Case IH introduces Precision Disk air drill

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Case IH has debuted the Precision Disk 550 air drill. Designed to boost yield potential in a variety of crops and tillage practices and complete greater tank capacity, a superior parallel-link row unit and new productivity-enhancing features, the new drill will be available to order for spring 2023.

“We continue to hear from growers — they need added capacity to get more seeding done in a day,” says Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment. “Case IH engineered the Precision Disk 550 air drill to meet this demand, with agronomically designed features to boost producers’ bottom lines.” 

Built on Agronomic Design principles, Case IH the Precision Disk 550 series row unit maintains an industry-leading parallel-link design with new features and enhancements to boost performance. A new closing system with indexable angle adjustments delivers effective seed trench closing, no matter the conditions — from conventional to no-till. Angle adjustments are simple, with indexed settings from 0 to 13 degrees to match your fields. Additionally, a range of gauge wheel widths and styles accommodate different field and crop conditions. 

“With this new row unit, every single detail is designed to optimize seed placement and deliver unmatched stand establishment,” Nowosad says. “Even when Mother Nature isn’t on your side, Precision Disk 550 air drills provide peace of mind that plants will get their best start possible.”

The Case IH parallel-link row unit design is known for ensuring consistent coulter depth and accurate seed placement. The company says an exclusive variable down-pressure spring holds each row unit in contact with the ground, while a forward-facing seed tube helps minimize seed bounce. Plus, operators can adjust to changing field conditions on the go with standard in-cab hydraulic down pressure control.

Case IH adds the Precision Disk 550T air drill offers a tank capacity of up to 140 bushels to help operators maximize tendering and seeding productivity. A low-profile, rail-guided tank lid ensures effective seal and allows for easy access. Plus, the company notes high-flotation tire options accommodate these greater tank capacities and reduces compaction, creating further agronomic efficiencies for operators while out in the field.  

Enhanced auto-calibration check software verifies settings by using scale feedback and delivers accuracy to give operators the best return on their investment. A stationary calibration package comes standard with the Precision Disk 550T air drill, allowing operators to perform checks without needing to operate the unit in-field. At the same time, an in-tank camera helps monitor tank fill and a rear-view camera helps operators safely transport, the company says.

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To help reduce plugging in muddy conditions, Case IH says gauge wheel options are now available with an open-spoke design. The 4.5-in., option matches conventional tillage conditions, while a 3-in., option is built to handle tougher, no-till conditions. Additionally, a new seed trench scraper is available to cleanly cut the seed trench, the company says.

Finally, to protect meters, a standard seed meter rain shield helps minimize contact with dust and debris for easy cleaning and maintenance. And to help reduce maintenance and upkeep, chrome pins and heavy-duty scraper springs on the row unit deliver a longer wear life, the company says. Earth Metal disk blades also provide superior durability and are engineered to withstand the toughest conditions and cut cleanly through heavy crop residue.

“Not only is the Precision Disk 550 remarkably efficient when it comes to seeding accuracy and placement, but it’s also durable, simple and easy to use,” Nowosad says. “This new air drill checks all the boxes for producers looking to maximize their return on investment.”