Machinery & Products

Planting the seeds of success

By Dairy News

IT’S THE planter that has put precision, performance and profitability to the fore for producers across the globe, and now Australian farmers can see what the Early Riser 2000 Series from Case IH can do for their bottom line.

The Early Riser 2130 Stack-Fold Planter has just hit Australian shores, building on the accuracy, durability and productivity principles of its predecessors, and offering something that sets it apart from the rest.

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,” Case IH planting and soil management equipment product manager Andrew Kissel 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, Mr Kissel emphasised the design and build features that had 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 benefits of this, it directly impacts yields, profitability, weed control — it affects the entire operation.”

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

“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,” Mr Kissel said.

Features of all Early Riser 2000 Series planters include improved opening and closing systems for difficult soils and tough conditions, more vertical travel for improved ground following and consistent planting depth in severe terrain and row-by-row planting with DeltaForce and vDrive including row-by-row shut-off of seed, insecticide and fertiliser.

A number of demonstration events are planned for NSW, Queensland and Western Australia in the coming months, where prospective customers can see the planter in action.

“This is an exciting new offering from Case IH to Australian producers, and we’re proud to be able to present a design and technology package unmatched within the planter market,” Mr Kissel said.

“It starts with the rugged row unit that has a tried and tested design. With the factory integration of the industry’s best planter technologies, it all adds up to a product that will not only enhance, but redefine the productivity gains and efficiencies that can be achieved.”