It’s the planter that’s already lifted precision and profitability up a notch for growers across the globe, and now local growers can see how the Early Riser 2000 Series from Case IH can add to their operation.
The Early Riser 2130 Stack-Fold Planter has just arrived, building on the productivity of its predecessors by offering more to set it apart from the rest.
The likes of cotton and sorghum will initially be a major market for the planter, but Case IH has already undertaken trials with other crop types, and is confident of expanding the market focus into the future.
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 grower needs for their operation. 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,” said Andrew Kissel from Case IH.
While the latest 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,” Andrew 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 with similar conditions to Australia.
The planter will be initially introduced to local cotton growers, however there are far larger plans for the 2130 into the future.
“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.
Upgrades on Early Riser 2000 Series planters include improved opening and closing systems for difficult soils and tough conditions. There, is now more vertical travel for improved ground following and consistent planting depth in severe terrain.
With the added expertise of Precision Planting the row by row planting is controlled with DeltaForce and vDrive for row by row shut-off of seed, insecticide, and fertiliser.
There is now easy connectivity of the optional 20/20 SeedSense, FieldView, and iPad connectivity. All of this now comes with simplified serviceability and maintenance.
Configurations for the 2130 include a 9m (30ft) toolbar with 12-rows at 762mm (30-inches) spacings. Along with an 11.6m (38ft) toolbar with 12-rows at 914mm (36-inches) or 12-rows at 965mm (38-inches); and a 12m (40ft) toolbar with 12-rows at 1016mm (40-inches) or 16-rows at 762mm (30-inches).
Demonstrations are planned for NSW, QLD and WA in the coming months, where growers can see the planter in action.