RACINE, Wis. - The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has consistently recognized Case IH for its excellence in agricultural equipment design. This year, these three Case IH products received ASABE's prestigious AE50 award:
* The Module Express 625 Cotton Harvester, the first commercial cotton picker with the ability to build modules while harvesting.
* AFS Cotton Yield Monitor, an option on the new Module Express 625 that provides precise, real-time cotton flow information.
* Steiger ® AccuSteer™ II System, delivering the industry's tightest-turning four-wheel-drive tractors.
"These awards demonstrate how Case IH continues to serve our customers' needs by offering industry leading, productive equipment," says Jim Walker, Case IH Vice President of North America. "We offer a line of powerful and reliable equipment with features that help our customers maximize their profitability."
Annually, the AE50 awards recognize the best products introduced the previous year in the agricultural, food and biological systems industries. A panel of ASABE experts selects the top products from around the world, ranking them based on commercial impact, contributions to agriculture and engineering and advancements in engineering and technological significance.
About the winners...
Module Express 625 Cotton Harvester
Through the use of an on-board packing system, the Case IH Module Express 625 is equipped to help cotton growers stage modules for efficient loading. Monitors track percent full, module weight and bales per acre so the operator can plan drop-off points around the field that are easily accessed by the gin's module trucks. The one-operator, one-machine harvesting system reduces labor and equipment costs.
AFS Cotton Yield Monitor
An option on the new Case IH Module Express 625, the AFS Cotton Yield Monitor displays pounds harvested, bales per acre and module weight - all on a touch screen monitor during harvesting. The monitor's unique Controller Area Network (CAN)-based optical sensor provides precise, real-time cotton flow information. Yield data is accurate to within 3 percent of gin weights. The AFS Cotton Yield Monitor also creates yield maps to aid in future precision farming management decisions.
Steiger® AccuSteer™ II System
The AccuSteer™ system makes the Case IH Steiger row-crop models the industry's first precision-steerable four-wheel-drive tractors by allowing the front frame to pivot independent of the rear. The intuitive steering control allows the operator to turn the tractor, and at the end of the 10-degree pivot, the tractor automatically begins articulation. The result is a tight turning radius of just 12.4 feet to tractor centerline and easy turns at the end of rows.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools.