Precision agriculture isn’t the wave of the future. It’s happening right now, and variable rate technologies are a large part of new farming practices that are being adopted. That’s why CLAAS is advancing new precision technologies to help growers keep pace, even when it comes to harvesting.
CLAAS introduces Variable Rate Harvesting™ (VRH) for EASY (Efficient Agriculture Systems) technology in self-propelled combines and forage harvesters. VRH will help farmers embrace variability in their fields with zone management practices to maximize productivity in areas that have the greatest yield potential.
“There has been great technology developed to manage zones in planting, application and irrigation, but harvesting has not kept up,” says Brandon Olstad, Platform Manager for CLAAS of America. “We coined the phrase ‘Variable Rate Harvesting’ because our equipment has the technology to accommodate variations in the field. The concept is the same as other variable rate technologies that are changing operational practices of equipment, minimizing or controlling inputs and maximizing outputs.”
With the proper tools, Variable Rate Harvesting can maximize performance based on yield, moisture, crop conditions, crop volume and topography. It reduces labor, fuel and machine size costs, while improving throughput, grain retention and feed quality and harvesting speed.