Media Center

Media Center

The latest brochures, stories, photos, videos and other current information on the people and products of CLAAS.

Media Center

Media Center

The latest brochures, stories, photos, videos and other current information on the people and products of CLAAS.

Winter 2018

Spring will soon be upon us! Are you ready for it? This Winter issue includes many great articles including preparation advice for the Spring forage season, an introduction to the CLAAS Value Factor, and many more great reads.

  • Top of the Class

    Farmers who visit the LEXION assembly line in Omaha, Nebraska often ask me about the small building at the bottom of the hill from our main showroom. This understated metal building is one of the most important areas on our main campus. It’s referred to as the CLAAS Academy.

    Each year, the CLAAS Academy is where CLAAS service technicians go for training on the latest CLAAS equipment. Here, they learn about the new features our equipment has to offer and how to properly diagnose and fix the CLAAS equipment you’ve come to rely upon.

    Recently, the CLAAS Academy got a complete makeover; including new flooring, updated classrooms, and new training equipment. Heck, even the bathrooms were updated! The next time you decide to visit us in Omaha, be sure to check it out!

    Best regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • Employee Spotlight: Adam Haworth

    New CLAAS of America Service Director Wants Best Possible Customer Support

    Adam Haworth takes his new title seriously. As the new Director of Service - North America, Haworth is responsible for all facets of the Service Department, from CLAAS Academy training, to technical support, to warranties.

    “I’ve worked at CLAAS my entire career,” Haworth says. “I’ve always been part of the team that takes care of our dealers and customers, and I want to continue to provide the best possible experience with our products and services.”

    CLAAS of America President and General Manager – Sales, Eric Raby says Haworth’s role is key.

    “The North American Service Team is a crucial keystone of our business, and its success has been instrumental in setting CLAAS apart within our industry,” Raby says.

    “We are excited about the new energy and vision that Adam brings to the position.”

    After graduating from Iowa State, Haworth began his journey with CLAAS in 2001. He joined CLAAS as a test technician and in 2006, transitioned to a LEXION technical specialist and trainer for North America service. In 2011, he moved to Field support Manager and added Warranty Management to his acumen just last year.

    “My main focus is always on the customer, providing them first class service, either through their dealers or by filling in any support gaps they may experience,” Haworth says. “It’s mostly about taking care of people.”

  • SHREDLAGE® Technology Can Improve Dairy Production

    The old adage “You are what you eat” is proving to be true, even for dairy cattle. Because when milk cows gain proper nutrition, their overall health is improved, and they provide more milk.

    Recent studies have shown that silage chop length and processing can actually affect the nutritional value of the feed. SHREDLAGE®, offered by CLAAS, is a patented conditioning process for the production of corn silage. It involves chopping the plants to longer lengths, ranging from 21 to 30 millimeters.

    The chopped material is then processed through a special SHREDLAGE processor. The rollers on this processor have counter-directional helical grooves that chop up the cob fragments completely and crush the kernels to split them thoroughly, while the stalk fragments are shredded longitudinally into string, and their bark layer is peeled.

    This intensive processing significantly increases the surface of the material, resulting in improved bacterial fermentation during ensiling, and during digestion. The goal is to substantially increase the structural effects of corn silage in the rumen while adding to the availability of the starch contained in all parts of the plant.

    A 2012 trial conducted by the University of Wisconsin showed that SHREDLAGE dramatically increases the physical effectiveness of corn silage in the rumen while improving the availability of the starch contained in all parts of the plant. The test results showed an increase of 2.4 pounds per cow in daily milk yield. Also, because the structure of the silage is easier to digest, the overall health of the herd was improved.

    Where Did SHREDLAGE Come From?

    Two North American dairy nutritionists who recognized the benefits of corn silage with longer chop lengths and shredded plant material invented SHREDLAGE. During their trials, they chose the top-performing corn cracker and equipped 25 CLAAS JAGUAR forage harvesters.

    Because of this successful marriage of technology, CLAAS acquired SHREDLAGE technology to manufacture and market the SHREDLAGE silage processors.

    “We want to make sure producers have the best possible opportunities, and that includes SHREDLAGE technology,” says CLAAS of America Product Manager Matt Jaynes.

    “It’s important to make sure producers are harvesting and processing their silage in the most effective way,” Jaynes says. “We make it very easy to make sure their stalk sizes are perfect, even providing a very simple credit-card sized device to measure stalk size.”

    Jaynes says these simple cards are available at any CLAAS dealer. It's the perfect tool to ensure that SHREDLAGE corn silage is being properly produced.

    “Stalk size is very important,” Jayne explains. “It’s just as important as processing the kernels. That’s what produces real nutritional benefits for dairy cattle.”

    Find out how you can get more milk and healthier livestock!



    Creating a Perfect JAGUAR

    Dean Gochnauer is a full-time cabinetmaker and woodworker with his own business. He just happens to have a love for big farm equipment as well.

    Recently, Gochnauer took those two interests and brought them together, building a near perfect, 1/8-size, detailed wood replica of the CLAAS JAGUAR 970 forage harvester.

    Gochnauer grew up on a small farm, and still has a small operation near Lancaster in Southeast Pennsylvania. He doesn’t require large farm machinery, but has always had an interest.

    Gochnauer has constructed and built a lot of farm equipment and machines from wood. The one missing that he really wanted to build was a chopper.

    “I looked at many different harvesters, but CLAAS has the coolest color scheme, engineering, and design,” he says. “I just fell in love with CLAAS machines.”

    Gochnauer didn’t do anything halfway either. He spent approximately 60 hours measuring and designing his perfect JAGUAR model.

    “I spent most of my design time at the nearest CLAAS dealer, MM Weaver, and they were very accommodating,” he says. “I wanted to build a JAGUAR 980 because it’s the biggest, however with a 970 in the showroom, the convenience trumped my initial desire. They even put me in touch with a local farmer who had a 970 with an ORBIS 900 on it, so I could create the biggest possible version of it. He let me measure his JAGUAR and check it all out.”

    Once Gochnauer had his design in place, he spent nearly 400 hours fabricating the model. He used 175 board feet of lumber, and created details as precise as treads on stairs, gas cap lids, seat engraving and rivets on the discharge chute.

    “It’s almost dead on, only at 1/8th the size,” he says. “I got as detailed as I could get. I just had to make the cutter heads a bit thicker, because I couldn’t get the wood quite that thin. It looks right, though.”

    Gochnauer also worked with a friend who’s profession is in the stain and paint business to acquire a wood stain that looks just right. “I wanted that CLAAS green, but I didn’t want to use paint, because I wanted to be able to see the wood grain,” he says. “It turned out really great.”

    The model JAGUAR weighs 132 pounds, and the head is exactly 46 5/8” wide. He has presented the model at various farm shows and CLAAS events. One of his most enjoyable moments is talking with people about it.

    “That’s why I did it,” he says. “I don’t need a blue ribbon. I just like to see people’s reaction and tell them about the process. It’s been really fun.”

    So what’s next for Gochnauer?

    “Doing projects like this is my stress relief,” he says. “I go out to my shop, turn on country music, turn off the phones and just concentrate on what I’m doing. I want to do another project, but I’m not sure what that will be. This CLAAS model was the neatest model to build. Nothing will compare to this.”

  • The CLAAS Long Line

    CLAAS is a family business founded in 1913. Originally focused solely on harvesting equipment, the company's long line of machinery has expanded to include tractors as well. CLAAS is the world leader in self-propelled forage harvesters, and a top global producer of combine harvesters, tractors, balers and hay tools.

  • Equipment Hub: Reduce Next Season Downtime

    Matt Jaynes, CLAAS of America Product Manager for Progressive Forage Grower – Published December 29, 2017

    If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then spending a little time on forage harvester maintenance this winter will pay off handsomely come next season. A well-tuned self-propelled harvester will result in fewer repairs, less downtime, better forage quality and fuel savings.

    I always recommend that our customers spend the needed time inspecting, performing maintenance and replacing or repairing any worn parts. Of course, some of the basics include oil changes and addressing lubrication points. Changing gearbox oil will help ward off damaged seals and other problems.

    When it comes to replacing parts, look at the manufacturer recommendations for all your options. For example, if your equipment is operated for excessively long periods or in tough conditions, you may want to think about other options for replacement parts.

    Some equipment manufacturers offer a premium line of parts throughout the crop flow that feature extremely durable compounds for longer wear life.

    Also check to see if your dealer offers additional support. Some dealers offer customer clinics for owners to learn more about their harvesters and the necessary maintenance. This is a great resource that I always encourage customers to check into.

    Regardless of the brand or type of harvester, always refer to and follow the guidelines in the manufacturer’s owner’s manual. It really is the best resource for your machine. While I can’t cover everything in this column, here are some areas that should be inspected to help you get your checklist started.


    Headers are on the front line of your forage harvesting and take a lot of wear and tear. They can require some extra attention. Maintenance will depend not only on the brand but the type of header you’re using. Pickup headers should be checked for damaged roller bearings in the pickup, and pickup teeth should be replaced if bent or missing.

    On corn headers, I recommend inspecting the header slip clutches to make sure they haven’t suffered any significant wear over the past season. It’s also a good idea to inspect your knives, crop flow pieces and scrapers for wear or other damage and replace any that are worn.


    Crop flow can be compromised from worn pieces. Also check the fingers on the front of the head; replace or straighten as this also affects crop flow and chop quality. In the harvester itself, carefully inspect the upper and lower feed rolls and teeth.

    Make sure they aren’t excessively worn or damaged. Replace them if needed.

    The machine’s smooth roll and scraper should also be inspected for wear; check the clearance between the two to ensure optimal performance.

    Check the knives and shear bar as needed and recommended. Follow your maintenance manual for the correct knife sharpening procedure as some of these functions are automated.

    Some equipment systems alert the operator when the drum knives should be sharpened – either on a schedule or based on throughput quantity. It’s worth the time spent managing this step since sharp knives save fuel and allow for a more consistent chop quality.

    The shear bar is the most heavily used part during harvesting and is one of the key components responsible for cutting quality. Wear will depend on the cutting conditions and crop. If the shear bar is rounded out, that will result in long pieces in the silage. Not only does a rounded shear bar cost you fuel and capacity, but it also makes the knives wear much faster.


    In the transition area, the side plates can get worn, and it’s recommended those be checked. Check the drum bottom for holes or excessive waviness. Also check the kernel processor plus other related components (drive belt, bearings, etc.). Are the rolls worn down? It may be time for a replacement.

    Next, inspect the accelerator paddles for wear. The spout handles a lot of forage in a year, so make sure it is operating properly. It’s also a good idea to check the discharge spout wear plates and replace them if needed.

    Producing high-quality silage means being ready to cut when the time is right. Careful inspection and maintenance over the next few months will help you get a leg up on the busy harvest season that will be here before you know it.

    Not only will you be ready when the crop is ready, but you will also minimize repairs and downtime during equipment operation.

    Find more useful ways to reduce downtime



    2018 TELEMATICS Technology Provides More Knowledge

    The new year brings new levels of technology to CLAAS harvesters, with data analysis and fleet management tools through TELEMATICS.

    Machine Data and Analysis

    All 2018 models of CLAAS combines, forage harvesters and tractors will come with a one year TELEMATICS Professional license, providing the highest level of machine data and analysis tools available.

    “We wanted to change the factory offering to Professional so customers can better track the return on investment for their technology, while measuring machine performance,” says Brandon Olstad, Platform Manager for CLAAS of America.

    New LEXION combines will also benefit from a free 50-hour demo on some of the key Variable Rate Harvesting™ technologies while recording performance data with TELEMATICS. This allows users to experience Variable Rate Harvesting solutions right in the cab, while tracking the value the technology delivers.

    “The goal is to deliver transparency about how our autonomous features maximize throughput, rate of work and harvest quality, while minimizing fuel and labor costs,” Olstad explains. “It provides our customers with the insight to make business decisions based on data visualizations.”

    Managing the Fleet

    Keeping track of all the moving parts during harvest can be a challenge. However, the new Fleet View app-based fleet management system can simplify it. Fleet View tracks the movement of forage harvesters, tractors and trucks to monitor the logistics of harvesting and hauling.

    The hardware to use Fleet View comes with the TELEMATICS system on combines, forage harvesters and tractors. Supporting fleet vehicles only requires a tablet or smart phone with a data plan and the Fleet View App (a free download for iOS and Android devices).

    “When using Fleet View through TELEMATICS Professional, it’s simple for operators to measure improvements in processing time and reductions in idle time, right down to the minute,” says Olstad. “It’s an excellent way to make sure the operation is running smoothly and efficiently.”

    The app continuously informs drivers in the logistics chain about the position, speed and status of all fleet vehicles. TELEMATICS Professional also provides a work hour analysis feature, displaying pie charts and bar graphs so users can easily track how efficiently the operation is running.

    A Fleet View license is required, and harvesters can test it for free by activating a 14-day free trial from their TELEMATICS account.

  • Savings Beyond the Sticker

    Let’s face it. Whenever you purchase a new piece of equipment with a sticker price that’s close to a half-million dollars, it’s easy to fixate on the annual payment. Anyone who’s purchased a new combine knows the feeling.

    As our LEXION owners can attest, not all combines are created equal. For many of our owners, the LEXION experience first began with a demo in their field comparing their current combine, with the same class of combine from CLAAS. During the course of the demonstration, residual grain losses were compared, productivity gains (speed through the field) noted, and efficiencies (fuel and labor) were calculated to determine the “true cost” of making the switch to a CLAAS combine with similar specs. It's something we call the CLAAS Value Factor.

    If you happen to have a CLAAS combine sitting in your machine shed, you probably have experienced this comparison and realized the value in making the upgrade. What you may not realize is that your experience wasn’t unique.

    In 2017, we compiled the results of more than 300 CLAAS Value Factor comparisons conducted throughout the year on farms across North America. The reduction in grain losses, fuel costs and labor costs proven through the comparisons speak for themselves. Corn farmers saw an average savings of 13.8% over a 3-year ownership period through the increased efficiencies the LEXION provided over the other combines in the comparisons. Corn and soybean farmers saw even greater savings of 15.6% over a three year period.

    Not every farm is the same, but the results make one thing abundantly clear: The sticker price is only a small part of the true cost of ownership. Take the CLAAS Value Factor Comparison for yourself!

    "At less than four miles an hour, we were losing A LOT out of the back of our Deere. At five miles an hour, we hardly lost anything out of the back of the CLAAS.”

    — Brian Arnold, Roseville, IL

    3 Year Average Cost Savings: CLAAS Value Factor*

    For the past 20 years LEXION combines have been helping North American farmers become more efficient at harvest by increasing their productivity, saving more grain and driving down the cost of harvest. Highlighted below is the potential savings that a farm can anticipate over a three year period by switching to a LEXION combine.

    • All brands and models: 1200 –10000 acres
    • Class 6 – 9 (all models)
    • Corn: 136 demos from 2017
    • Corn + Soybeans: 177 demos from 2017

    *Based on average combine purchase price and value comparisons conducted in 2017.


    CLAAS: The Continuing Story of Advancing Agriculture Technology

    CLAAS didn’t sit back and take it easy after establishing CLAAS of America in 1979. Instead, the company worked even harder to maintain its market leadership in the self-propelled forage harvesting sector.

    The JAGUAR 600 series raised the bar in chopper technology in the early 80s. Customers loved the new modern design, while the two-roller CORN CRACKER and other features provided more control and forage value for the operator. The ability to separate the intake and drum housings and to pivot these around the chopping drum axis was ground-breaking. A six-row corn header was also launched for the first time.

    In 1987, the JAGUAR SL series hit the market, with a cab workstation designed for easier operation. CLAAS also introduced the V-chopping drum that homogenized chopped crop flow and increased crop throughput.

    The end of the 80s saw the first CLAAS large square baler, the CLAAS QUADRANT 1200, defining an entirely new performance class with large, compacted rectangular bales.


    In 1993, the ROTO CUT system made it possible to chop forage immediately before bailing to form high-quality silage into bales with CLAAS ROLLANT and QUADRANT balers.

    Always at the forefront, JAGUAR stepped up again with the 800 series, featuring high-powered engines, and a new, direct drive system installed behind the steering axle crosswise to the direction of travel. This new drive system allowed an innovative configuration that’s still being used today, in which the CORN CRACKER rolls backward prior to harvesting grass silage, and then is exchanged for a grass shaft. In 1999, the JAGUAR 900 series saw many updates, including a redesigned workstation for simpler operation.

    In 1994, the first CLAAS variable chamber round baler, the VARIANT, was launched in North America.

    The ability to bale large, compact bales made the machine ideal for use on one or even multiple farms.

    CLAAS joined forces with U.S. powerhouse Caterpillar in 1997 to manufacture and sell combine harvesters in North America. They moved quickly, as the very next year, the LEXION combine was introduced here.

    Growth and globalization in the 2000s

    The new millennium started with a bang, with CLAAS unveiling the ROLLANT 250 UNIWRAP, making it possible for one-step binding and wrapping after baling. CLAAS acquired French company Renault Agriculture in 2003, expanding the CLAAS product portfolio to include tractors, while offering a complete harvesting chain to meet the needs of modern farming.

    Also in 2003, the headquarters for CLAAS North America moved from Columbus, Indiana, to Omaha, Nebraska. The parts facility remained in Columbus, and in 2006, that facility had a major expansion, providing customers with even faster access to parts.

    2007 was a big year for upgrades on the JAGUAR 900 series, including a wider machine spectrum, a new intelligent control system, a continuous moisture measurement system, upgraded CEBIS controls and a new V-MAX knife drum.

    LEXION met growing demands with the 2010 introduction of the world’s most efficient combine harvester. The LEXION 700 series provides a fully equipped cab, CEMOS AUTOMATIC and a TERRA TRAC suspended undercarriage. This feature-rich iteration of the LEXION continues to add more enhancements every year.

    Just the next year, the 30,000th JAGUAR was produced, and CLAAS set a Guinness World Record as the LEXION 770 harvested 675.84 tons in just eight hours.

    What does the future hold for agricultural technology? Time will tell, and history proves that CLAAS will lead the way.

  • Save BIG with JAGUAR and LEXION Parts Rebates

    This is your best opportunity to buy low and save big with manufacturer’s direct rebates now through March 31, 2018. Fill out the Parts Rebate form included in the CLAAS ORIGINAL Parts Rebates catalog, attach copies of your parts invoices, and mail back to CLAAS Parts by April 30, 2018. We cut a check directly back to you, the customer. 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 ORIGINAL Parts Rebates catalog, request a copy from your local CLAAS dealer or view it here.

  • Parts Doc Electronic Parts Catalog

    EXCLUSIVELY for CLAAS Product Owners

    Get the most up-to-date information available with our CLAAS Parts Doc electronic Parts catalog!

    Ask your authorized CLAAS dealer to get you registered today.

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

    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

  • 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…

    Now with the Lowest Rates of the Season* and Special Lease Programs.

    Get ready to take your harvest to new heights with the most revolutionary farming technologies to date. Whether it’s the innovations made by the CEMOS AUTOMATIC on our CLAAS combines, the industry’s first CVT transmission in tractors with more than 500hp, or exclusive SHREDLAGE® technology on our forage harvesters, our advanced machines help you make the most of your harvest.

    Early Order Program Savings in the US and Canada end December 31, 2017!

Summer 2017

For some of us, harvest time has come and gone. For others, it will be starting before we know it! Between all the busy work, be sure to take a break and read up on the latest happenings at CLAAS!

  • Hard work is getting easier.

    Farming is hard work. It takes steady nerves, a dedication to the land and its resources, and the know-how to get the most out of every acre. At CLAAS, we’re honored to be part of this great industry, and we strive to make it just a little bit easier to get all that hard work done.

    After all, our business grew out of the Claas family’s love of farming, combined with a talent for developing technology to make things work in new and improved ways.

    As you read through this issue of Harvest Times, I hope you get to know our company better, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to make farming just a little bit easier.

    Best regards,

    Bob Armstrong, Editorial Director

  • EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Olstad

    “At CLAAS there’s a family feel in the very culture here.”

    “My current position was new to the organization, created to give CLAAS a greater voice in precision agriculture as it relates to North America,” he says. “It’s really fast paced. When I first started, I knew it was going to be a challenge, but it's been a great opportunity to create, innovate, and make progress for our company.”

    Brandon Olstad didn’t plan on working for CLAAS. But when he was searching for a summer job while studying communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his father made a suggestion that changed his life.

    His father, Rick Olstad, was a long-time CLAAS employee and told Brandon that CLAAS was hiring summer interns and encouraged him to apply.

    “I worked a couple of summers in assembly, just to pay for college,” Brandon says. “My last summer in college, I interned in the marketing department.”

    That’s how what started as a way to pay for his education turned into a devoted career.

    “I wouldn’t have thought of seeking out a career at CLAAS on my own,” he says. “My dad has been here for over 20 years now, but I never really thought about it until he suggested it. Once I came on board, I fell in love with the products and the CLAAS culture.”

    After he graduated, Brandon started as the Farm Show Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, and eased into his current role of Platform Manager for the EASY (Efficient Agriculture Systems) product line.

    A “day in the life”

    Brandon focuses on three core responsibilities.

    Product management

    “I work with CLAAS division E-Systems, developing proprietary CLAAS technology solutions, like TELEMATICS,” he says.

    “I help develop products to fit our North American market by doing market research, getting in the field to talk to our dealers and customers, and then creating a  trajectory so we can ensure our technology is at the forefront.”

    Business development

    This part of his job depends highly on asking questions. If Brandon finds that growers have a technical need that is a gap in the CLAAS offering, he works to fill the gap by strategically creating partnerships with top precision ag companies to provide the proper outcome.

    “We work on integration with technology companies like Ag Leader and Trimble to bring positive, convenient and beneficial solutions to our customers,” says Brandon.

    Marketing strategies

    Brandon works with the CLAAS marketing department to form go-to-market approaches for the CLAAS brand and technology products. He applies the strategy to effectively communicate  features, benefits, and technical aspects of the precision ag product portfolio.

    “We have a great technology offering, but part of that is sound outbound communication to make people aware of our capabilities,” explains Brandon.

    A family business

    CLAAS has always been a family-based business, and Brandon says that’s one of the reasons he enjoys it so much. Not only does his father still work as a logistics technician, but his older brother, Rick Olstad Jr., is a team leader in final assembly.

    “We’re certainly not unique, because many families are working together at CLAAS,” Brandon says. “Since it’s a family-owned company, family members in the company are celebrated. At CLAAS there’s a family feel in the very culture here.”

  • CLAAS on Your Farm Parts

    Corn harvest is coming soon!

    Make sure your combine is ready to go to the field with only CLAAS Original Parts. See your participating CLAAS dealer to find out about our On Your Farm Parts program.

  • How the West Was WON

    CLAAS hits the fields with the “Winning the West demo tour

    CLAAS recently showed growers in the Western United States how they can tame their land with quality balers, mowers and rakes. During the Winning the West Harvesting Tour, growers and operators were able to see several machines in action and get answers to their questions.

    The 5-stop tour featured the QUADRANT 3300 baler, the DISCO 1100 triple mower conditioner and the LINER 3100 rake.

    The Products

    The QUADRANT baler was the best known of the products, though most growers in attendance hadn’t yet had the opportunity to closely examine the efficiency of the cut, bale quality and the knotting process.

    “People were amazed by the QUADRANT,” says North American Baler and Hay Tool Project Manager Andreas Saile, “especially the throughput, bale density and the easy design of the knotter system. They had never seen anything like it.”

    This was also the first chance that most growers in attendance had the opportunity to look in detail at the DISCO 1100 triple mower, and they certainly saw many advantages of the large working width and MAX CUT cutter bar.

    “We opened a lot of eyes with the triple mower,” says CLAAS Regional Sales Manager for the West, Agustin Luis. “The quality of cut is critical to the baling process, and the DISCO mower conditioner delivered in spades.”

    “Growers were impressed with the speed and quality of the DISCO mower and the LINER rake,” Saile says. “They also appreciated the quality workmanship and ease of maintenance.”

    The floating suspension and variable working widths were the focus on the LINER rake.

    The People

    Saile says the dealers were instrumental in making the tour come together.

    “The CLAAS dealers are the most important and effective way to get things done,” he says. “We really count on them, and they have great relationships with their customers. They are the consultants for growers and are our partners in the field.”

    Luis says the growers that attended Winning the West were highly interested in the products and had plenty of technical knowledge, but they were also curious about CLAAS as a company.

    “They are always impressed that we are still a family-owned  company,” he says. “We were really happy to tell them about our history and let them know that we are continuously looking for new and improved ways to farm. CLAAS has always been about combining a love of agriculture with technology.”

  • TECH TALK: Hashtag to Win!

    You Could Win CLAAS Oakley® Sunglasses

    The #farmEASY contest is back by popular demand for the 2017 harvest season. It’s your turn to talk tech. Post about CLAAS technology on your farm to show your tech savvy ways. You will not only showcase your precision ag IQ, but you could also win a limited edition pair of CLAAS Oakley® sunglasses.

    “The #farmEASY contest is a great way to have an online conversation focused around CLAAS and precision ag technology,” stated Brandon Olstad, EASY Technology Platform Manager at CLAAS. “It creates a social media community of growers that can share and see how others use CLAAS technology within their operation to be more productive and efficient.”

    Here are examples of products to post about: Variable Rate Harvesting™ technologies (CEMOS AUTOMATIC, CRUISE PILOT, AUTOMATIC CHOP LENGTH, AUTOFILL, etc.), TELEMATICS, Ag Leader, Trimble, Reichhardt, SMS, and Trimble Ag Software.

    CLAAS will also post tips and tricks, information and training resources, industry insights, and helpful hints about EASY technology along the way.

    The #farmEASY contest runs from June 1, 2017, through October 31, 2017. For further details and information visit

    Participation and entry is EASY.

    1. Post on Facebook or Twitter about CLAAS precision ag using #farmEASY for a chance to win.

    2. Like us on Facebook (@CLAAS.NorthAmerica) or follow us on Twitter (@CLAAS_America) to        

        learn more about EASY technology.

  • JAGUAR 970 Headlines German Embassy Open House

    Each year, the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States open their doors to the public for a day of fun, food and culture. During the 2017 EU Open House, about 8,000 people visited the German Embassy, where the CLAAS JAGUAR 970 Forage Harvester took center stage.

    The North American sales company showed the JAGUAR to serve as an example of the healthy trade business Germany has with the U.S., while highlighting the technology, engineering and workmanship that goes into each machine.

    Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States and host for the German Open House, said, “By showcasing a huge harvester, the JAGUAR 970, CLAAS illustrated the importance of technology in today’s agricultural sector and its efforts to provide food to people worldwide.”

    CLAAS is a German family-owned business, but their harvesters have been at work on American soil since the 1950s.

    CLAAS isn’t just an importer to the U.S. They employ approximately 400 people throughout the U.S. and Canada, and also source more than half of its components for the North American LEXION combine locally.

    “Nearly 40 percent of German industrial direct foreign investment flows to the U.S.,” Wittig explains. “Many German brands are produced  directly at American plants for the entire world, and are among the major U.S. exporters. Together, German and U.S. technology produce high-tech solutions.”

    “I am glad that CLAAS is one example of this fruitful cooperation.”

  • What Are You Losing Out the Back?

    When margins are tight, efficiency is key. The difference of a few percentage points lost out the back of the combine can mean serious dollars left on the ground. In ag, you can literally count your losses. And that means you can minimize them.

    Do the Math. Harvest losses of 3% or more are not uncommon, while “accepted” losses range from 2-3%. How much would those losses cost YOUR operation? We’ve done the math and provided real-world examples of CLAAS LEXION efficiency.

    CLICK HERE! to learn how LEXION combines are paying dividends with increased efficiency and grain retention.

  • Whatever it takes. CLAAS Service & Parts.

    CLAAS ensures a better harvest for you by offering your dealer 24/7 service and parts support during the season. Our team of professionals is standing by to assist your dealers in doing whatever it takes to keep you running!

    See your local CLAAS dealer for genuine CLAAS parts.

  • XERION Efficiency Exceeds Custom Operator’s Expectations

    Gilbraith Farm Services is a family-run custom farm based near St. Claude in southwest Manitoba, Canada. They provide silage and custom manure spreading for area dairies.

    When their growing business required them to purchase a new tractor, they decided to be the first in Manitoba to purchase a XERION from CLAAS.

    “We’ve been using JAGUAR forage harvesters for about 15 years, and our CLAAS LINER rake is excellent, so we were pretty confident that the XERION would be a reliable tractor for us,” explains owner and operator Peter Gilbraith. “We have an excellent relationship with our dealer (genAg), and we knew the kind of machine we’d be getting.”

    In just a year and a half, the Gilbraiths’ XERION 4500 has already seen more than 2,100 work hours. They use it for packing silage, hauling wagons and pulling their manure spreader.

    Even with all those hours, and virtually no downtime other than standard maintenance, the tractor has had no issues.

    “It’s a very reliable machine,” Gilbraith says.

    Bauke ten Have works for the Gilbraith operation and is the sole driver of the XERION tractor.

    “I have only good things to say about it, “ten Have says. “It’s so reliable and efficient… there is nothing I don’t like about it.”

    Saving money and time

    The fuel efficiency of the XERION tractor impressed both Gilbraith and ten Have.

    “We did a side-by-side comparison with a neighbor’s tractor, pulling the same sized spreader,” says Gilbraith. “The XERION used less than half the fuel and went almost twice as fast. We were very happy. It was even better than we expected.


    Versatile 500 FWD

    XERION 4500 4x4

    Fuel efficiency

    Used 20 gallons/hour

    Used 8 gallons/hour


    Max 7 miles/hour

    Max 13 miles/hour




     "We were very impressed with that,” says ten Have. “We knew the XERION was fuel efficient, but it was beyond our expectations.”

    While those are impressive stats in a field demo, daily operations are more important, and ten Have says the fuel efficiency, speed and the large 245 gallon (930 liter) fuel tank all contribute to more productive time in the field.

    “I don’t have to stop and refuel very often, so I can spend more time getting things done and less time filling it up,” he says. “I also get out to the fields faster, because I can drive 50 km/hour on the highway.”

    But ten Have says an even bigger advantage of the XERION 4500 is the hydraulic reversing fan.

    “I just push a button and wait for about 10 seconds, and the fan blows dust out of the radiator core,” he says. “It keeps the engine from overheating, and it saves me 30-40 minutes every time I complete, because I don’t have to go back to the shop, get out of the cab, pull out the hose and blow the dust out of the engine myself. It’s a real time saver.”

    Providing a quality product

    When Gilbraith Farm Services started using their XERION 4500, their customers noticed, and not just because it’s a nice looking machine.

    “Right away, a customer noticed that the silage is packed a lot better,” says Gilbraith. “It just does a better job.”

    Bauke ten Have agrees. “We can get more pounds per square inch with this tractor. It makes quite a difference.”

    Advantages for the driver

    Simple control, comfort and a good view are all important when spending a long day in the field, and after 2,100 hours in the cab of the XERION, ten Have says he’s thoroughly impressed.

    “The cab has really big windows,” he says. “I can see all around me, which I can’t do in other tractors I’ve worked in, because the windows are smaller and the muffler is often in the way.

    “The cab is quiet and comfortable, and I really like the automatic transmission, too,” he says. “It’s just easy to operate.”

    That simple operation includes the hydraulics, as they can be controlled with just one hand.

    “It’s especially nice when I’m packing the pile with a blade mounted on front of the tractor,” says ten Have. “I can always have one hand on the steering wheel while operating the blade with the other.”

    “It’s just a really good machine,” says Gilbraith. “We were the first, but now our neighbor got one too. It’s pretty easy to see just how reliable it is.”

  • CLAAS Ultimate Experience

    You could be one of five lucky winners to receive an all-inclusive trip for two to Germany, plus a machine demonstration of your choice on your farm!

    During this once in a lifetime experience, you’ll tour the CLAAS museum in Harsewinkel, explore an ancient castle, and visit the CLAAS manufacturing and distribution hubs in Paderborn and Hamm. Along the way you’ll also encounter breathtaking views, quaint villages, incredible architecture, exciting nightlife and delicious food.

    Trip includes:

    • 6-day, 5-night vacation for two

    • Tours of the CLAAS headquarters and factories

    • Hotel and airfare

    • Sightseeing and transportation

    • Food and drink

    You’ll receive an extensive two-day demo of the CLAAS product of your choice, conducted by a CLAAS dealer in your field!

    Adventure awaits! Enter today!


    Register by September 30, 2017!


    ©2017 CLAAS of America Inc. JAGUAR, LEXION, XERION, QUADRANT, ROLLANT, VARIANT, LINER, DISCO and VOLTO are registered trademarks of CLAAS KGaA mbH. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. 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 the Province of 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

  • HISTORY HIGHLIGHT. CLAAS: The early days

    It’s a story that began with four very different brothers – the visionary, the engineer, the team player, and the diplomat. All practical. All hardworking. And each playing his special part in building one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment.

    The Claas brothers grew up farming, working with their parents on the land and in a small family business, repairing and maintaining machinery, and learning how to keep a business afloat.


    August Claas was an inspired man of action who took the CLAAS enterprise from a small family company to a global group. Throughout his career, he kept firmly rooted in his agricultural background, managing his own farm and exchanging ideas with other farmers.

    Agricultural machinery was always at the center of his activities, though. He developed the legendary knotter hook with a limited floating knotter jaw, technology that is still in use today.


    Franz Jr. had a way with machines. From a young age, he was responsible for the smooth operation of the flour mill on the family farm. Franz insisted on high quality standards in the business, using modern technical operating equipment and intelligent high-quality tools.

    Franz was known as the “Father of the Tool Workshop,” because he made it his mission to create an in-house tool and machine production facility for CLAAS.


    The oldest of the Claas brothers, Bernhard was instrumental in bringing about the collaboration between CLAAS and Karl Vormfelde to develop the first European combine harvester.

    While Bernhard was instrumental in every key decision in the company and even lived at the facility, he never held an official position there. He was familiar with all operations, and would step in and make improvements in his quiet, unassuming way. In 1935, Bernhard turned over his partnership shares to his brother Theo to ensure the future of the company.


    Theo was the merchant of the family, and a man of few words. The company always came first for him, and he made sure it operated in the most cost-efficient way possible. He had a reliable business sense and a knack for negotiating, even in the chaos of post-war reconstruction.

    Theo was the one who convinced the British to test the CLAAS SUPER combine in the United Kingdom, which resulted in the first exports to the UK after World War II.

    Each of these brothers played a vital part of building a small family business into CLAAS that we know today – an innovative, responsive and responsible company with deep roots in agriculture and more than 11,000 employees.

  • The knotter - the simple tool that revolutionized baling

    In 1921, the Claas brothers patented their first tool; the knotter, with a limited floating jaw.

    A typical knotter works much like a sewing machine needle, pushing through straw, looping the twine around the bale of straw with the help of a needle and knotter hook, then pulling it tight. This works well when the binding twine has constant strength, but if thickness varies, the twine breaks and bundles fall apart.

    August Claas took this technology and added a floating knotter jaw, so twine of any strength and composition could be tied and always hold. This invention made a huge economic impact in agriculture after World War I, and its basic functions are still used today.

  • The birth of the CLAAS combine harvester

    In 1936, CLAAS introduced the mower-thresher-binder (MDB), the first operational combine harvester designed just for European harvesting conditions. This machine became the foundation on which the company was built.

    The MDB was a combination of a self-binder and a threshing mechanism that employed a cutterbar, a threshing mechanism and a self-binder. It entered production in 1937, but unfortunately only 1,400 machines were built before World War II ended production in 1943.

  • Snap & Share!

    Enter the 2018 CLAAS Life Photography Contest

    Entries due by September 30, 2017

    CLAAS is a way of life and we want to see how you live it!

    Upload photos of your favorite CLAAS machines at or and you could win a spot in the 2018 CLAAS Calendar. Visit either of the sites often to see your competition and to vote for your favorite images. The top vote getter will win the calendar cover spot and a complete digital camera package ($300 value). The next 13 top vote getters will be featured in the calendar and receive a 20" x 24" gallery-wrapped canvas print of their winning photo ($130 value).

    © 2017 CLAAS of America Inc.



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.”


    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

    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

    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 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

    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 and see how his hustle and hard work led him to become one of America’s Best Young Farmers/Ranchers.


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

    Call us at 844-OWN-USED or visit 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

  • 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


    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


    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 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

  • 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 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.