P556
Air Hoe Drill
  • Accurate seed placement with TruSet™ depth/pressure control
  • Consistent seeding rates from row to row with RelativeFlow™ blockage monitoring
  • Get in the field sooner with standard high-flotation package
  • 12.2 m, 17.1 m, and 23.2 m sizes to match your needs
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The Total Seeding Solution – Experience the John Deere Advantage

John Deere has the seeding solutions that go above expectations with a complete line of everything needed in small grains. Offering a variety of openers for your chosen practice in a variety of configurations and sizes. All with integrated technology throughout the seeding train allows for effortless setup and seamless documentation.

Total seeding solution Total seeding solution

Setting up a John Deere seeding train is quick and easy with the plug and play technology. All data and technology operate through the Gen 4 display and ultimately up to John Deere Operation Center™ that can be viewed from anywhere at any time. Not only does the complete John Deere seeding solution all operate through one display but it eliminates the difficulty and time-consuming tasks of setting up extra displays and harnesses.

John Deere tractor paired with John Deere tool and cart John Deere tractor paired with John Deere tool and cart

With a complete John Deere seeding solution, there are multiple different onboard and offboard technologies shown below that improve the overall seeding production step. Many of these technologies are exclusive to John Deere. Each of these technologies bring different customer value that overall lead to the ultimate John Deere seeding solution!

On the go, quick adjust downforce with TruSet™ from the cab
  • Adjust downforce pressure to improve uniform emergence
  • Set presets to quickly adjust from field to field
TruSet downforce display TruSet downforce display
Monitor blockage row by row from the cab with RelativeFlow™
  • Seed with confidence while monitoring each row
  • Detect blockage early and know exactly where it is
RelativeFlow blockage sensors RelativeFlow blockage sensors
ActiveCal™ display
  • Calibrate the meters from the cab utilizing the tank scales
  • Improved confidence the correct seeding rates are being met
ActiveCal display ActiveCal display
SectionCommand™ controls seed and fertilizer output
  • Controls seed and fertilizer output by closing and opening gates on the meters
  • Minimize skips and overlaps leading to reduced inputs
Example of seeded field with SectionCommand Example of seeded field with SectionCommand
AutoTrac™ Implement Guidance and AutoTrac Turn Automation
  • Make every operator an experienced operator
  • Precisely placed implements for more accurate seeding, less operator fatigue, and more productivity
  • Hands-free turns within field headlands (with AutoTrac Turn Automation enabled)
AutoTrac Turn Automation display AutoTrac Turn Automation display
John Deere Operation Center™
  • Setup and manage your farm operations: equipment, team, fields, and crop inputs
  • Plan work in advance to increase job quality and efficiency with Work Planner
  • Map based prescriptions can be used with variable rates
  • Analyze this season’s results to improve next season’s crops
John Deere Operation Center web and mobile John Deere Operation Center web and mobile
Operation Center Mobile
  • View your data on the go; remotely monitor job quality, productivity, machine performance, and quickly make informed decisions
  • Manage and monitor from anywhere at any time with near real-time field and machine updates
Operation Center Mobile Operation Center Mobile
Connected Support
  • Expert Alerts proactively notifies your dealer of any issues
  • Remote display access allows for easy on the go support
Connected Support Connected Support

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Confidence in rates from row to row with RelativeFlow™ Blockage sensing

With RelativeFlow Blockage sensing, operators can see the flow of both seed and fertilizer from inside the tractor cab. Sensors on all secondary hoses monitor the relative product flow row to row, giving you a better view of the flow rate of both seed and fertilizer from the cart to the opener from inside your tractor cab. This technology can help you identify any problems before a potential blockage occurs.

 

RelativeFlow Blockage is available in all run configurations on the following models (all widths):  

  • H500
  • H500F
  • P500
  • N500
  • N500F
  • N500C
  • 730LL

 

RelativeFlow Blockage is compatible with hydraulic drive carts: model year 2014 and newer 1910, all 19,381.5-L (550-bu) 1910 Carts, and C650 and C850 Air Carts.

 

Below are the Gen 4 display screens for the blockage monitoring system. For complete details and information, see the owner’s manual.

Blockage monitoring screen on Gen 4 display Blockage monitoring screen on Gen 4 display

The RelativeFlow Blockage sensing chart shows the amount of flow through each sensor on the selected tower. Sensitivity for the blockage system can be adjusted if desired, as shown below.

Blockage Setup screen on Gen 4 display Blockage Setup screen on Gen 4 display

Blockage warning sensitivity allows the producer to set and change the sensitivity of the sensors to meet their preferences and varying crop/fertilizer types. Increasing the sensitivity means the system is more likely to show a false blockage, while less sensitivity means the system is more likely to miss a blockage.

 

Multiple run-page alarm behavior options are available for selection.

Blockage monitoring screen on Gen 4 display Blockage monitoring screen on Gen 4 display

Below are the Gen 4 display screens for the blockage monitoring system on the N500C.

 

For complete details and information reference, the owner’s manual.

RelativeFlow Blockage configured run page RelativeFlow Blockage configured run page

The SeedStar™ system run page displays the five major run settings. Clicking on any of the tiles will take an operator to that specific page (shown below).

Operators can zoom into flow details by meter section when selecting blockage tiles Operators can zoom into flow details by meter section when selecting blockage tiles
Operators can zoom into the row level to access row/sensor information and turn a sensor on/off independently Operators can zoom into the row level to access row/sensor information and turn a sensor on/off independently
Blockage sensitivities and alarm delays are all set up on one easy-to-navigate screen Blockage sensitivities and alarm delays are all set up on one easy-to-navigate screen

Blockage alarm delays can be set up by clicking on the advanced settings button from the blockage set-up screen.

  • A blockage delay is how long a blockage should occur before an alarm is sounded.
  • The blockage alarm reminder is how often the alarm should sound when a blockage occurs.
  • The meter on delay is the time from when the meter is turned on until the blockage sensor should start monitoring for blockage.
  • The meter off delay is the time from when the meter is turned off until the blockage sensor should start monitoring to verify no flow.

For more detailed information, see the owner’s manual.

 

Air tools with RelativeFlow Blockage are not compatible with 1910 air carts with ground drive.

 

Fertilizer placement
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Whether using dry, liquid, or anhydrous ammonia, the John Deere P500 opener has the options that fit the application needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AA74478 Aqua anhydrous point

AA69276

NH3 point

AA74476

Liquid fertilizer point

AA69277

Dry fertilizer point

AA86117

Mud special point

Description

Austempered 10B38 boron steel point with hardfaced areas and induction fused carbide inserts to prevent wear. Carbide plates are 4-mm (0.16-in.) thick along the point edge and 6-mm (0.24-in.) thick on the tip.

Application

Aqua anhydrous

Anhydrous

Liquid fertilizer

Dry fertilizer**

Dry fertilizer

Option code

1255

1250

1215/1220

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1235

Tube diameter (OD)

9.5 mm (3/8 in.)

12.7 mm (1/2 in.)

6.35 mm (1/4 in.)

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Pin on

X

X

X

X

X

High top

X

X

X

X

X

Suitable for dry conditions

X

X

X

X

X

Suitable for muddy conditions

X*

X*

X*

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X

Dry fertilizer tube add-on

AA69271

AA69271

AA69271

AA69266

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Weight

0.9 kg (2 lb)

0.97 kg (2.14 lb)

0.88 kg (1.95 lb)

0.86 kg (1.9 lb)

1.7 kg (3.78 lb)

Other information

This form of ammonia is produced by dissolving ammonia gas in water.

 

AA69272 hose guide is required if dry fertilizer tube is not installed.

Anhydrous ammonia is compressed into a clear, colorless liquid.

 

AA69272 hose guide is required if dry fertilizer tube is not installed.

AA69272 hose guide is required if dry fertilizer tube is not installed.

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Replaces AA69279.

 

Wear-resistant hardfaced welds increased by 75 percent.

 

Thickness increase from 4 to 8 mm (0.16 to 0.3 in.).

 

Extra 12.7-mm (1/2-in.) weld added close to heavy wear area.

*If not using dry fertilizer tube add-on

**Dry tube required

 

Anhydrous high top tip (left) versus aqua anhydrous tip (right) Anhydrous high top tip (left) versus aqua anhydrous tip (right)

This picture shows the difference between the anhydrous high top and aqua anhydrous tips pictured in the chart above. On the left, the anhydrous high top has a thicker tube wall (1.3-cm [0.5-in.] outer diameter) than the aqua anhydrous tip, though the inner diameter of both tips are equal. The NH3 knives may also be used in combination with the included dry-delivery tube for those wanting to apply NH3 and dry fertilizers simultaneously in the same fertilizer trench.

 

Additional information for code 1235: the mud-proof combination of dry-fertilizer tube and tip, code 1235, is available for those applying dry fertilizers only. This is recommended for running in sticky, heavy clay-type soils. However, it works well in all soil types to prevent mud from plugging the fertilizer tube opening. This opener is included as base equipment.

 

If seeding with dry fertilizer only, this option is highly recommended. The fertilizer exits the tube at a lower point, allowing growers desiring to place fertilizer at shallower depths more consistently.

 

The lower fertilizer exit point also allows the fertilizer to get to the bottom of the trench when more fertilizer and seed separation is desired, and for those light soils that tend to cave in the trench before the fertilizer is placed.

P500 fertilizer shanks engaged in the ground P500 fertilizer shanks engaged in the ground
Fertilizer tubes
1.) AA69266 (1250) - Dry fertilizer
2.) AA69271 (1220/50/55) - Dry fertilizer with NH3 or liquid
3.) AA69272 (1215) - Liquid tube

 

Row spacing options
Paired row vs. side banded
Paired row soil profile Paired row soil profile
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The P500 has two cast seed boots available. Depending on a grower’s seed and fertilizer placement preference in different soils or different crops, the P500 can meet the user’s needs. The cast opener was designed with simplicity in mind. One tube is all that is necessary. Switching from single to paired row has never been easier; simply remove the two bolts holding the cast opener in place, remove the opener, and replace with the new opener.

 

Paired row

With shanks on 30.5-cm (12-in.) spacing, paired rows can be planted with 22.9-cm (9-in.) spacing. Seed is banded in two rows above and to the sides of the furrow. Total tillage in this zone is 7.6-cm (3-in.) wide with about 25 percent seedbed utilization (SBU).

 

Seed is laid on a 2-cm (0.75-in.) shelf while fertilizer is placed in a 2.5-cm (1-in.) band between and below the two seed rows.

 

With paired row placement, the crop is able to access the fertilizer when it needs it. The separation is enough to safely keep the seed from burning. The P500 provides a well-prepared seedbed for quick emergence and quicker canopy, which will help eliminate weeds. If the operator is looking to swath wider rows, support the heavy green crop. 

Paired row opener - rear shot Paired row opener - rear shot
Single row/side banded soil profile Single row/side banded soil profile
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Side banded

If the seeding operation calls for side banding, the P500 is the needed tool. The side-banding seed tube places the seed on a firm bed of soil above and to the side of fertilizer as required. There are 30.5-cm (12-in.) rows across the machine with positive separation between seed and fertilizer up to 11.4 cm (4.5 in.). As the seed germinates and begins to emerge, its roots will be 7.6-cm to 10.2-cm (3-in. to 4-in.) deep and into the nutrient zone.

 

John Deere recognizes not all seeding conditions are identical and, with the P500, offers solutions to meet seed and fertilizer placement needs.

Single row/side banded Single row/side banded
Single row/side banded - rear shot Single row/side banded - rear shot
Single row seed boot in-line Single row seed boot in-line
Paired row seed boot in-line Paired row seed boot in-line
P500 vs P600? Which one is the right Precision Hoe Drill for you?

When considering a new precision hoe drill from John Deere, it is important to understand the differences between the P500 and the P600. There are key differences in the two openers that are outlined below. Understanding the differences will help the customer have the best performance for their exact situation.

 

 

P500

P600

Opener type

Paired row – side band

Single row – side band

Dual knife – side band

Seed to fertilizer horizontal separation

3.8 cm (1.5 in.) consistent separation

3.8 cm (1.5 in.) consistent separation

Seed to fertilizer vertical separation

Adjustable up to 11.4 cm (4.5 in.)

1.9 cm (0.75 in.) consistent separation

HP per opener required

6 HP

5 HP

Available row spacing

9 in. paired rows and 12 in. single row

10 in. and 12 in.

Working widths available

40 ft and 56 ft

60 ft, 70 ft, 80 ft, and 90 ft

RelativeFlow™ available

Yes

Yes

TruSet™ available

No

Yes

Agronomic value

  • Improved soil tilth
  • Moisture retention/trench
  • Breaking up soil hard pan
  • Black soil zone performance
  • Excellent seed safety
  • Accessibility of fertilizer band
  • Consistent relationship between seed and fertilizer in any field conditions
  • Suitable for multiple soil and climatic zones
P500 paired row separation P500 paired row separation
P500 single row separation P500 single row separation
P600 separation P600 separation
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