B-Wrap protects bales from rain, snow, and ground moisture
B-Wrap is applied onto bales just like net wrap, but it protects hay much better than net. B-Wrap includes a special patented material with Tama SCM Technology. It sheds rain and snow while protecting the bale from ground moisture. Plus this material has microscopic pores that let water vapor inside the bale escape. B-Wrap is the alternative to indoor storage, delivering barn-quality hay without the barn.
B-Wrap protects bale quality in all types of crops. Use B-Wrap on top quality hay, as well as straw, peanut hay, and corn stalks.
The B-Wrap kit is simple and can be dealer-installed in the field
The B-Wrap kit is easy to install. The kit includes wiring that connects a sensor to the bale monitor and a new EPOM chip is also added to the bale monitor.
The B-Wrap kit is available for 459, 459 Silage Special, 559, 559 Silage Special, 469, 469 Silage Special, 569, and 569 Silage Special Round Balers.
This kit also works on these 7 and 8 Series Round Balers equipped for netwrap: 457, 457 Silage Special, 467, 467 Silage Special, 557, 567, 458, 458 Silage Special, 468, 468 Silage Special, 558, and 568 Round Balers. (7 and 8 Series Balers must be equipped with a speed compensation/slip clutch alert kit (BE32317). This speed compensation kit was standard equipment on some later 8 Series Balers. Balers with this kit have sensors on the slip clutch.)
A roll of John Deere B-Wrap
A roll of B-Wrap looks and weighs similar to a roll of net, and B-Wrap loads into John Deere round balers exactly like net.
B-Wrap is designed for bales 60- to 68-in. in diameter. A roll of B-Wrap for 5-ft balers has 35 premeasured portions, enough to wrap exactly 35 bales. A roll of B-Wrap for 4-ft balers will wrap exactly 45 bales.
Balers with the B-Wrap attachment can switch between net wrap or B-Wrap
B-Wrap works in round balers much like net wrap. The B-Wrap kit allows a baler to use either B-Wrap or net. Switching between net and B-Wrap will take less than five minutes. Simply switch rolls, properly thread the new wrap into the baler, and then change bale monitor settings.
Here’s how B-Wrap works in the baler. When a bale reaches the maximum size programmed into the monitor, the operator stops forward travel and wrapping begins. The first length of B-Wrap is John Deere COVER-EDGE™ Net Wrap. John Deere COVER-EDGE goes right over the edge or the bale, pulling in loose crop material, giving the bale a solid, weather-resistant shape.
The next length of B-Wrap includes the patented material with Tama SCM technology. It sheds rain and snow, and protects bales from ground moisture. The final length covering a bale is two more wraps of John Deere COVER-EDGE Net. This securely holds the weather resistant Tama SCM in place.
Roll of B-Wrap showing the net wrap and patented material
Metal tape on the SCM activates the knife, cutting the B-Wrap at exactly the predetermined length. The
operator then backs the baler up about 10 feet and ejects the bale. Built-in fasteners keep B-Wrap in place during storage.
Built-in fasteners secure B-Wrap to the bale
Limitations of B-Wrap:
- While B-Wrap does allow moisture inside the bale to escape, baling hay too wet will cause mold to form. B-Wrap is for dry hay only. Operators should bale hay at the same moisture level they would when using net.
- B-Wrap can dramatically reduce bale damage caused by ground moisture, but bales must be stored in a well-drained location.
To make sure the seam of the Tama SCM is in the proper location, bale kickers and bale ramps must be deactivated. The bale operator must back up about 10 feet before ejecting a B-Wrap bale.
- B-Wrap does cost more per bale than net wrap, but it protects feed value much better. Users report that hay and straw looked and smelled like the day it was baled, even after a winter stored outside.
- B-Wrap is only available initially with a standard kit. The standard kit (BE32467) requires the operator to shut off the PTO with each bale.
- Full production available in US and Canada for 2014.