Nine ASABE 2021 ag innovation awards for New Holland and Case IH

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New Holland Agriculture and Case IH are the global agricultural machinery brands of CNH Industrial N.V. Between them they have won have won nine ASABE 2021 AE50 awards, two for New Holland and seven for Case IH. These prestigious annual awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) are conferred by a panel of international engineering experts and chosen on the basis of their impact on advanced engineering for the food and agricultural industries.

Two AE50 Awards for New Holland

1. The BigBaler 340 High Density large square baler produces bales of up to 22% higher density than conventional large square balers. It has two unique features. The first is the SmartShift™ two speed gearbox which significantly increases productivity, enhances operator comfort, and improves tractor driveline protection. The second is the patented Loop Master™ knotting technology which delivers up to 26% improved twine tensile strength. It is also the first commercialized double knotter in the world that prevents plastic pollution by eliminating twine offcuts.

New Holland's BigBaler 340 High Density large square baler

New Holland’s BigBaler 340 High Density large square baler


2. The New Holland Crossover Harvesting™ system (which we covered in detail earlier in the year) combines conventional drum threshing and Twin Rotor™ separation technology, with the TripleClean™ cleaning shoe to deliver enhanced capacity for midrange combines. This system significantly increases combine capacity and means that a midrange combine can deliver the capacity of a traditional rotary machine while maintaining the outstanding straw quality normally associated with a pure conventional system.


Seven AE50 Awards for Case IH

1. The AFS Connect™ Steiger® series is the brand’s largest and most powerful tractor range, featuring the latest technology in data management systems to enable operators to adjust, monitor and transfer data as they want. The redesigned, ergonomic cab with built-in 4G connectivity also enables remote display viewing for faster servicing and more efficient support.

2. The LB436 HD large square baler helps producers achieve maximum bale density and high-quality bales through the innovative use of a bale chamber that is 16% longer and provides up to 55% more plunger force than other Case IH models. As such the bales produced are denser and more consistent. The new TwinePro knotter system eliminates twine offcuts that can find their way into both the forage and the field, protecting livestock and the reducing environmental impact.

3. The Axial-Flow® 250 series combines with sieve pressure visualization, help maximize cleaning system performance by equipping the operator with the feedback needed to save grain and make the correct harvesting parameter adjustments.

4. The Case IH fertilizer applicators and air carts with 24-row air pack system are designed to accurately deliver dry fertilizer products from a Case IH Precision Air™ 5 series air cart to a 60-foot Nutri-Placer® 940 or Nutri-Tiller® 955 fertilizer applicator. Its unique series of three-way splitters means product is delivered to 24 individual row units on 30-inch row spacing with precision and consistency. With emphasis on reducing environmental impact, this system minimizes fertilizer runoff.

5. The Category 3/4n 3-point hitch quick coupler carries the load of a 2-point or 3-point rear mounted implement. This quick-hitch design is more durable and maximizes the strength and life of the quick coupler.

6. The Fast Riser 6100 front-fold planter, commercialized in Brazil, features a five-section hydraulic wing downforce system and agronomically designed row unit to help increase yield potential and increase productivity.

7. The MultiControl Armrest design – the result of customer focus group consultations combined with the use of human positioning software, virtual reality simulators and 3D printing. Available on the Steiger and Magnum™ series tractors, the MultiControl Armrest has successfully upgraded its ergonomic rating by 58%.


From all the AE50 winners a maximum of three will be awarded the top ‘Davidson Prize’, to be announced early in 2021. The Davidson Prize is named after J.B. Davidson, the father of modern agricultural engineering. Chosen winners are projected to have a significant impact on agricultural production, efficiency, or safety.

The awards will be presented at the virtual ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC) to be held in February 2021.

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