I’m excited to introduce David Stark as this week’s Case IH expert blogger. David is a Case IH commercial product trainer, responsible for training dealers on Case IH engines and tractors. I’ve invited him to walk us through the updated Case IH high-horsepower diesel engines , which feature the world-class design innovations of FPT Powertrain Technologies, that you will find in the 2011 Steiger, Magnum, and Puma tractor models. He grew up on a farm in central Illinois and enjoys using his farming experiences and Case IH knowledge to show you how you can make the most of Case IH equipment on your operations.
While talking about Case IH high-horsepower engines at the Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta, Ga., a farmer commented to me that he, like most farmers, puts a lot of hours on his tractors. He wanted to know if our new Tier 4A Case IH engines are built to last. (more…)
While tractor manufacturers like us are constantly measuring our performance in the field, there continues to be a need for third-party, unbiased data agricultural producers can rely on. In the United States, that need is met by the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory.
According to the Lab’s web site:
“The University of Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is the officially designated tractor testing station for the United States and tests tractors according to the codes of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) . Twenty-nine countries adhere to the tractor test codes (including non-OECD members: China, India, the Russian Federation, and Serbia), with active tractor test stations in approximately 25 of those countries. The OECD codes require that tractors be tested in the country of manufacture. Reciprocity agreements with the codes require that once an OECD test report is officially approved, it must be accepted by all participating countries.”
The Nebraska Test Lab is a neutral organization that does not endorse any tractor or manufacturer. It is housed at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, affiliated with OECD, administered through the Nebraska Tractor Test Board and funded by U.S. tractor manufacturers. According to Roger Hoy, director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory, “Our mission is to provide useful, unbiased data in the form of test reports on all tractors that we test.”
The Nebraska Tractor Tests first began in 1920 with legislation initiated by Nebraska farmer W.F. Crozier and State Senator Charles Warner. Crozier had purchased a tractor that did not live up to its advertised claims, so he wished to protect fellow farmers from such misleading claims. In 1980, the original lab building was declared an American Society of Agricultural Engineers historic landmark.
Preliminary Nebraska Tractor Test results reported by Case IH indicate that Tier4A-compliant, 2011 model year Case IH Steiger and Magnum tractors utilizing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology have set industry records for fuel-efficient power.
Those preliminary results are awaiting final signature from the Nebraska Tractor Test Board of Engineers and will then be posted for FREE download at tractortestlab.unl.edu. We expect this posting to be finalized shortly.
As part of Case IH’s commitment to help farmers embrace the everyday challenges and opportunities of agriculture and encourage involvement and leadership within the industry, we presented brand new Farmall tractors to four American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher 2011 Achievement Awards finalists.
The four finalists include:
- Steven and Richelle Bach, Mount Sterling, Ky.
- Matt and Kim DeBlock, Aledo, Ill.
- Brian Flowers, Lynnville, Tenn.
- Brent and Susan Leggett, Nashville, N.C.
Case IH continued to capture the attention of Ag Connect attendees’ with more engaging presentations. Charlene Finck, editorial vice president of Farm Journal Media, moderated the Tillage, Planters & Seeders Designed By You panel, where panelists, Bill Preller, Case IH senior director of crop production marketing; Rob Zemenchik, marketing manager of Case IH tillage tools; Alan Forbes, marketing manager for Case IH planters; and Dale Simpson, marketing manager for Case IH seeders, discussed how ag producers contribute to the creation of today’s best crop production tools. (more…)
If you’ve heard about the new 2011 Tier 4A engine emissions requirements, you’ve probably heard mention of Diesel Exhaust Fluid aka DEF. But, you might not know a whole lot about it. Below, we’ll shed some light on DEF.
What is DEF and when will I need it?
DEF – a stable, non-toxic solution made of synthetic urea and deionized water – is a key ingredient for the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment process being utilized in model year 2011 and beyond Case IH high horsepower tractors. In combination with proven Case IH engines, this technology will improve engine power and responsiveness, fuel economy, and overall durability for Case IH Steiger®, Magnum™, and Puma™ tractors, while helping them meet 2011 EPA emissions regulations.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the new federal regulations mandating cleaner, more efficient engines beginning in 2011. Maybe you’ve even heard some acronyms like SCR and CEGR and wondered what it means to you.
Listen up, class is in session!
Tier 4 emissions regulation was created to crack down on air pollutants – primarily particulate matter, which we know as soot, or unburned fuel, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted as a by-product of an engine’s internal combustion process. Doing this requires the addition of an exhaust after-treatment system, such as Cooled Exhaust Gas Regeneration (CEGR) or Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). (more…)
Each day you face new government regulations and tighter controls from processors and export markets. Yet to be successful, you need technology that boosts productivity as it meets regulations. You need the power to do more with less fuel, and the advice of experts who understand your challenges. For example, our next generation Steiger series tractors are powerful, reliable, fuel-efficient, and easy to maintain – allowing you to be ready.
It’s a constant challenge – more and more demand for food, fiber, and fuel and less and less farmland to grow it on. To succeed, producers like you need equipment that delivers the most – from planting through harvest. And, you’ll need support from experts who put your needs first.