Case looks to cover more ground quickly with Early Riser updates


Case IH is expanding its 2000 series Early Riser planter for the 2020 model year.

Two new 60-foot, 15- and 30-inch configurations of the planter will deliver more speed, technology and capacity, says Case IH planter marketing manager Tony McClelland. The new 2160 large front-fold model was unveiled last week at the Farm Progress Show at Decatur, Illinois.

“The 2019 planting season drove home the importance of getting the most from every minute in the field,” says McClelland. “Even under more typical conditions, producers tell us they need the equipment to plant more acres more quickly.”

In this video, McClelland explains how the two new configurations deliver more planting capacity. The split-row unit can plant soybeans or specialty crops in 47 rows with 15-inch spacing and corn in 24 rows with 30-inch spacing, while the other new configuration plants corn or soybeans in 24 rows with 30-inch spacing.

The 2160 also provides 50 percent more seed and liquid fertilizer capacity than other models in the Case lineup. This, coupled with minimal daily maintenance and in-cab adjustments, notes McClelland, reduces downtime and labour requirements while increasing acres planted. (Story continues after the video.)

“The planting window is always tight. Within that stretch, we might have only five days that are optimal. How do we ensure more of our crop goes in the ground under the best conditions? The 2160 Early Riser offers a big advantage,” says McClelland.

With ideal weather and field conditions, he notes that a producer could plant up to 7,200 acres in 10 days with the 2160 Early Riser.

The new model options offer several other features and configurations:

  • Hydraulic lift on split row for fast conversion between 15-inch-row and 30-inch-row crops
  • Optional soybean special version for 15-inch-row crops only
  • Precision seed placement and singulation
  • The ability to plant other crops, including canola
  • Optional Rowtrac carrier system increases flotation and reduces compaction
  • Wheels in front of the toolbar for soft, sticky and stony conditions
  • Heavy-duty built frame and increased liquid fertilizer capacity at 600 gallons
  • Steerable rear axle improves maneuverability to tight field entrances

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