On December 1, Case IH shipped the world's first tractor that meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tier 4 Interim emissions standards for ag machinery. Paul Fortkamp, a Fort Recovery, Ohio farmer was the first customer to receive the new Magnum 180 tractor with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology. Fortkamp traveled with his dealer, Hull Brothers, and neighbor Duane Lennartz, who he shares equipment with, to the Case IH tractor factory in Racine, Wis. Fortkamp raises poultry and grows corn and soybeans.
Tier 4 interim standards take effect in 2011 for ag equipment greater than 174 hp, and the new Magnum 180, 190, 210 and 225 models are the first in a lineup of high-horsepower Case IH SCR tractors that will roll out in 2011, including larger Magnum models and a new generation of Steiger four-wheel-drive tractors.
The engines for these series use SCR to to reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxides by 90 percent over previous engines. SCR treats emissions with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which is a solution of synthetic urea and deionized water. The SCR system mixes DEF with the exhaust to create nitrogen gas vapor and water.
SCR technology will also be used by Case IH to meet Tier 4 final standards, which will take effect in 2014.
(From left to right) Dale Kaiser representing Hull Brothers Equipment; Paul Fortkamp, owner; Nathan Fortkamp, son (of owner); Duane Lennartz, neigher (shares equipment with Fortkamp)