Document Type


Publication Date



Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering | Industrial Technology

Course Number and Title

TSM 416: Technology Capstone


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Agricultural Systems Technology (Atwater, Connor, Gaul); Industrial Technology (Gaul, Vagts)


Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel

Problem Statement

Our Client is an independent inventor located in western Iowa. The problem at hand was that our client farms on very uneven ground and have problems when loading round bales. The problem with round bales and hills is that they are prone to roll away. During the baling process, the operator tries to place bales at an angle to prevent rollaway bales. Our client has created a self-loading bale trailer that can be pulled by either a tractor or a pickup truck. The goal was to eliminate the need for a loader in the field and be able to pick up bales on the move. The trailer must pick up and haul seven bales safe and efficiently. Another feature of this trailer is when picking up corn stalk/ hay bales, the operator can drive with the rows to reduce stress on equipment.