance

  • timesaving 400-to 750-gallon liquid fertilizer capacity, depending on planter configuration

  • one camera standard; three additional cameras optional

  • front-end design allowing the use of multiple residue options

Niensteadt says there are many maintenance and durability benefits to the new planters to make them more efficient for farmers. “One of the big changes is the shimless and greaseless fiber bushings. This has over 85 grease zerks off the planter. This helps save time and extends the life of the planter,” he says. “You don’t realize how much time it takes to grease the planter, and taking that part away helps make the days get going faster.”

Both these planters also feature greaseless gauge-wheel arms; scraper-equipped, shimless adjustable spoke gauge wheels, maintenance-free double bushing parallel arms; a durable outside disk opener-scraper; and drastically reduced maintenance of three-fold marker arms, with pivots equipped with greaseless fiber bushings.

Differences between the planters

The 5900 planters will be available in 24-row, 16-row and 12-row, all with 30-inch rows to satisfy the needs of many different-sized operations. The 5700 has other options when it comes to size and row spacing, with a 36-row planter with 20-inch rows, or the 24-row version comes in 30-inch rows, or the 20-inch narrow-row option. Niensteadt says this gives all the options available for each kind of farmer.

“The 5700 24R20 planter will also feature a new 40-foot, three-section frame configuration,” he says. This frame offers front-mounted, high-flotation tires for reduced soil compaction and improved residue flow; a rear-facing transport camera; work lights for optimum performance and safety, durability and low maintenance.

These advancements in technology provides 30 degrees of wing flex, featuring high operating and transport clearance along with generous bulk seed and fertilizers capacities, making this planter best for productive planting in high-residue conditions, rolling terrain and narrower terraces.

The Blue Vantage system is the display used with Kinze’s Blue Drive electric meter drive. It is an easy-to-use planter display, and the 2024 feature provides remote support to get help when in the field. The customizable screen helps each farmer run their Kinze planter to the best of their ability.

For more information on the planters, visit kinze.com.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Carrico

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Jennifer lives on a farm near Redfield, Iowa, where she runs a small cow-calf operation with her family. A 20-plus year ag journalism veteran, Jennifer has covered a wide range of agriculture issues. A graduate of Iowa State University, she has worked for local daily papers and other agriculture publishers. She came to Wallaces Farmer from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. She enjoys writing, managing cattle, and hearing and telling farmer stories.

Jennifer has two children. Kassidy, 21, attends Black Hawk East College, but will transfer in the fall to Oklahoma State University. Son, Klayton, attends Panorama High School where he excels in academics, sports, FFA and 4-H.

“My favorite part of being an ag journalist is to tell the story of the farmer and rancher,” she says. “The farmer and rancher do the work to make the food, fiber and fuel for everyone. I want to use our online presence to broaden that message to those off the farm.”

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