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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.

Spring 2017

Planting season is now upon us! As you put seeds in the field, it's important to consider how you'll be getting them out! Read more about the CLAAS equipment that can make you more efficient in 2017!

  • High Tech. High Proficiency.

    There’s no denying that change is the one constant in every farming practice today. It’s in the materials used to build the equipment, and it’s undeniably present in the technology unleashed to use that equipment to its fullest potential.

    CLAAS remains at the forefront of farming ingenuity, with EASY technology providing everything from automatic steering to machine optimization. It’s a whole new world, created to help growers produce greater yields in less time through greater efficiencies. CLAAS continues to ensure the innovations behind the steel are created with open platforms to provide the greatest flexibility for your operation as we advance the capacity of field intelligence.

    We are honored to be an integral part of your operation and CLAAS will continue to equip you with technologies that help you make the most of your harvest.

    Best regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • The Ultimate CLAAS Experience Is Officially Underway!

    Five winners have been chosen for the experience of a lifetime exploring CLAAS facilities, castles, and other landmarks throughout Germany as part of our Ultimate CLAAS Experience Giveaway.

    One of the lucky winners, Shane and Leanne Maze of Whiskey Tree Farms near Cutknife, SK, just returned from their once-in-a-lifetime trip. While in Germany, the prizewinners had the opportunity to visit the CLAAS factory for a tour of the impressive manufacturing facilities as well as the CLAAS Technoparc. The Mazes were also treated to a cruise of the Rhine River, a wine tasting and a visit to a castle in the Ruedesheim area of Germany.

    The final segment of The Maze’s ultimate experience will take place on the their 5,000-acre farm this fall, where they will be given a live demo of a new LEXION combine during the 2017 harvest season. This 3rd generation farm is operated with the help of Shane’s parents, Lorne and Joanne Maze, and the occasional assistance of their two sons, Lucas, 7 and Colby, 6. The entire family is anxiously awaiting this final piece of the prize.

  • Reliability is at a Premium in the Colorado Chill

    Harvest season seems like a perpetually closing window wherever in the world you farm. With margins typically tight, farmers need everything to go near-perfectly even in the best of circumstances. If one aspect of life doesn’t cooperate – weather, equipment, pests – the harvest could be a disaster and yields could nosedive.

    When you farm 6,000 acres in northeastern Colorado, your window for a successful harvest is wafer-thin. You have to make the most of that 20 to 25-day window before it slams shut under a pile of season-ending snowfall. And that means you have to count on your equipment to run when and how you need it to run. Jeff Kroskob, who has been farming corn for 37 years in Brush, CO, made a switch in late 2015 to ensure that he has a fleet of harvesters he can rely on when he traded in his Krones for CLAAS JAGUAR 980 models.

    Farmers are a traditionally brand-loyal group, and when you’ve been with a brand since (literally) they’ve been in existence, as Kroskob has, you need a good reason to make a wholesale switch.

    “The reliability has been a big surprise. It’s quite a bit better, and that matters around here.” With such a tight window for success, any equipment failures can be devastating for the Colorado farmer. He needs harvesters he knows will keep him harvesting.

    You can’t put a price on staying in the field, so this one sounds like a double win.

    Reliable and Economical

    Kroskob was initially concerned about lower horsepower when he made the swap: the 884 HP JAGUAR on paper has fewer horses under the hood than his old harvesters. To make up for the fewer horses, he picked up an extra JAGUAR, turning three Krones into four CLAAS models. Turns out, he needn’t have bothered. “It was kind of surprising,” he says. “Those JAGUAR’s had more than enough to get the job done. Each was at least the equal of what we traded in, regardless of the numbers.”

    Efficiency is key to any farmer’s bottom line, and the JAGUAR’s superior fuel efficiency has made a huge difference in Kroskob’s first year as a CLAAS devotee. “It’s significantly better,” he says. “I wasn’t really expecting that.”

    Service!

    While he cites the comfortable cab and “great air conditioning” as his favorite JAGUAR features, service is important as well. After all, even the most reliable machines break down sometimes, and in those cases you need to be up and running quickly. Kroskob has stuck with Taylor Implement because of its service, and as a certified CLAAS dealer, Kroskob expects more of the same.

    “They’re here when I need them,” he says.

    And his JAGUAR’s will be there, too.

  • Tech Talk: TELEMATICS Professional 3-Year License Offer!

    You heard right, a never before offered 3-year license was made available to order on model year 2017 LEXION combines!

    This special offer is only available from the factory, and will save you 50% off the list price over the 3-year period. Instead of annual renewals, you will essentially get 18 months of powerful machine data for free!*

    TELEMATICS Makes Managing Your Farm EASY

    With TELEMATICS you can accurately manage your machine’s performance like never before. You’ll experience optimized machine uptime, fleet management capabilities and performance monitoring, all leading to the greatest output from your machine and well-informed decisions for your operation. TELEMATICS can save you time and money, and lets you rest easy knowing your operation is running at its fullest capability.

    The system records all operational data and sends it over a cellular network, where it can be accessed by registered users. The near real-time data is streamed directly to your dashboard for easy analysis, keeping you in constant communication with your equipment. The information can also be retrieved remotely by a dealer technician, granting them further insight into your specific operation and maximizing your machine’s potential and your profitability

    TELEMATICS Professional

    TELEMATICS Professional is for farmers and custom harvesters who want to use their data to full capacity and tailored to users who would like to access all possible data. This package enables you to optimize your machine or fleet deployments, with advanced analysis functions capable of answering highly specific questions to help you make informed decisions.

    Professional Benefits:

    • Version for farmers and custom harvesters who want to use their data to full capacity
    • The power of machine analysis to make informed decisions

    Get connected to TELEMATICS today at tinyurl.com/lf2hw7h.

    Contact your CLAAS dealer for more information.

  • CLAAS JAGUAR with SHREDLAGE® Technology is Awarded “Machine of the Year 2017”

    From more than 70 entries, CLAAS has won the Special Jury Prize for the JAGUAR with SHREDLAGE® crop processing technology from SIMA in Paris – honoring the world’s best innovations in agricultural technology.

    The patented technology was originally developed in the US and represents a new way of processing corn silage being adopted by an increasing number of dairy farmers. SHREDLAGE® corn silage is processed at a longer than normal chop length of 26 to 30 millimeters using a unique SHREDLAGE® cracker available exclusively for the JAGUAR forage harvester. The intensively “shredded” conditioning of the material increases the surface area of the chopped product many times over in a way that is designed to significantly improve bacterial fermentation after ensiling and above all during digestion in the cow's rumen. The aim of this process is to substantially increase the structural effects of corn silage in the rumen while simultaneously adding to the availability of the starch contained in all plant parts, which could lead to an increase in milk yields. Additionally, the rumen-friendly silage structure is believed to improve the health of the herd.

  • Parts Doc Online Your All-Access Key to Any Part You Need

    Parts Doc online is the CLAAS electronic spare parts catalog that enables you to gain access to current machine data, and allows you to search the entire CLAAS catalog by serial number, part number, or name.

    Access can ONLY be granted through your local dealer, and allows you to input and store information on your specific machines to help find the parts you need even faster. It puts all the information right at your fingertips, day or night, and finding the right part for your machine has never been easier.

    For more information, and to check out the Parts Doc Tutorial, visit tinyurl.com/zdmlz5e.

    Contact your local CLAAS dealer and register today!

  • AE50 Award-Winning CLAAS 4D Cleaning System and AUTO CROP FLOW

    CLAAS is always looking for innovative ways to make harvesting faster, simpler and more efficient. That kind of thinking led to two new CLAAS of America technologies earning the highly coveted AE50 Awards.

    The AE50 Award for Outstanding Innovations is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). It is the only award program of its kind, honoring innovative products with significant engineering advancement and impact on the market.

    The worldwide annual competition brings together an expert panel of engineers to determine the top 50 products that represent the diversity of agricultural and biological engineering. Recipients are honored for ingenuity in product development that saves producers time, cost and labor, and improve user safety.

    The 4D Cleaning System

    The new 4D Cleaning System for the LEXION combine is an automatic, multi-directional system that actively compensates for slopes in any direction. As the combine leans on a cross-slope, the rotor-cover plate’s axial louvers angle away from the slope to optimize the distribution of material, preventing build-up on the low side of the cleaning system. As the combine travels up and down hills, the cleaning fan speed automatically adjusts for greater cleaning efficiency and maximum grain retention.

    AUTO CROP FLOW

    AUTO CROP FLOW for the LEXION combine prevents overloading and machine plugging, even with aggressive harvesting in dense crops. The system automatically senses heavy loads and takes action to prevent overloading. When the combine is under manual operation, AUTO CROP FLOW automatically stops the feeder house and header via the header break, and disengages the separator when it senses a sudden overload.

    To learn more about the AE50 Award-winning 4D Cleaning System and AUTO CROP FLOW, scan the QR Code for a video presentation.

  • JADE Farms Takes on Challenges of Harvesting Edible Beans

    To us, they’re baked beans, navy beans, white beans or black beans. To Jim Licht and David Yackle of JADE Farms, they’re a harvesting challenge, and a risk worth taking.

    JADE Farms (short for Jim And Doug Enterprises) is a large operation of about 5 thousand acres that’s spread over about 20 miles in eastern Michigan. They grow a mix of corn, soybeans, white winter wheat, sugar beets, and of course, dry, edible beans. They harvest their crops with two LEXION 760 combines and one LEXION 595, but that hasn’t always been the case.

    Treating Crops With Care

    Like all beans, dry edible beans grow in pods, very low to the ground. Harvesting when they’re too green can lead to complications, but it’s also a challenge when they become dry and brittle. They’re very delicate and susceptible to damage during the harvesting process.

    “We used to harvest by pulling up the bean plants and laying them out like windrows,” Licht explains. “Then we’d use the header to thresh it. We ran rotary combines. If we slowed the rotor, we could reduce the throughput drastically to preserve the beans and not cause splits. But our capacity was way down, which was a problem.”

    When using this method, they would go out late at night and pull the bean plants out, then start threshing early the next morning – a job that would take all day. If it happened to rain during that time, the beans would spoil.

    The JADE Farms team also found that they had to modify nearly all of their equipment to harvest their beans properly. They have several very skilled mechanics working on their farm that know every machine inside and out. They repair equipment, and prepare it for the upcoming season, and they’re always looking for ways to be more efficient.

    Their LEXION combines give them more control over their harvesting techniques without so many modifications. By direct harvesting with their LEXION combines, complete with a 40-foot MAX FLEX 1200 header, they have more control, with less risk.

    “We can clip right up until it starts to rain, and then quit,” Licht says. “It’s a lot less risky this way, and we have more flexibility. Direct harvesting is much more forgiving in a green-stemmed crop, too.”

    “We can adjust just about everything individually,” he explains. “We can run rotors faster and slow the cylinders down. We can adjust the speeds on the header. There are also tools and kits available to help with harvesting edible beans. It’s amazing what we can put through those combines.”

    Because the beans grow so low, the adjustable height control on the MAX FLEX header is essential.

    “We can get a lot more done in a day now.”

    Harvesting More Than Beans

    While beans are the most demanding crop to harvest, JADE Farms uses their LEXION combines to harvest everything from corn to wheat.

    “It would be impractical to use those machines just for beans,” Licht says, “so we have different headers for our different crops, and we haven’t had to use so many modifications, even though getting out our tools and making adjustments is in our blood.”

    Licht says it’s easy to forget how much things have changed, even in his lifetime.

    “My dad had 120 acres, and I’d go out all day and just get about five acres taken care of. Now, we’ve got 40-foot headers. It’s impressive what they can do, and LEXION combines are very durable. I’ve grown accustomed to it, and I sometimes forget what we have.”

  • XERION Sets New Standard in Nebraska Tractor Test

    The XERION 4500 tractor just completed the Nebraska Tractor Test, and it passed with flying colors. In fact, it set some new four-wheel-drive industry records in efficiency, cab noise, pull-to-weight ratio and more.

    Fuel efficiency and engine performance

    The XERION 4500 now holds the record as the most fuel-efficient tractor in the 4WD, 450-500 hp class. As the following chart indicates, the XERION set the standard in three different tests for engine power and efficiency.

    Of course, it’s not all about horsepower – it’s about what that power can do for the farmer. The XERION went head-to-head against the top competitors in engine lugging capacity, and came out on top, even setting a record for low engine speed while providing maximum torque. That’s because it features the ECCOM CVT transmission, which provides a massive working range for unmatched operator versatility.

    XERION also set a new record in the ballasted portion of the test. When correctly weighting the XERION, the pull to weight ratio set a new 25-year record in 4WD tractors!

    Giving new meaning to “The Cadillac of tractors”

    The noise level in the cab of the XERION 4500 is 68.5 decibels – quieter than a Cadillac Escalade traveling at 65 miles per hour. Compare that to the Versatile’s reading of 75.1, which is like running a power drill in the cab with you all day!

    Tire vs. Tracks

    There’s a common belief that tracks provide more pulling power than a tire. NTTL testing shows that is simply not the case. In fact, there is actually a loss in power when a tractor pulls a load with tracks.

    The NTTL did several tests on this, always showing the same results. Here, you can see a comparison in the Tracks vs. Tires Pull Test below. The Challenger MT865C with tracks has a similar weight to the XERION 4500, with added horsepower – but it just doesn’t measure up when it comes to pull or pull ratio.

    To see the complete NTTL test results, go to tinyurl.com/zj2csma.

    About the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

    The Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL) is the only certified OECD code II tractor test lab in the United States. They started testing in Lincoln, NE, in 1919, and have tested more than 2,000 tractors. The lab started because of a Nebraska tractor test law that required any tractor manufacturer who wished to sell their equipment to verify their marketing claims of engine horsepower. Now, the NTTL is used by equipment manufacturers as the benchmark to compare their tractors against the competition, with no bias in the results.

  • Winning the West Harvesting Tour April – June 2017

    April – June 2017

    CLAAS is gearing up to take the West by storm with a multi-location harvesting tour like never before. Our innovative products provide optimum field performance that you have to see to believe, and here’s your chance. Get up close and personal this spring with the entire CLAAS line of harvesting equipment, and witness the machines in action with live farm demos.

    The tour will feature the QUADRANT 3300 Large Square Baler, along with the DISCO Triple Mower, and LINER Rakes. Product Specialists will be on hand to tell you everything you need to know and more about the power and efficiency only a CLAAS machine can bring. You'll also learn how to take advantage of our QUADRANT Square Deal Lease Program!

    Contact your local CLAAS dealer for details or visit our website for more details.

    QUADRANT Square Deal Lease Program

    There’s never been a better time to lease the large-capacity QUADRANT 3300 square baler from CLAAS. Just choose your terms based on three levels of scheduled maintenance programs!

    Offer Ends: September 30, 2017

    Program Tier Lease TermsInspection TermsWarranty Terms
    Premium
    • 36 month lease
    • Unlimited bales
    • First Annual Payment followed by reduced payment in years 2 and 3
    3 annual inspections including refill of twine, knife replacement and knotter rebuildStandard warranty +3 years xtraCARE extended coverage
    Intermediate
    • 36 month lease
    • 45,000 bales
    • First Annual Payment followed by reduced payment in years 2 and 3
    3 annual inspections including refill of twineStandard warranty
    Essential
    • 36 month lease
    • 18,000 bales
    • First Annual Payment followed by reduced payment in years 2 and 3
    3 annual inspections including refill of twineStandard warranty

     

    *These special lease programs are only offered through CLAAS Financial Services on new CLAAS QUADRANT balers leased in the US. Lessees must apply for retail financing within 10 days of retail reporting date to validate program offer. Lessees financing through CLAAS Financial Services must be “Credit Worthy” and meet certain credit scoring, terms and down payment requirements. Subsidized terms/rates are not transferable to another financial vendor.

    Lessees using CFS financing must meet certain credit criteria and must have a positive credit history. No Vendor subsidy transfer.

    Subsidized terms/rates/ programs are not transferable to another financial institution. Finance rates are subject to change without notice. A CFS Credit Application will be required on all approved Discretionary Discounts.

  • CLAAS Customer Named One of America’s Best Young Farmers/ Ranchers

    Angelo Erickson of Tarkio, Missouri, was recently named one of the 2017 Best Young Farmers and Ranchers in America by DTN/The Progressive Farmer. And, CLAAS is proud to call him one of our own.

    The 39-year-old grew up farming with his father, Dennis. Angelo’s AE Farms is 4,200 acres, and he manages his father’s 4,000 acres in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri. Together, they harvest as much as a million bushels of white corn each year with three LEXION 740TT combines. Their corn is then processed into tortillas and snack foods.

    “I hope one day I can be half the farmer my dad has become,” says Erickson. “No school could have come close to teaching me the important lessons he has. I don’t think anyone can outwork him. He’s a farmer. He’s a mechanic. He is a carpenter. The guy can do it all.”

    The Best Young Farmers/Ranchers Award from DTN/The Progressive Farmer recognizes young farmers and ranchers who are building successful and innovative agricultural businesses, while making a positive impact on their communities. The program has been in place for eight years and has now honored 39 farmers and ranchers.

    Watch Erickson’s story at tinyurl.com/h8emqh7 and see how his hustle and hard work led him to become one of America’s Best Young Farmers/Ranchers.

  • FIND YOUR “GOOD AS NEW” TODAY!

    Take a look at the latest gently used combines from CLAAS.

    Call us at 844-OWN-USED or visit harvestingworld.com to see the latest inventory.

Winter 2016-17

Harvest season is behind us and we hope you have something to show for it. Before the ground thaws, be sure to read up on the last stories about the CLAAS equipment that can make you more efficient in 2017!

  • Welcome to the “Long Line” of CLAAS

    Much like our product line, Harvest Times has grown and evolved over the years to better serve the needs of North American growers. Last year, we made the switch to a shorter-reading, more frequently distributed publication with two different editions. One covered grain harvesting equipment and the other focused on hay and forage products. We received a lot of positive feedback from those changes as well as a few recommendations. The most frequent request? Combine the two issues so we can learn about the entire line of CLAAS products!

    Your requests have not gone unheard! Welcome to the new "unified" Harvest Times!

    As a long-line manufacturer of superior harvesting equipment – as well as tractors – it's time to play to our strengths. For those who have counted on us solely for a high throughput LEXION combine or JAGUAR forage harvester, we encourage you to take a second look at our entire line of first-class equipment!

    Bob Armstrong,

    Editorial Director

  • New JAGUAR 970 & 980 Models

    Two New JAGUAR Models Provide More Power and Stability

    Introducing the new JAGUAR 970 and JAGUAR 980, the most innovative forage harvesters yet from CLAAS, with a focus on safety and optimization.

    The JAGUAR 970 has been upgraded to the V12 MAN 24.2 liter, boasting 800 horsepower, while the JAGUAR 980 uses the same engine tuned to produce 884 hp.

    First gear speed has been increased up to 13.6 mph for faster turn around on headlands. No need for operating in second gear in the field due to the increased power of the transmission. This also allows the JAGUAR to save 10% fuel on the road in second gear.

    Among the many other enhancements is a heavier and stronger front axle, with an optional differential lock for improved traction in wet and hilly areas. The new axle allows operators to order 520 duals for even greater stability. Harvesters can also adjust for different conditions with three harvesting modes with CRUISE PILOT – ground speed control, tons per hour control, and maximum output control.

    Up front, the improved intake accommodates an optional hydraulic header drive that allows the operator to adjust header speeds right from the cab. This improves the consistency of crop flow and chop quality in any field condition. A dual drive option adds a mechanical drive, an added benefit for operators using the high-power DIRECT DISC.

    A redesigned shearbar system with a new pivoting point provides better cut quality. Hydraulic shearbar clamping ensures smooth and consistent movement for accurate placement of the shearbar to the knives, which speeds up adjustment and reliability.

    Plus, the updated sharpening system provides superior cut quality and easier maintenance. Improved engine compartment shielding on the JAGUAR 970 and 980 provides more efficient cooling through increased airflow.The new engine configurations also integrate SCR exhaust gas after treatment, meeting Tier 4 final emissions regulations.

    The popular AUTO FILL system is enhanced as well. Drivers can now program the machine to automatically fill trailers behind the harvester, affording a better view of the filling process to ensure optimum filling.

  • Tech Talk: Variable Rate Harvesting™

    Precision Ag Now Includes Variable Rate Harvesting

    Precision agriculture isn’t the wave of the future. It’s happening right now, and variable rate technologies are a large part of new farming practices that are being adopted. That’s why CLAAS is advancing new precision technologies to help growers keep pace, even when it comes to harvesting.

    CLAAS introduces Variable Rate Harvesting™ (VRH) for EASY (Efficient Agriculture Systems) technology in self-propelled combines and forage harvesters. VRH will help farmers embrace variability in their fields with zone management practices to maximize productivity in areas that have the greatest yield potential.

    “There has been great technology developed to manage zones in planting, application and irrigation, but harvesting has not kept up,” says Brandon Olstad, Platform Manager for CLAAS of America. “We coined the phrase ‘Variable Rate Harvesting’ because our equipment has the technology to accommodate variations in the field. The concept is the same as other variable rate technologies that are changing operational practices of equipment, minimizing or controlling inputs and maximizing outputs.”

    With the proper tools, Variable Rate Harvesting can maximize performance based on yield, moisture, crop conditions, crop volume and topography. It reduces labor, fuel and machine size costs, while improving throughput, grain retention and feed quality and harvesting speed.

    VRH at work through LEXION combine technologies

    1. CEMOS AUTOMATIC autonomously and continuously changes settings of separation and cleaning based on information from multiple sensors that detect moisture and yield changes on the go.

    2. CRUISE PILOT automatically controls the ground speed function based on crop volume, engine load and losses.

    3. 4D CLEANING SYSTEM adjusts rotor cover positions to evenly distribute grain across the sieve in sloped portions of the field, preventing buildup and grain loss surges.

    4. AUTO CROP FLOW monitors key components to guard against slip, blockages and damage. It monitors peak load portions of the field and safeguards throughput accordingly.

    5. AUTO SLOPE independently senses the fore/aft angle of the machine to alter fan speeds and adjust sieve position to reduce grain loss.

    6. DYNAMIC COOLING adjusts the cooling fan speed identified by power consumption loads, ensuring proper engine cooling and reducing fuel costs.

    “When the goal was uniform plant performance across the field, it was simple to get by with static settings, speeds and controls,” Olstad explains. “Now, as the goal shifts to zone specific performance, it’s necessary to have a machine that can harvest dynamically. That’s what all these systems allow our machines to accomplish effectively.”

    VRH suite of technology options for JAGUAR forage harvesters

    1. AUTO FILL uses 3D image analysis to direct the unloading spout to fill the trailer evenly, accurately, and with minimal loss, even in high productivity areas.

    2. CRUISE PILOT controls ground speed, based on throughput and engine load. As crop density fluctuates, the system adjusts your speed to achieve maximum engine output.

    3. DYNAMIC POWER modifies horsepower output based on engine load, so in areas with lighter crops you can conserve power, while in areas with dense crops you can use as much power as necessary.

    4. AUTO CHOP LENGTH adjusts the chop length based on moisture content readings to ensure quality silage output and maintain feed value in wet or dry conditions.

    5. STOP ROCK protects your machinery by detecting foreign objects greater than a predefined size, stopping the intake immediately to prevent damage.

    6. DYNAMIC COOLING is the same equipment used with LEXION, adjusting the cooling fan speed according to power consumption loads.

    Harvesters can also take advantage of CLAAS TELEMATICS Professional to track all machine data. It breaks down the data into easy-to-read graphs to show the true impact of Variable Rate Harvesting technologies on inputs and outputs.

    There can be no doubt that precision ag and all the benefits it brings are here to stay. Now, CLAAS technology brings harvesting up to speed with Variable Rate Harvesting.

    Variable Rate Harvesting™ is a trademark of CLAAS of America.

  • Accelerate Your Production Time

    Introducing the DISCO 1100 Trend Mower

    The latest addition to the DISCO 1100 mower line lets harvesters take advantage of the largest mowing capacity available today, but without the conditioner.

    The DISCO 1100 Trend triple mower is perfect for quick silage baling or chopping, with a maximum working width of 35 feet, two inches.

    What does that mean for production time? At a speed of 10 mph, and cutting at full width, the DISCO 1100 Trend can complete an estimated 42 acres per hour.

    The cut is superior at any speed, because the DISCO 1100 Trend comes equipped with the industry’s most advanced cutter bar, MAXCUT. With a wave-shaped bed stamped from a single piece of steel, MAX CUT provides rugged strength, easy maintenance and a consistently clean cut.

    “The DISCO 1100 Trend is also equipped with hydraulic floatation that allows the mower to better follow the contour of the ground,” explains Matt Jaynes, CLAAS of America Product Coordinator. “This results in less soil in the forage and a better end product.”

    It’s easy to move as well, with a transport size of less than 13 feet high by 10 feet wide.

    The DISCO 1100 TREND uses a simple rocker switch box to operate. The wings can be hydraulically moved for more or less overlap to the front mower.

    The DISCO 1100 trend is a very nimble, high quality mower that brings high reliability and performance to the marketplace.

  • High Capacity Innovation

    CLAAS Adds Six New Round Balers

    In the coming year, growers who prefer round balers will have six new high-capacity options to add to their operations, each offering unbeatable benefits.

    VARIANT 400 Series

    For excellent productivity, clean and convenient wrapping and densely-packed bales, the next generation of VARIANT balers pick up where the 300 Series leaves off. The new VARIANT 400 Series is a superior addition to the CLAAS round-baler lineup. The new line features five VARIANT balers with more heavy-duty components, faster throughput, more netwrap options and easy-to-use features.

    • The VARIANT 460 Feed Rotor (FR) for 48" x 60" bales replaces the 360FR model
    • The VARIANT 480FR replaces the current 380FR for 48" x 68" bales
    • The VARIANT 460 ROTO CUT (RC) baler replaces the 360RC
    • The VARIANT 480RC replaces the 380RC
    • The VARIANT 465RC features all of the specs of the VARIANT 460RC plus reinforced rotors, heavier-duty drive chains and a unique cutting floor that can be hydraulically raised and lowered to quickly clear obstructions

    Each of these balers include an updated net wrapping system with a unique steel plate guide that slides out of the way when not in use. An industry-exclusive “dust gap” design prevents dust and debris from accumulating in the wrapping compartment. Each 400 Series baler also accommodates extra-wide net coverage. So now, operators can choose either net wrap that extends to the edge of the bale, or extra-wide wrap that extends two to three inches over the edge of the bale.

    The RC models feature a new 360-degree helical spiral rotor to increase capacity and provide better bale shape.

    ROLLANT 620

    The new ROLLANT 620 fixed chamber baler provides a modern design with impressive benefits, including higher capacity, better durability and increased bale density.

    The ROLLANT 620 is a 4' x 5' fixed chamber baler that’s “beefed” up to handle virtually any crop. The feed rotor forces the crop into the chamber for easy bale starting and higher overall capacity. The chamber’s reinforced frame handles the extra bale density with ease. The 17 new ribbed-steel rolls and heavy-duty chains and sprockets take on even the toughest crops, like corn stalks or other thick stemmed grasses, and the new adjustable bale density control ensures maximum compactness.

    The ROLLANT 620 automatically ties with net, twine or both. There’s a pressure gauge on the monitor to verify bale density, and the time-proven CLAAS OPERATOR monitor handles baler control.

    To find out more about all of the new balers and hay tools, contact your CLAAS dealer, or visit claas.com.

  • A Long (Long!) Life, Made Easier By CLAAS

    He’s 89 years old. He’s owned his own dairy operation since 1951. He’s run CLAAS since the late 90s.

    There’s no reason to stop now. Paul Dotterer began his dairy farm in 1951 with 15 cows and 150 acres. Today,

    Paul Dotterer and Sons, Inc. is a three generation, 900-cow operation farming 3,000 acres in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.

    Paul turns 90 in January, and he’s far from retired. In fact, this harvest season you’ll find him hard at work, piloting his JAGUAR forage harvester.

    “I want to work!” Paul says, emphatically. “Also, I’m worried that the kids will shut it down!” He’s joking, of course, but once a farmer, always a farmer. And having a top-of-the-line forage harvester like the JAGUAR certainly helps make the job possible, no matter your age. It’s not often that you can say a piece of equipment keeps a family together, but in this case, it’s at least a little bit true.

    “During harvest, I’ll pull up and see him in his JAGUAR,” says Lori, Paul’s granddaughter who drives truck at harvest time. “It’s really neat to see three generations of the family working together.”

    Paul Dotterer and Sons is an increasingly rare thing in the ag world: a true family farm. It employs 34 people, but nearly a quarter of them are family. They believe in farming local; choosing to send their 10 loads of milk per week just down the road to Weis Dairy.

    Paul bought his first JAGUAR, a model 695, circa 1998. After an accident put the 695 out of commission, another family-owned institution, M.M. Weavers & Son, near Lancaster, PA., lent the family an 880. They liked it so much they bought a new one the next spring. “It wasn’t a Deere,” Paul says, “and my kids said it had a control stick like a fighter jet!” That was good enough for Paul, and the family has been CLAAS-only ever since.

    “The service is what sold me on the JAGUAR,” Paul says. “They made me a top priority, and it was a nice machine. I knew what I wanted, and they gave it to me.” Paul likes to say that they are the “only farm east of the Mississippi to have no Deere.” After a few years with his used 695, Paul bought his first new JAGUAR, upgrading to an 880 and in 2001, he got a 900. Ten years later, the Dotterers added a big ol’ 980. They’ve been running with the 980 and 900 ever since.

    “They’re reliable machines,” says Paul’s son, John. “I don’t imagine we’ll be switching.” As for Paul, he has no plans to switch it up soon. He says he wants at least one more season behind the stick. Then he might consider retirement. But then again, maybe not. “I have a good friend who says I’ll keep going until I can’t. He’s probably right.”

  • 2017 LEXION Updates

    What’s New for Next Year

    With a new year comes improved technology to make the LEXION combine even more efficient. Growers can now integrate the advantage of Variable Rate Harvesting into their operation through feature innovations.

    While CLAAS isn’t changing the patented Accelerated Pre-Separation (APS) Hybrid System, there are upgrades in the technology surrounding that system on the 2017 LEXION models for EASY harvesting.

    4D Cleaning System

    The 4D Cleaning System on the new LEXION combine compensates for slope in any direction.

    Rotor-cover plates automatically make up for combine side roll when harvesting on a sloping terrain. As the combine leans, the axial louvers of the rotor-cover plates angle away from the slope, optimizing the distribution of material dropping onto the rotor returns pan. This reduces grain loss by preventing material from building up on the low side and overburdening the cleaning shoe.

    Another component of the 4D Cleaning system is AUTO SLOPE, which compensates for fore and aft pitch by automatically adjusting cleaning fan speed and the upper sieve gap. When moving downhill, the leaning fan speed reacts automatically to the forward angle of the combine by increasing speed, preventing material build-up in the front of the cleaning system. When harvesting uphill, the 4D Cleaning System slows the fan speed to prevent losses from the back end. The 4D Cleaning System also automatically opens the upper sieve, allowing the grain to pass through more quickly, minimizing loss.

    Don Birky of On Track Farming Inc. uses the new LEXION on his own farm, and for custom harvesting. He says the 4D Cleaning System is essential in preventing grain loss when combining on hilly terrain.

    “I do custom harvesting on extreme hills. With 4D, I have no buildup and no grain loss. It’s worth whatever you have to pay for it if you’re working on any hills at all. I wouldn’t have a machine without it now.” — Don Birky

    AUTO CROP FLOW

    Harvesting at high speed is becoming more and more common, even through dense crops. While throughput is rarely a concern for LEXION combines, this aggressive harvesting technique can result in a sudden overload in the feederhouse, threshing and separation systems or the chopper.

    That’s where AUTO CROP FLOW comes in. This function automatically senses heavy loads on the drives of these systems and takes action to prevent overloading. Under manual operation, AUTO CROP FLOW will automatically stop the feederhouse and header via the header brake.

    Adron Belk is a young farmer in the Mississippi Delta who grows corn, soybeans and rice.

    “Rice is a unique crop, because it goes straight from the farm to the table,” Belk explains. “It’s also definitely difficult to harvest, because it’s very dense, wet material that sticks to everything. It doesn’t flow through like corn or beans – the auger has to push it through.”

    AUTO CROP FLOW can also operate automatically with CRUISE PILOT, which controls harvesting speed.

    Together, these two options will:

    1. Gradually slow the combine’s ground speed to 1 mph to counter and recover from overloading
    2. Automatically disengage the unloading system to free up power and recover from overloading if the combine is unloading on the go
    3. Automatically shut down the processor, feederhouse and header, and disengage the separator if overloading continues or is sudden

    Belk says AUTO CROP FLOW has stopped his machine three times in the last harvesting season while cutting rice.

    “If my machine gets plugged up from overloading, I could have up to half a day of down time. AUTO CROP FLOW shut my combine down before that could happen, so I could reverse out of the situation and get right back to harvesting. It probably saved me from replacing a belt each time, too.”

    – Adron Belk

    MAXFLEX

    The MAXFLEX header provides flexible cutting knives that automatically adjust to changing ground contours. The MAXFLEX cutterbar has a flex range of up to seven inches. The split reel, split auger and dual knife design work together with the HP feederhouse adjustments to maximize header performance in all field conditions.

    Dennis Hasenick of Hasenick Brothers LLC in South Central Michigan uses his LEXION 750 to harvest corn, soybeans and wheat on rolling hills.

    “The header responds really well to fluctuating ground conditions. It cuts beans smoothly and closer to the ground than any other header I’ve seen.”

    – Dennis Hasenick

    In Southeast Michigan at Meyer Grain Farms, Mike, Annette and Kyle Meyer grow corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Mike says the toughest conditions are the most ideal.

    “I like how it flexes and hugs the ground and follows the contour of the land to get all the soybeans out there. It jumps stones well, and I’m not losing any of my beans out the back. I just can’t say enough about CLAAS and the equipment they provide.”

    – Mike Meyer

    For more information on the upgrades available on the new LEXION combines, visit claas.com or ask your local dealer.

  • Get a 10% Rebate on all CLAAS ORIGINAL lubricants

    Includes lubricants for JAGUAR Forage Harvesters, LEXION Combines, XERION Tractors and all CLAAS Balers and Hay Tools.

    Offer available now through December 31, 2016. See your CLAAS dealer for details.

    ©2016 CLAAS of America Inc. LEXION is a trademark of CLAAS KGaA mbH. 10% rebate offer is valid for purchases made from an authorized CLAAS dealer through December, 2016. Rebate offer is limited to only those lubricant products listed in this mailer. Rebate form must be completed with all requested information and must be accompanied by a copy of your purchase invoice. Please allow 4-6 weeks from submission date for rebate processing and mailing. Please refer to your operators manual or repair manual for exact lubricant recommendations for your machinery.

  • Find Your “Good as New” Today !

    Take a look at the latest gently used combines from CLAAS.

    Call 844-OWN-USED

    Check out the latest inventory online at harvestingworld.com.

  • Get more green from your herd and your old processor.

    Offer ends December 31, 2016.

    Bring in your competitive processor, buy a new MCC SHREDLAGE® processor and get a $3,000 rebate check* from CLAAS Parts.

    Offer ends December 31, 2016.

    *©2016 CLAAS of America Inc. “Competitive trade-in processors” include any non-CLAAS branded processors designed to fit exclusively into CLAAS self-propelled forage harvesters. New SHREDLAGE® processors must be purchased through CLAAS spare parts. New SHREDLAGE processors ordered factory-installed in new JAGUAR forage harvesters are not eligible. Limit 1 rebate per customer, unless prior authorization from your dealer and from CLAAS Parts is obtained for multiple units. Competitive trade-in processors must be complete with no major missing components. Competitive trade-in processors are subject to inspection by a CLAAS representative prior to rebate payment approval. New SHREDLAGE processors purchased under this program are not eligible for return. To be eligible for the rebate new SHREDLAGE processors must be purchased prior to or at the time of the competitive trade-in and the competitive trade-in processor must be physically returned to an authorized CLAAS dealer prior to Dec. 31, 2016. To obtain your rebate, mail your SHREDLAGE processor invoice to SHREDLAGE Rebate · CLAAS of America· 3030 Norcross Drive · Columbus, IN 47201. Rebate checks will be mailed by January 31, 2017. Visit www.claasofamerica.com/parts-service for more details.

  • Take your Harvest to a Higher Level with the Lowest Rates of the Season.

    LEXION Combines:
    $7,500 Off first two annual payments

    JAGUAR Forage Harvesters:
    $10,000 Off first two annual payments

    XERION Tractors:
    3.99% financing for 60 months

    CLAAS Balers & Hay Tools:
    0% financing for 48 months

    *©2016 CLAAS of America Inc. LEXION is a registered trademark of CLAAS KGaA mbH. Offer begins October 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016 and applies to new CLAAS equipment purchased in the US to receive payment credits and special financing rates. Payment credits applied 12 and 24 months after origination. Financing subject to credit approval from CLAAS Financial Services. Offers cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Equipment must be financed at listed terms above to receive financing offer through CLAAS Financial Services or early settlement penalties will apply. See participating dealer for details. Product and specifications subject to change without notice.

 

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