Case IH Module Express 625 Streamlines Cotton Harvest

Tue Jan 8, 2008 8:01am EST

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  RACINE, WI, Jan 08 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
 It has been a year since Case IH introduced the Case IH Module Express(TM)
625, the only commercial cotton picker to build modules while harvesting.
Growers who used this machine for the 2007 cotton harvest report that it was a
sound investment.

    "The Module Express allows one man to do the work of three," says Dan
Kornegay, who grows 2,500 acres of cotton in Faison, N.C. "It only takes one
person to pick the cotton and build the modules with the Module Express,
reducing equipment and labor costs. I'm saving about $1,000 per day by
running three fewer tractors, hiring three fewer operators and eliminating
the maintenance costs of extra equipment. I'm easily going to save $50,000
per year."

    Steve Daley of Thatcher, Ariz., found the Module Express to be the
solutionto high fuel prices and labor shortages. "No boll buggies or module
builders are
needed with this system," says Daley. "We were able to eliminate seven
pieces of equipment."

    Daley adds that finding seasonal help for cotton harvest has been
"Labor costs have gone through the roof," he says. "This system is so much more
labor efficient. I only need three people for harvest instead of seven with
the old system."

    Edward Fiveash of Donalsonville, Ga., agrees that finding dependable
seasonal help
is difficult. "My son was able to pick cotton by himself with the Module
Express. We needed five fewer people to harvest. It was a tremendous labor
saver and the machine does an excellent job of picking."

    No modifications needed

    The Case IH Module Express does not require modifications to existing
The Case IH half modules are 8-foot by 8-foot by 16-foot, which is the same
height and width of a standard module but half the length. A producer uses
smaller reusable tarps to cover the modules. One person can often handle
these easy-to-use tarps versus two with larger traditional modules. No
are required to the ginning process.

    This is the benefit that sold David Harris of Senath, Mo., who runs 4,600
of cotton and is also part owner of a gin. "As a ginner, I like the fact that
the Module Express doesn't require any special equipment. I looked at the
John Deere system, but the gin would have to buy $250,000 worth of equipment to
unwrap the modules and get the plastic off. There's also the issue of plastic

    Harvest stays on schedule

    The Module Express picks cotton at a slightly faster pace than a
traditional 6-row picker and modules form simultaneously. "It only takes a
little more than a minute to dump a module when full," says Fiveash. "We'd have
had to wait four to five minutes for a boll buggy with the old system."

    Justin Layton of Thatcher, Ariz., notes that the Module Express allowed
himto free up equipment for fall tillage work.

    "Before the Module Express, we wouldn't start plowing until we were done
picking," says Layton. "We're now working ground right behind the picker. We
able to get winter oats planted in October versus January with the old

    Harvesting was a bottleneck area for Mike Sturdivant of Glendora, Miss.
"Itused to require all my labor and equipment," he says. "Now I'm able to use
that labor for fall tillage work."

    Less maintenance

    Layton adds that the maintenance for the Module Express is also much
"Everything is on board," he explains. "We used to spend two hours per day
cleaning and maintaining equipment. It now takes less than one hour."

    Daryl Pasket of Anderson, Texas, custom harvests approximately 16,000
acresof cotton. He used a Module Express as one of the cotton pickers in his
this year and plans to move to the Module Express to reduce maintenance costs,
labor needs and freight costs.

    "I will have 14 fewer pieces of equipment to maintain and will need fewer
employees. That means less hotel bills, less liability and less insurance. I'll
be able to truck equipment in one day and be ready to go the next. I'll be
able to eliminate about eight loads of equipment every time I move to a new

    Bill Walker of Somerville, Tenn., points out that the Module Express cuts
on maintenance of other equipment, as well. "This machine eliminates the need
boll buggies, module builders and the associated tractors. Anytime you get rid
equipment, you eliminate the time to maintain that equipment. That's less
equipment to break and less downtime."

    Harris describes the 2007 harvest season as "quiet." "We saved on diesel
and didn't have breakdowns," says the Senath, Mo., grower. "With module
builders, boll buggies and tractors, we always had downtime. Harvest was
pretty dull this year. The Module Express was in the field and one person was
tarping modules. This was the most peaceful harvest I can remember."

    Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to
collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive,
equipment -- for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United
States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in
over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible
financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional
farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional
dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors;
combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and
seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools.
For more information, visit us on the World Wide Web at
Case IH is a division of CNH ( Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH), a
majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI).

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