Sunflower has introduced the all-new Sunflower 9900 Series Air Carts.

Constructed of stainless steel for an extended life span, the 9900 Series combines large tank capacities with the industry's most unique seeding system designed to enhance seed placement accuracy and help producers cover more acres per day.

Built to the high Sunflower standards, the 9900 Series is made up of three models with capacities up to 525-bushels, allowing producers to select the ideal machine to match the seeding needs of their farming operation, large or small. Manufactured of stainless steel to reduce corrosion deterioration from granular fertilizer, the 9900 Series commodity tanks are available in three configurations, depending on the bushel capacity – ranging from the large, three-compartment 525-bushel model 9930, to the smaller, two-compartment 335-bushel and 280-bushel 9920 models. The 9930 model can be configured with a tow-between or tow-behind setup.

The blower system of the 9900 Series air carts is hydraulically driven and provides a strong, consistent airstream that gently delivers seed and/or fertilizer to the disc openers.

Seed and fertilizer compartments always remain under positive pressure during operation to ensure accurate product flow to the meter system. An ISOBUS control module allows the entire system to be monitored and controlled from the tractor cab.

An optional variable-rate metering system uses electric over-hydraulic (EOH) technology to control the meter speed independently of ground speed. This gives the operator the benefit of faster calibration and the capability to change the rate on-the-go as well as the potential to apply product to a prescription map using GPS. A ground-driven system also is available.

Four meter-roller options are available depending on the seed to be planted. The high-capacity roll contains eight, 1/2-inch deep bars for use with larger fertilizers and seeds, such as soybeans. A medium-capacity roll with 12, 1/4-inch-deep bars is ideal for lower seeding and fertilizer rates.

A low-volume roller is used for crops that require lower seed rates, such as sunflowers. And, for crops that require very low planting rates, such as canola, a roll with shallow depressions is used. Each roller is manufactured with stainless steel to ensure lifetime performance.

For quick, efficient filling and unloading, the 9900 Series features a double-hinged auger for exceptional balance, allowing one individual to easily move and manage the auger to load or unload the air cart.

Operator safety also was of the utmost importance in designing the new 9900 Series Air Carts. Grab handles are located at each climbing point and tread-plate platforms provide solid footing on high locations.

Securely mounted double-horizontal bars, which can be lowered for easy storage, help protect operators standing or kneeling near the compartment hatches.

For more information on the Sunflower 9900 Series Air Carts, see your local Sunflower equipment dealer or visit http://www.sunflowermfg.com.

Tandem disc harrows

Sunflower has also unveiledthe 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows.

These heavy-duty machines combine bigger blades and wider blade spacing with larger frames to produce some of the highest weight-per-blade specifications in the industry, to easily cut through compacted soils and heavy crop mat.

The Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows are available in two models — SF1830 and SF1810 — each with a variety of widths and configurations that cater to the specific needs and field conditions of individual farming operations.

The SF1830 model, with cutting widths between 22 feet, 10 inches and 39 feet, is ideal for producers looking to cover a lot of acres. These models boast a weight-per-blade range of 402 pounds to 635 pounds, needed to help penetrate hard soils. The SF1830 models weigh in between 23,771 pounds and 37,568 pounds, depending on the configuration.

Producers who need the same heavy-duty cutting and mixing power in a somewhat smaller machine may opt for one of the SF1810 model configurations.

These machines feature cutting widths from 14 feet, 4 inches up to 17 feet, 7 inches, with a weight-per-blade range of 333 pounds to 523 pounds, and total weight ranging between 11,152 pounds and 13,580 pounds.

Depending on the model, the Sunflower 1800 Series can be configured with 28- or 30-inch plain or notched disc blades, spaced at 11- or 13-inch intervals.

Select models of the 1800 Series also feature spring-cushion gangs to prevent damage in the field where rocks are often encountered. Heavy coil springs allow the entire gang assembly to pivot upward and pass over the obstruction. Once past, the springs expand and the gang assembly returns to its original working position.

The 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows are constructed on high-strength 4-inch-by-8-inch by 3/8 inch tubular steel, designed to withstand the horizontal stress and rotational torque associated with aggressive tillage.

The frame is cross-braced and gusseted for added strength and durability. A single-lip hitch and the self-leveling hitch assembly that keeps the unit running level are standard.

Sunflower, known as the “originator of flexible tillage tools,” is the seeding and tillage division of AGCO. Sunflower is known around the world as a producer and marketer of top-quality products with exceptional customer support. Quality and service are what today’s professional producers expect from their equipment and what Sunflower continues to provide.

For more information on the Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows, see your local Sunflower equipment dealer or visit http://www.sunflowermfg.com.