According to the United Nations, today is the day. Our population will reach 7 billion.
And, while most of us are blessed to have a bountiful food supply – and even a healthy stash of treats on this Halloween day – this population milestone has many asking what it will take to meet the needs of a population that is growing by an estimated 200,000 people each day.
Harvest is progressing well in the North Central region, thanks to dry weather throughout the harvest season. It never rained during soybean harvest. And according to guest blogger Mike King, the Case IH combine product specialist for Minnesota and Central Iowa, the only thing slowing down the corn harvest is some down corn in a few areas. A member of the combine team (which he calls “the best job in the company”) since 2006, King has been with Case IH for 23 years.
It’s not nearly as serious as what Texas is suffering through, but drought in the Midwest remains moderate to severe, and corn yields are lower. The lack of moisture isn’t critical yet, but it’s getting there, says guest blogger Terry Snack, the Case IH combine product specialist for Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Born and raised on a farm in east central Illinois, Snack went to work for International Harvester at about the same time the first Axial-Flow combine was introduced 35 years ago. In his three-plus decades with the company, Snack still “lives and breathes” combines.
From humble beginnings 25 years ago, the World Food Prize has grown into a week-long recognition of food security issues and a celebration of those working to curb it. Called the World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, the event brings together world leaders to address current food issues and future needs in feeding people around the globe. The Prize was presented in Des Moines, Iowa last week.
When we talk about being ready, Dr. Norman Borlaug walked the walk. He worked tirelessly to improve grain varieties, and was honored as a 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for his efforts. He supported the integration of public and private research efforts into viable technologies, and encouraged political leaders to bring these advances to fruition. Dr. Borlaug founded the World Food Prize, and would be proud of what it has become.
There’s good news and bad news in the harvest reports coming out of the Southern Plains. Severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma has obviously taken a toll on yields in 2011. The good news is: Prices for some crops are twice what they were in 2010, and harvest is ahead of schedule, says this week’s harvest blogger, Dan Renaud (“the guy with the suspenders”). Renaud is the Case IH combine product specialist responsible for Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. With the company for 31 years, Renaud has spent the last 16 years as a Case IH product specialist, and the last decade focusing solely on combines. Like all Case IH product specialists, Renaud is based in the field, where he can most efficiently support Case IH customers and dealers.
Depending on where you are in the country, harvest is most likely well under way, or for a lucky few of you, complete. With this post, we’re beginning a new series featuring Harvest Reports from Case IH Combine Product Specialists based throughout North America. Case IH product specialists are located in the field close to the customers and dealers they support. They bring a unique level of local specialized product expertise to the dealers and customers they support. Our guest blogger for this week is Ryan G. Miller, the Case IH Combine Product Specialist, supporting customers and dealers in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Ryan, who originally is from western Kansas, brings previous industry experience and knowledge with him in his second full harvest season with Case IH.
Getting Inside Selective Catalytic Reduction
Using an actual Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) muffler that’s been cut away to reveal its inner workings, Kevin Knapp from Case IH explains the SCR system that can be found in our new Tier 4A 30 Series Axial-Flow combines, as well as our high-horsepower tractors. The system is a model of simplicity and engineering efficiency.
The biggest advantage of SCR as the emissions-reduction technology of choice is what you don’t see. The entire system can be explained without showing the engine at all. That’s because Tier 4 compliance is achieved after combustion, allowing the power plant to be tuned for optimum performance and economy. Kevin probably puts it best when he says, “The engine’s just there to create power, and do it efficiently.”
Hear what producers are saying about Case IH simple operation.
In a historical sense, they represent the third and fourth generations of their Illinois farming family, but Don and Jon Thompson don’t spend much time looking backward. Instead, this father-son farming team keeps an eye on the future, adopting innovative technologies as soon as they become available, and adapting quickly to constant changes in farming practices.
Knowing their background, it’s no surprise that the Thompsons were among the first to see the advantages of the Axial-Flow rotary combine back in the mid 1970s, and that today they’re near the head of the line to see the advantages of new Case IH Tier 4A engine technology.
If you haven’t seen the earlier video posts highlighting what producers are saying about Case IH technology, check back over the last week or so. You’ll hear a variety of voices talking about Case IH Efficient Power, using terms like powerful, smart technology, and simple operation. Or for the big picture, just visit Case IH at our YouTube channel.
The fact is, no matter how sophisticated the engineering gets, the key to delivering Efficient Power is making it simple and straightforward for the folks who use it every day. That’s what today’s video is all about. We hear from a variety of Case IH customers about their day-to-day, real-world experience with their model year 2011 Tier 4 Steiger and Magnum tractors.
And just what are they saying about their new Tier 4 compliant tractors? Exactly what most producers would want to hear: Simple operation, fuel efficiency, operator friendliness, and importantly, no issues with using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) for the SCR system. Watch for yourself.
It’s one thing when we say it, but we understand when you hear it from a farmer it’s a whole different story. We’re talking about the importance of Efficient Power to a modern operation, and how power, fuel economy, maximum uptime and operator comfort all can help make the most out of every hour of every day.
Today’s video features Brad Ramp of McLean, Illinois, who tells us that when you’re trying to plant “a large amount of acres with a limited amount of equipment,” you can’t afford downtime or operator fatigue. Brad’s 2011 Tier 4 Magnum tractor delivers is efficient, responsive, nonstop power that works as hard as he does. As Brad says, “When it’s time to plant, we’ll run 24 hours a day.”