Growers will see more efficient row units and a bigger tank when they take a look at the Precision Disk 550 series air drill from Case IH.
The company rolled out the drill for its first public viewing at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky last month. In this video report, Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment, says: “We continue to hear from growers — they need added capacity to get more seeding done in a day. Case IH engineered the Precision Disk 550 air drill to meet this demand, with agronomically designed features to boost producers’ bottom lines.”
Seed placement accuracy is a key feature of the new drill. The 550 series row unit maintains a parallel-link design and a new closing system with indexable angle adjustments to deliver effective seed trench closing, no matter the conditions — from conventional to no-till. Angle adjustments can be done simply, says Nowosad, with indexed settings from 0 to 13 degrees to match fields. A range of gauge wheel widths and styles accommodate different field and crop conditions.
The air drill’s parallel-link row unit design ensures consistent coulter depth and accurate seed placement. An exclusive variable down-pressure spring holds each row unit in contact with the ground, while a forward-facing seed tube helps minimize seed bounce. Operators can also adjust to changing field conditions on the go with standard in-cab hydraulic down pressure control. (Story continues after the video.)
Nowosad notes that the Precision Disk 550T air drill offers a tank capacity of up to 140 bushels to help operators maximize tendering and seeding productivity. A low-profile, rail-guided tank lid ensures effective seal and allows for easy access. High-flotation tire options accommodate these greater tank capacities and reduce compaction.
In the video, Nowosad also discusses the drill’s enhanced auto-calibration check software. A stationary calibration package comes standard and allows operators to perform checks without needing to operate the unit in-field. At the same time, an in-tank camera helps monitor tank fill and a rear-view camera helps operators safely transport the unit.
Nowosad adds that the new air drills are available to order for spring 2023.
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