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Tyson Harris, noting its size, commented that this is not the biggest air cart on the market, though it’s the largest produced by the company. Harris, product manager, John Deere air seeding, noted that this machine is sized right to deliver performance but help keep compaction under control.

A key feature of this new-design machine is that the air split for distribution to the drill is upstream. “We have as few distribution points as possible,” he said. This approach helps with accurate metering and seed flow through the machine. The single tower design for the metered airstream also provides high-accuracy placement, he added.

The machine has up to four tanks, Harris explains, and it can be used to pull an anhydrous tank as well for a total one-pass seeding and fertilizer system. Two of the tanks can be used for dry fertilizer, the others for seed.

The C850 is compatible with a 76-foot John Deere 1870 Air Hoe Drill; and 50- and 60-foot No-till Air Drills. A 50-bushel mini hopper and dual rear and single front tires are included. Additional features available include AirPower 2; ActiveCal, Acres Remaining, Section Command and Hydraulic Wireless Conveyance.

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