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General Wesley K. Clark drew a record crowd in the Case IH booth at Ag Connect Expo.  General Clark’s comments focused on the national security implications of the United States’ foreign oil dependence and agriculture’s role for providing alternative energy sources, such as ethanol. “In the agricultural business, you are the most productive sector of America. You’re the sector that made America great,” he declared. “Now we’ve got to take that productivity out of agriculture and move it to the next level. And that is to produce a liquid fuel that will free us from dependence on imported oil in the near term.”

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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.

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With today’s farmers facing new challenges and opportunities – from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint, Case IH is committed to helping farmers meet those challenges.

Case IH took it to the streets at the Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta, Ga., January 8-10, and asked farmers in the Case IH booth to reflect on their experiences at Ag Connect and what they learned while visiting the Case IH booth. Check out what these farmers had to say.

Speaking of learning…Case IH wants to hear from our faithful blog followers! Tell us what you’ve learned from visiting the Be Ready blog.

Case IH Wraps Up Ag Connect 2011

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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…)

General Wesley K. Clark drew record crowds at the Be Ready Discussion on Alternative Energy in the Case IH booth on the opening day of the Ag Connect Expo. General Clark’s comments focused on the national security implications of the United States’ dependence on foreign oil and agriculture’s potential role for providing alternative energy sources. (more…)

Case IH kicked off its second year at the Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta with a Be Ready VIP Panel Discussion for producer guests invited by Case IH. Moderated by John Phipps, Illinois farmer and host of the U.S. Farm Report, the panel discussion gave attendees a 30,000-foot view of key issues that could influence farmer decision making in 2011. Guest panelists included Dan Basse of AgResource, Tom Dorr of the U.S. Grains Council, Rep. Jim Nussle, former U.S. House of Representatives, and Tom Buis of Growth Energy. (more…)

SCR & DEF Widely Used

Q&A About Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)

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
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Fact or Fiction About Tier4A Engine Technology

Both SCR and CEGR exhaust after-treatment systems create a huge inconvenience for farmers.
FACT: For the SCR system to break down nitrogen oxide, a DEF tank was added. Other than keeping the tank full, you don’t need to think much about it. The tank contains a temperature sensor and heating element, which keeps the DEF at the optimum temperature whether you’re in a warmer cold weather climate. It also includes a fluid level indicator that will alert you when fluid levels are low, just like your diesel fuel level. A good rule of thumb is to fill your DEF tank at every other diesel fuel fill-up. Bottom line, if you know how to pump fuel and change oil filters, these tasks aren’t much different and are just as accessible.

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