Case IH gave attendees of the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., a literal unveiling of its latest product launch when it removed a red drape from its new 2000 Series Early Riser planter. That’s because company officials wanted to reinforce that it wasn’t an upgrade – it was brand-new.
“It’s a completely new planter, with one mission in mind – design and develop the very best planter in the business,” says Monte Weller, platform manager. “We touched the entire planter, from the ground up.”
Tony McClellend, Case IH planter marketing manager, says the redesign started with a total overhaul of the row unit, but the toolbar, hydraulic system, alternator and other planter areas also received noted improvements over prior models.
“It was all based on direct customer feedback and field-testing,” McClellend says. “We made sure that this new planter is not only extremely accurate, it’s also robust enough to deliver precise placement across all terrains, crop types and speeds for faster, more uniform emergence.”
Simplicity is also an important feature, McClellend adds. Operators will be able to make many adjustments from the cab. Other adjustments are made automatically and work seamlessly without operator interference, he says.
The 2000 Early Riser planter series will include factory integrated seed placement technologies from Precision Planting such as DeltaForce, vSet and SpeedTube, which allow for consistent spacing and singularity, accurate depth control and accurate planting speeds of up to 10 mph.
Case IH put its planter to the test at higher speeds in a 2015 southwest Wisconsin trial, comparing its Ealry Riser 2150 with the Deere 1775NT ExactEmerge and Kinzee 4900 planters. The test plots were planted on the same day, using the same hybrid, at 2” depth and a 38,000 plant population, at 6, 8 and 10 mph. According to Case IH, the Early Riser plots yielded higher every single time.
(Note: Kinze was not tested at 10 mph. Also, these results have not been replicated by a third party at this time.)
Case IH plans to release a four-tiered planter offering through 2016 and 2017:
1. The2000 Series Early Riser planters will let farmers customize their planter factory-direct. The first models, including 12-, 16- and 24-row, 30-inch front-fold machines will be available in time for the 2017 planting season.
2. Farmers who order certain 1200 series Early Riser planter models in 2016 can equip with Precision Planting components, including vDrive with vSet electric meter-drive system, plus CleanSweep residue managers and DeltaForce hydraulic down force.
3. Farmers can also order 1200 series Early Riser planters with Advanced Seed Metering (ASM) technology, which accommodates a wide variety of seed types and sizes at high plant populations, along with other features like a two-stage closing system, furrow firming point, seed protection show and more.
4. Farmers with certain used late-model Early Planter models can also upgrade to the technology they want through participating Case IH dealerships. Their dealer can help them modify existing models to the level best fit for their operation.
Visit caseih.com/rethink for more information.