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New Holland Celebrates 12 Decades of Innovation

New Holland was birthed out of the entrepreneurial spirit –
the spirit of innovation and leadership that generates new ideas, new products and new business processes.
This month, we look back at the decade spanning 1956 to 1965.

In 1956, New Holland introduced the Model 800 forage harvester, which came equipped with a cylinder cutterhead that included a built-in knife sharpener. Other innovations of this time included rustproof manure spreaders and the first bale thrower, introduced in 1959.

This decade also delivered the advantage of speed with the introduction of self-propelled machines, including the Model 166 self-propelled baler in 1956 and the first self-propelled forage harvester in 1961.

New Holland expanded beyond balers and forage harvesters in 1962 with the introduction of the haybine mower-conditioner and continued to automate heavy machines with the introduction of the first self-propelled windrower, the Model 900 Speedrower, in 1963. Then, in 1964, Sperry New Holland acquired a major interest in Claeys to become one of the largest global producers of combines.

View the first self-propelled forage harvester: Model SP818 in the gallery above.

Today, New Holland offers a mower-conditioning system for every type of farmer. Farmers with crops that require a sheer cut often choose New Holland’s haybine mower-conditioner, while those with tougher cutting conditions that require more speed and capacity utilize New Holland’s Discbine® mowers. In fact, the New Holland’s Discbine technology is so popular, the term “discbine” has been coined as the industry standard.

Why have New Holland’s mowing and conditioning tools become the gold standard? Prior to their introduction, farmers had to first cut hay and then make a second pass to condition it. The haybine was so innovative because it combined the two laborious processes of mowing and conditioning into one, saving farmers valuable time. It is innovation like this, and many others, that have established New Holland as The Gold Standard in hay tools…a position we continually raise the bar on.

The Discbine took this technological innovation one step further. Heavier crops often create slugs that bunch up and don’t properly feed through a sickle mower. New Holland’s Discbines utilize impact cutting technology with a torsion bar suspension design that allows slugs to pass through the conditioning rolls while evenly maintaining tension as the machine moves forward. This ensures that farmers won’t have to make a second pass and allows the crops to dry down consistently. In fact, New Holland’s Discbine® Series 313 and 316 have the widest conditioning rolls in the industry. Wider rolls provide consistent conditioning across a thinner crop mat and a wider swath of cut, producing higher quality hay.
See how New Holland helps ranchers produce the finest quality hay for their cattle

Always focused on making life easier for farmers, New Holland tractors’ auto guidance and steering features increase field efficiency while reducing operator fatigue. New for this model year, New Holland introduced quick max knives that reduce time needed to service the Discbine cutter bar by 30%. In 2016, our Discbines will come standard with Precision Land Management (PLM) Connect telematics. SMART, New Holland PLMTM Connect technology offers an open architecture to connect fleets within an entire farming organization through an intuitive customer dashboard designed to optimize productivity and efficiency.
As the first in the industry to offer this enhanced technology, we’ve once again proven The Gold Standard Has Been Raised.

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