Case IH celebrates a milestone birthday in 2017, as it turns 175 years old. Throughout the years, the company has not wavered from its guiding principles of innovative engineering, efficient power and agronomic design, according to president Andreas Klauser.
“[It’s] a philosophy that will continue into the future,” he says. “Those principles continue to inspire and guide us today.”
Klauser says that philosophy was on display at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show, when Case IH announced its latest products and technologies.
Case IH will offer a new high-speed, low-disturbance (HSLD) coulter option for the Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator. Dave Long, pull-type fertilizer applicators marketing managers, says it is capable of operating at speeds up to 11 mph, allowing operators to cover more than 500 acres across a 12-hour work day. Extensive field testing showed the toolbar demonstrates increased efficiency and superior agronomic performance, Long says.
Long says one key factor to this performance is a 22.6-inch single-coulter blade design, which cuts through residue with reduced plugging and minimal soil disturbance. Each row unit also contains a cast-iron spring-loaded knife, wiper wheel and closing system with SharkTooth blade and walking tandem press wheel.
Case IH also introduced its AccuStar GPS receiver, which allows operators to upgrade or add precision capabilities to older farm equipment. The setup is ideal for ElectriSteer-assisted steering, GPS positioning for combine yield-mapping, stand-alone GPS applications and providing GPS to third-party displays or applications, according to Leo Bose, Case IH AFS marketing manager.
“Together, AccuStar and ElectriSteer provide a quick, easy and affordable system that allows producers to realize the benefits of autoguidance on all their equipment. This allows for integration into their existing equipment without autoguidance capabilities,” he says. “Operators can take advantage of RTK corrections for applications that require the highest levels of precision, such as strip-till or bedding.”
Speaking of autoguidance, Bose says AccuTurn automated headland-turning technology will also be available for operators this year. It’s a hands-free (and worry-free) approach to autoguidance technology, he says.
“Whether navigating expansive open spaces or smaller, irregular fields, AccuTurn automatically controls the entire headland-turning process with industry-leading path-planning logic,” he says. “AccuTurn will give operators positive results throughout the crop production cycle.”
Two modes of operation – Automatic and Turn Now – allow for some customization of the technology.
Farmers aren’t just collecting data from the cab anymore, Bose also notes, which is why his company has developed the new Case IH UAV package in a collaboration with DroneDeploy. The package includes a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, RGB camera, hard carrying case, extra batter and a one-year subscription to DroneDeploy’s software. Users can collect imagery with the drone and camera, then analyze and filter maps through the software.
“Using aerial imagery, the Case IH UAV package helps uncover opportunities that growers may not otherwise have the time or resources to detect at ground level,” Bose says.
Finally, Case IH announces that back by popular demand comes a line of Maxxum series 2WD tractors with several models ranging from 116 HP to 145 HP, according to company officials. Cole Carling, Case IH Maxxum tractor marketing manager, says these models feature efficient power, enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning radius.
“Removing the MFD feature reduces the purchase price, but still gives producers the dedicated horsepower to get the job done,” he says.
Carling says the models will be especially appealing for hay and forage operations, vegetable production, dairy operations and other types of small-acreage mixed farms.
Other features include FPT Selective Catalytic Reduction emissions technology, a SurroundVision cab with a high-visibility roof panel and smaller front wheels for an unobstructed, 360-degree view, plus available cab suspension.