Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All-new row unit designed for high-speed planting and precise placement for fast, uniform emergence Case IH announces the award-winning 2000 series Early Riser planter featuring an all-new row unit. Building on a tradition of Agronomic Design, these rugged new planters have been engineered to operate at higher speeds to deliver fast and uniform emergence. The new planter has already been recognized with the agricultural engineering community’s prestigious AE50 award for 2016.“After years of customer feedback and extensive engineering development, we are proud to announce a new generation of smart planting technology,” said Tony McClelland, planter marketing manager, Case IH. “This new Early Riser planter series provides the first factory integration of Precision Plantingcomponents in North America, resulting in what we believe is the industry’s most accurate planter. But make no mistake, we didn’t just put a new meter on our current toolbars. This is an all-new row unit designed by Case IH with toolbars engineered to deliver top accuracy at higher speeds.”Competitive test-plot research showed that the new Early Riser planter delivered more accurate seed placement and faster emergence at high speeds than comparable competitive models.“The results are clear,” said McClelland. “We outyielded our competition. Whether planting laser-straight rows at 10 miles per hour, or a contoured field, the new Early Riser planter was consistently accurate. Furthermore, the new rugged design demonstrated outstanding durability and reliability.”All-new, best-in-class rugged row unit — delivering speed, precision and performance Built with heavy-duty cast components, the 2000 series stands up to high speeds and tough, fast-changing conditions. An industry-leading 26-inch toolbar clearance, plus a 60% increase in vertical row-unit travel, helps accommodate uneven terrain without sacrificing accurate seed depth and consistent closing.Where seed meets soil, larger and heavier Earth Metalblades provide long-lasting durability. An agronomic offset design allows the leading opener to slice through tough crop residue and ensures proper seed-to-soil contact, while self-adjusting mud scrapers ensure consistent performance in heavy, wet soils.Exclusive trailed gauge wheels with soil-relief grooves help row units ride better in rough seed bed conditions while minimizing sidewall compaction. All this leads to a more consistent seed bed, uniform germination and earlier emergence. Aligning the gauge wheels alongside offset openers provides better results, no matter the soil type.New, larger inverted closing disks provide gentle and consistent soil coverage back over the seed. Then the press wheel ensures the proper seed-to-soil contact necessary for uniform germination and emergence. An in-cab adjustment option can fine-tune closing disk down-pressure to suit different field conditions.Integrated game-changing technology delivers precise seed placement As the only planter designed and built with integrated Precision Planting components, producers can realize next-generation planting technology — direct from the factory.“While others in the marketplace may offer some of these components, only the 2000 series Early Riser planter was designed to integrate Precision Planting technology with the industry’s most agronomically designed row unit,” said McClelland.Developed specifically for the 2000 series Early Riser planter, the all-new seed meter and electric drive deliver accurate and consistent seed singulation, populations and in-row spacing for a variety of crop types. The vSet 2 meter and vDrive electric drive systems offer precise seed metering and curve compensated spacing with the simplicity of tool-free crop changes and adjustments. Additionally, the new minihopper and its single air-intake screen is easy to access and clean.“The electric meter and DeltaForce allow each row unit to function like a single row planter,” added McClelland. “Every row unit reacts automatically to its own particular conditions, from curve compensated spacing, to an automatic up/down force system for precise depth control.” In addition, row-by-row shut-offs for seed, liquid fertilizer and chemical can greatly reduce input costs and create even greater efficiencies.For the most accurate seed delivery and placement, the 2000 series Advanced Seed Delivery option includes the new SpeedTube. Available for corn and soybeans, it uses a flighted belt delivery to control the seed from the meter to the furrow, eliminating the drop and tumble variability of traditional gravity drop tubes — especially at high speeds. The SpeedTube belt moves at a rate that increases and decreases with planter speed, ensuring optimal seed spacing. Furthermore, a SpeedTube planter can be easily transformed to conventional seed tubes for additional crop-type versatility, with no tools required.Tailored, flexible and dependable The new Early Riser planter in-cab controls offer complete customization. Producers can choose between the total planter control of Advanced Seed Information, available with a single screen through the Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Pro 700 display, or the FieldViewwith the 20/20 SeedSense options available from Precision Planting.Designed for simplicity and serviceability, the new Early Riser planter features fewer parts than previous models, which means easier operation and less maintenance. “We engineered this planter so producers can spend more of their day planting,” said McClelland. “A streamlined design makes service access easy and simplifies adjustments.”The new Early Riser planter makes switching between crops quick and easy. A simple, accessible T-handle depth adjustment makes changing seeding depth in 1/8-inch increments quick and easy. An indexing system provides consistency across all row units, and an alphanumeric scale makes it easy to confirm all row units are set at the same depth.2016 AE50 award recognizes innovationThe new Early Riser 2150 planter has already been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). ASABE annually recognizes the most innovative products that will best advance engineering for the agricultural industry with the AE50 awards.First public reveal at National Farm Machinery Show 2016The first of the new 2000 series Early Riser planter models, the Early Riser 2150 model, will debut at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville in February. Producers attending Commodity Classic in New Orleans in March will also be able to see the new planter and discuss features with Case IH representatives. First models, which include 12-, 16- and 24-row 30-inch front fold machines, will be available for the 2017 planting season.A planter to match every farmMcClelland indicates that while the new Early Riser 2150 will represent the latest planter technology available, not all producers will want to invest in these advancements. Case IH will still be producing the benchmark of all planters, the cost-efficient Early Riser with ASM (Advanced Seed Meter) technology. “In addition, there will be the option to order the current Early Riser planter factory-ready for integration with Precision Planting components,” said McClelland.The three options of planting technology ensure that Case IH is addressing the needs of every producer’s individual planting needs.For more information, visit your local Case IH dealer or www.caseih.com/newearlyriser.
Indian hockey team went down 1-4 to South Korea in what was their fourth loss in a row. Reason enough for chief coach Michael Nobbs to feel dejected and disappointed.In an online interview with Mail Today Sports Editor S. Kannan, Nobbs minces no words on India’s poor show at the London Olympics.Q. How would you sum up the team’s performance till now?Nobbs: Very disappointing maybe the first three games have taken their toll on our ability to believe in ourselves.Q. You had talked of the first three matches being tough, but does a huge loss to South Korea also hurt?Nobbs: Yes we played well for the first 50 minutes of the game and let ourselves down by not taking our chances either in front of goals or from the penalty corner area.Q. Then role played by Sandeep Singh seems dubious. Is it pressure or something unusual that he is unable to convert the penalty corners?Nobbs: Well it looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this he had a 82% success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line as what happened again today.Q. How do you think you can lift the morale of the team in such a bleak scenario?Nobbs: We can only keep working on what we do, these are supposed to be international players, our young players are playing well and don’t have that fear. I think we really need to remember that even though it hasn’t been any performance that I would find acceptable we haven’t been at this level for 8 years and we have had a good season so far up until this tournament. We will still need to make changes and bring more of your youth into the program if we are to get better.advertisement
zoomImage Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company’s previous statements that did not favor the technology.Namely, to become compliant with the 0.5 percent sulphur content rule as of January 2020, shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology.Maersk Line’s representatives said earlier that the company was not “on the scrubber team” due to operational concerns, as the technology has not yet proven itself on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.This in particular relates to open-loop scrubbers, which have been deemed by many industry players as a short-term solution due to the wash water-related issues and the looming ban on its release in certain geographical zones. Closed loop scrubbers, on the other hand, pose another type of challenge related to space constraints on board needed for the installation of the systems.It its latest announcement, Maersk said it will invest in “a limited number of scrubbers”, but information on the type of scrubber systems or ships to be fitted with the systems was rather sketchy.Scrubbers are gaining in popularity as numerous owners from various shipping sectors reveal investments in the technology, including most recently Hapag-Lloyd, DHT Holdings, Maran Tankers, Safe Bulkers, and Star Bulk.The cost of installing a scrubber system on a vessel currently stands at around USD 2 million, and many owners are looking to entice the charterers to pay for the installation costs. Ships eligible for installation are those larger in size, such as Capesizes, VLCCs or ULCVs, due space availability, economy and cost efficiency.When approached by World Maritime News for a comment, Maersk Line provided us with a statement from Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, saying that scrubbers would be “a small part of – and just one of several elements in – our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time.”As part of the plans, Maersk is also looking into LNG and compliant fuels, the latter being the more prominent option for the company’s fleet come January 2020.“As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels. While we will continue to explore how to best comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, we still believe the best solution remains with compliant fuels from refineries on land. It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame,” Lindergaard’s statement reads.The new compliant fuels are expected to push the container shipping industry’s fuel bill by USD 15 million, with Maersk Line alone having to pay USD 2 billion more for fuel on annual basis. Hence, diversification and pursuing of cost-efficient investments, including scrubbers, is a sound strategy given the fast-approaching deadline for the enforcement of the new rules.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage by WMN Cheniere Energy Partners has entered into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement with Petronas LNG, a unit of Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company, Petronas.Under the agreement, Petronas LNG would purchase around 1.1 million tonnes LNG per annum from Cheniere’s subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction on a free on board basis.The deal is for a term of 20 years following the date of first commercial delivery for the sixth natural gas liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass liquefaction project.“This 20-year agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction continues our momentum on Train 6, where early engineering, procurement, and site preparation activities have recently commenced ahead of a final investment decision. We expect this SPA to support our continued progress toward a final investment decision in 2019,” Jack Fusco, Chairman, President and CEO of Cheniere Partners, said.The SPA is subject to certain conditions precedent, including but not limited to Sabine Pass Liquefaction making a final investment decision to construct Train 6 of the SPL Project.