Case IH and South Africa distributor NORTHMEC highlight latest farm equipment and technologies at NAMPO 2019

Case IH, a brand of CNH Industrial, and NORTHMEC, its long-standing distribution partner in South Africa, chose NAMPO 2019 (14 to 17 May) to highlight the strong relationship between the two businesses, together with a range of new equipment and state-of-the-art technologies.

Their exhibit included a range of Case IH equipment and state-of-the-art technologies. In addition to the new Case IH SoilXplorer sensor/mapper and latest Early Riser® 2000 high-precision planter, it also featured 140 and 240 Series Axial Flow® combines, a full range of tractors from the JXT to the flagship Quadtrac 600, together with Patriot 250 and 3230 sprayers.

Organized by Grain South Africa, the event at Nampo Park near Bothaville is the country’s premiere agricultural exhibition, as well as being the largest agricultural machinery/livestock show in the southern hemisphere.

“NAMPO 2019 was a great success for both companies, which have enjoyed a very successful and long-standing partnership over the last 30 years, during which time Case IH has become a leading brand in South Africa,” states Jaco Prinsloo, Case IH Product Marketing. “NORTHMEC, our distributor for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia, has developed market-leading levels of sales, service and support which benefit customers across many Case IH product lines and has contributed to our continuous strong growth in this region.”

For NORTHMEC, the event was a celebration of its 150th anniversary. Established in 1869, the company is a division of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG), which in turn is 100% owned by Invicta Holdings, which is listed on the JHB stock exchange and the only company to feature in the Top 100 throughout the last 21 years.

NORTHMEC imports and distributes agricultural equipment, predominantly in grain producing areas, through an extensive network of 13 branches and 37 dealers, together with one subsidiary (shareholding) in Zimbabwe. It sells and supports an extensive range of Case IH products, including Axial Flow® combines, grain and corn headers, windrowers, tractors from the 60hp/36kW JX45T Compact to flagship 600hp/447kW Steiger 600 and Quadtrac 600 models, together with Patriot self-propelled sprayers, LB Series big pack square balers and Tiger-Mate® 200, Ecolo Tiger and True Tandem™ tillage equipment.

One of the highlights of NAMPO 2019 for NORTHMEC was the latest addition to its technology offering, the new Case IH SoilXplorer sensor/mapper. This forms part of the innovative AGXTEND range of precision farming technologies which complement Case IH’s existing Advanced Farming System (AFS) products and will eventually include a full range of precision solutions and connected services. Helping farmers refine their field and crop management while improving returns on precision farming equipment investment, each component of the AGXTEND range is designed to aid decision making, improve the efficiency and accuracy with which inputs are used and make the most of measured data.

SoilXplorer is a contactless soil sensor which uses electromagnetism to measure soil conductivity at four different soil depths: 0-25cm, 15-60cm, 55-95cm, 85-115cm. Working independently of weather conditions and vegetation, the unit is light, easy to handle, can be mounted on a tractor’s front linkage and has two key functions.

Firstly, it can be used for mapping fields, to record soil heterogeneity, determine soil type and relative water content, the information it gathers being stored in field maps, with SoilXplorer SXTS software included in the package. Secondly, it provides information on the presence and depth of compacted areas, thereby allowing variable depth soil cultivation to be practiced with compatible equipment. Working at full depth only where necessary saves fuel and wearing metal, while promoting continuous improvements in soil structure.

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