Moisture management matters: New Holland's Specialty Crop Plus round baler does the trick


New Holland is out with its Roll-Belt 560 Specialty Crop Plus round baler, and it’s packed with features to keep farmers…rolling.

Speaking to RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin at the Farm Progress Show, was George Rigdon, New Holland’s product marketing manager.

“We launched this midway through model year 2019, but it’s essentially building off the Roll-Belt 560 round baler that we had before which was a specialty crop (baler),” explains Rigdon. “So the plus gives us a few more unique features in this baler, really kind of dialled in for those that want to bale anything from dry hay to (something with) higher moisture.”

The new product gives farmers the option of duel follower rolls, with one being a spiral roll along with another being a rubber coated spiral back wrap roll. Near the bottom side of the tailgate, there are tailgate chopping rolls. Rigdon says these new features help ensure no crop or debris accumulates on the rolls, or on the belt, so farmers don’t have to stop and unplug, they can keep going in those higher moisture conditions.

Moisture sensors have also been added inside the bale chamber, with two in-feed discs having carriage bolts that send an electrical current throughout the bale as it’s forming. The moisture content is sensed roughly every second, and is displayed live on the Bale Command II plus monitor or on an IntelliView IV monitor.

“We’re kind of making things more simple and intuitive for the operator, you can change and vary your density from inside the tractor,” Rigdon says. “Through the monitor, you have the ability to go in and vary not only the overall bale density, but also the core density of that bale so you can really make a nice package for your operation.”

Production of the Specialty Crop Plus round baler started just last month and is available to order, with the units to show up on dealer lots by the end of the year.

Listen to the full interview with RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin and New Holland’s George Rigdon at the Farm Progress Show held in Decatur, Illinois below:

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