Spirit of the Cossacks shines through Case IH machinery field day

20 Jul 2018

In-field demonstrations in the Rostov Region gave valuable insights into optimising the effectiveness of modern agricultural machinery.

More than 150 Russian farmers attended a Case IH field day in Zernograd, Rostov during July. The farmers put twenty Case IH agricultural machines to the test under real field conditions and attended "master class" sessions focused on increasing yields.

The event was themed around the spirit of the Cossack people from Southern Russia and South-Eastern Ukraine who farmed on the river Don. The event's location has been an important part of cultural tradition for many centuries, while the Cossacks have always been the backbone of the state thanks to their perseverance and resourcefulness. This theme was a fitting reflection of the pioneering spirit that the Case IH brand delivers to the global agriculture industry.

Since the 19th century, Case IH has pioneered farming mechanisation, shaping the history of agriculture around the world. When the brand first entered the Russian market in the early 20th century, it contributed to the enormous transformation of the industry, with modern day farmers continuing to strive for increased productivity.

Rostov at the heart of Russian agricultural success

Konstantin Rachalovsky, Minister of Agriculture and Food in the Rostov Region was one notable guest at the event. He said that the Zernograd District demonstrates excellent results in the Rostov Region, confirming that it is a leading contributor to the Russian agrarian sector.

"Today's harvesting reflected real-world field conditions. Results have shown that a leading position can be reached through high-technology and innovative solutions for agriculture. The cooperation with the Case IH brand has certainly contributed to the fulfillment of this task," he said.

Mikhail Abovyan, CNH Industrial Business Director for Agricultural Equipment in Russia and the Republic of Belarus, commented on the important role of the Rostov Region in the development of agriculture in Russia: "This region has undoubtedly functioned as Russia's breadbasket," he said.

"This event coincides with the 10th anniversary of Case IH's strategic partnership with Altair, one of the largest suppliers of agricultural machinery and spare parts in the south of Russia.

"For a decade, Case IH has been able to rely on this fruitful partnership with Altair Group, which has worked successfully to support customers in this territory.

"Russian farmers deserve the best equipment to increase their output and profitability and Case IH's extraordinary products offer everything they need to achieve their goal," Abovyan said.

Other esteemed guests of the event included: Vasily Panasenko, Head of the Zernogradsky District Administration, Vladimir Boldin, General Director of Altair Group, and Andrey Alabushev, Head of Donskoy Agrarian Research Center and scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Broad machinery offering for the Russian market

Case IH's machinery on show at the field day represented its wide range developed for the specific requirements of Russian agriculture.

The event featured a machinery parade including models such as Quantum, Farmall JX, Maxxum, Puma, Magnum and Steiger Quadtrac tractors, Patriot sprayers, Axial-Flow combine harvesters and tillage equipment such as the Ecolo-Tiger and Barracuda. Earthmoving machines from CASE Construction Equipment brand were also on display.

Case IH's commitment to helping Russian farmers improve productivity does not stop at delivering world-leading equipment—the brand and its dealers also support customers in the field to get the best from their machinery. During the field day, farmers attended three special master classes devoted to current agrarian topics such as soil management, minimising harvest losses, and crop protection efficacy. All topics included test drives of the relevant machinery to help farmers understand how equipment contributes to their success.

During the event Case IH presented a long-awaited gift, the pneumatic row crop planter DV8R to Chapaev's Plemzavod , located in Vasyurinskaya village of Krasnodar region. His company specializes in growing beets, wheat, barley, sunflower and corn.

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