Every year after the harvest season, farmers are faced with the tough, but common topic of harvest loss. Experts say producers should lose no more than one bushel of corn per acre each harvest. However, some producers have reported seeing losses of three to four bushels per acre, which can have significant impacts.
“That might not sound like much, but at the price of corn today that can add up fast,” said Mark Hanna, Iowa State University Extension Agricultural Engineer. “The cost of the grain that is left in the field often rivals the cost of the whole harvest operation.”
Equipment plays a big role in overcoming harvesting challenges.
“Today we have a number of different features on machines that allow operators to make adjustments on the go,” Hanna said. “Being familiar with what those important adjustments are and how to make them is critical to make sure that losses are minimized in the field and grain quality is maintained.”
Case IH combine Product Specialist Terry Snack says the new Case IH 4400 series corn header and the legendary Case IH Axial-Flow combine are designed to make saving grain easy.
“These units are built based on agronomic designed principles,” Snack said. “Our combines and headers simplify harvest to make the operator and the machine even more productive offering preservation of grain quality, prevention of grain loss and a return on investment.”
For example, the industry-exclusive Case IH automatic header to ground speed feature saves ears and loose kernels by automatically matching the feeder speed and header speed with the ground speed. Corn saving louvers and large diameter stalk rolls on the new Case IH corn heads maximize efficiency.
“Our new heads match capacity by providing uniform flow both in and out of our axial flow combines,” said Snack. “This also allows for faster ground speeds and acres per hour, increasing overall productivity.”
For tips on measuring grain loss and further ways to prevent it, head to www.caseih.com/AgronomicDesign.