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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.

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