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Farmers offer first impressions of Vermeer self-propelled baler

EARLY OBSERVER: Randy Miller had a front row seat to watch the ZR5 B1 prototype being tested on his farm for the last two years.
Slideshow: After riding in the cab during a field demonstration in Nebraska, farmers share their critiques of the ZR5.

Nebraska Farmer was there in the field at Broken Bow, Neb., when Vermeer first unveiled and demonstrated its "first-in-the-world" ZR5 self-propelled baler prototype. After demonstrating how the new baler maneuvered under field conditions, farmers were allowed to ride in the cab with a Vermeer engineer to see first-hand how the machine operated and baled hay in the field.

The demonstrations let producers get an up-close look at the automated quarter-turn wrapping and delivery system in a rolling alfalfa field. They also got a look at specialized cab features that tracked in-field efficiencies and offered numerous capabilities that helped fight operator fatigue. Here are the first impressions from some of the farmers immediately after they stepped out of the cab from the demonstrations.


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