Case IH is expanding their Precision Disk 500 series air drills — adding a new single-rank configuration with 15-inch spacing, a sought-after option for soybean seeding and other specialty crops in both no-till and conventional tillage fields.

The drills are known for their placement, regardless of tillage, residue, or cropping practices, to give each plant the best start possible, explains Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment.

“Even in the tough field conditions, the most important job of any air drill is to ensure even and accurate seed placement,” he explains. “This new soybean special configuration combines the unmatched accuracy and versatility of our 500T model with a simple, single-rank design, making it an ideal option for soybean and specialty crop producers.”

In addition to the accurate seed placement, the disk features four-section control to reduce input costs by eliminating seed overlap. The drill will go up to eight miles per hour, and will maintain its accuracy throughout those higher speeds.

Although it is targeted primarily as a soybean drill, Towasad says that’s not all farmers will be able to use it for.

“We know of many growers that fit into this use pattern that have competitor units, that use it for other seed. I’ve seen people seed winter wheat — particularly in the eastern part of the U.S. — with their drills, and also growers might want to consider crop establishment with the 15-inch spacing drill,” he explains. “There are other possible uses such as canola establishment or other speciality crops as well.”

The product is currently available to order right now through Case IH dealers, and can be expected to be delivered before the 2021 seeding season. It comes at a reduced rate from the other Precision Disk series drills, due to less componentry. As Towosad notes, it’s an economical option for producers looking for more affordable hardware.

Check out the full conversation with Trent Nowosad, and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below:

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