In 2009, CNH introduced their first air drills with independently- linked openers at the Western Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina. They were shown in both Case IH red and New Holland blue. Last year, both brands again used the show to introduce new seeding equipment — their larger air carts, the P1070 New Holland and the 3580 Case IH.
“Our broadacre customers are asking us for larger drills and carts with more capacity, so they can run longer between stops,” says Gord Engel, Case IH seeding product manager.
In response to that demand for capacity, the new CNH carts have a 580 bushel total capacity split between three tanks holding 135, 183 and 262 bushels each. That gives the new model 150 bushels of added capacity over the company’s previous top-end model.
The P1070/3580 will continue to use the downdraft metering system, which allows for individual control of each compartment at the meter. “It’s capable of putting on the highest application rates in the industry. Our competitors have to slow down to apply the same amounts,” Engel says.
Engel’s NH counterpart points out the new carts are also designed to deal with precise application rates. “With the cost of seed and fertilizer, accuracy is extremely important,” says Miles Mackow, New Holland’s segment leader for harvesting and precision farming brand marketing.
“The operator can adjust on the go to meet changing field conditions, using the Case IH AFS Pro 600 display or the AFS 300 display,” says Engel. Both brands’ monitors and controls are ISOBUS compatible, meaning they can be linked to today’s virtual terminals, simplifying tractor changes. The metering system is capable of single or double-shooting.
To minimize compaction, the carts use four equal size tires to evenly distribute their weight and increase stability. This also provides good floatation in soft field conditions, something Prairie farmers would have appreciated this past season. The front wheels are controlled by a wagon-style steering arrangement, which provides good tracking characteristics, especially during road transport.
The P1070/3580 carts have a large rear staircase for safe, easy operator access to the top hatches for filling and inspection. A rear hitch means a second cart can be connected behind it for additional product application.
CNH’s seeding equipment, which still carries the Flexi-Coil branding, albeit in small letters, has kept its strong prairie connection. “They’re manufactured in the CNH production facility in Saskatoon,” notes Engel.
The new carts can be towed behind New Holland’s P2070 and Case IH’s 800 precision air hoe drills, which have a unique rear folding design for easier road transport. When folded, the drills will fit into an 18’4″ wide by 16’6″ box, making them equal to or narrower than the four-wheel drive tractor pulling them. The drills are available in 50-, 60-and 70-foot working widths with 10-or 12-inch row spacings.
The drills also boast a unique tow-behind hitch designed to allow the air cart to follow in the same tracks as a typical tractor, which also allows for tighter headland turns.
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