Shootin' the Bull: Case IH Celebrates Six Major Industry Awards

Published on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:30pm

“Our company was very honored to receive the Tractor of the Year 2015 award,” said Jim Walker, Vice President, Case IH NAFTA. “Twenty-seven years of Magnum tractors means 27 years of approval by the toughest group of testers you can get: farmers in their daily work.”

A jury of 23 expert journalists determine the TOTY award winner. Features that contributed to the Magnum 380 CVT win include the continuously variable transmission, the easy-to-use multi-controller armrest, the new LED lighting packages and the innovative Rowtrac solution that uses a combination of rear tracks and high-tech, low-pressure front tires to provide greater traction and minimal soil disturbance compared with two-track machines.
Along with the TOTY award, five other Case IH products earned AE50 designations, marking each as one of the top 50 most innovative new products of 2014. A panel of international engineering experts named the AE50 award winners by identifying the products that best advance engineering in the food and agriculture industries. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers organize the awards.
Winning products from Case IH include:
• The Precision Disk™ 500 disk drill: The award win recognizes the innovative intermediate wing hinge design, which allows the 50-foot and 60-foot model drills to provide narrow transport width without adding height.
• The Steiger® 620 HD indirect engine cooling system: In this independent low-temperature cooling system, each turbocharger stage of the Case IH FPT engine has its own optimally-sized cooling system. This gives the operator faster response under dynamic loads and allows the engine to manage after-treatment conversion efficiency in low-load and low-temperature environments.
• The Ecolo-Tiger® 875 disk ripper: To provide a high-yield environment for plants, this product eliminates soil compaction while sizing crop residue for nutrient release in sync with crop demands. It offers the widest weather window and is the first four-phase machine in the industry.
• The flip-up tall corn attachment for the 4400 series corn heads: This unique pivoting design attachment prevents loss of corn ears over the ends of the header when harvesting in tall stands of corn. An integral part of the end divider, it needs no tools to deploy so the shields can be quickly raised to help prevent ears from being tossed out of the header. It also incorporates the Case IH CornLouvers,™ which ensure loose grain makes it into the combine.
• The Magnum Rowtrac tractor: With four points of ground contact, this product delivers more flotation, maneuverability and comfort than two-track alternatives. The longer wheelbase and exclusive high-flotation tires provide more traction with less compaction under load when compared with competitive MFD tractors. Additionally, the CVT split-throttle helps achieve peak efficiency regardless of operator experience, and the integrated AFS Pro 700 armrest control center serves as an interface for fleet management, performance monitoring, machine/implement control and precision farming functions.
“These accolades celebrate thoughtful innovation and putting producers first. It’s a winning combination, and one our customers have come to expect,” Walker said. “We are driven to provide the right amount of technology and iron to deliver productivity and profitability, and we will continue to design products that are ready to better meet the changing needs of today’s producers.”


The Solution

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Dykes Joins IBBA

Kyle Dykes joined the staff at the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As the Commercial Marketing Coordinator, Dykes will oversee IBBA’s commercial marketing programs while engaging with members and Brangus producers across the country. Dykes will be integral in expanding the breed’s global market share, promoting Brangus genetics to the commercial sector, and ultimately increasing demand for Brangus cattle.
A native of Killeen, Texas, Dykes grew up on a small farm raising commercial cattle. Agriculture has always been a passion of his, and he has been actively trying to help make a difference and be a part of the growth of agriculture in Texas. Dykes received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2013.
“Kyle has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we are proud to have him as a member of the Brangus team,” said IBBA Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins. “He will engage with our members at sales and visit producers’ operations across the country to bridge the gap between the association and our members. Kyle will be essential in advancing IBBA programs, and I know he will be a great asset to the breed.”


Beef Scholarship Extravaganza
A returning duo of high school seniors from North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck High Schools took home the top scholarship prizes at the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza hosted by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation on December 12, 2014. FFA students Aubree Beenken of Buckingham, and Meg Edler of Gladbrook, will each receive $1,500 in scholarship money.
Beef Extravaganza took place at the Hansen Ag Learning Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa, and 22 teams competed. The scholarship event, which is for students interested in cattle and beef production, involved 53 high school students from around Iowa. They competed for cash scholarship awards for the top four teams that totaled $7,650. Students were challenged at 10 different stations to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
The second place team, from Seymour Community Schools FFA, also included a second-year participant. Cendra Sebolt of Seymour, returned with a new team member, Anthony Furlin of Numa, to earn $1,125 each in scholarship money.
Maquoketa Valley FFA was the third place team. Senior Trent Westhoff of Dyersville, and junior Andrew Palmersheim of Manchester, earned $750 each. The fourth place team from Maquoketa FFA was the senior team of Cale Gent of Monmouth; Ben Kilburg, and Wade Gerlach, both of Delmar; each won $300 scholarships.
Scholarship dollars won at the Extravaganza can be used at any university or community college. In addition, if the student will be attending Iowa State University College of Agriculture, Kirkwood Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Muscatine Community College, Des Moines Area Community College or Iowa Lakes Community College, those institutions offer additional matching scholarships to students on the top four teams.
Team scores at the 10 different stations were added to determine the winners. Each station tested specific skills and knowledge of the students. Teams scoring the highest number of points at each station were also awarded plaques, which were sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. Those station winners are:
• Handling and Health – Seymour FFA.
• Nutrition – Tall Corn FFA; the team includes senior Joe DeVries of Sheffield and juniors Lauren Dirksen and Brooke Benning, both of Hampton.
• Marketing – Pleasantville FFA; the team is comprised of seniors Hagen Fouch of Pleasantville, and Kiley Elder of Pella.
• Seedstock – Maquoketa Valley FFA.
• Keep/Cull Replacement Heifers – Pleasantville FFA.
• Job Interview – North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA team.
• Industry Issues – Seymour FFA.
• Reproduction – Seymour FFA.
• Credit and Finance – North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA team.
• Beef Management – Mediapolis FFA team of seniors Lane Eads of Mt. Union, and Wyatt Orr and Mikala Denney, both Mediapolis.
Sponsors of the event are: Farm Credit Services of America; Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC; Iowa Beef Breeds Council; Iowa State University; Muir Embroidery; and Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation sponsors several scholarship and learning opportunities for young people. Visit their website for more information

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