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NSW cotton grower reaps the benefits with the new Case IH Magnum 340

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article image For cotton grower, Graham Cook, the all new Magnum 340 proved the ideal choice when upgrading his fleet to make the most of the above average prices ahead

With above average cotton prices in 2011 and prices looking promising for 2012, NSW farmer Graham Cook has taken the opportunity to upgrade to an all-new Case IH Magnum 340 tractor.  

Across his 1,785-hectare property Graham grows 480 hectares of irrigated cotton as well as a mix of forage oats, barley and dry land sorghum on a second leased 1,200-hectare block nearby.   

Graham explains that his cotton farm has been through a lot in the last few years including low market prices and the biggest floods in history.  Despite this, last season his yields were around 10 bales per hectare with a market price of approximately $900 a bale.  

Graham says “This year we’re looking at around 12 bales a hectare with prices at $500 per bale, which is still pretty good for our industry.” Which is why the investment in a new tractor makes sense.  

To date, the new Magnum 340 has completed more than 350 hours in the field, mainly spraying and ripping the country in preparation for planting.  

The Magnum 340 is one of a complete range of 5 new Magnum and 6 new Steiger tractors.  Graham explains that the 340 was chosen “…because it’s the largest front wheel assist model in the Magnum range, …Having the front wheel assist makes it easy to run down the rows.”  

Features of the all new range of Magnum tractors include:  

  • AutoSteer technology for keeping implements straight and improved efficiency
  • range from 235Hp for the Magnum 235 to 340Hp for the 340 model
  • increased power compared to predecessors
  • ‘power boost’ feature as standard, delivering an additional 37Hp
  • enhanced performance by up to 14%
  • hydraulic system flow capacity of 224 litres per minute
  • rear linkage offering up to 10,200 kg lift capacity
  • new front linkage with up to 5,000 kg lift capacity
  • optional front PTO
  • fuel and labour efficient
  • multicontroller armrest puts key functions at the operator’s fingertips
  • extended 600 hours service intervals  

Graham estimates that the new tractor saves “…at least half a litre of fuel per hectare, which is a big cost saving across the operation.  

“It has the ability to easily rip at least 50 to 75 mm deeper in the one pass than our previous machine, an older model 8950. This deeper penetration affords greater protection against pests and weeds in the soil bed,”  

Contact Case IH or one of its expert dealers for more information about the Magnum 340 and choosing the most suitable tractor from the complete, all new Magnum and Steiger tractor range.

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