Case IH have sweetened the deal for sugarcane growers, announcing an anticipated release date of their new harvester in time for the 2018 cane crush.
Recently appointed Case IH Australian general manager, Pete McCann said the new 8010 series included 28 new or improved features based on over 18,000 hours of in-field testing.
“The last release was the 8000 Series,” he said.
“We’re confident growers will appreciate the improvements in these new machines and what they have to offer in the testing environment of an Australian cane paddock.”
Mr McCann said new features included automatic float control, improved cabin ergo-dynamics and a fuel tank with 29 per cent more capacity.
The 8100 also includes LED work lights, a raised cabin position and an in-cab refrigerator.
Case IH boast a long and on-going relationship with the sugarcane industry, having developed the first mechanical cane harvester in the 1960s.
The company is also the naming rights sponsor of the industries premier technology and innovation event, the Case IH Step Up! Conference, held last month in Mackay, Qld.
“The Case IH Step UP! Conference is a fantastic initiative, and one that we are very proud to put our name to,” Mr McCann said.
“The diversity of attendees opens up opportunity for really meaningful discussion about the industry and its potential in the future.”
Mr McCann said Case IH and it’s parent organisation CNH Indiustrial invest significantly in product research and development.
“We pioneered the introduction of hydraulic systems on harvesters and continue to invest in simplifying and upgrading the efficiency of these systems,” he said.
“This latest Austoft combines the best of its predecessors with a raft of new features and improvements.
“To create a machine that offers the most advanced solutions to the sector.
“For the industry this helps contribute to ongoing strength and prosperity.
“For the individual farm business a healthier bottom-line through greater efficiency and overall yields.”
Speaking at the conference, CNH Industrial, regional marketing manager for precision solutions and telematics, Robert Johnson said the sugarcane industry was highly innovative.
“Sugar is the second largest export crop in Australia after wheat,” he said.
“Australian producers have always been at the forefront of innovation and adoption of technologies that continue to drive the industry’s productivity.
“Agricultural technology offers improved productivity, along with quality and yield.
“It also offers enriched sustainability and less wastage.”