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What’s on Your Mind as Planters Get Ready to Roll?

Our Case IH product specialists based in the field tell me that a few of you have already begun to put seed in the ground this spring.  This week’s initial USDA Crop Progress Report confirms that.

Many of you are still gearing up, or perhaps just impatiently waiting for the first crop insurance planting date:  April 6 for corn in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and April 11 for Iowa and Minnesota. So what’s top-of-mind for you during this critical window? 

Our Case IH team – in the field, at our headquarters in Racine, and at our many manufacturing and engineering centers around the world – is continuously focused on finding new ways to deliver Efficient Power and help you get the most power, performance and return on investment from your equipment, especially during this important season. We’re committed to providing the complete offering – products, technologies and services – you need to help you Be Ready for the future.

For example, Case IH uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) engine technology to cut down emissions without throttling back engine performance, and now Case IH Tier 4 engines are accepted as the proven industry standard. But Efficient Power means more than engine technology. It includes products, technology and services that we put to work for you.

Products
Certainly, our SCR-equipped Tier4A tractors are setting the standard for the industry. We will meet the 2014 Tier 4B, Final engine emissions standards using this same technology.

But that is just one example of the innovation Case IH has brought to the marketplace. We deliver:

  • Improved flotation and the ability to get in the field faster with Quadtrac® tractors
  • Unmatched spray accuracy with Patriot® sprayers
  • Higher grain quality and grain savings from Axial-Flow® combines
  • Greater seed placement accuracy with Early Riser® planters
  • Consistent seedbeds with Case IH tillage implements
  • Better cut quality and bale formation with Case IH hay tools

Technology
Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) and AFS Connect, the new telematics product from Case IH, are examples of how our commitment to Efficient Power continues. Our corporate AFS field team and AFS certified dealers, backed up by our AFS Support Center team, are ready to meet your needs, especially as precision farming technology and data continue to evolve. Like our SCR Tier 4 solutions, AFS Connect will change how we deliver value into the future.

Let’s consider some benefits. AFS Connect allows you to view fuel information for every machine you have in the field, and you can choose how you want to view it right on your computer. Maybe one machine is close to empty and another has a quarter of a tank left – you can time the fuel truck to meet both vehicles’ needs.

Fleet management is another important feature of AFS Connect. It lets you pinpoint the location of a given machine, while alerts and security can guard against theft by ensuring a machine stays within certain coordinates. Curfew management will send alerts if a machine is started after working hours. These and other features help minimize your down-time and maximize the value of your equipment.

Service
Beginning last month, the AFS Support Center became fully operational. Working in conjunction with your dealer, AFS Support is available 24/7/365 through three global locations.  And Case IH dealers are demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to further develop their in-house capabilities. Many have a dedicated AFS specialist on staff, or plans to add that support soon.

So as you can see, Case IH Efficient Power means MORE than ever before, as we continually strive to help you get more done in less time with fewer inputs.

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