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| spring 2011
Meeting the
global food
will you be ready?
Simply more efficient
Nebraska TesT daTa coNfirms improved fuel efficieNcy wiTh scr
Meeting the challenges farmers face every day takes more than innovative technology and equipment. It takes
committed people. Case IH has more committed professionals in the field, helping producers solve problems
and maximize production. Our commitment is to keep you going around the clock, season after season.
Because we know farming is more than an occupation – we understand your critical role in the global economic
and food systems. Case IH can help you be ready. To learn more, visit caseih.com/beready.
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survey sAys …
you’re going to grow
oN The cover:
case iH selected selective catalytic reduction as the tier 4A
emission solution on 100-hp and higher tractors for its greater
fuel efficiency in high-load applications. recent nebraska test
data has confirmed the improved performance.
AdvAnces in productivity
Simply more efficient
new cAse iH initiAtives
Meeting the global food challenge
cAse iH owner profile
precision fArming & guidAnce
Power in numbers
cAse iH owner profile
money mAtters
Clarity counts
equipment sHowcAse
pArts counter
Strong, yet flexible
cAse iH updAte
our missioN:
To provide you with information about Case iH equipment, trends in agriculture and
growers’ experiences to help you successfully manage your farm business.
Case IH conducted a survey of farmers attending the recent AG CONNECT Expo, and
of farmers visiting the website, CaseIH.com. We
asked farmers to rank the issues that would impact their business next year, and five years out,
from a list of several macro issues.
On both counts, the leading response was,
“New government mandates and regulations.”
The second most impactful issue, for both time
periods, was, “Availability and price of land for
Having this type of input helps us define the
challenges facing farmers today, and also identify future opportunities.
Government mandates cover a wide range of topics, but one that is very
specific to Case IH products is meeting the Tier 4A emissions regulations.
On this point, Case IH offers what we see as the industry’s best approach to
providing a reliable and cost-effective solution. Our high-horsepower tractors
using SCR are proving to be more fuel-efficient in independent tests and can
deliver overall lower cost of ownership, compared to the models they replace.
Other relevant mandates include soil and nutrient management and crop
protection application restrictions. Growers facing these regulations can use
class-leading Case IH soil management tools to meet specific needs, and
can count on the accuracy of Case IH application equipment with as-applied
mapping software to confirm their actions.
Hand in hand with finding and affording land for expansion is farming
it efficiently. On this point, Case IH continues to introduce equipment with
the capacity to cover more acres, faster. This reduces your cost-per-acre and
provides the ability to take on more acres with the same equipment. This is
significant; 89 percent of the respondents anticipate their farming operation
to grow in the next five years.
Based on current projections, North American agricultural producers
should be looking at another year of strong market prices for most commodities and livestock in 2011.
Like every year, there will be challenges posed by weather and unforeseen economic factors. And, like every year, Case IH and the Case IH dealer
organization will have the equipment and resources to help you manage or
overcome the new challenges and opportunities facing you every day.
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number 1, 2011.
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ADVANCES IN producTiviTy
Simply more efficient
Nebraska TesT
daTa coNfirms
improved fuel
efficieNcy aNd
power of New
case ih TracTors
wiTh scr
FARM FORUM spring 2011
ast fall, Case IH announced Selective Catalytic
Reduction (SCR) as the technology it will use to meet the
2011 Tier 4A emissions regulations on tractors over 100 hp.
A key reason, the company
stated, was the expectation of
operating cost reductions of up
to 10 percent, compared to previous models.
Earlier this year, preliminary Nebraska Tractor Test Lab
data confirmed the increased
operating efficiencies of the
Case IH Magnum and Steiger
tractors using SCR. The Nebraska
Test data for several of the new
tractors confirms fuel efficiency
gains exceeding 10 percent at
most power ratings and higher
PTO and drawbar horsepow-
er ratings compared to prior
models that used Exhaust Gas
Recirculation to meet Tier 3 emissions requirements.
During the testing, the new
Steiger 600 achieved the
Nebraska Test’s highest maximum
drawbar horsepower at 556.
SCR involves injecting a mixture of 32.5 percent high-purity
synthetic urea and 67.5 percent
deionized water, commonly
called Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)
into the engine’s exhaust. This
transforms the undesirable nitrous
oxides into harmless nitrogen
and water vapor.
The other approach to meeting Tier 4A regulations is Exhaust
Gas Recirculation (EGR) which
recirculates part of the exhaust
back through the combustion
cycle to eliminate nitrous oxides,
and employs a Diesel Particulate
Filter (DPF) into the exhaust to
capture particulates.
While both systems meet Tier
4A requirements, Case IH has selected SCR for its engines above
100 hp for these reasons:
• scr reduces operating
costs. As the preliminary
Nebraska Test results confirm,
SCR engines are more fuel efficient. All emissions requirements
are handled post-combustion.
The SCR engines are tuned for
maximum performance. Efficient
combustion produces acceptable
particulates, and the nitrous oxides are handled by SCR.
The combustion in Tier 4A
EGR engines is less efficient
because of the recirculation of
Case IH representatives have personally introduced the new generation
of Magnum and Steiger tractors to thousands of people at various shows
and meetings. These are among the questions they’ve frequently been asked:
How much def do these engines need? DEF is consumed at approximately 3 to 6 percent of diesel fuel consumed. DEF tanks on Case IH
equipment are designed to hold enough DEF to last two to three fill-ups of
the diesel fuel tank.
How much does def cost? where can i get it? Industry predictions are that DEF costs will be similar to the cost of diesel fuel. Case IH dealers sell DEF in several container sizes including 275- and 330-gallon tote
containers. DEF is also available from bulk diesel fuel suppliers including agricultural co-ops and at many service stations that refuel heavy-duty vehicles.
How reliable are these systems? While this is a new application for North American farm equipment, SCR has been used on heavy-duty
trucks in Europe for several years. Engines and SCR systems similar to those
used in Case IH equipment have logged more than 20 million miles. The
overall SCR system, including metering and injection, has proven to be very
reliable and effective.
is def sprayed into the cylinder? No. The DEF treats the exhaust
after it has left the engine. It is not injected into any aspect of the intake or
combustion process.
does def freeze? Yes. It begins to freeze at 12°F. When needed, a
heater in the DEF tank automatically comes on to thaw the DEF. No operator intervention is needed. The system senses the frozen DEF and allows the
engine to start and operate normally while the DEF is being thawed. The
DEF tanks are designed to accommodate the expansion caused by freezing.
is def flammable? No.
is def toxic? DEF has been identified as “minimum risk” by the EPA.
No special storage or handling regulations apply.
this is just more emissions complexity added to the engine,
right? No, the SCR system actually reduces complexity within the engine,
because it eliminates the need for exhaust gas recirculation and the necessary pipes, electronics and cooling systems.
How do i know how much def is in the tank? There’s a DEF
gauge, just like the fuel gauge.
what happens if the def runs out? The engine will go into a
derated power mode, with enough power to move the vehicle to a convenient location to refill. In normal circumstances, the DEF tank can be topped
off during refueling.
does the scr system require any maintenance? Yes, there is
a DEF filter that has a service interval of 1,200 hours, which coincides with
every second engine oil and filter service interval.
is this a short-term solution until the next round of regulations? Case IH plans are based on continuing with SCR on 100-hp and
over equipment, and will meet Tier 4B regulations in 2014 using SCR.
will scr be used on other 100-hp and above case iH
equipment such as combines, sprayers and pickers? Yes. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has various formulas for when different types of equipment must comply with the new Tier 4A regulations. SCR
will be introduced on other models of Case IH equipment over 100 hp later
this year and into 2012.
if def is 32.5% urea and water, can i make my own? No.
Both the urea and the water are highly purified to be compatible with the
system’s precise metering and injection equipment.
engine oil change intervals on scr-equipped engines have
been extended. why? SCR replaces exhaust gas recirculation. EGR
puts some exhaust back through the engine, and the heat and excess
particulates degrades oil quality. SCR-equipped engines have a much
cleaner combustion process, so oil stays cleaner, longer.
why is case iH using egr on equipment under 100 hp?
SCR shows its greatest customer benefit in higher-load, higher-fuel use situations common to larger equipment. The fuel economy advantage is less of a
benefit on smaller equipment, and there’s less room for the SCR equipment
on smaller tractors. Heat management issues posed by EGR and the Diesel
Particulate Filter are also more significant on higher-horsepower equipment.
exhaust with its reduced oxygen
content. This incomplete combustion results in high levels of particulates which must be captured by
the DPF and periodically burned
off in a process called regeneration. This consumes additional
fuel to burn the trapped particulates at temperatures of 1,200 F
• scr is simpler. EGR requires complex systems and controls to recirculate and cool the
exhaust and manage DPF regeneration. SCR allows traditional
and uncompromised intake, combustion and exhaust systems.
SCR does require the addition
of DEF, which can be managed as
or greater. Regeneration may
occur at intervals as frequent as 10
hours, depending on conditions.
Engines met prior Tier 3
requirements by recirculating approximately 10 percent of the exhaust. Meeting Tier 4A emissions
using EGR requires recirculating
up to 30 percent of the exhaust.
learn more about the case iH scr system, including the
option to post tier 4 questions to the case iH engineers,
at the website www.caseih.com/Tier4.
nebrAskA test dAtA compArisons
Preliminary Nebraska Test data shows
the new Case IH models using SCR technology deliver more power and improved fuel
efficiency compared to the models they
replace. “Horsepower hours per gallon”
is a measure of power generated per
gallon of fuel; higher
numbers indicate greater
fuel efficiency.
part of the normal refueling process. Three to six gallons of DEF
will be consumed with every 100
gallons of diesel fuel, depending
upon operating conditions. n
steiger 450
pto hp @
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Hp hr/gal
@ standard
pto speed
drawbar hp
@ rated rpm
Hp hr/gal @
drawbar hp
Hp hr/gal
@ 75% pull
max power
steiger 450 (new model w/scr)
steiger 435 (prior model)
magnum 340 (new model w/scr)
magnum 335 (prior model)
spring 2011 FARM FORUM
magnum 340
meeting tHe globAl
food cHAllenge
cAse iH offers An expAnding rAnge of
wAys to Help you ‘be reAdy’
ast fall, Case IH introduced
a new initiative called “Be
Ready” that strengthens
Case IH product planning and
customer communications activities. It’s based on the the fact that
North American farmers and
ranchers will be challenged to
provide much of the food that will
be demanded by a global population that’s increasing by more
than one person per second.
Even in this brief period since
the announcement of Be Ready,
articles about the global demand
for food have appeared more frequently in the general media, as
demand creeps closer to consuming available grain stocks.
This demand is driven by multiple sources. There’s the sheer increase in numbers – more mouths
to feed. Some growth segments
of the world’s population, notably
China, are experiencing a stronger economy that’s encouraging
demand for more food supplies
including higher-protein food. In
the United States, a commitment
to corn-based ethanol to help offset foreign imports of oil and to
meet clean-air regulations adds
another layer of demand to corn.
And, the past few years
have seen grain production constrained by unfavorable weather
in key growing regions.
These realities have com-
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bined to shift global food issues
from dealing with ample – even
excess – production to sourcing
and allocating enough food to
meet demand.
As a North American producer, the world is counting on you
to meet the challenge. Will you
be ready?
The Be Ready initiative at
Case IH includes developing,
producing and supporting equipment that will help you gain more
production from each acre, and
meeting material handling needs
more efficiently.
Another key element of Be
Ready is providing information
that will help producers gain in-
sight into the many facets shaping
the outlook for North American
food production.
The recent AG CONNECT
Expo in Atlanta provided the
platform for Case IH to display
while attendees at events such as
Ag connect expo can interact with
industry experts in person, part of the
case iH be ready initiative is to make
these types of conversations readily
available on the internet.
print and video reports from these events
are presented on the case iH be ready
website, http://beready.caseih.com, along
with a wide range of other timely information about the changing world of farming.
topic categories at the be ready site
include Alternative energy, Available
land, government mandates and world
population. each is updated with new reports and links to external resources, and
provides moderated discussion opportunities for producers to share
opinions on these topics.
A new enhancement to the be ready
site is the case iH be ready blog, edited
by ryanne greve, case iH marketing
communications manager.
“At case iH, we are constantly asking
ourselves, ‘How can we help farmers and
make their jobs easier?’ ” she says. “As
editor of the be ready blog, my vision is
to do just that.”
the be ready blog provides fresh information on timely topics and events. recent
coverage included highlights of the Ag
connect expo and tier 4 engine information, complete with the ability to submit
tier 4 questions to case iH engineers. in
fact, part of the overall blog platform is
to provide a forum to stay in contact with
Through live events and online
discussions at the new Be Ready
website, Case IH is providing
information to help producers gain
insight into factors affecting their
business and the global demand
for food. Here, retired General
Wesley Clark, now co-chairman of
Growth Energy, makes a pro-ethanol
presentation at the Case IH exhibit
during the 2011 AG CONNECT
Expo in Atlanta.
this information-sharing aspect of
Be Ready.
At a special seminar immediately preceding the Expo, a
Case IH-sponsored panel addressed a group of influential
growers from throughout the
United States and Canada.
Speakers included former U.S.
Representative Jim Nussle whose
16 years in Congress included
Chairman of the House Budget
case iH through interactive online discussions.
“farmers are facing new challenges every day, from
feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to production of
more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint,” greve says. “case iH is
committed to helping you meet those challenges.”
sign up for
blog updAtes
The Case IH Be Ready site
includes the option to subscribe to the new Be Ready
blog. It’s free, and you’ll
receive e-mail updates
about new blog posts.
Committee; Tom Buis, CEO of the
ethanol lobbying group Growth
Energy; Tom Dorr, president and
CEO of U.S. Grains Council;
and Dan Basse, president of
AgResource, a grain marketing
advisory firm.
Two themes underpinned their
discussions: the positive price outlook for agricultural commodities,
based on increased global demand; and the need to make your
views known to your government
Basse explained that the number of households with disposable
income over $10,000 will begin
to increase dramatically in Brazil,
Russia, India and China, which
translates into increased demand
for higher quality diets. “China
needs our food,” he emphasized.
Dorr supported Basse’s comments. “The demand for what you
produce will grow exponentially,”
he said.
In this environment of increased demand, Buis noted that
the government will play a bigger
role in agricultural policy and production, and legislators need to
hear from you on issues that affect
your business. “You have to be engaged and involved,” he said.
Nussle agreed. “If you’re not
communicating with them, someone else will be,” he said.
exhibit, multiple industry experts
shared their insights during presentations and panel discussions.
Retired General Wesley Clark,
now co-chairman of Growth
Energy, emphatically promoted
ethanol and other agriculturalbased energy sources from a
national security perspective.
“We’re sending billions of dollars for oil abroad to people who
do not like us. Ethanol helps keep
those dollars here,” he said.
In a panel discussion on
Tier 4 engine emissions technology, Case IH training manager
Leo Bose described the SCR
advantage: “We get more power
because we can tune the engine
to use all the Btu content the fuel
can deliver.”
Tier 4 panelist Dawn Geske,
editor-in-chief of Diesel Progress
magazine, noted that SCR will
become more widely used. “At
this time, all signs point to most
manufacturers using SCR to meet
Tier 4B final emissions in 2014,”
she said.
Additional panel discussions
included marketing insight with
analysts including Pro Farmer’s
Chip Flory; a Tillage, Planting and
Seeding presentation hosted by
Charlene Finck, Farm Journal vice
president of editorial; and new
product overviews by Case IH
product marketing specialists. n
spring 2011 FARM FORUM
‘fArming’s All i ever
wAnted to do’
twenty-two yeArs
of A midnigHt B
sHift Helped tHis
illinois fArmer
fulfill His dreAms
waggoner’s international Harvester tractor
collection includes the v8-powered
1468 and 1568 tractors, a high-clearance
706, and the 806 his father and
grandfather bought new.
spring 2011
ack in the early 1980s, if Steve
Waggoner listened to the coffee shop talk about how hard it
was for a young man to get started in
farming, he might still be working the
midnight shift in a tire factory.
It was a tough period back then,
with low crop prices and high interest
rates. But Waggoner, of Salem, Illinois,
didn’t see the downside. “Farming’s all
I ever wanted to do,” he says. In 1983,
he and his wife, Dana, got married
two years out of high school and pursued their dream of farming. Together,
they worked on rented ground with
used equipment during the day. At
night, Waggoner worked an 11 p.m.
to 7 a.m. shift building tires.
For the next 22 years, that was
their life, as they raised two daughters and two sons, added land, and
Dana became a full-time school
teacher. In the middle of that period,
they were farming some 2,500 acres
in that mode. Now they’re farming
several times that amount in an operation that counts on equal parts
of hands-on family involvement and
equipment with the capacity and
technology to make the most of their
own personal labor.
And there’s been plenty of labor.
During the early days, Dana tilled
while Steve planted; she hauled
while he harvested. As their children
got older, they joined the workforce.
From the outset, Waggoner had a
couple of goals that helped keep him
focused. Because he wanted to farm
with his family, he didn’t hesitate to
rent or purchase land as it became
available. And, he added new equipment whenever he saw a piece that
would do a better job or help him
and his family be more productive.
As the operation grew, Steve
quit the factory job in 2005 and has
focused on making the operation
more efficient.
He’s turned much of his attention to
getting crops planted in a timely manner. “It seems like the weather patterns
here are giving us a much smaller window. Now we need to get everything
planted in 10 days,” he says.
However, that can’t come at the
expense of tillage. The heavy clay
soils he farms in southern Illinois are
tight, compaction-prone and slow to
warm in the spring; his trials with notill haven’t been successful.
His planting preparation begins
after the combine has left the field.
For several years now, he’s used a
42-foot Case IH True-Tandem 330
Turbo vertical tillage tool in place of
a disk to better size and incorporate
tough Bt corn stalks. He follows this
with a 22-foot Ecolo-Tiger 870 disk
ripper. “We need to get air and sunshine into this soil,” he says.
Residue sizing by the TrueTandem 330 Turbo also makes anhydrous ammonia application easier
by eliminating stalks bunching up
around the applicators.
His final pass prior to planting is
with a Tiger-Mate 200 field cultivator equipped with an ACS flat-bar
harrow. “That’s really a versatile
tool for us,” Steve says. “It does a
good job here.”
He plants corn with a 12-row
and 24-row 30-inch Case IH 1250
front-fold planter and plants soybeans with a pair of 16/31 1240
split-row planters; all equipped with
bulk-fill systems.
“When both planters are rolling,
we’re planting 500 acres a day,” he
says. Moving to all-Case IH planters
has eliminated the time-consuming
step of sending the seed meters out to
be calibrated for kernel size. “Now,
we just fill the seed, and go. We
know it’s going to plant.”
Waggoner matches a Steiger
335 tractor to the 24-row planter,
and uses two Magnum tractors, a
305 and a 245, for the other plant-
ers. He also runs two Steiger 535s
and two Quadtrac 535s for all the
tillage work. They’re all equipped
with PTOs to handle 1,000-bushel
grain carts.
Because he’s always worked
with a lean crew, Waggoner has embraced new technologies as a way to
get more field work done easier, faster, and more accurately. He says the
AIM Command installed on an SPX
3310 sprayer some 10 years ago
convinced him of what these types of
features can do. “AIM Command is
an amazing system that’s accurate at
all speeds with the ability to minimize
drift,” he says. It’s now included on
his current sprayer, a Patriot 4420.
A bigger step has been adopting Case IH AFS AccuGuide RTK
autoguidance on his primary tractors, his sprayer and his pair of
this maxxum 110 is used daily to
feed the waggoners’ cow-calf herd.
waggoner uses a case iH
true-tandem 330 turbo as his
first-pass tillage tool after the
combine to size and mix
tough corn stalks.
Axial-Flow 8120 combines.
In addition to the obvious benefits
such as no overlap and reduced fatigue, he counts on autoguidance to
save several days at planting. “We
apply anhydrous ammonia preplant,
then come in the next day, step over
15 inches, and plant corn. That, to
me, is an ideal situation.”
He says other benefits of the
AFS AccuGuide systems, working
through the AFS Pro 600 monitors,
includes the ability to locate and
identify the farm’s multiple fields. This
makes it easier for everyone to find
the right fields. The AccuGuide system also enables other input-saving
functions such as swath control on
the sprayer and the Accu-Row automatic row shut-off clutches he has on
the 24-row planter.
As Waggoner’s operation has
grown, he’s owned a succession
of combines beginning with an
International 503 with a 13-foot
header, through models including an International 815, 915 and
1440 Axial-Flow up through a hardworking 2388 Axial-Flow. All were
bought used; his first new combine
was the 8120 Axial-Flow he bought
two years ago, joined by a second
8120 last year.
“These 8120s are awesome machines. I’ll put them up against any
other combine out there,” he says.
His are equipped with Case IH 12row corn heads and 2162 35-foot
flex draper heads. The draper heads
feed smoothly and eliminate rotor
rumbling, even in green stem beans,
he adds.
When Waggoner’s not in the
field, he doesn’t stray far from his
red equipment. He’s an avid tractor collector. His Farmall collection
includes the restored 806 his father
and grandfather bought together, a
1468 and a 1568. He’s proud of
the “black stripe” 66 Series Farmalls
he has from a 766 to a 1566 including a Hydro 100, and a 1206.
“Every collector needs a 1206,
right?” he says.
He works on the tractors, shows
them, and occasionally just takes
one out for an evening to check
the crops. “It’s like stepping back in
steve waggoner has
equipped his southern illinois
farming operation to get
crops planted and harvested
as quickly as possible.
time,” he says.
From the outset, Steve has run
red equipment. As his operation has
expanded, his relationship with his
Case IH dealer and Case IH has become more significant.
“Case IH has stayed with me.
There’s been a lot to learn with this
new technology, and our dealer’s been
very good at making sure we keep going,” he says. CNH Capital financing
has played a key role, as well.
Now that Waggoner’s operation
has grown to where he can justify
having this late-model equipment and
the capabilities it brings, he says life
is “so much better” compared to the
early years of long hours with older
equipment. But he wouldn’t change
a thing, he says, and looks forward
to working more with his daughter, Brook, who runs a planter and
a combine and is taking over a lot
of the administrative duties, and his
son, Beau, who manages a cow-calf
operation and handles much of the
fertilizer work, trucking, grain drying and combining. Steve’s father,
Wilvin, keeps his hand in by overseeing grain marketing. Another daughter, Breann, is married to a farmer in
Idaho, and son Brock is pursuing a
doctorate in plant and soil science.
“This is a family operation,” Steve
says. “Without my wife and kids and
some good help, we wouldn’t be
where we are today.”
And with this good team in place,
Steve can focus even more on what
he likes: “I love to farm. I love smelling the dirt in the spring, and seeing
the crop mature and flourish. And
there’s nothing better than running
that 8120 with the 12-row corn head
at 4.5 mph in 200-bushel corn. That’s
an amazing feat,” he says. n
spring 2011 FARM FORUM
performAnce displAys on todAy’s trActors
deliver vAluAble mAnAgement informAtion
power in numbers
Like that cell phone with dozens of features that you only use for
calls, it can be easy to use just a
few functions on the performance
displays of current model tractors.
But if you’re using displays
such as the Case IH AFS Pro 600
or its new upgraded version, the
AFS Pro 700, to simply observe
basic information such as fuel
used and acres covered, you’re
barely scratching the surface of
what these tools can do for you.
The wealth of machine control
and performance data available
with these displays can help you
run equipment more efficiently
and make more accurate crop
management decisions.
Let’s look at making the tractor
operate more efficiently. Even before you turn a wheel, the Case IH
displays let you fine-tune the hydraulic systems to match the task.
As a general rule, you should
set hydraulic flow and valve timers to the lowest settings that will
handle the load and complete
the function. Otherwise, the hydraulic system will be requiring
more power than you need, and
unnecessarily consuming fuel in
the process. Other settings let you
adjust hydraulic flow to meet special demands such as powering
orbital motors.
By commanding the display to
record data only when the implement is in the ground, based on
the position of the hitch or remote
hydraulics, you can gather precise
field performance information.
While underway, the displays
for engine power and wheel slip
are good indicators of how well
your tractor is performing. Refer
to the engine load indicator to
see how hard you’re working the
tractor. If it’s showing 90 to 100
percent of power used during the
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or specific crop? It’s all there, easheaviest pulling conditions, you
That’s interesting data, but
ily accessible and available for
have an adequate tractor/implethe value lies in what you can
download for further analysis.
ment match.
do with it. For example, are the
If your AFS Pro 600 or Pro
acres covered being maximized
The displays for gallons of fuel
700 display is GPS-linked, your
for the amount of fuel used? If the
consumed per hour and per acre
information options increase. For
tractor has a little more capacity,
are additional measures of fuel
example, is the tillage operation
can you run one gear faster and
you’re performing necessary?
still do a good job? Or will that
Current model Magnum and
Skip part of the field
Steiger tractors have
as a test plot and do a
yield comparison when
features you can enyou harvest using sitegage and monitor. For
specific yield data.
example the Diesel
You can map fuel
Saver Auto Productivity
usage across a field.
Areas showing higher
automatically selects the
fuel use may have tightbest engine speed and
er soils that could benefit
gear selection to mainfrom deep-ripping or tile
tain ground speed. The
AFS Pro 600 or AFS
Do you have mulPro 700 displays will
tiple operators running
show the improved fuel
the same equipment?
case iH Afs pro 600 and pro 700 displays
Use the data to comSeeing wheel slip
can provide a wealth of information that
will help you make better equipment
pare their performance.
in the 5 to 12 percent
management decisions.
Aides such as Diesel
range is another indicaSaver and automated
tor of good tractor/imend-of-row functions can help less
plement match and proper tractor
result in higher wheel slip which
skilled operators run things propweighting and tire inflation.
increases per-acre fuel use to an
erly and consistently.
With the tractor set for optiunacceptable level? The display
All the operating data genermum implement match and efwill tell you, instantaneously, or
ated by these displays can help
ficient operation, you can shift
over a period of time.
you develop more accurate opyour focus to gathering data durKnowing the rate you’re coverating budgets. You can predict
ing field operations.
ering ground and using fuel will
how much fuel to buy, and how
let you accurately budget time
Let’s look at the screen shot of
many hours of labor will be rerequirements and fuel needs for
an AFS Pro 600 display from a
quired. You’ll know the cost of
completing specific operations on
Magnum 305 tractor working with
each field operation. You’ll know
all your acreage.
a five-shank MRX690 disk ripper,
how much time, fuel and equipThe AFS Pro 600 and Pro
12.5 feet wide. After several hours
ment cost you have in each acre
700 displays can retain this field
of running, we see it’s averaging
or in each bushel, bale or pound
performance in a variety of ways.
1.7 gallons of fuel used per acre
of crop production.
For example, you can track opand covering about 8.71 acres
erations by crop, by field or by
per hour, for an average fuel conThe bottom line is that perforimplement.
sumption of 9.8 gallons per hour.
mance displays such as the AFS Pro
Would it be helpful to know
Wheel slip has been averaging
600 and AFS Pro 700 are capable
exactly how much it costs per
5.8 percent and the engine load
of providing extensive, detailed
acre to perform a specific tillage
averaging 69 percent, including
and accurate performance inforoperation? Or how much equiptime spent turning around. So far,
mation that can be leveraged into
ment expense (time and fuel) you
the tractor has covered 47.53
valuable management information.
have invested in a specific field
acres with this implement.
Use it to your advantage. n
F u e l
In recent independent tests,* the new Magnum 340 with SCR (Selective
Catalytic Reduction) technology outperformed the Deere 8345R in fuel
efficiency across the entire power band. Plus, the Magnum recorded
up to 8% more drawbar horsepower than the competition. SCR
technology also provides the Magnum with clean, cool air, resulting
in cleaner oil and less maintenance. To learn more, visit your Case IH
dealer or caseih.com/beready to see how Case IH tractors with SCR
technology can help prepare you for the future.
E c o n o m y
Case IH Magnum 340
Max Power
Case IH Advantage
Deere 8345R
Case IH Magnum 340
75% Pull
Max Power
Case IH Advantage
Deere 8345R
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*Magnum 340 (preliminary Nebraska test November 2010), drawbar maximum power at 17.13 hp-hr/gal., and 75% of
pull maximum power at 15.99 hp-hr/gal., compared to Deere 8345R (Nebraska test 1972, June 2010) drawbar maximum
power at 16.14 hp-hr/gal., and 75% of pull maximum power at 14.84 hp-hr/gal.
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a fourTh-geNeraTioN poTaTo grower sTrives for qualiTy aNd efficieNcy
larry sackett counts on a case iH
fleet to produce more than 1.7 million
cwt. of potatoes annually. His goals
include using the tractors for multiple
tasks, including switching from
flotation tires to narrow-row tires on
the magnum tractors, maximizing the
hours they can be used.
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daho claims the number one spot
for overall U.S. potato production,
but for potatoes that end up as potato chips, Michigan has been the
nation’s leading producer for years.
Every year, fourth-generation
potato grower Larry Sackett supplies
more than 1.7 million cwt. of those
Michigan potatoes in an operation
that demands intensive management
and dozens of pieces of equipment.
Sackett thrives on the pace.
“The easiest thing I do every day is
come to work,” he says.
It’s a business that his greatgrandparents, who began growing potatoes on the rolling sandy
soils here near Stanton in the
1890s, couldn’t envision.
Each year, the farm, which op-
erates as Sackett Ranch, has about
half of its approximately 10,000
acres devoted to potatoes.
The crop begins with sourcing
the seed stock potatoes, which arrive in mid-February. These whole
potatoes are grown in isolated
areas of Wisconsin and Michigan
which minimizes the risk of potential viruses and diseases.
Sackett’s crews cut and size the
potatoes into the chunks that are
planted into a seedbed that’s been
well-worked and mixed to produce
a loose fluffy soil, with prior crop
residues fully incorporated.
As the potato plants emerge and
grow, they’re tended with multiple
cultivations and weekly analyses by
crop consultants who recommend
timely treatments of crop protectants
applied by ground and air. Every
acre of Sackett’s potatoes is watered
by one of more than 200 center pivots; four of Sackett’s 30 year-round
employees are assigned to irrigation
duties during the growing season.
A drive for perfection underpins
all these steps. Nearly all the potato acreage is grown on contract.
Sackett’s buyers provide financial
incentives for potatoes surpassing
their standards that include consistent
size and appearance, specific gravity and absence of foreign material.
“Weather conditions throughout
the growing season greatly affect
potato quality, but there are plenty
of variables we can control, including variety selection, fertility and
unloading systems. While that’s going on, tillage is underway and the
grain crops are being harvested.
During peak seasons, some 70
people are employed.
Case IH tractors provide the
power. The fleet currently includes
four Steiger models, a 500, a 450
and two 435s; 11 Magnum tractors
including three 335s with MFD, four
305s, a 225 CVT, two 210s and a
190; and two Maxxum 125s with
loaders. A pair of Axial-Flow combines, a 2577 and a 5088, handle
the grain, and some 40 Case IH power units ranging from P70s to PX240s
power center pivots.
Each tractor earns its keep
with annual hours averaging over
1,000. “We have to use these
tractors to the utmost to justify
them,” Sackett explains.
For Sackett, that means using
these bigger tractors for multiple
tasks. When the Magnum tractors
are finished with tillage, he removes
the wide 710/70R42 rears and
600/65R28 fronts, both dualed, he
uses for maximum tillage traction on
timeliness of planting and harvesting,” he says. Storage management
is another factor.
Although some potatoes are
shipped from the field, Sackett
stores the majority of the potatoes in
his warehouses where temperature
and humidity is computer-controlled.
Semi-loads of potatoes are shipped
nearly daily throughout the year.
Sackett says the equipment
needed to make all this happen is
“beyond belief.” At peak potato
planting and harvest times, he says,
they’re also working with the wheat,
peas, corn and oats that are additional cash crops and rotations.
For example, potato harvest
employs four harvesters plus 10
windrowers, 21 trucks and two
sackett shows bags of potato
chips they fry daily to confirm
the quality of the potatoes
they’re shipping. He says they
pull 40 potatoes, and take
three slices from each one.
desirable high-starch potatoes
fry to a golden color; those
with higher sugar take on a
darker appearance.
the sandy soils, and switches to tall
narrow 380/90R54 duals on the
rear and corresponding single narrow tire on the front. This lets these
tractors handle cultivation, hilling,
windrowing and harvesting in the
34-inch potato rows.
“These electronic engines have
really helped us on fuel economy
for these lower-horsepower tasks,”
Sackett explains. He says that
even though they’re high-horsepower tractors, features such
as the Diesel Saver Auto
Productivity Management
system enable the tractors to
consume only the fuel that’s
required for the task.
He keeps the tall narrow tires and
rims when he trades tractors, which
isn’t that often; he likes to see 6,000 to
7,000 hours on them before trading.
Autoguidance is a recent addition to Sackett’s operation. He’s using Case IH AFS Autoguidance on
his planting tractors, and has been
integrating the system to control the
steerable rear wheels on his guidance-capable potato planters.
“These planters are heavy
when they’re loaded with potatoes
and they tend to drift sideways on
the hillsides. There’s quite a distance between the tractor’s front
wheels and the rear wheels on the
planter. Being able to steer both
makes sense,” he says.
Sackett runs the operation with a
management team that includes his
wife, Mary, and his daughter and
son-in-law, Michelle and Luke Parr.
As a manufacturing engineer, Luke
brings a unique advantage to Sackett
Ranch by designing and building specialized equipment, using his computer aided design (CAD) capabilities.
Sackett also counts on support from his primary suppliers. For
Case IH, he says that not only means
unwavering service from his dealer,
but also information and support
from the Case IH organization. For
example, he says the Case IH tractor
specialist for his area held an on-site
training session to help the Sackett
Ranch employees understand the
productivity features of their newest
the sackett ranch potatoes are
stored in multiple on-farm climate
controlled warehouses. temperatures and
humidity levels are managed to sustain
quality, and vary based on potato
variety and shipping date.
Magnum tractors. “That he’s willing
to do that is very important to us,”
Sackett says.
Sackett says he saw more of the
commitment Case IH brings at the recent AG CONNECT Expo in Atlanta.
There, he said Case IH was “very aggressive” in having experienced people at their display to answer questions.
“They had experts with each
piece of equipment. That’s important,” he says. “And they’re all very
proud of their line, which influences
me, as an owner.”
This beneficial business relationship extends to CNH Capital, as
well. CNH Capital’s promptness and
ease of transactions is a special advantage, he explains. “All the way
from buying Case IH parts, to leasing, to purchases, working with CNH
Capital makes good financial sense,”
Sackett says. “And with them, we can
close deals fairly quickly.”
Each year, Sackett says the major
food companies he supplies introduce new grower requirements, often
dealing with quality and traceability.
He says he welcomes the challenge
to always work to higher standards.
“After all,” he says, “it’s all
about proving that we’re producing
safe food.” n
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speciAl u.s. tAx incentives confirmed for 2011
Clarity Counts
The more clarity you can have regarding income and expenses, the
more accurate your budgets can be, and the more confidence you can
have in making equipment investments.
For 2011, you can count on special U.S. tax incentives being available for qualifying equipment purchases made anytime during 2011.
This is in contrast to 2010, when special 2010 U.S. tax incentives were not passed until later in 2010. This year, you have the
confidence of knowing what these potential U.S. tax incentives are
beginning in 2011.
To further help spur the economy, the U.S. government has expanded the Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 deduction.* The current
levels, confirmed with the president’s signing of the 2010 Tax Relief/
Job Creation Act of 2010 on December 17, 2010, are as follows:
P There’s
a new first-year 100 percent bonus depreciation on
qualifying new equipment purchases which is retroactive from
September 9, 2010 to December 31, 2011. This means that you
have the option of depreciating 100 percent of the cost of new
qualified depreciable property purchased and placed into service
between September 9, 2010 and December 31, 2011.
Prior to this act’s signing, this bonus first-year depreciation had
been 50 percent of the purchase price. The bonus first-year depreciation is scheduled to return to 50 percent for qualifying new
equipment purchases for 2012.
This may affect previous/future years’ taxes (i.e., net operating loss
carrybacks or carryfowards).
P The Section 179 deduction on qualifying new and used equipment
purchases continues at $500,000 in 2010 and 2011. The maximum investment limitation is $2 million; after that, the deduction is
phased out dollar-for-dollar above $2 million. That’s because the
objective of this deduction is to encourage investment by small to
medium-sized businesses.
Beginning in 2012, the Section 179 deduction is set to be just
$125,000, and the maximum investment limitation will be
$500,000. The Section 179 deduction is a provision of the U.S.
tax code that allows businesses to deduct up to the full purchase
price of qualifying equipment purchases during the tax year.
These incentives have the potential to provide significant tax savings
by reducing taxable income. Here are two scenarios:
new purcHAses
eligible purchases
of $500,000
used purcHAses
Section 179
100% bonus
Normal first year
Total first year
depreciation deduction
tAx sAvings
used purcHAses
Section 179
100% bonus
Normal first year
Total first year
depreciation deduction
tAx sAvings
new purcHAses
eligible purchases
of $1,000,000
Scenarios based on 7-year useful life MACRS Depreciation and Half Year Convention. If the mid-quarter
convention applies, the normal first year’s depreciation deduction amount shown may be reduced. Potential
tax savings assumes a 35 percent tax rate. Some states may not allow the additional deductions.
*CNH Capital, Case IH and Case IH dealers do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Customers
are strongly encouraged to seek their own professional advice on the proper treatment of these transactions.
These U.S. tax incentives were initiated to encourage equipment purchases. As 2011 is projected to be a higher gross income year for many
agricultural producers, it’s worth evaluating how equipment purchases
and these deductions can affect your farm’s finances, especially considering that these tax incentives for the first year bonus depreciation and
Section 179 deduction are scheduled to decline in 2012. n
for more informAtion
An independent website provides an in-depth look at Section 179 and its benefits. It’s at www.section179.org.
This article was developed in cooperation with CNH Capital. CNH Capital provides a comprehensive range of services, including wholesale and retail financing, leasing, insurance, asset
management, and revolving lines of credit, for the global marketplace. Building on more than 50 years’ experience in the equipment finance industry, CNH Capital is helping Case IH dealers
and well over half a million customers throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia.
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EQUIPMENT showcase
case iH continually introduces new and updated equipment. Here’s a look at several new products
that can bring new efficiencies to your farming operation.
new c series fArmAll trActors
new c series
farmall tractors
are available
in cab or rops
versions with
two-wheel drive
or mfd. they
are well-suited
for a broad
range of field
and farmstead
chores including
hay and livestock
applications, and
material handling
with case iH l600
series loaders.
the newest models of Case iH C series
Farmall tractors continue the Farmall tradition of versatile performance and value.
the new C series includes three
models: the Farmall 75C at 65 Pto hp;
the Farmall 85C at 75 Pto hp; and the
Farmall 95C at 85 Pto hp. all are powered by FPt Case iH four-cylinder 3.2-liter
turbocharged engines. the Farmall 85C
and 95C are also intercooled.
these flat-platform tractors are wellsuited for a broad range of field work and
farmstead chores. transmission choices
include an easy-to-use 8-speed forward/
8-speed reverse transmission or a
12-speed forward/12-speed reverse transmission, both with a choice of mechanical
or hydraulic shuttle. Choose two-wheel
drive or mechanical front-wheel drive.
the new C series feature separate
hydraulic systems for steering and for
the implements so that both systems are
uncompromised during loader work and
other demanding hydraulic tasks. the
high-capacity open center hydraulic system
includes one standard remote valve with
one or two additional valves optional, and
a standard three-point hitch.
Both roPs and cab models include a
new instrument cluster that tilts with the
steering column, a larger operator’s seat,
and ergonomically positioned hydraulic
valve controls and loader joystick position.
an operator training seat is optional as is
an operator’s seat that swivels 15 degrees.
Cab models have new options including
a high-visibility roof panel and a factory
installed radio with iPod connection.
Match the C series tractors with Case iH
l600 series loaders with their new durable
Quick-latch system for easy mounting
and removal, and a choice of more than
70 attachments including buckets, forks,
grapple and spikes.
engine brAke And trAiler
brAke options for mAgnum
And steiger trActors
operators who tow heavy grain carts and slurry tanks can gain
improved vehicle control with engine brakes or trailer brakes available
as factory-installed options on Case iH Magnum and steiger tractors.
the engine brake is a compression brake system very similar to
those used in heavy duty trucks. When activated, the engine brake
turns every other cylinder stroke into a compression stroke for added
engine braking when the engine is throttled back or to help hold speed
when going downhill in gear.
the optional trailer brake system includes either the hydraulic or
air supply, the in-cab control, and the couplers to activate brakes on
trailing vehicles.
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optional engine brakes and trailer brakes for steiger and magnum
tractors provide added control for transporting heavy loads.
learn more in person or online See your Case IH dealer for more details on how Case IH equipment can
help you be a more efficient producer. You can also find more information and specifications at www.caseih.com.
new pumA
models provide cvt
equipped with the cvt transmission the three new puma models from 105 to 135 pto
hp are efficient and maneuverable. Here, a puma 130 cvt works with an optional
case iH l760 loader.
three new Case iH Puma models
bring the ease and efficiency of the
Continuously Variable transmission (CVt)
to tractors in the 105- to 135-hp range.
the Puma 130 CVt at 105 Pto hp, the
Puma 145 CVt at 120 Pto hp and the
Puma 160 CVt at 135 Pto hp are tier
4a compliant with selective Catalytic
reduction for improved fuel economy and
overall performance. these new models
are powered by a 6.7-liter FtP engine.
the Case iH CVt transmission efficiently delivers power to the ground in
an infinitely variable range of speeds
from creep speeds to road transport. the
standard Diesel saver auto Productivity
Management system manages the engine
and CVt to automatically select the most
fuel-efficient engine speed and transmission
ratio to maintain the operator’s requested
ground speed even under varying loads.
these three new Puma models ride on
a 107.6-inch wheelbase with the standard front axle, making them well-suited
for livestock chores including loader work
with the Case iH l760 loader. an optional
suspended front axle makes lift-and-carry
operations faster and more comfortable.
these tractors are available guidanceready for Case iH aFs accuGuide
autoguidance and can be ordered with
the complete autoguidance system
the CVt transmission is also available
in five 113.6-inch wheelbase Puma models with Pto hp ratings from 140 to 195.
AutomAted plAnter row sHut-offs
Afs Accu-row clutches.
add Case iH accu-row Clutches to your Case iH
1200 series Early riser planter to eliminate overlaps into previously planted areas. the accu-row
Clutches work with the Case iH aFs accuGuide
autoguidance system and the aFs Pro 600 and the
aFs Pro 700 displays or the agGPs-EZ Boom 2010
automated application system.
When the guidance system detects that the
planter is entering a previously planted area, it commands the accu-row Clutch system to automatically
disengage planter row units, using air-activated
avoiding double-planting saves costly seed and
helps sustain yields, as crowded plants don’t reach
their full potential. Double-planted areas generally
yield 30 to 35 percent less compared to areas with
the optimal population.
accu-row Clutches are a factory-installed option
on new Case iH planters, and are also available as
an aftersales parts item at Case iH dealerships for
installation on existing planters.
Afs pro 700
this successor to the popular aFs Pro
600 Display features a slimmer, lighter
design with a larger touch-screen display.
it’s integrated into the new MultiControl
armrest on the new tier 4a models of
Case iH steiger, Quadtrac, Magnum and
Puma models, and will be introduced on
other Case iH equipment including
combines, sprayers and cotton pickers
throughout 2011 and 2012.
the new aFs Pro 700 display provides
the next level of information and control of
the tractor and implements. it has 1 GB of
internal flash memory, two usB connection
ports for data transfer, and has inputs for
up to three video cameras.
this new display manages the Case iH
accuGuide autoguidance systems and performs tractor Field Performance monitoring
that can help you maximize performance,
productivity and efficiency. it provides full
control of Case iH Early riser Planters and
Precision air carts including variable rate
prescription planting and as-applied mapping. and, it manages the functions of lB
series square balers and Case iH Precision
spray pull-type sprayers.
the aFs Pro 700 display is also compatible with select non-Case iH equipment
including the raven Variable Control
system, the rawson accu-rate Control
system and the Flexi-Coil Flexcontrol ii
control system.
spring 2011 FARM FORUM
strong, yet flexible
A generAtion of fArmers HAs grown up HeAring
About eArtH metAl. but wHAt is it, reAlly?
At least one generation of
farmers has grown up hearing
the words “Earth Metal” used
for the disk blades on Case IH
tillage and planting and seeding products.
Earth Metal was introduced in
1979 as the trademarked name
for a patented process of formulating metal so that it can survive
the special challenges placed on
disk blades, tillage sweeps and
chisel points.
International Harvester metallurgy engineers at the company’s engineering center in Burr
Ridge, Illinois, that now serves as
CNH Global’s Engineering Center.
This is the same facility where the
Farmall tractor – the world’s first
successful row-crop tractor – was
designed and tested in 1923.
This achievement helped earn the
center’s recognition as a National
Agricultural Engineering Historic
Landmark in 1980.
Earth Metal was truly a unique
development. Conventional disk
blades are formed from highcarbon steel. When that steel is
hot-rolled as part of the blade
manufacturing process, sulfur
impurities known as “sulfide
stringers” are created. Under a
microscope, these stringers look
like grains in wood. When disks
made with this high-carbon steel
hit a rock, they often break along
the lines of those grains.
In contrast, Earth Metal incorporates 12 tightly controlled earth
alloys including boron into its metallurgy. Boron is significant; it’s
a key element for hardness and
ductility, which is the metal’s ability to flex without breaking.
Some of these alloys encapsulate the sulfur impurities so
instead of the wood-grain struc-
ture, the magnified view shows a
honeycomb appearance. The result is an immense improvement
in strength, structural rigidity and
Other disk blade manufacturers also claim to have boron steel.
But boron is just one piece of the
puzzle; it’s the perfect combination of all 12 alloys that makes
Earth Metal truly unique.
The result is disk blades that
have been proven in tests and in
general field observations to be
in the range of 30 percent stronger and lasting 20 percent longer
compared with conventional disk
blades in the same conditions.
The flexibility of Earth Metal
is truly remarkable. Similar to a
truck spring in its ability to be
both extremely strong yet pliable, Earth Metal will stand up
to repeated bending without
breaking or warping under stress
loads that would immediately
crack plain commercial grade
Earth MEtal bladEs
stand up to intEnsivE
arizona tillagE
While min-till and no-till practices have become the norm for many growers of the commodity crops
including corn, wheat and soybeans, producers of irrigated specialty crops in California and Arizona
count on multiple rounds of tillage for each crop production cycle to manage residues, maintain a clean,
level surface for irrigation, and manage weeds in field-to-plate crops where chemical use is restricted.
Tony Leeper has been the service operations manager for Pasquinelli Produce in Yuma, Arizona, for
18 years. He oversees an equipment fleet that works 9,600 acres of leaf and head lettuce, cauliflower,
broccoli, spinach, wheat and watermelons.
Case IH disks, using Earth Metal blades, have been his choice to handle the intensive tillage on soils
that range from dense clay to sandy loams.
“Most of this land is disked at least five times a year with our five Case IH 770 offset
disk harrows,” he says. “We’ve used Case IH disks for years, and I don’t recall
a blade failure from cracking, bending or uneven wear.
“Every expense is analyzed in this operation, and we count on Earth
Metal blades to keep disk repair costs to a minimum.”
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hot-rolled carbon steel.
The original Earth Metal formula has been upgraded over
the years to keep pace with advances in metallurgical science,
and to maintain its performance
advantages over competitive
disk blades.
The most recent change took
place in 2007, when Earth Metal
blades with the Super Sharp
edge were introduced to meet the
demands of hard-to-cut Bt corn
stalks and other tough-stemmed
crop residues. These new blades,
now standard on all Case IH
tandem disks, have an edge
treatment that’s as much as five
times sharper than conventional
disk blades. They’re formed in
a process that includes stamping with a 2,000-ton press prior
to edging, notching, shaping
and heat treating; and a waterquench of the heat-treated blades
while they’re firmly locked in their
dies which contributes to overall
blade toughness and durability.
This process also assures a true,
warp-free shape.
Today, Earth Metal blades
and sweeps continue the innovation and leadership set forth by
the IH engineers more than three
decades ago. They last longer,
stay sharper, and perform better.
They help reduce overall operating costs while doing a better
job of residue sizing and soil
management. n
in tough Arizona
conditions, earth
metal blades
(left) keep their
diameter and
shape while
blades (right)
are ready for
after running on
the same implement.
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CASE IH updaTe
firsT Tier 4a TracTor delivered
Case IH delivered the first tractor meeting the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s Tier 4A emissions
requirements for agricultural equipment
in early December. Paul Fortkamp, a
farmer from Fort Recovery, Ohio, visited
the Case IH Racine Manufacturing
Operations in Racine, Wisconsin, to
take delivery of his new 2011 model
Case IH Magnum 180 tractor.
At 150 PTO hp, the Magnum 180
tractor is joined by Magnum models to
280 PTO hp and Steiger and Quadtrac
models to 600 engine hp that will all
be equipped with Selective Catalytic
Reduction (SCR) to meet new Tier 4A
emissions requirements. SCR uses Diesel
Exhaust Fluid to treat emissions in the
exhaust. This allows the engines to be
tuned for higher performance and fuel
efficiency, compared to the alternative emissions system of Exhaust Gas
As he evaluated new tractor choices
for his cash-grain and poultry operation,
Fortkamp said getting the newest technology, with its fuel-savings potential,
was appealing. “The SCR technology
makes the Magnum 180 more
fuel-efficient, which is important to me
as I try to reduce input costs,” he says.
Testing has shown that the operating
costs of the new Case IH tractors using
SCR are up to 10 percent lower compared with previous Case IH models.
local news media covered the event as ohio farmer paul fortkamp, center, received the keys to his new magnum 180 tractor from Jim
walker, vice president, north American case iH Agricultural business at the company’s racine tractor manufacturing plant. fortkamp’s new
tractor was the first delivery of a tractor meeting the new epA tier 4A emissions requirements. racine plant manager, steve tyler, looked on.
oNliNe exclusive firsT owNer reporT
precisioN maTTers
These alberTa broThers see a case ih precisioN
hoe 800 drill deliveriNg fasTer, more eveN
emergeNce iN a side-by-side comparisoN.
“As we looked at upgrading our drill – which is not something we do
very often – we had a decision to make,” explains Spencer Hilton.
“Do we get one drill to cover all our acres, knowing we’d make some
sacrifices in terms of depth control and placement, or do we get a precision drill that will do a better job of seeding, but will require us to run
slower, and therefore need two drills?”
That was the question brothers Spencer and Sterling Hilton were asking
in 2009, as they evaluated new seeding systems.
The Hiltons farm about
10,000 acres of canola,
hard red spring wheat
and malting barley near
Strathmore, Alberta.
They have been longtime
users of air hoe drills, most recently relying on one 70-foot Case IH
Flex Hoe 700 air hoe drill for nearly their entire acreage. They ran it at
speeds up to 7 mph, and it did a good job for them, seeding directly
into the previous crop’s residues.
But as good as the Flex Hoe 700 was, the brothers saw advantages
with new precision drills that can deliver accurate, consistent seeding
sterling and spencer Hilton chose
a case iH precision 800 air hoe
drill for its independent depth
control for every shank, resulting
in more even emergence.
“Better depth control is the key with this drill. All the seedlings
come up from the same depth, so they emerge at the same time.
The crop matures more evenly, so we can harvest it earlier.”
depths. Prompt and
even crop emergence, they figured,
could result in a
yield advantage.
The Hiltons had the unique opportunity to compare both options
for their 2010 crop. They seeded approximately half the acreage
with their Flex Hoe 700 drill. The other half was seeded using a new
Case IH Precision Hoe 800 air hoe drill.
The results proved to them that in today’s world of higher-priced
inputs and the need to maximize yields, precision matters.
You can read the full report of the Hiltons’ experience with the Precision Hoe 800 drill in the online exclusive article at www.caseih.com/farmforum.
FARM FORUM spring 2011
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The Case IH website, www.caseih.com, is continually updated
with Case IH news and information about Case IH products and
events. It’s a site you should visit regularly to browse and see
what’s new.
There’s a wealth of information that’s only a few clicks away.
Here are just a few examples:
If Case IH Red is the favored color on
- Build and price any Case IH product using the “Build and
your farm, RAM Trucks has the perfect
Price” feature. It’s a good way to pre-shop a piece of equipnew paint option for you. The official
ment or get an idea of what range of options are available
“Case IH Red” can now be ordered as
as you consider new equipment. A financing calculator lets
a paint option on 2011 model RAM
you evaluate financing options, and you can request a price
2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups and
quote online.
3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks.
- See how a Case IH model compares with other Case IH or
The new Case IH Red option provides
competitive models in the “Compare Specs” feature.
a way for Case IH farm equipment
- The “Parts & Service” link takes you to the “Online Parts
owners to create a visually coordinated
Store” where you can find extensive parts resources including
vehicle collection, according to RAM
schematics and ordering options.
Trucks. We say, the more Red, the better!
- Browse among hundreds of pieces of all makes of used farm
and construction equipment available through Case IH dealers at the “Used Equipment” feature, www.caseihused.com.
- Learn about any timely offers on Case IH equipment, including the ability to request a personalized special offer coupon
you can take to your Case IH dealer.
Of course there’s the full range of descriptions, specifications
and images of the complete line of Case IH equipment. It’s all
there, updated frequently and available 24/7.
rAm trucks
in cAse iH red
3020 flex
 HeAd
Case IH products
are frequent winners
in the annual AE50
awards sponsored
the American Society
of Agricultural
Biological Engineers
to recognize
products from
around the world.
For 2011, the AE50
judges included
Case IH 3020 
Flex Head among the
The 3020 Flex Head uses a unique
flotation system
which requires
minimal cutterbar
down pressure
to 
accurately follow
ground contours.
benefit is its ability
to stay on top of
soil in soft ground,
across the entire
of the header.
In these conditions,
headers frequently dig in, or must be
raised, leaving some low-growing crops
such as soybeans in the field. New poly
skid shoes aid flotation over sticky soils
and crop residues.
The 3020 Flex Head is available in
20-, 25-, 30- and 35-foot widths.
cAse iH wins AwArds for veHicle-to-veHicle
control, continuously vAriAble pto
Two new Case IH innovations have earned Gold
and Silver medals in the 2011 SIMA Innovation
awards. SIMA awards are judged by an inter
national panel of 15 experts from six countries,
and announced in advance of the biannual SIMA
agricultural trade show held in France.
The Gold Medal was awarded to Case IH’s
new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) control system. V2V
is enabled through tractors and combines using
Advanced Farming System equipment. Using a
future case iH Afs capabilities will let the
wireless connection such as a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
combine control the tractor’s speed and
steering while unloading.
device, the V2V control system allows one driver
to synchronize the data exchange, traveling speed
and steering of two working vehicles.
For example, during harvest, the combine driver can engage V2V to control the movement of the tractor
and grain cart to maintain precise vehicle alignment for consistent, on-the-go unloading.
New Case IH Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) PTO technology earned the Silver Medal. This new
technology allows infinitely variable power take-off speeds. The PTO speed can be continuously adjusted to
match operating conditions to maximize productivity and fuel efficiency.
It works with the tractor’s Auto Productivity Management system which lets the operator select a desired
ground speed and then matches
engine rpm and gear selection for the most fuel-efficient operation.
The CVT PTO function adds the ability to vary PTO speed independent of the engine speed. For example,
you can run the PTO at 1,000 rpm in an economy mode, with the engine at 1,700 rpm. Under higher loads,
you can increase engine rpm to 1,900 while still maintaining 1,000 rpm PTO speed.
These innovations are undergoing field evaluations, and introduction dates have not been finalized.
learn more information — www.caseih.com
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