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Harvest Times -- Hay and Forage Edition

Summer 2016

With fall harvest quickly approaching, now's the time to learn more about the people and products that make CLAAS such great partner across the entire hay and forage harvesting chain. See all the latest news in our most recent issue.

  • Happy Birthday, Helmut Claas!

    In the 103-year history of CLAAS, there have only been three company presidents. August Class, who founded the company along with his brothers. Helmut Claas, his son. And most recently, Helmut’s daughter, Cathrina Claas-Mühlhauser. Helmut has been an integral part of the company for nearly 60 years, growing it from a Western European manufacturer into one of the leading agricultural equipment producers in the world. In fact, to this day, he continues to have an active role in the management of the family business his father once started.

    In July, Helmut turned 90. And while most people his age have long since retired, Helmut continues to do what he loves. His vision, dedication and passion for the company and the noble profession it represents are an inspiration to us all.

    Happy birthday, Mr. Claas! Here’s to many more.

    Bob Armstrong,

    Editorial Director

  • Enter to Win the Ultimate CLAAS Experience

    Be one of five winners! Register now to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Germany, plus a personal experience with the CLAAS product of your choice on your farm!

    Trip includes:

    • 6-days and 5-nights vacation for two
    • Tours of the CLAAS factory and headquarters
    • Hotel and Airfare
    • Sightseeing and Transportation
    • Food and Beverage

    After all the hard work that’s been put in the field, what better way to unwind than an ‘everything’s included’ vacation! Why Germany? Aside from its beautiful scenery, incredible architecture, lively festivals, exciting nightlife, delicious food experiences, it’s also the location of the CLAAS headquarters, which you will have the opportunity to tour up close and personal with your CLAAS guide!

    Other sites you’ll get to explore include the Cologne Cathedral, an ancient castle, multiple cultural attractions and the cobblestone streets of German villages.

    Upon return, you’ll receive an extensive product demo of your choice. A CLAAS dealer will conduct an in-depth demonstration of the product at your location, working specifically with your schedule and will follow up and handle machine return

    Adventure is calling! Enter today!

    experience.claas.com

    Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016

  • More Evidence Backs SHREDLAGE

    Over the past few years, a number of research projects — most notably those emerging from the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison — have touted the nutritional benefits of SHREDLAGE over conventional silage.

    We’re pleased to present a new study that confirms what we already knew, and what we always suspected: that feeding SHREDLAGE likely produces higher CSPS and more milk thanconventional silage.

    Dairy One Forage Lab collaborated with Allenwaite Farm in Schaghticoke,New York, to run a 12-week study. The objectives of the project were to:

    1. Help the farm decide what direction to go with processing corn silage.
    2. Explore and develop lab measurements to better characterize the differences in SHREDLAGE and conventionally processed corn silage.

    Results of the study showed that sorting was better, fecal starch was not different, milk quality measures were not different, and CSPS was higher in SHREDLAGE than in conventional corn silage.

    Milk production response in this study was also greater than that reported in other studies.

    For a complete report, go to http://tinyurl.com/j8rw6nw

  • A Capacity for Converting New Customers

    When Jeff Monnin entered the CLAAS of America Big Baler Bounty promotion to win the use of a CLAAS QUADRANT 3300 square baler for a harvest season, he never expected to consider switching brands for good. He was a traditional Deere man overall, and very happy using New Holland balers.

    But free, new equipment is free, new equipment; so Jeff filled out his entry and went about his spring chores. It was almost an afterthought; he wasn’t planning to win. But he did win, and when his local CLAAS dealer, K & L Tractor Sales in western Ohio, delivered the huge-capacity baler, he was immediately impressed.

    “At four feet wide, the capacity is great,” Monnin said. “We were running five to five-and-a-half MPH and the CLAAS baler never had an issue with straw. With my New Holland, I can only hit two and a half.”

    Monnin runs 450 of his own alfalfa acres and up to 3,000 custom acres every year, so the extra capacity and throughput is much needed, as is the service he received from K & L.

    “There are always hiccups when you learn new equipment,” he said. “But K & L was great at answering my questions; and once we got those ironed out, we made some really nice bales.”

    QUADRANT balers provide additional capacity, straightforward engineering and rock-solid bales for any crop, including alfalfa, straw, hay, silage, miscanthus, hemp, rice straw, corn and canola.

    Even with just 450 bales made so far, the QUADRANT may have already earned a convert. “I’m due for a new baler this year or next,” Jeff said. “I’ll certainly consider CLAAS.”

  • The New Dynamic Duo

    CLAAS extends Ag Leader® platform offering to JAGUAR

    It looks like the leader in forage harvesters just got even better.

    JAGUAR and Ag Leader have teamed up to offer exciting features such as GPS steering and yield mapping on forage harvesters as part of the CLAAS EASY (Efficient Agriculture Systems) North American strategy.

    Brandon Olstad, Platform Manager for EASY technology, said, “Ag Leader has been a tremendous partner of CLAAS for years on LEXION combines and we are pleased to add homogeny across our self-propelled products and extend Ag Leader technology capabilities to JAGUAR and XERION.”

    The value of yield data and GPS steering continues to gain recognition by forage producers. The Ag Leader offering allows visibility into real-time data through the InCommand™ display, convenient data management through AgFiniti® and integrated machine guidance using SteerCommand™.

    The Ag Leader system utilizes the CLAAS AUTO PILOT infrastructure for steering, and the Yield Measuring and Moisture Meter for mapping aspects. All CLAAS system components communicate with the third party platform via the CLAAS CAN Bus, making the offering easily integrated onto the JAGUAR. JAGUAR customers can source the Ag Leader system through Ag Leader dealers as an aftermarket solution.

  • Tech Talk: TELEMATICS

    TELEMATICS: Device Upgrade

    Just because you have a JAGUAR forage harvester with a couple years on it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to take advantage of the benefits of the digital age in farming with the industry leading TELEMATICS solution from CLAAS.

    Upgrade and get connected to the largest network in the US. If you have a model year 2012-2015 JAGUAR, you can take advantage of this special offer. CLAAS is offering a limited time 72% discount on the retrofit price of the TELEMATICS CLAAS Communication Module II CDMA.

    “There has been a lot of interest among our current owners with preexisting machines since CLAAS introduced the new TELEMATICS module on 2016 JAGUAR forage harvesters,” said Brandon Olstad, CLAAS Platform Manager for EASY Technology. “So we thought, why not give our loyal customers an opportunity to upgrade their equipment with the latest technology.” The upgrade is possible because the TELEMATICS hardware has been standard equipment on JAGUAR forage harvesters since 2012. That means the cabling and antenna are already installed on the machine and only the module has to be swapped out.

    Head to your local CLAAS dealer’s parts counter and tell them you want the TELEMATICS Upgrade.

    *Requires purchase of TELEMATICS license. Offer valid through March 31, 2017.

  • Wear Parts. When and Where You Need Them.

    It’s often said that there are two types of forecasts, lucky and wrong. So whether you’re trying to decide if the weather will hold long enough for you get into the field tomorrow or whether you will need to change that failing part on your harvester before the end of the season, uncertainty is always part of the equation.

    The CLAAS On-Your-Farm Parts program allows you to hedge your bets on parts availability, increase your uptime and save a few dollars.

    Can’t take a time-out to drive twenty-five miles to the nearest CLAAS dealer today for that replacement air filter you need? Just visit your CLAAS On-Your-Farm parts cache conveniently located in your shed.

    Need a new set of knives in your machine, but its Sunday and the dealership is closed? Grab them right out of your CLAAS On-Your-Farm box and have them installed before lunch.

    Is your dealer running short of that sensor that just failed? Guess what? You ordered one two months ago and it’s sitting in your shop right now. Let’s install it and get back into the field.

    The CLAAS On-Your-Farm Parts program is easy. There is no consignment inventory. There is no predetermined list of parts and consumables that you have to buy like with some other copycat programs. Just contact your CLAAS dealer and tell them what parts you think you might need to cover the season. They’ll place the order with CLAAS and deliver to the dealership or directly to your farm. You pay after the season with approved credit through your dealer.

    CLAAS On-Your-Farm Parts
    Buy before the season. Pay after the season. It’s that simple.

  • CLAAS Dealer-Manufacturer Relations As Good As Gold

    The CLAAS product line has proven itself time and time again through top-ranking performance, but just one more attribute that puts CLAAS ahead of the rest: Their unwavering relationship with their dealers.

    Recently, CLAAS of America was awarded Gold Level Recognition in the Equipment Dealers Association’s (EDA) 2016 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey Report. In this 2,300-participant survey, the EDA asked dealers to rate manufacturer lines based on 12 criteria related to operations and support. CLAAS came in with the highest available rating, achieving Gold Level Recognition in the “Shortline Manufacturer” category.

    “We’re very honored to receive this recognition,” stated Eric Raby, CLAAS of America President & General Manager – Sales. “Certainly our products and processes put us in a very positive position in the marketplace, but we place a priority on building close relationships with dealers. The positive feedback received for this recognition indicates that we are delivering value to our distribution.”

    CLAAS knows the importance of its distribution network, and this award proves that the value they place in their dealers is worth its weight in gold.

  • Shoot to Win!

    Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 JAGUAR Calendar Photo Contest

    Enter online today!

    password: JAGCAL

    Your wife. Your kids. Your JAGUAR forage harvester. You have a lot of things you cherish in life, so why not show off your most prized in the field possession to the world. Just submit a photo of your JAGUAR hard at work, at play or after when it needs a good day's rest and tell us why you love your JAGUAR.

    Share a photo of your JAGUAR for a chance to be one of 13 winners and see if you gain the coveted cover shot and a digital camera. All 13 winners will receive a 20” x 24” gallery-wrapped canvas print of their submitted photo, along with their machine featured in the 2017 Calendar.

    Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by September 30, 2016.

  • Fans of a Different Kind

    CLAAS Hosts Mid-America Pine Wood Derby

    For the third consecutive year, CLAAS hosted the annual Mid-America Pine Wood Derby. Over 600 cars representing 34 States, with 800+ Cub Scouts, parents, grandparents and Pro Racers attended the fanfare at CLAAS North American headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

    “To be able to support the Scouts in a program that exudes their dedication and tenacity, truly warms our hearts,” stated Mark Oehmke, CLAAS Vice President of Sales and Program Committee Chair of the Mid-America Council. “It takes programs like these to add the fervor in these young men as they showcase their skills to their peers, family and corporate members.”

Spring 2016

Looking forward to that first cutting? Hoping to increase the efficiency of your forage operation? Harvest Times -- Spring Edition is chock full of tips, new product information and real-world case studies that will help you make the best decisions for your operation.

  • Plan to succeed. Or plan to fail.

    Words to live by, not only as a farmer, but also as an agricultural manufacturer. At CLAAS, we believe in planning for the future. Part of those plans involve an even greater investment in workers, facilities, and technologies to make sure we continue to produce the highest quality products in the industry.

    For most farmers, now’s the ideal time to plan as well. It’s time to get the harvesting equipment into the shop and get everything prepped and ready for next season. It’s time to evaluate yield results to determine what inputs you need to adjust to improve your chance for a great harvest in 2016. It’s time to assess your equipment needs and make those tough repair or replacement decisions while there’s time to do so.

    We encourage you to stop in and talk to your CLAAS dealer. They can help you with your preparation and planning now, so when you’re spending all your waking hours in the fields, you’re well prepared to succeed!

    Regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • Now The Best Is Also The Biggest!

    Introducing the DISCO 1100: The largest tractor-mounted mower available with a conditioner

    Now farmers have the opportunity to bring in high quality forage in a shorter amount of time, with the DISCO 1100 Mower Conditioner. With a working width of 35 feet, the DISCO 1100 is the largest tractor-mounted triple mower available, and it can work with either a tine- or roller-conditioner to decrease wilting and drying time.

    “CLAAS made a concerted effort to accommodate farmers who face a very short harvest window,” explains Matt Jaynes, CLAAS of America Product Coordinator. “The DISCO 1100 is a result of that effort.”

    Of course, CLAAS equips even its largest model with MAX CUT, the most advanced cutter bar on the market, featuring an optimized wave-shaped bed that’s stamped from a single piece of steel. This unique design provides a large cross section, which ensures outstanding strength and durability.

    Along with shorter discs, this design also allows for smooth operation, clean cuts and extremely simple maintenance.

    The extendable and retractable mower arms allow operators to shift the mower wings on the go, which can help eliminate streaks when going around curves.

    The DISCO mower also features the two-piece PTO shaft, which reduces needed maintenance. When the inevitable rock or obstacle gets in the way, the new and improved SAFETY LINK module makes it even easier to replace individual knives. Each mowing disc is protected by a specific breaking point in the safety module, which keeps them away from the drive train, so you can avoid complicated repairs.

    “The DISCO 1100 is also equipped with an individual float that allows the mower to better follow the contour of the ground,” says Jaynes. “This results in less soil in the forage and a better end product.”

    At the Helm: Convenience

    In spite of its size, the DISCO 1100 is quite reasonable to move from field to field, with a transport height of 13 feet and a width of 10 feet. The transport-locking device is hydraulically locked and unlocked during the folding process, making it maneuverable and safe. 

    The DISCO 1100 is fully ISOBUS-capable, making it possible to easily operate every function from a single device. “This really is a mammoth-sized mower that can help bring in the harvest very quickly,” says Jaynes, “but obviously CLAAS didn’t trade quantity for quality. The DISCO 1100 is a top-of-the-line mower/conditioner combo, just as you’d expect from CLAAS.”

  • FAN FOTO

    Hillman Forage | Shelley, ID

    “Our JAGUAR 960 is reliable. You know you can count on it to get the job done.”

  • Shredding Nutrition Costs

    The ultimate goal of any dairy operation (or any operation at all, for that matter) is to produce the most for the least cost. You want efficiency when feeding your cows, and you want the cows themselves to be more efficient. So if you can use more efficient cows, give those cows more nutritious food and cut feeding costs, why wouldn’t you?

    That’s the question Aaron and Allan Kutz of Kutz Dairy in Jefferson, Wisconsin, continually ask themselves. Sixteen years ago, the answer was to switch from Holsteins to Jerseys, a smaller but more efficient milk producing breed. More recently, the answer was CLAAS and SHREDLAGE®.

    In 2009, the brothers and their father, Ron, discussed how to reduce feed costs for their herd. They wanted to provide more effective fiber without having to add straw or hay into the ration, because more acres of corn and less hay would make a huge financial difference per cow. Roger Olson, the dairy’s nutritionist, suggested that chopping corn silage longer would work, since it’s more digestible and less sortable than shorter-cut silage. When dealing with notoriously picky Jersey cows, less sortable and more digestible are words you like to hear!

    But if it was that easy to cut longer corn silage, everyone would do it. Enter SHREDLAGE. To implement their new plan, in 2010 the brothers traded in their dark green chopper for a CLAAS JAGUAR 980 with SHREDLAGE processor that at the time was still in the development stage. SHREDLAGE processors rip silage lengthwise into planks and strings, enhancing fiber content and exposing more of the inner portion of the plant for improved rumen activity. Six years later, there are no regrets about the switch.

    “We knew pretty quickly that we made the right decision,” said Aaron Kutz. “We get 20 pounds of dry matter per cubic foot, which is about four pounds more than we did before using SHREDLAGE.”

    Since switching to JAGUAR harvesters, Kutz Dairy has become more efficient on the equipment side as well. “Before the switch, we needed to have more processors on hand than we’d prefer,” said Aaron. “It was a durability issue more than anything. With CLAAS, downtime is very minimal. And when we do have a mechanical issue, troubleshooting is usually straightforward.”

    “It’s just smart engineering,” Allan adds.

    The brothers are so impressed with their JAGUAR harvesters that they’ve recently picked up a XERION 5000 tractor. Early results are positive.

    “I never thought I could be so impressed with a tractor,” Allan said. “But the engine and transmission are so smooth and quiet. And it’s not often that you get done working for the day, get into your 2014 pickup truck and it feels like it has less acceleration than your tractor!”

  • Tech Talk: TELEMATICS

    Going Further and Faster Than Ever Before

    TELEMATICS is a technology that transfers all of your machine and yield data over a cellular network to the cloud where it can be compiled and viewed on a PC, tablet, or smartphone for analysis. Recently, CLAAS has developed new TELEMATICS communication devices specifically for the North American market; one solution for Canadian farmers and one solution for US farmers.

    The new communication devices allow the TELEMATICS system to gain coverage into the rural geography where farm equipment operates. In addition to the added coverage of TELEMATICS, CLAAS also employs faster network speeds through their network providers. “The new network capabilities we are deploying into the market will cover the farmer in more fields than ever before.

    That results in more consistent same high standards.” interval streaming of data back to the office or with the grower’s service advisor,” stated Brandon Olstad, CLAAS Platform Manager for EASY technology. “The responsiveness of faster network speeds is also beneficial in relation to TELEMATICS Remote Diagnostics service features.”

    The 2016 LEXION, JAGUAR and XERION product lines in North America will come equipped with a standard offering of the new TELEMATICS communication devices featuring the TELEMATICS Basic one-year license.

  • CLAAS "Green"

    Last winter, the CLAAS Parts facility in Columbus, Indiana was recognized for expanding the footprint of their warehouse in order to improve their service and delivery speed. Now they are being recognized for reducing their footprint – their “environmental” footprint. CLAAS Parts was recently certified by local wood mill, Smith Creek, for their green initiative.

    As thousands of items flow in and out of the warehouse on pallets and in boxes, the packaging that can’t be used is seeing new life as part of a warehouse-wide recycling effort. Cardboard is baled and recycled. Plastic is baled and recycled. Paper, aluminum and plastic from the office are sorted and recycled. Pallets and wood packaging that can’t be reused are sent to Smith Creek where they are shredded and receive new life as landscape mulch, animal bedding, or wood pellet fuel.

    According to Vice-President North American Parts, Roger Parker, “We are proud of this initiative and our partnership with Smith Creek. The farmers we serve are excellent stewards of the land, and it’s important that we hold ourselves to the same high standards.”

  • CLAAS Congratulates Bailey Wilson as an FFA Forage Production Winner

    CLAAS of America is a proud corporate sponsor that continues to support and foster growth of entrepreneurship in agriculture.

    Bailey Wilson | Texas

    Forage Production | Entrepreneurship/Placement

    Bailey Wilson of the Pilot Point FFA Chapter in Texas has been tinkering with things on his family’s operation, K&L Farms, since he was old enough to walk. These days he participates in mowing and weed eating, cutting, raking, baling and mowing hay. K&L Farms currently produces 1,500 acres of sudan and bermuda pastures that are baled yearly. After obtaining degrees in animal science and agronomy, Wilson intends to return home and become a self-employed farmer. He is supported by his parents, Terry and Cindy, and FFA advisors, Tammy Glascock and Randy Glascock.

  • Bale 2,000 Rock-Solid Square Bales for Free!

    Enter the QUADRANT Big Baler Bounty Giveaway For Your Chance to Win!

    • Use of a QUADRANT 3300 square baler
    • Use includes 2,000 bales or 60 days time frame, whichever comes first
    • Your local CLAAS dealer will handle delivery to your location and final inspection and equipment pickup

    QUADRANTGiveaway.claas.com

    *©2016 CLAAS of America Inc. No purchase necessary. The QUADRANT Big Baler Bounty Giveaway will provide one (1) winner with the use of a QUADRANT 3300 square baler for 60 days or 2,000 bales, whichever comes first. The QUADRANT Big Baler Bounty Giveaway promotion is open to legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia and residents of Canada (except residents of New York, Florida and Quebec) who are at least 21 years of age as of the date of entry. One entry per household. Subject to Terms & Conditions. To view full rules and regulations, visit QUADRANTGiveaway.claas.com

Winter 2015

Are you looking for the latest information about JAGUAR forage harvesters and CLAAS balers and hay tools? This newly updated publication will be coming out on a quarterly basis to give you the latest information on our grain harvesting equipment. It will be available in print and electronic formats.

  • Plan to succeed. Or plan to fail.

    Words to live by, not only as a farmer, but also as an agricultural manufacturer. At CLAAS, we believe in planning for the future. Part of those plans involve an even greater investment in workers, facilities, and technologies to make sure we continue to produce the highest quality products in the industry.

    For most farmers, now’s the ideal time to plan as well. It’s time to get the harvesting equipment into the shop and get everything prepped and ready for next season. It’s time to evaluate yield results to determine what inputs you need to adjust to improve your chance for a great harvest in 2016. It’s time to assess your equipment needs and make those tough repair or replacement decisions while there’s time to do so.

    We encourage you to stop in and talk to your CLAAS dealer. They can help you with your preparation and planning now, so when you’re spending all your waking hours in the fields, you’re well prepared to succeed!

    Regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • Now The Best Is Also The Biggest!

    Introducing the DISCO 1100: The largest tractor-mounted mower available with a conditioner

    Now farmers have the opportunity to bring in high quality forage in a shorter amount of time, with the DISCO 1100 Mower Conditioner. With a working width of 35 feet, the DISCO 1100 is the largest tractor-mounted triple mower available, and it can work with either a tine- or roller-conditioner to decrease wilting and drying time.

    “CLAAS made a concerted effort to accommodate farmers who face a very short harvest window,” explains Matt Jaynes, CLAAS of America Product Coordinator. “The DISCO 1100 is a result of that effort.”

    Of course, CLAAS equips even its largest model with MAX CUT, the most advanced cutter bar on the market, featuring an optimized wave-shaped bed that’s stamped from a single piece of steel. This unique design provides a large cross section, which ensures outstanding strength and durability.

    Along with shorter discs, this design also allows for smooth operation, clean cuts and extremely simple maintenance.

    The extendable and retractable mower arms allow operators to shift the mower wings on the go, which can help eliminate streaks when going around curves.

    The DISCO mower also features the two-piece PTO shaft, which reduces needed maintenance. When the inevitable rock or obstacle gets in the way, the new and improved SAFETY LINK module makes it even easier to replace individual knives. Each mowing disc is protected by a specific breaking point in the safety module, which keeps them away from the drive train, so you can avoid complicated repairs.

    “The DISCO 1100 is also equipped with an individual float that allows the mower to better follow the contour of the ground,” says Jaynes. “This results in less soil in the forage and a better end product.”

    At the Helm: Convenience

    In spite of its size, the DISCO 1100 is quite reasonable to move from field to field, with a transport height of 13 feet and a width of 10 feet. The transport-locking device is hydraulically locked and unlocked during the folding process, making it maneuverable and safe. 

    The DISCO 1100 is fully ISOBUS-capable, making it possible to easily operate every function from a single device. “This really is a mammoth-sized mower that can help bring in the harvest very quickly,” says Jaynes, “but obviously CLAAS didn’t trade quantity for quality. The DISCO 1100 is a top-of-the-line mower/conditioner combo, just as you’d expect from CLAAS.”

  • Save Big Money with 2016 MAD JAG Parts Rebates

    The MAD JAG Parts Rebate is on the prowl in your neighborhood, so watch your mailboxes for the latest offering from CLAAS Parts. This is your best opportunity to buy low and save big with manufacturer’s direct rebates from December 1st – March 31st! With all the key JAGUAR wear and maintenance parts included, the MAD JAG Parts Rebate can literally save you thousands of dollars each year.

    Fill out the MAD JAG Parts Rebate form included with the mailing, attach copies of your parts invoices, and mail back to CLAAS Parts. We cut a check directly back to you, the customer. Rebates on individual parts range from $1 to $1,000 USD and there is no limit to the total rebate amount. Order more of your routine wear and maintenance parts from December through March and get a bigger rebate – it’s that easy.

    If you haven’t received your CLAAS MAD JAG Rebate mailer by December 15, 2015, request a copy from your local JAGUAR dealer. You’ll be glad you did.

  • New for 2016: Introducing the new MCC SHREDLAGE® Corncracker for process-perfect corn silage

    When the right people come together, amazing things can happen. This is one of those times.

    CLAAS has always been a leader in technology that makes harvesting easier, faster and more efficient. Now, with Shredlage® L.L.C. they are set to revolutionize the industry once again.

    SHREDLAGE technology produces high quality corn silage with greater nutritional value, and CLAAS is the only equipment manufacturer in North America to offer it. SHREDLAGE rips corn stalks lengthwise into planks and strings to enhance fiber content, improve packing and expose the inner cells of the plant for increased microbial activity.

    The unique design of the SHREDLAGE roller in the JAGUAR Corncracker is now available as factory-installed or after-market option for the JAGUAR line as a complement to the CLAAS Multi-Crop Cracker.

    SHREDLAGE was created by two dairy nutritionists – Ross Dale and Roger Olson – who determined that this type of long-cut silage  improves effective fiber and increases digestibility, resulting in a healthier herd and increased milk production.

    “I thought that if we could find a way to process it, we could change the industry,” says Dale. “We are grateful for our success and the impact it is having in the livestock industry. We are very happy to be supporting CLAAS in the nutritional aspect of SHREDLAGE to assure optimum benefits to cows and profitability for producers.”

    Studies have shown that SHREDLAGE provides increased peNDF (physicallyeffective fiber), which is key for good rumen function. The effective fiber from shredded corn also reduces the amount of hay and alfalfa cattle need in their rations. SHREDLAGE fully optimizes corn silage processing, with consistently higher KP scores.

    The new CLAAS manufactured MCC SHREDLAGE corncracker offers superior processing of the kernel and stalk to provide these added nutritional benefits, with incomparable CLAAS harvester durability and efficiency.

    It’s the perfect example of bringing the right people, knowledge and technology together to revolutionize an industry.

  • Sometimes bigger really is better

    The DISCO 1100 C/RC

    Are you ready to cover more ground in less time? Meet the largest tractor-mounted triple mower available with a conditioner – the DISCO 1100, with a working width of 35 feet.

    The DISCO 1100 is available with either a tine or roller conditioner, both of which will decrease wilting and drying time, so growers can make effective use of those narrow harvesting windows.

    DISCO 1100 features MAX CUT, the cutter bar with a wave-shaped bed stamped from a single piece of steel. Along with shorter discs, this design allows operators to get the smoothest, cleanest cut, minimal wear and easiest maintenance of any mower bar on the market. The individual float lets the mower better follow the contour of the ground, so there’s less soil in the forage.

    Safety and maneuverability are essential, so the DISCO 1100 has a transport height of less than 13 feet and a transport width of less than 10 feet. The transport-locking device is hydraulically locked and unlocked during the folding process, and the extendable and retractable mower arms allow the operator to shift the mower wings on the go, which is especially handy when maneuvering through curves.

    Of course, the DISCO 1100 has all the features you’ve come to expect from any DISCO mower, including a bolted cutterbar design concept for maximum deflection and impact resistance, low diesel consumption, smooth operation, even at high speeds, and the improved CLAAS SAFETY LINK module for maximum service life. It also features the low-maintenance two-piece PTO shaft.

    The DISCO 1100, it all adds up to bigger and better time savings.

  • Cutting Time

    The DIRECT DISC 600/500

    The new DIRECT DISC 600 and 500 front attachments improve upon traditional mowing, raking and chopping chores by doing them all in one single pass.

    Expect a smooth operation, faster ground speeds and a clean cut with the MAX CUT mowing discs doing the heavy lifting.

    The DD 600 is compatible with the JAGUAR 900 series, and has a working width of 20 feet. It’s built to handle difficult conditions, including crops laying flat on the ground.

    The DD 500 is a direct-cut head for the JAGUAR 800 series. It has a working width of 17 feet with a disc mowing cutterbar.

    The quick-connect coupler on both models drives the cutterbar and auger for quick setup, and the standard quick knife can dramatically reduce maintenance times.

    Put the new DIRECT DISC 600/500 together with your JAGUAR, and you’ve got a team that can handle just about any crop condition – fast.

  • TECH TALK: TELEMATICS Field Recognition Tool

    TELEMATICS Field Recognition Tool: Data Management Made EASY

    Getting crop out of the field during harvest pays the bills, but collecting data makes the decisions. Data management and harvesting shouldn’t have to compete for your time. Now with the optional Field Recognition Tool add-on to TELEMATICS, they don’t have to.

    The TELEMATICS Field Recognition Tool is a new EASY Technology option now available for the JAGUAR forage harvester designed to simplify those procedures by automatically assigning task data to management tree categories based on geo-referencing data within field boundaries  The procedure is simple:

    1. Setup your management tree by importing field boundaries or creating them in the Map tab of TELEMATICS with a polygon tool.

    2. Once boundaries are set, each time your JAGUAR forage harvester enters your field, yield mapping data is automatically assigned to the field created in the system without any manual input from the operator.

    3.The system then automatically merges data from different machines, different days, and multiple same day entries in the field. The TELEMATICS user can login, download and export task data in an industry standard IsoXML data format for import into their FMIS that accepts IsoXML.

    The TELEMATICS Field Recognition Tool works autonomously, reduces errors, cuts office work and offers secure data. All that’s needed is an active TELEMATICS license, moisture meter and yield measuring on your JAGUAR forage harvester. The TELEMATICS Field Recognition Tool is an available option with any of the three TELEMATICS licenses. Talk to your dealer about CLAAS TELEMATICS and the new Field Recognition Tool available now!

  • Get a Free Pre-Harvest Multi-Point Inspection and Adjustments on All CLAAS Balers!

    Reserve your Free Pre-Harvest Multi-Point Inspection and Adjustments

    Let us make sure your CLAAS balers are in tip-top shape for the harvest season this spring! Your loyalty as a CLAAS customer is appreciated and as a thanks, we want to ensure your baler is operating  at peak efficiency to help you gain greater performance in the field. To reserve a time for your inspection, call your CLAAS dealer.

    Inspections to be completed by March 31, 2016. Available at participating dealers. See dealer for details.

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