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Vermeer Unveils First Fully Continuous Round Baler

09/04/2014 @ 5:05pm

Stop, drop, and roll. It's how farmers have traditionally produced a round bale. Yet it wasn't an efficient system.

"When operators must stop and wait for each bale to eject, that eats up a lot of time that, when you add it all up, could be devoted to another field or another task,” says Jason Andringa, Vermeer's president of forage and environmental solutions. 

With the introduction of the first fully continuous round baler (CRB), Vermeer is poised to change all that. Developed in conjunction with Lely, the CRB concept machine allows two bales to be formed simultaneously. As the first bale nears its desired size, it is guided back toward the bale ramp. At the same time, the next bale begins to take shape near the feed intake. Once the finished bale is ejected, the next bale moves into the main chamber for completion.

Through the entire process the operator continually moves forward without having to stop and wait for a finished bale to eject before moving on to the next bale.

"Stopping, waiting, and starting again takes a toll on the operator,” adds Andringa. "So in addition to improving productivity and saving time, continuous baling also helps to reduce operator fatigue.” 

According to Alexander van der Lely, CEO of Lely Group, continuous round baling is something hay and forage producers worldwide are ready for. “No matter where you are, there is a certain window of opportunity to perform baling and forage harvesting to create the right feed for cattle. The continuous round baler allows you to bale more bales, with the right quality, in the narrow window of opportunity you have,” he says.

The CRB is still in the development phase. An official launch date has yet to be determined. However, the company says initial field tests have produced positive results.

Learn more by visiting vermeer.com.

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