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.”

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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 yourlocal Case IH dealer or visit Case IH.