Digital technology has become commonplace in powered farm machinery, but it has also been steadily moving to all types of equipment. This past winter Case IH announced the introduction of their AFS Soil Command digital technology for tillage equipment. Now it says production has started on machines equipped with it, and they’ll be hitting customers’ fields for the first time this fall.
“Most operators don’t touch the settings on their tillage machines, but as this mentality changes with the new technology available today, producers are learning the importance of agronomically correct settings,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager, in the press announcement. “We’re consistently hearing two different themes of feedback from producers: one being the ability to have an unskilled operator behind the wheel and know work is being done correctly, and the other being the agronomic advantages of a correctly set machine.”
With the ability to easily deal with changing soil conditions, the brand says growers no longer need to set a tillage tool to deal with the average field situation. AFS Soil Command provides for real-time, in-cab control, which allows each area of a field to be treated differently as required.
There is as-tilled mapping capability to allow for continuing adjustments in real time. Operators can also record preferred settings as “groups” on the Pro 700 monitor used in Case IH tractors and, they can use pre-sets to return to a given set of adjustments for specific field conditions.
“In a good year, most people don’t think twice about what’s happening below the soil. In a challenging year like this with wet spring and fall compaction on the horizon, producers are taking a closer look and realizing there’s room for improvement,” said Lursen. “That’s where AFS Soil Command comes, you’re able to make the small changes and adjustments…”
AFS Soil Command is currently available on Case IH Ecolo-Tiger 875 disk ripper, Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator, True-Tandem 345/375 disk harrows and True-Tandem 335VT/Barracuda vertical tillage tools.