AFS Soil Command Available on Tiger-Mate 255
This technology uses Case IH AFS components to maximize the agronomic benefits of each tillage pass, providing yield-enhancing information from below the soil surface in real time — no matter the field conditions or operator experience.
“Agronomic potential is waiting below the surface of every seedbed — producers just need to find it,” says Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager. “Often a planter is dealing with tillage issues that shouldn’t be there in the first place. AFS Soil Command was designed to identify those problem areas and give operators the knowledge and tools to fix them before it’s too late. A planter can’t resolve soil preparation problems. Only AFS Soil Command can do that.”
An Uneven Seedbed = Agronomic Consequences
The speed limit of the planter is set by the seedbed. It’s also why a high-efficiency seedbed is required for high-speed planting. If we lived in a perfect world, the planter would ride on a consistent, level seedbed floor, which leads to a smooth planter ride, even seed placement, and uniform emergence.
Because it can be gouged and rough from misadjusted tillage tools, inexperienced operators, or a set-it-and-forget-it mentality during spring tillage operations, the seedbed floor in many fields is not perfectly even — and it’s hidden from view. These gouges can make the planter row unit bounce, causing uneven seed placement or skips. Inconsistent seed spacing and depth can lead to nonuniform emergence and limit yield potential.
With AFS Soil Command, farmers can get real-time insights from below the soil surface to gauge if their seedbed is even, and perform timely yield-enhancing adjustments to minimize planter row unit bounce.
“AFS Soil Command helps producers measure the agronomic quality of the seedbed. These measurements give producers the necessary data to optimize field cultivator adjustments,” Lursen says. “This proactive approach is the best way to create a high-efficiency seedbed before planting. It will lead to uniform emergence and increase yields at harvest.”
Real-time Feedback on Seedbed Quality
The factory-installed seedbed sensors are strategically mounted to shank assemblies throughout the Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator, providing real-time feedback on seedbed quality. Based on proven Agronomic Design principles, these rugged sensors monitor each time the shank begins to trip or float, and alert the operator to an uneven seedbed floor.
The AFS Pro 700 display and user-friendly interface make it easy for operators of any skill level to do agronomically correct tillage on ISOBUS-VT-compliant displays.
AFS Soil Command will be available on the Tiger-Mate 255 in spring 2019. Contact your local Case IH dealer or visit caseih.com to learn more about AFS Soil Command, the first seedbed-quality monitoring technology.