Case IH to offer grain analysis technology on combine range

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Case IH is the latest agricultural brand to partner up with local analytical technology manufacturer Next Instruments to offer its 3000H Near Infrared (NIR) Grain Analyser on Case IH’s range of combine harvesters.

Case IH to offer grain analysis technology on combine range
Customers who order Case IH's MY16 Axial Flow 240 combine harvesters will be able to purchase the 3000H grain analyser as an optional extra.

This follows an earlier announcement by New Holland that the company will be updating all of its CR Series combine harvesters ordered for delivery in 2016 with the same technology.

Case IH says the 3000H Grain Analyser will come as an optional extra for model year 2016 Axial-Flow 240 Series combines, shipping from mid-2016.

The Australian-designed and developed grain analysing technology allows operators to monitor grain protein in cereals and oil percentage in oilseeds in real time while harvesting.

For that, it won an innovation award at the 2015 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Case IH Hay & Harvest product manager Tim Slater says the new technology is a breakthrough for farmers, allowing them to improve productivity and maximise profit by efficient management of protein or oil content.

"Information is fed to a 10-inch touchscreen display in the cab, including real time mapping of quality," he says.

"Boasting exceptional fuel economy as well as impressive horsepower, the Axial-Flow 240 Series combines already bring growers greater levels of performance, productivity and profitability.

"With the addition of the 3000H as an optional extra, customers can expect an even greater return on investment."

He says customer trials using the 3000H have shown potential to incrementally increase profit by blending wheat from different paddocks to ensure the best price at the silo.

He adds revenue could be increased by $40 per hectare or more in some circumstances.

"Our trial customers are seeing payback on their investment in the 3000H within a matter of weeks because of this new ability to segregate and blend grains," Slater says.

"In addition, our customers can compare yield versus grain quality to measure the efficiency of crop inputs such as nitrogen fertiliser – potentially saving on input costs too."

Slater says fleet buying customers can also order additional 3000H units for other machines in their fleet, if they are buying a MY16 combine.

"We believe this is the best way to roll out this new technology opportunity, ensuring that customers who want to take it up can get their hands on it," he says.

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