KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The many equipment innovations of Case IH at the 2013 Ag Connect Expo and Summit share more than paint color. According to company representatives from the executive to the field levels, they were all born from a focus on Agronomic Design.
“It’s something we’ve always done,” says Jim Walker, Vice President of Case IH North America Agricultural Equipment. “We have a unique focus and ability to find ways to help producers improve their soil-seed-plant growing environment, so we put a name to it – Agronomic Design. It allows us to tie together parallel activities with the shared focus of maximizing the yield and ROI potential of our customers.”
The Case IH Agronomic Design initiative unites ongoing work in multiple disciplines within Case IH, including customer research, product development, field support, training and marketing. In addition to ongoing product development work, Case IH Agronomic Design efforts will include sharing information and expertise to help producers make the most of each seed’s yield potential.
“We’re committed to delivering more agronomic advantages to farmers through both equipment technology and our people, who are equipped with years of field expertise,” he adds. “We want to help customers be ready to make the most of every seed’s yield potential, and that’s the value of Case IH Agronomic Design.”
FIELD EXPERTISE SUPPORTS INITIATIVE
A deep understanding of production agriculture and agronomic principles is fundamental to the Case IH design process. The field expertise of Case IH personnel – from engineers to locally-based product specialists – helps customers get the most out of every seed’s yield potential, no matter what Mother Nature may bring.
“Case IH equipment is designed to get farmers in and out of fields faster, so they can get more done during short operating windows,” says Bill Preller, Senior Director of Specialty Business, Case IH North America. “Our equipment is flexible and durable enough to reliably operate in a variety of conditions while still providing an optimum soil-seed-plant growing environment. Our design teams have supplemented their agronomic expertise with both field data and field experience to find new and innovative ways to create a better growing environment. Similarly, our field team supports local dealers and provides customers with knowledgeable advice to help them make the most of Case IH technology.”
AGRONOMIC DESIGN EQUIPMENT INNOVATIONS
Case IH Agronomic Design extends across the entire Case IH line, and is evident in existing equipment, as well as in the newest Case IH products:
Steiger® Rowtrac™: The four-track design of the new Case IH Steiger Rowtrac tractor adapts Quadtrac® advantages for row-crop scenarios. It distributes loads evenly across the length of each track, even when heavy loads put force on rear tracks. It minimizes compaction with more flotation, turns tight without berming and pulls harder with less rutting, all to maintain soil tilth and improve seedbed conditions.
Precision Disk drill: This all-new single disk drill easily cuts through residue and opens a uniform seed trench across varying soil and tillage conditions. It also accurately delivers the seed and closes and seals the trench for improved germination and plant-stand establishment.
Patriot® 2240 sprayers: These sprayers deliver near-equal weight distribution, when the tank is full and continuously as it empties, to help customers get into fields earlier. Field tests have shown that Patriot sprayers can provide field access two or three days sooner than competitive sprayers, along with less rutting and soil compaction. In addition, the Patriot 2240 sprayer is smaller and more nimble for maneuverability in tight fields. It features exclusive AIM Command® spray technology to deliver even, consistent coverage, and better drift control.
THE AGRONOMIC ADVANTAGE
“Crop yields are the product of both seed genetics and real world growing conditions,” says Preller. “Improving the soil-seed-plant growing environment helps producers maximize both their yield and ROI potential, regardless of weather conditions. Our Agronomic Design initiative will be evident beginning at the Ag Connect Exposition & Summit in Kansas City, where we’ll begin talking about our efforts.”
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges. Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. 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; site-specific farming tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI).