Case IH will launch two new 60-foot configurations for the 2160 large front-fold model of its 2000 series Early Riser planter lineup, for the 2020 planting season.
The new 15-inch and 30-inch configurations are meant to “meet the demands of large-scale producers across any terrain or soil type,” the company said.
“The 2019 planting season drove home the importance of getting the most from every minute in the field,” Tony McClelland, Case IH’s planter marketing manager, said in a release. “Even under more typical conditions, producers tell us they need the equipment to plant more acres more quickly.”
The new split-row unit can plant soybeans or specialty crops in 47 rows with 15-inch spacing and corn in 24 rows with 30-inch spacing, while the other new configuration plants corn or soybeans in 24 rows with 30-inch spacing.
The 2160 Early Riser is the largest split-row planter available from Case IH and provides 50 per cent more seed and liquid fertilizer capacity than other models in the lineup, the company said. “This, coupled with minimal daily maintenance and in-cab adjustments, reduces downtime and labour requirements while increasing acres planted.”
Under “ideal weather and field conditions,” Case IH said, a producer with a new 2160 Early Riser large front-fold planter could plant up to 7,200 acres in 10 days.
“In addition to traditional corn- and soybean-growing regions, the split-row configuration brings big benefits to the wheat-growing regions where producers often rely on their drill when double-cropping soybeans,” McClelland said
“More accurate seed placement and better than 99 per cent singulation can help reduce input costs, all while producing a better stand and higher soybean yields. Plus, the high-capacity efficiency of the planter helps ensure timely planting after cutting wheat.”
The company’s 2160 Early Riser large front-fold planters are also available in 32-row 30-inch or 36-row 20-, 22- or 30-inch configurations.