Two new six-row units have joined the Case IH Early Riser 1200 Series planter line, providing industry-leading planting accuracy for cotton, vegetable and traditional row-crop growers.

Growers benefit from the ability to accurately place valuable seed in a timely fashion, says Alan Forbes, Case IH product marketing manager for planters. “Hitting weather windows and planting accurately isn't a ‘pick one’ proposition. That's why Early Riser planters are engineered for both speed and accuracy,” Forbes says.

“These planters help growers achieve higher quality and better yielding plant stands due to fast, uniform seedling emergence and uniform seed spacing.”

The new Early Riser 1200 six-row mounted units are designed in row widths to fit the needs of cotton and specialty crops for intermediate-sized row-crop farmers. The wide configuration, with 36-, 38- and 40-inch row spacings, delivers accurate seed placement to match up with row tillage and cotton picker sizes. The narrow, 30-inch row configuration handles planting requirements for many specialty as well as traditional crops.

The superior performance of the Early Riser 1200 derives from two proven technologies — the Case IH Early Riser row unit and the Advanced Seed Meter (ASM) system. “These two components work together,” Forbes says, “and that's what makes this Early Riser a leap forward in productivity.”

Narrow offset double-disk openers on the row unit reduce residue hair-pinning in the furrow, improve seed-to-soil contact and eliminate the need for coulters in many conditions. The units feature pull-type, equalizing depth gauge wheels for better depth control, especially in rough terrain.

“The Early Riser's unique double-disk closing system delivers moist soil over the seed from both sides,” Forbes says. “Then chevron tread press wheels apply a precise amount of packing pressure to achieve optimum seed-to-soil contact and faster, more uniform emergence.”

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

“The ASM has no favorite seed size,” Forbes notes. “Large or small, flat or round, the Early Riser 1200 Series plants with the same accuracy. No adjustments are needed when changing seed sizes.”

Placement accuracy, even at higher speeds, is based on an 11.8-inch seed disk that rotates more slowly while carrying a larger number of seeds. Slower rotation results in a more controlled release and delivery.

Superior seed singulation is achieved due to a patented three-spool seed singulation design that eliminates doubles and ensures one seed per cell.

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