Sugar beets are one of the most common plants used to produce refined sugar. Nebraska alone is responsible for the production of 1.3 million tons of sugar beets each year.
John Deere 8 Series and 9 Series tractors are pivotal in taking this crop from farm to table.
Keep reading to learn what makes John Deere 8 Series and John Deere 9 Series tractors excellent choices for sugar beet planting and beyond.
John Deere 8 Series Highlights
The John Deere 8 Series line includes:
- The 8R, like the 8R 230
- Two-track 8RT tractors, like the 8RT 370
- Four-track 8RX models, like the 8RX 310
The 8 Series lineup is equipped with several features to help farmers be even more productive.
One such feature is the use of JDLink™ Connectivity in 8 Series tractors. JDLink™ allows users to stream field or machine data directly to their John Deere Operations Center account. When coupled with things like the StarFire™ 6000 Receiver, AutoTrac™ guidance and a Generation 4 CommandCenter™ display, users can further reduce overlap and maximize efficiency in the field.
These machines come equipped with your choice in lighting packages, including the option for 360 LED lighting around your 8 Series tractor and planter that can assist you with working well into the night.
The optional Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) allows growers to monitor and adjust tire pressure from within the cab of 8 Series wheeled tractors at the push of a button. Users can increase the tractor's footprint by almost 25% with a simple click. When you're ready to get back on the road, another press of a button will increase the tractor's tire pressure accordingly.
Footprint can be increased by up to 39% with track models like the 8RX. A lower footprint means less opportunity for compaction and a higher likelihood of healthy soil. The 8RX also allows users to carry up to 1,000 gallons of fertilizer, thanks to ExactRate tractor tanks. This technology allows farmers to save time and cover more acres per day.
Horsepower has long been a driving force behind what makes the John Deere 8 Series so useful. 8R models range from 230 to 410 horsepower. 8RT and 8RX models range from 310 to 410 horsepower, making these machines ultra-powerful.
View the video below to see John Deere 8 Series tractors in action.