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Harvest Times

"Harvest Times" is a quarterly publication providing the very latest information about CLAAS products, parts, service and special offers available through our exclusive dealer network. This newsletter has recently evolved from two separate editions focused on "Grain Harvest" and "Hay & Forage" products. The newsletter has since been combined into one edition featuring the entire CLAAS line in North America. It is available in print and online.

Fall 2017

It's time to look back at harvest 2017 through the rear-view mirror and get caught up on the latest happenings at CLAAS. Looking for a new machine to help you tackle the challenges you'll face in 2018? You've come to the right place.

  • Building Technology… and Relationships

    At CLAAS, we’re known for providing growers with the best technology in the market. We take this commitment seriously, so our customers can have machinery that is dependable, user-friendly, aids in productivity and lasts years longer than any competitor.

    We are also diligent in building solid relationships both with our CLAAS dealers and growers. Having the best equipment in the world is amazing, but we recognize that trust and reliability is key.

    Thank you for depending on us to have your back every day. We promise to keep it up.

    Best regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • Employee Spotlight: Jeff Tilden

    CLAAS Announces New Vice President

    Jeff Tilden’s entire life has been in agriculture, so when he says growers are his number one focus; you can take it to the bank.

    Tilden takes on the role as the new Vice President of Parts at CLAAS of America. He grew up on a farm, and brings 26 years of experience in the ag industry, most recently as Manager of Business Development for Worldwide Parts Service for a leading ag manufacturer.

    At CLAAS, he replaces Roger Parker, who retired after more than 34 years with the company. Tilden will continue Parker’s efforts to refine the process of delivering parts to customers in a timely manner, so they can remain as efficient and profitable as possible.

    “My philosophy is to put our customers first,” Tilden says. “Every decision we make is based on what they need. We want to help them be more efficient on every level. We’ll never lose sight of that.”

    Eric Raby, President and General Manager of Sales for CLAAS of America is very pleased to bring Tilden on board.

    “Superior parts and service support are hallmarks of CLAAS,” Raby explains, “and Jeff will continue to pay careful attention to ensure we deliver consistency, quality and efficiency to both our dealers and their customers.”

    Tilden says CLAAS continues to grow, and he wants to keep that momentum going. He believes customer input is key to that growth.

    “I am excited to meet and interact with our customers,” he says. “That’s what I really know, and it’s where the action is, out in the field. I see that as key, because the only way we succeed is by helping our customers be successful.”

  • A Byers Dozen

    Wheat Farmers Make the Switch to LEXION Harvesters

    When you picture “amber waves of grain,” you may just be imagining a family farm outside of Byers, Colorado. There, you will find a farm large enough to keep 12 LEXION 740TT combines working long hours for 10 days straight during harvest time.

    This particular Byers farm used Case® combines for more than 30 years before they made the complete switch to CLAAS LEXION combines this year. It was a tough decision, but one the owner surely doesn’t regret.

    “Through some demos of the combine, we were surprised and pleased by the extremely clean sample,” stated the owner of this colossal farm. “That was impressive. We went to the factory in Germany to see how the machines were assembled. It was quite an experience. Then, we decided to make the change to LEXION as it just makes economic sense for us.”

    The team of LEXION drivers had a bit of a learning curve, because they were used to the Case combines, but CLAAS provided training and support before and during the harvest.

    In fact, that support was clearly displayed with a CLAAS representative on site every day the combines were running. CLAAS also provided an on-site mechanic, extra parts and even a spare machine to ensure a smooth harvest.

    This area of Colorado is usually very wet during the harvest, so the combines will have to deal with lots of standing water and mud. While this season was fairly dry, the farm owner is looking forward to using the TERRA TRAC undercarriages on the LEXION 740TT during future harvests.

    “We’ve always used tires, and when the monsoons hit, it’s tough to operate,” the owner says.

    “I really like the tracs, and even though I don’t really want a wet harvest, I can’t wait to use those tracs the best of their ability.”

    He laughs. “I’m almost looking forward to harvesting again!”

  • XERION Tractors Break Records at Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

    The XERION 4500 and XERION 5000 tractors are raising the bar when it comes to efficiency, cab noise, pull-to-weight ratio and more, because these four-wheel-drive tractors broke several records during their evaluation by the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL).

    The NTTL, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the officially designated tractor testing station in the U.S. Since 1919, they have tested more than 2,000 tractors, providing independent third-party analysis.

    The XERION 4500

    The XERION 4500 now holds the record as the most fuel-efficient tractor in the 4WD, 450-500 hp class. Pair that with new records in power-take-off (PTO) hp (hr)/gallon in rated engine speed (18.33), and you’ve got one amazing combination.

    The XERION 4500 also set a new 25-year record in the ballasted portion of the test, dispelling the belief that tracks necessarily provide more pulling power than tires. The 4WD tractor tested with a higher maximum pull, pull difference and pull-to-weight ratio than a comparable tractor with tracks.

    The cab noise level of the XERION 4500 is quieter than a Cadillac Escalade traveling at 65 miles per hour, registering at just 68.5 decibels. That was a new record… until they tested the XERION 5000.

    To see the complete NTTL test results, go to tinyurl.com/Xerion4500

    The XERION 5000

    The XERION 5000 was even quieter than the record-breaking 4500, coming in at just 67.0 decibels.

    This tractor also did very well in the three-point hitch test, achieving a maximum force of 21,738 pounds in the continuous lift test.

    Head-To-Head Comparisons

    Both XERION models competed against top tractors in engine lugging capacity, and both came out on top, setting a record for low engine speed while providing maximum torque. That’s due in large part to the XERION tractor’s ECCOM CVT transmission.

    To see the complete test results, and to watch a video about the testing, visit the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab site.

    To see the complete NTTL test results, go to tinyurl.com/Xerion5000

  • CLAAS Of America Receives Recognition for Positive Relationships

    Good service starts with good relationships – between growers and their implement dealers, and between those dealers and their manufacturers. That’s why CLAAS of America is so pleased to receive Gold Level Recognition in the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) 2017 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey Report.

    The survey of 2,300 participants measures the relationship between dealers and their suppliers. It gives equipment dealers the opportunity to rate up to seven manufacturer lines they carry in 12 key business categories, from product quality and parts availability to communication and marketing support.

    “Building and strengthening our dealer relationships is very important to us,” says Eric Raby, CLAAS of America President & General Manager. “Without our dealers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Receiving this recognition indicates that we are meeting and exceeding our dealers’ expectations, which we are very proud of, because that means they are better able to take care of the growers they work with.”

    Raby continues, “At the same time, it reminds us that we can’t stand still and must continually engage with our dealers to improve the way we work with them.”

  • The CLAAS Class of 2018

    Introducing the New and Improved

    At CLAAS, we are always working on innovative ways to simplify, improve and upgrade your operation’s efficiency through better technology. We recently announced several updates at the Farm Progress Show.

    Here’s what you can look forward to in 2018!

    JAGUAR 900 Series

    The entire JAGUAR 900 series of forage harvesters will see some serious updates – an improved cutting drum designed for longer chop lengths, optional enhancements to hydraulic feedroll compression, a cab comfort package, enhanced TELEMATICS and a completely redesigned PICK UP header.

    In 2017, the JAGUAR 980 and 970 received significant upgrades, including enhancements to the engine, cooling system, header drive, front axle, shear bar and AUTO FILL system. In 2018, CLAAS rounded out the rest of the 900 series JAGUAR forage harvesters with similar enhancements, along with other features designed to improve reliability, comfort and throughput.

    New optional features for the 2018 JAGUAR 900 series:

    • V-MAX Extended cutting drum – makes it easier to run half knives for chop lengths up to 30mm in corn, and provides even smoother performance when producing SHREDLAGE® corn silage, a CLAAS exclusive.
    • Dual hydraulic feedroll compression – uses two rear cylinders for consistent pressure to further enhance chop quality.
    • “Cab Comfort” package – provides greater visibility and quieter operation.
    • “Fleet View” operation for iOS devices – simplifies logistics by tracking the movement of JAGUAR forage harvesters, tractors and trucks.
    • PICK UP 300 and 380 CONTOUR – design updates increase reliability, ease maintenance, and improve throughput, even in the toughest windrows.

    LINER Rakes

    LINER rakes are getting an update in 2018, with three new models featuring different working widths. The LINER 1700 TWIN replaces the LINER 1650 TWIN. It has a 22-foot working width. The LINER 1800 TWIN provides a new 24'5" working width. Both rakes can easily transition between single and double windrow production.

    The LINER 1900 replaces the LINER 1750. It produces a single windrow, with a working width of 26'5".

    All three models include improved ground following on uneven terrain and refined rotor lifting on headlands.

    LEXION Combines

    All the 2018 LEXION combines can be ordered with the new CEMOS AUTOMATIC. This system automatically senses changes in harvest conditions, and then adjusts the machine’s cleaning and separation systems to maximize throughput and grain quality.

    CEMOS AUTOMATIC will also become more accessible through the CEBIS MOBILE Monitor, with a simple touch screen control on a 12-inch color monitor. The new, intuitive interface actually simplifies the operation of the combine itself, using “slider” controls to set up CEMOS AUTOMATIC. The grower can dial in the desired performance parameters with a few swipes on the screen, saving time and ensuring proper operation automatically.

    The CEBIS MOBILE Monitor also brings other technologies together into one simple control center. Operators can set the parameters for technology such as CRUISE PILOT, an option that monitors multiple parameters to automatically control harvesting speeds for best results.

    The new GRAIN QUALITY CAMERA also uses the CEBIS MOBILE Monitor as a display. The camera sits in the clean grain elevator, allowing growers to see the quality of their grain, even as it is transported to the grain tank. A silhouette of the combine on the touch controls of the CEBIS MOBILE Monitor provides additional operator feedback about grain quality, throughput and system performance.

    DISCO Mowers

    The DISCO 3600 RC CONTOUR, a new rear mower/roller conditioner with a working width of 11'2", uses the technology from the DISCO 3600FRC with the addition of a three-point hitch.

    When the DISCO 3600 FRC and the DISCO 3600 RC CONTOUR are paired together, the front/rear combination covers as much ground as many self-propelled windrowers, with the reliability of CLAAS conditioners.

    The DISCO 3600RC CONTOUR features the CLAAS-patented MAX CUT cutter bar for superior strength and cut quality. Its ACTIVE FLOAT hydro-pneumatic suspension helps the cutter bar closely follow ground contours, while breakback protection provides additional safety.

    ROLLANT 620 Round Baler

    Baling keeps getting simpler, as CLAAS introduces the ROLLANT 620. This baler includes all the updates of the 2017 ROLLANT 620FR, but without the feed rake. This includes a modern design and larger rollers for better capacity, durability and higher bale density.

  • Disbelieving CLAAS Ultimate Experience Winner Upgrades to JAGUAR

    Roger Walter didn’t believe it when his dealer called and told him he’d won the CLAAS Ultimate Experience. He barely remembered entering the contest. He had to go online to confirm that he and his wife Janel were actually heading to Germany and The Netherlands.

    “Once I was convinced, I had to persuade Janel we had actually won,” he says. “She had the same reaction I did.”

    He won a six-day, five-night ultimate experience vacation for two, with tours of the CLAAS factory in Harsewinkel, Germany. Of course, they also captured all the sights including cathedrals, castles and sampling the local cuisine.

    “CLAAS was very classy on how they handled things, and I really thank them for the trip” says Walter. “Germany was wonderful, and I got hooked on schnitzel.”

    Walter operates Walter Brothers Dairy in Plummer, Minnesota, with 400 head of cattle, and 1,000 acres of corn and hay silage to feed them.

    Walter had been thinking about trading in his harvester for a JAGUAR for years, but he just wasn’t ready to make the change. Once he toured the CLAAS factory, any reservations he had were quickly put to rest, though he still planned to wait another couple of years.

    “It was cool to see the robots moving, and how everything was made,” he says. “I also saw the shipping facilities. It was all very impressive, and it gave me confidence that any parts I would ever need would be available.”

    Walter says seeing the high school interns at the end of the tour also made a real impact on him.

    “We saw what those kids did in training. They were all very clean cut and worked hard,” Walter says. “I was impressed, and I could see that CLAAS was serious about what’s coming down the road. They were really thinking ahead with those kids.”

    There were several LEXION owners on the tour with Walter, and one JAGUAR owner, along with several dealers.

    “The dealers were great,” he says, “and another thing that sold me was talking to farmers who have CLAAS equipment. I asked a lot of questions, especially of the farmer who had the JAGUAR. The machines seem to run longer than the competitors’. There must be a reason for that.”

    JAGUAR Sells Itself

    Another part of winning the CLAAS Ultimate Experience giveaway is an extensive product demo. So, Walter tried a JAGUAR 850.

    “I was already out chopping with my John Deere, and I didn’t intend to trade or buy a new machine yet, so I had my son, who is more tech savvy than I am, try the JAGUAR,” he says. “It was only an hour later when he was calling me, telling me how awesome it was.”

    Walter’s dealer came to dinner and made him a trade-in offer. After talking with his banker, who encouraged him to make the trade, he finally made the move.

    “It took my CLAAS dealer 10 years to do it, but it was the easiest sale he ever made,” Walter laughs. “I was already done chopping for the season, so my new JAGUAR is now sitting in the shed, just waiting for next year.”

    Walter jokes that he told his wife it was a gift for their 40th anniversary.

    “There’s a big number 40 on the side of the JAGUAR, since that’s how fast it can go,” he says. “When we got our picture taken with it, I told her it was because that was her anniversary present. She didn’t believe me that time, either.”

  • TECH TALK: Joining Forces with Climate Corporation

    CLAAS and Climate FieldView Provide More Data For Better Decisions

    Growers are always finding new, efficient ways to use technology to improve the way they farm. That’s why CLAAS joined forces with Climate Corporation, enabling farmers to seamlessly flow data from CLAAS machinery to the industry-leading Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform.

    The Climate FieldView Drive connects to the CAN diagnostic port of compatible equipment, such as a tractor, sprayer or combine. It wirelessly maps field data into a grower’s Climate FieldView account, allowing them to view the information on a smart phone or tablet, right from the cab.

    Now, its compatibility with CLAAS LEXION combines and future connectivity with CLAAS forage harvesters provides growers the ability to collect and store more data, and take advantage of enhanced field map visualization and harvest data analysis, all in one platform.

    Brandon Olstad, Platform Manager for Efficient Agriculture Systems by CLAAS says, “The partnership between CLAAS of America and Climate Corporation allows us to deliver near real-time, in-cab harvest data, so farmers can benefit from all of Climate’s powerful digital tools for optimized decision-making.”

    Kim Keller in Saskatchewan, Canada, works for Climate Corporation, and for her family farm. The Kellers, who raise canola, wheat, oats, barley, peas and soybeans, purchased four CLAAS LEXION combines this year, making the family ideally situated to put the two technologies to work.

    “We used FieldView in sprayers before, and I was really excited it was available in our new LEXION combines,” Kim says. “We connected with the FieldView platform through an application on iPads to monitor moisture and yield. We had a range of people driving our combines, some who were really experienced with technology and others who had never really used iPad tablets before, like my dad.”

    Kim’s father, Rick Keller, says he used Climate FieldView during the entire harvest.

    “It helped to have Kim there, because she could answer my questions,” he says, “but it didn’t take long to get used to it. I mainly used it to check yield and moisture, but I could also see how many acres I had done. I could zoom out and see how much was left in the field I was working in. It was especially helpful at night, when we did a lot of harvesting.”

    Using FieldView Across Brands

    Kim says they can use iPad tablets to move among different machinery, utilizing the same simple FieldView application to see what’s happening in the field.

    “We can gather more comprehensive data, because we can use it in a lot of different equipment that isn’t all the same brand,” Kim explains. “Our tractors, sprayers and combines can all work in conjunction with Climate FieldView, providing data to give us real insight on our farm that we didn’t have before.”

    Gaining Insight

    Kim is currently analyzing all the data they collected over the season. They’ve already used it for a wildlife claim, because it was easy to see where wildlife had damaged crops. There was also some spray damage that they wouldn’t have spotted without the data.

    Rick says the soil is quite varied on their farm, with everything from sand to clay to peat moss.

    “We’ll see what seed does well in which soils, so we can plan that way,” he says. “The map will make it that much easier to see.”

    Kim adds, “We grew nine varieties of canola last year, and we want to see which variety performed best in each area, so we can get down to four or five. It will be a crucial part of confirming next year’s crop plan.”

  • CLAAS: A Story of Innovation and Expansion

    History Highlight Part 2

    As the Claas brothers moved to revolutionize how people farm, World War II hit and thwarted their efforts. In 1943, they were forced to halt production of the MBD, a combination of a self-binder and a threshing mechanism.

    Once the war ended, the Claas brothers went back to work, and things didn’t slow down. It only took a year to release the new CLAAS SUPER in 1946. The SUPER cross axial flow combine harvester threshed grains in a cross-flow pattern, then conveyed the grain out of the machine in a longitudinal flow. While the SUPER was lightweight, it delivered high performance, and remained in production for more than 30 years.

    In 1953, CLAAS presented their first self-propelled combine harvester, HERCULES, later known as the SF. The CLAAS SF operated with a longitudinal flow system, laying the foundation for later self-propelled combines.

    It was at about that time that CLAAS expanded their market when they began exporting to North America.

    A New Factory. A New Concept.

    In 1956, CLAAS opened a third factory. With plants already in Harsewinkel and Christopherus- Hütte in Gütersloh-Blankenhagen, the new factory in Paderborn, Germany, began manufacturing drive and hydraulic system components.

    That same year, CLAAS developed the HUCKEPACK all-purpose vehicle, a combination of implement carrier, tractor and combine. This new concept promised higher capacity utilization for the machine, thanks to its wide range of applications.

    The Release Of Top Sellers, As CLAAS Takes The Lead

    In 1958, CLAAS released two self-propelled combine harvesters that became top sellers. The EUROPA and the COLUMBUS were developed specifically for European harvesting conditions on small and medium-sized farms.

    Three years later, CLAAS became an international company when they opened a new baler factory in Metz, France.

    Then, just six years after the first 100,000 combines were manufactured, CLAAS sent out their 200,000th, a CLAAS SENATOR, to Scottish farmer John Steven.

    The next couple of years saw real expansion and changes to the CLAAS business. In 1969, they purchased the Josef Bautz agricultural machinery factory, adding forage harvesting equipment to their offerings. A year later, when they purchased harvester technology specialty factory Speiser, CLAAS expanded their product range for forage harvesting to include mowers, swathers, loader wagons and towed choppers. Today, you know those products under the names VOLTO, LINER, DISCO, CARGOS and JAGUAR.

    In the early 1970’s, CLAAS presented the first high-powered, self-propelled forage harvester, the JAGUAR 60SF. As time went on, CLAAS developed larger JAGUAR harvesters, including the powerful 80SF model, with a much wider chopping drum and the ability to separate the intake and drum housings.

    At the same time, the DOMINATOR combine emerged, taking on larger farming operations through high-performance harvesting.

    In 1979, CLAAS made the move across the Atlantic, officially establishing CLAAS of America in Columbus, Indiana. As business in the U.S. and Canada expanded, they outgrew their facility and made the move to Omaha, Nebraska, where they remain to this day.

    Look for the CLAAS History Highlight Part 3 in our upcoming winter issue.

  • Take Your Harvest to a Higher Level…

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