"Access to new Case IH agriculture equipment is a tremendous asset to Pioneer Farm — the precision farming solutions greatly increase the productivity of our operations," says Dr. Chuck Steiner, Director of Pioneer Farm. "This partnership between Ritchie’s Implement and Case IH advances the mission of Pioneer Farm — to enhance the agricultural education experience for students on campus and for agriculturists throughout the surrounding communities. We are excited about all the educational, research, and outreach activities this partnership provides."
A combination of new Case IH tractors, hay tools, tillage implements, a planter, and a combine, arrive each year and are used in the farm's day-to-day operations. The equipment allows students and farm visitors to see the productivity-enhancing benefits of Case IH equipment in real-world applications.
"With the support of Ritchie's and Case IH, the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm is able to utilize cutting-edge farming technology. Students and university researchers will get to see, run, test and learn all about the newest innovations in production agriculture first-hand," explains Ron Ritchie, president of Ritchie Implement Inc., a Case IH dealer with locations in Barneveld, Cobb and Darlington, Wis. "Our goal is not only to broaden ag students' educational experience and better prepare them for their farming careers, but also to enhance educational opportunities for active producers locally, regionally and across the state. We're excited to be part of that important effort."
As part of the agreement, Case IH product specialists will be available to support classroom instruction and participate in student clinics and shared community activities such as University Field Days with hands-on field demonstrations.
"Our locally based Case IH product specialists can bring a great deal of insight and field experience to students and the community," says Jeff Schmaling, senior director of accounts management for Case IH. "They have the unique opportunity to visit farms across the region and help Case IH customers maximize their equipment's productivity and ROI in a variety of crops and field conditions, and they will bring that same practical experience to the university."