Combining a 60-foot planting width and a transport width under 12-feet, the new Case IH Early Riser 1250 planter is designed to maximize productivity. The 24-row unit covers more ground in less time, yet it is easy to transport with a front fold width of just 11-feet, 11-inches.

The new planter also offers proven agronomic advantages for early seedling emergence and strong crop stands.

“The Early Riser 1250 is designed for consistent seed spacing, superior depth control and excellent seed-to-soil contact. That delivers real bottom-line advantages for growers by producing early, even emergence and higher yield potential,” says Alan Forbes, Case IH marketing manager for planters.

The new 24-row machines provide all the advantages of the Early Riser planter line and its Advanced Seed Meter (ASM) design. “Growers benefit from the best seed germination and growth environment possible based on the design and performance of the row unit, and the ASM is precise with seed populations and spacing,” Forbes says.

The row unit features narrow, 10.5-degree offset double-disk openers and an inverted double-disk closing system. Forbes explains how this design contributes to crop yields:

“The narrow, double-disk openers penetrate the soil better, even in tough residue and soil conditions. This narrower angle of attack also reduces sidewall smearing and compaction in the seed trench. In addition, Early Riser gauge wheels are pulled rather than pushed to provide more consistent movement over the roughest terrain.

“These gauge wheels have an industry exclusive ‘soil pocket’ to capture soil from the opening disks and hold it in position at the rim of the seed trench. From there, staggered closing disks return the soil to the furrow in the same order it came out, putting moist soil back by the seed for faster germination and uniform emergence,” Forbes says.

“Finally the wide press wheel system follows up with the optimum pressure to drive out any air pockets for good soil contact and quick germination. ”Independent research has shown that that this system provides more even emergence and better plant stands than competitive planter row units,” he explains.

“The ASM design helps growers get the most from their seed purchases because the seed is placed on target,” Forbes says. “And the ASM system provides the best seed singulation and population accuracy.”

The ASM system simplifies seed size selection. With corn, for example, just one seed disc and one vacuum setting are recommended for all seed sizes and shapes. Vacuum tweaks and meter calibrations are now a thing of the past.

“The ASM has no favorite seed size,” Forbes notes. “Large or small, flat or round, it plants with the same accuracy. No adjustments are needed when changing seed sizes.”

The Early Riser 1250 offers exceptional land-following capability, ensuring accurate depth control regardless of terrain. In addition, the industry's largest bulk fill seed hoppers provide 120-bushel total capacity. Designed to maximize the planting window, larger hopper lid openings and a wide fill platform make seed filling quick and easy.

“Variations in terrain, changing soil conditions, and tough transport challenges are all part of the picture at planting time. This unit is a powerful productivity tool designed to meet all those challenges,” says Forbes.

The new Early Riser 1250 signals a return to the heritage “Early Riser” naming system for Case IH planters. “Early Riser planters were introduced in 1980. Through initial high performance and continued innovations, these planters have built an excellent reputation for delivering top quality plant stands for farmers around the world,” Forbes says, adding that future Case IH planter models also will carry the Early Riser brand name.

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