New baler handles more than just hay

New baler handles more than just hay

New Holland’s newest baler now has an option for handling more than just hay. The Roll-Belt 560 features a specialty crop option with the company’s new ActiveSweep 82 in. tine-to-tine width pickup, which allows for baling crop residues beyond the normal dry hay and straw, like corn stalks and heavier grasses. The new feeder mechanism tines are arranged in a “W” pattern that New Holland says results in a 20% capacity increase. Five tine bars of rubber mounted teeth with 6 mm diameter pickup tines are mounted on solid steel bars segmented in the middle for quick removal in the case of a missed obstruction like a large rock or well head. Other new features include three belt and three monitor choices.

Curtis Hoffman, New Holland marketing manager, says he sees most of his customers baling their stover between September and December.

“As crop yields climb, so will the stover volumes, which will drive producers to harvest a portion of it to try to maximize next year’s yields,” says Hoffman. Baling corn stover is also vital in minimizing erosion while optimizing soil organic matter, he said. And a yield increase can be a major benefit to removing about half of the stover.

Pricing for the Roll-Belt 560 starts at $39,171. For more information, visit

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