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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.

We’ve been the featuring video highlights of the Efficient Power story for more than a week now- scroll down to see our earlier posts, or visit us at our YouTube channel.

First Owners Reports: Simple Operation

Categories: Efficient Power

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.

We’ve been  the featuring video highlights of the Efficient Power story for more than a week now- scroll down to see our earlier posts, or visit us at our YouTube channel.

Hear What Producers are Saying: Case IH Smart Technology

All this week and next, we’re featuring videos highlighting what farmers have to say about Case IH Efficient Power, and how they’re putting it to work on their operations. Today we get feedback about the fuel efficiency in new Tier 4 compliant high-horsepower tractors.

Based on feedback from producers who have purchased new Tier 4 Steiger and Magnum tractors, the adoption of SCR technology for emissions control has led to gratifying gains in both performance and efficiency. While meeting Tier 4 requirements was obviously a requirement, these farmers  told us that these engines put power first, delivering both optimum performance and top-notch fuel economy.

Check back for more on the Efficient Power story, or see more right now when you visit CaseIH.com/EfficientPower or our YouTube channel.

It took a lot of combined expertise to bring the new Axial-Flow 30 Series combines from the drawing board to your fields for the 2012 harvest. Whether a new feature began as a bright idea in an engineer’s head or a suggestion from the field, every single aspect of the new 30 Series design was proven and proven again. Along the way, it’s subjected to endless hours of rigorous testing, and put through trials that duplicate the stresses it might meet in the toughest real-world conditions.

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Another Way Efficient Power is a Win/Win Proposition

Categories: Efficient Power

If you were in Decatur for the Farm Progress Show, you probably noted the Case IH presence. We admit it – Case IH was hard to miss.  But if you weren’t able to join us we invite you to take a look at the video recap of opening day.

Follow Us on TwitterWe also hope nobody missed a chance to tweet their response to the question, “What does Efficient Power mean to me?” Here’s how it worked: Everyone was invited to describe what Efficient Power meant to them personally. There weren’t many rules- you had to include a #EfficientPower hashtag to identify your tweet, and of course you had to observe the Twitter 140-character limit. Other than that, the topic was wide open.

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Scouting crops with the Case IH Scout Utility Vehicle

Non-Ag Folks Just Don’t Understand

Categories: From the Editor

As part of its inaugural coverage in 1975, Case IH’s Farm Forum surveyed customers more than 35 years ago. We asked a variety of questions ranging from, “What is the number one thing you like about farming?” to “How would you rate farming as a dangerous occupation?”

One of the most interesting responses was to the question, “What kind of understanding do non-farm people have about the prices farmers get from their products?” Here’s what Case IH customers had to say in 1975:

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Case IH employees are in the field every day

With two-thirds of the Case IH workforce based in the field, we truly do talk to farmers every day, so we know what a challenging growing season it has been so far.

That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing some good news!

According to this article, “USDA Chief Economist: Strong, Volatile Crop Prices Ahead” in TopProducer, USDA’s Joseph Glauber forecasts an optimistic outlook for agriculture over the next few years, thanks to record-level exports. (more…)

Farming with Your Phone

Categories: From the Editor

Thanks to the invention of Smart Phones, farmers are conducting business where the real action is happening – in the field!

Today’s cell phones double as a farmer’s personal secretary, weather center and crop manager. You may already be aware of the convenience of receiving email and accessing the internet through your phone, but with the development of Smart Phone applications, the sky is the limit for what you can achieve from your tractor seat!

We’ve heard a lot about some resourceful Smart Phone applications that we wanted to share with you. Take a look at what we found and let us know if you use any of these applications or if you have discovered other useful “apps.”
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1200 Series Early Riser 24-row planter

Planting Through The Mud

The late 2011 planting season, caused by the wet weather, has many North American crop producers working through less than ideal conditions in order to get crops planted within acceptable windows. Maintaining your planter for a normal planting season is one thing, but preparing your planter for muddy field conditions is another.

Chris Lursen, Case IH Crop Production Specialist for Early Riser planters offers several tips to help you increase your productivity and avoid getting stuck during this unusually muddy planting season.

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As if a late start to planting your crops wasn’t enough of a challenge for you, the delay also gives weeds ample opportunity to take root and choke out planted seedlings, making weed management an even more crucial task this summer.

Brian Hefty, a farmer and co-host of RFD-TV’s AgPhD, provided insights on weed resistance, weed tolerance, and weed management practices during his presentation, “Weed Resistance – Will You Be Ready?” as part of Case IH’s Be Ready Discussion at the 2011 Ag Connect Expo.  (more…)