A lot has changed since Case IH introduced its first air cart in 2016. The global equipment manufacturer has upgraded several features and added new configurations to its next-generation line of air carts.
The 2021 models feature individual tank weight scales and curve compensation to help producers make every seed count, according to Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment.
Case IH manufactures nine air carts with capacities from 350 to 950 bushels. The additions to the 2021 lineup include 725- and 915-bushel air carts; both are three-tank, tow-behind models.
“These air carts are very similar to their four-tank companions,” Nowosad says. “It offers growers who don’t need a small product tank, aren’t applying or using … a small seeded-type product like canola or milo in their operations, to have an air cart that is more tailored to their needs at a larger capacity… to give them added flexibility and value in their operation.”
The individual tank weigh scales show operators how much seed or fertilizer are in each tank; the scales are connected to communications that run into the tractor cab. Nowosad calls it a “big aid” for tendering because it gives operators information to place the right amount of seed in their seed drills.
“These weights are all visible from the display in the cab,” he adds. “It aids in logistics for the grower because it provides the ability to see how much product is in the tank and know whether there is enough to finish the field; the system also has a ‘time to empty’ feature that shows the number of hours (or minutes) before the product tank gets too low and the amount of acres that can be seeded.”
Curve compensation is also a new feature on the 2021 air carts. It allows a more accurate rate of product to be applied as growers move across corners and low spots, increasing the rate on the outside section where the drill is going faster and covering more acres and reducing the rate on the inside where less coverage is needed.
“It gives a much more even plant stand, especially on the outside corners,” he says. “When the stand is not as thin, it helps with weed control, helps with a more accurate plant population in sections of the field that are curved and helps with resistance management because we’re keeping a more proper crop canopy.”
Curve compensation, Nowosad adds, is common on other equipment and Case IH added it to its new line of air carts to increase precision.
Based on grower requests, Case IH also allows growers to opt out of onboard fill systems such as augers and conveyors on the newest air cart models. The decision allows for more freedom to tailor the air cart to the specific needs of an operation, reduces the cost of ownership and provides additional value.
“We’re one of the few manufacturers that offer the ability to do that on every air cart,” Nowosad says. “We believe our air carts are going to provide real value, not just this year and not just when they are new; they will provide long service life and the ability to use that technology purchased for a long period of time as well as providing higher resale value.”