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Hay Expo Brings Optimistic Crowds

A customer checks out the Case IH RB563 baler at the 2012 Hay Expo.

The first day of the Farm Progress Hay Expo attracted a substantial crowd, even while storm clouds loomed above during most of the afternoon. Later that evening, a much-needed rain saturated Central Iowa, but it wasn’t enough to stop the show during a beautiful summer day on Thursday. The Expo, held in Boone, Iowa, is a good opportunity for Case IH to spotlight its equipment to interested customers.

Some of the most popular balers Case IH offers were on display, and field demonstrations showed how they performed. “The Case IH LB433 is one of our most popular models,” says Brett DeVries, Case IH Marketing Manager, Hay and Forage. “The pick-up features rubber-mounted tines and heavy-duty pick-up guards to handle tough baling conditions. The cutter models have a slide-out cutter drawer, creating easy access for serviceability.”

Brett DeVries, Case IH Marketing Manager, Hay and Forage, shares features of the Case IH RB564 baler.

Another feature customers like is the full-bale and last-bale chamber cleanouts. “This is great for farmers who do custom work, so they can easily clean out the full chamber after each job without having to crawl in and pull a bale out by hand, and it’s a good feature to use to clean out the machine at the end of the cutting season, too,” says DeVries.

The Case IH large square balers are well-liked by dairy and feedlot owners because they produce dense, uniform bales that are easy to handle, stack and transport.

DeVries says some customers still like small square bales, especially if their clientele includes horse owners. “I know of dealers in Ontario who ship small square bales to Kentucky and Florida,” he says.

The RB564 Premium is the choice for customers who want large round bales, explains DeVries. “It has an 82-inch-wide pick-up, which is the widest in the industry. And the roller wind-guard and five-bar pick-up works especially well for corn stalks and other light, fluffy crops,” he says. Additional belt guides on the front of the baler and the external expeller roll help keep corn stalks from building up between the belts. Another key advantage is the use of the rolls and belts to form the bale. This gives bales a dense, consistent cylindrical shape for easier stacking.”

“Customers talk about the front-loading net-wrap system as a feature they appreciate,” adds DeVries. “You can actually see the net being applied to each bale.”

We’ll hear from some customers and tell you about some of the other equipment at the Hay Expo in our next blog post. Which Case IH baler is your favorite? Tell us why you chose a particular model. To learn more about Case IH hay and forage equipment, call your local Case IH dealer or visit Case IH.

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  • Faizan7.16.2012 Reply

    Just found this site by accident, and thuhgot I’d throw in my 2 cents. We just got our first tractor for moving bales this year, just in time for the KY drought, again. Our primary method of moving bales around the pastures has been with a rope sling we developed with trial and error, and it cost $0. We took an old heavy 30 ft. lunge line and a shorter 20 ft. lunge line and tied them together around a bale and to the ball hitch on our truck, and we drag the bales into position. Take the longer line and tie the ends together in a square knot (so it can be untied later and used as a lunge line again). Hook the long line on the ball hitch, and lay the other end of the loop over the bale (laying on the round side, with the flat ends perpendicular to the truck). Take the shorter rope, and tie one end to the longer line on one side of the bale, and do the same to the other end, pulling it fairly snug. Now move the truck forward a few feet, and it will pull the longer rope tight. Adjust the shorter rope to put it at a 90 degree angle to the longer rope(when viewed from the end of the bale). Drive the bale to where you want it, and disconnect the ropes. It may take a bit of practice to get the rope angles right for the sling, but it’s cheap and works pretty well. Any towing rope works too, but we happened to have the lunge lines laying around. Just be sure to stay uphill from the bale if you aren’t in the truck, so if it rolls out of the sling, you don’t get squished. Hope this helps!

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