Each year, dozens of new products are introduced that target the ag retail marketplace. And for the past decade now, the readers of CropLife IRON® magazine have spent the better part of their Octobers-Novembers voting for their favorite individual product in the annual Product of the Year competition.
For 2017, there were six entries vying for the coveted “Big I” trophy. But in the end, in the second closest vote count in the history of the awards program, Case IH emerged victorious for its entry, the 5550 Trident. Company representatives Ken Lehmann and Mark Burns were on hand to accept the trophy at the 2017 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting, held in late November in Phoenix, AZ.
“This is such an honor,” said Burns, the company’s Marketing Manager for Application Equipment. “It means a lot to our company that the readers of CropLife IRON think so much of our new Trident that they chose it as the best product for 2017.”
The No. 1 on the priority list for Case IH, Burns said, was to design a true combination applicator from the ground up. A combination applicator that takes several employees the better part of the day to convert isn’t a true combination applicator, Burns said. The Trident 5550 combination applicator also features the optional New Leader NL4500T G4 Edge variable-rate dry nutrient applicator and a new level of precision dry-product application. “The NL4500T G4 Edge uses patented precision spinner technology,” Burns said. “It spreads dry product faster, wider, and more consistently.”
Another unique feature of the Trident 5550 is its dual wheel set-up. “Compaction is a big concern these days,” Burns said. “A larger footprint on the ground can help make wet fields more accessible and reduce soil compaction.” According to the company, the Trident 5550 combination applicator is the first applicator featuring factory-available duals in row crop tire sizes. A variety of tire options help support operating over three seasons in a variety of ground conditions, crop types, and sprayer or spreader configurations, said Burns.