Case IH rolls out new field tools at Classic
Case IH revealed a new vertical tillage tool at the Commodity Classic In San Antonio, Texas, today featuring nearly “bulletproof” blades that defy even heavy rocks in northern fields. Tim Nix explained that his company’s new VT wave blades are made from metal quarried from iron ore mines. As a result of using this ore, the blades are 30% stronger and last up to 20% longer than other blades. Plus they are much more resistant to breaking when striking a rock. Those new blades are employed on Case IH’s new True-Tandem vertical tillage tool, which will be available to growers beginning in the spring of 2015.
Concerns over the effects that seed treatment has on beneficial insects, such as bees, had Andy LaVigne of the American Seed Trade Association asking farmers to minimize treatment dust drift this spring. Speaking at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, LaVigne urged producers that “before heading to the field for planting this spring to do everything possible to minimize treatment dust from drifting from containers and seed boxes."
The American Seed Trade Association offers the “The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” online at their website, seed-treatment-guide.com. Some of those recommendations include:
Directing planter exhaust downward toward the field surface when possible.
Avoiding excessive use of seed flow lubricants such as talc or graphite.
Avoiding shaking the bottom of a treated seed bag when filling the planter to minimize the release of treatment dust.
Collecting all spilled treated seed from the ground and disposing of it properly.
Returning leftover treated seed to its original container if that seed is intended for storage and use at a later date.
Following suit in a flurry of row planter advances introduced by the industry this winter, Case IH revealed their new 5 Series of planters today during the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Among its many advances, the planter features a seed-sensing system that “operates nearly in real-time providing seed drop readings within 8 feet of drop,” says Bill Hoeg of Case IH. Other advances on the 5 Series planters include a new bulk fill system and cable drive that provides for smoother operation.