ExactEmerge™ Planter Upgrade


Get better results out of your crops - upgrade the planter you already own

Better stands begin with improved planting accuracy: Plants have a 7% Higher Seed Survival Rate2 and 9% Higher Grain Yields1 when planted at the optimum time, depth and spacing.

With a John Deere Performance Upgrade, you get the benefits of the latest planter technology without having to replace your current planter. At the end of the day that means you can reduce your risk and…

  • Achieve uniform emergence
  • Plant within the optimal weather window
  • Achieve uniform seed spacing
  • Plan at the correct population


Why Upgrade?

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Recent agronomic studies have found that planting within the optimum weather window and achieving uniform emergence are the two leading contributors to maximizing yields.1 John Deere makes it easier to get that strong start with Performance Upgrade Kits for your planter. Our Kits allow you and your dealer to fit the planter you already own with the latest row unit technology, helping you get the best possible stand and the strongest return on your investment.

ExactEmerge™ Row Unit – Increased accuracy at any planting speed

If your planting window is measured in days instead of weeks, the ExactEmerge™ Row Units can get you in and out of the field quickly, with pinpoint population and spacing accuracy. The brush belt delivery system drops seed precisely into the trench with little to no ‘rolling,’ enabling accuracy at any planting speed. With higher productivity and more accurate spacing, your yield potential will improve.2

  • Get a 7% higher soybean survival rate, as compared to Precision Planting row units2
  • Achieve super-accurate placement, even at any planting speed
  • Improve your population uniformity
  • Get in and out of the field before planting windows close
  • Reduce costly skips and wasteful doubles


Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce (IRHD) – The best system for field variability

Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce helps ensure consistent planting depth and optimal seed-to-soil contact, even in rapidly changing field conditions. IRHD adjusts downforce up to 5 times per second, and can make a 100-pound adjustment in less than 1 second…nearly 58% faster than Active Pneumatic Downforce*. Our built-in accumulator helps take shock out of your row unit, and assists with your planter overall ride. You wouldn’t drive your truck without shocks, so don’t take your planter to the field without IRHD!

  • Promotes up to 9% higher grain yield potential1
  • Features an integrated accumulator to help protect row units from shock
  • Ensures each seed is placed at the same depth
  • Promotes optimal seed-to-soil contact for a picture-perfect stand

Ready to upgrade?

What kit is right for you? Give your dealer a call and schedule an evaluation. Together, you can decide what Performance Upgrade fits your needs and operation.

Performance Upgrades Let's Talk


Schedule an evaluation of your current equipment with your John Deere dealer.

Performance Upgrades Customize


Our trained technicians will help you determine the best upgrade solution for you operation

Precision Kits Install


Add the latest technology and replace worn parts at the same time

Performance Upgrades Grow


Strengthen ROI, reduce input costs and improve yields* with new-to-you performance



*Internal comparison of ExactEmerge and MaxEmerge 5e row units and components with original MaxEmerge row units and components, based on field and growing conditions. Individual results may vary.