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Case IH expands precision farming equipment


December 21, 2011
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December 19, 2011, Racine,
WI – Case IH will expand its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) precision farming
offering by introducing a new GPS receiver and new variable-rate controller and
telematics systems and AFS software.

December 19, 2011, Racine,
WI – Case IH will expand its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) precision farming
offering by introducing a new GPS receiver and new variable-rate controller and
telematics systems and AFS software.

Case IH recently unveiled
an expanded AFS software package, AccuControl rate controller technology, the
AFS 372 receiver and AFS Connect telematics.

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AFS Connect provides
wireless connectivity to the Pro 600 and Pro 700 display through cellular data.
AFS Connect will provide up-to-date information regarding fleet management, a
virtual display of cab monitors in the office, performance analysis, file
management received from the field, and two-way messaging, among other key
features.

The Case IH AFS software
suite will expand upon the current capabilities of AFS desktop software, while
also interfacing with previously collected AFS data. At launch, the Case IH AFS
software offering will include five packages designed to work together
seamlessly and meet a variety of needs.

  • AFS View allows producers
    to view and track their data with a customized list of farms and fields, which
    can then be shared with precision farming devices for data management.
  • AFS Mapping & Records
    can accumulate yield, moisture and application data and track and/or print
    field records for restricted-use chemicals, fertilizer applications, equipment
    maintenance, crop plans, invoices and more.
  • AFS Accounting integrates
    all farm financial records for easy production cost comparison, enabling
    producers to make more informed decisions to improve farm profitability.
  • AFS Water Management helps
    users identify optimal placement of tile and surface drains in both surface and
    sub-surface drainage water management projects.
  • AFS Mobile streamlines
    data management in the field by bundling record keeping, mapping, soil sampling
    and variable rate application into one software solution that is easily
    portable and allows producers to access important information anytime and
    anywhere.

Using the new AFS
AccuControl rate controller technology, Case IH AFS Pro 600 and AFS Pro 700
display users can vary sprayer, spreader, planter and seeder rates or turn
implement sections, including non-Case IH implements, on and off.

The Case IH AccuControl
manages a wide variety of applications and creates as-applied maps:

  1. Planters – Controls up to
    four sections and up to 48 rows for individual row shut off; manual
    configuration of section and row orientations and variable rate seeding at up
    to four different section rates
  2. Sprayers &
    anhydrous/strip till applicators – Controls up to four rates and 48 boom
    sections; multiple-product variable rate control for up to four different
    liquid, anhydrous and dry granular products
  3. Self-propelled and
    trailing spinner spreaders – Multi-product variable rate control on up to four
    different liquid or dry products

The Case IH AFS 372
receiver is a combined GPS and GLONASS integrated receiver/antenna. By
combining the functionality of the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS (Global
Orbiting Navigation Satellite System) systems, the AFS 372 receiver has the
capability to include up to 44 satellites in a position solution, resulting in
improved uptime during crucial field operations.

Case IH customers can use
the differential correction option and accuracy that’s best for their
operation. The AFS 372 supports RTK correction sources such as Trimble VRS,
CORS and traditional RTK via radio transmission. It is also compatible with
CenterPoint™ RTX™, DGPS corrections such as EGNOS, WAAS, and MSAS, as well as
OmniSTAR® corrections VBS, XP and HP.

The new receiver will be
available as a factory-installed option in April 2012. The new AFS software,
AFS AccuControl and AFS Connect, along with a dedicated support team, will also
come online later this spring.