Early Riser plants seeds for suc­cess in Aus­tralia

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

CASE IH’s ground break­ing planter has just hit Aus­tralian shores, and the com­pany is promis­ing it will be a game changer.

Case IH has part­nered with lead­ing ag tech­nol­ogy com­pany Pre­ci­sion Plant­ing to make the Early Riser 2000 Se­ries - the only planter en­gi­neered and built with Pre­ci­sion Plant­ing com­po­nents di­rect from the fac­tory.

“We took the po­si­tion that this planter needed to leave the fac­tory with ev­ery­thing the cus­tomer needs for their op­er­a­tion,” An­drew Kis­sel, prod­uct man­ager for plant­ing and soil man­age­ment equip­ment for Case IH, said.

“It needs to be the com­plete prod­uct on ar­rival, rather than hav­ing to make the ini­tial pur­chase and in­cur the ad­di­tional costs of tech­nol­ogy add-ons.”

While the tech­nol­ogy sets these planters apart from past gen­er­a­tions, An­drew’s quick to em­pha­sise the de­sign and build fea­tures that have al­ways been at the heart of Early Ris­ers.

“The tech­nol­ogy is an im­por­tant com­po­nent, but the thing that’s re­ally crit­i­cal is the way it puts seed in the ground, that is the rea­son it has earned the name Early Riser,” he said.

“The tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing and con­trol the en­vi­ron­ment to some ex­tent, but the row unit it­self and its com­po­nents - the steel, the rub­ber on the bot­tom end of the ma­chine - that’s what re­ally makes the dif­fer­ence.

“You will see faster emer­gence and more uni­form ger­mi­na­tion in a wide va­ri­ety of crops with the Early Riser planter, which has been proven time and again, and repli­cated in our agro­nomic tri­als.

“If you look at the long-term – it af­fects the en­tire op­er­a­tion.”

The Early Riser 2130 is used in mar­kets around the globe, many of which have sim­i­lar con­di­tions to Aus­tralia.

The planter will be ini­tially in­tro­duced to lo­cal cot­ton grow­ers, with ex­pan­sion plans for the 2130 to be rolled out across the coun­try.

“Sum­mer crops like cot­ton and sorghum will be our pri­mary mar­ket to start - we are look­ing at corn as well with plans to start in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­ter­na­tive mar­kets that we have seen pos­i­tive agro­nomic re­sults with in our tri­als,” An­drew said.

FEA­TURES OF ALL EARLY RISER 2000 SE­RIES PLANTERS IN­CLUDE:open­ing and clos­ing sys­tems im­proved for dif­fi­cult soils and tough con­di­tions;more ver­ti­cal travel for im­proved ground fol­low­ing and con­sis­tent plant­ing depth in se­vere ter­rain;speed and pro­duc­tiv­ity with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ac­cu­racy;row by row plant­ing with DeltaForce® and vDrive®. Row by row shut-off of seed, in­sec­ti­cide, and fer­tiliser;easy con­nec­tiv­ity of the op­tional 20/20 SeedSense®, Field­View®, and iPad con­nec­tiv­ity kit;sim­pli­fied ser­vice­abil­ity and main­te­nance;de­signed for rugged­ness and dura­bil­ity to al­low higher ac­cu­racy at your speed;liq­uid fer­tiliser and in­sec­ti­cide op­tions.

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