A few simple tweaks ensure clean grain with minimal losses when harvesting this fall
It’s no secret combines perform best when they’re operating at their maximum capacity. However, the widespread drought is changing not only corn grain yield, but the volume of plant material that will be passing through combines as they harvest corn this fall. In addition, drought-stressed kernels will be smaller and more difficult to keep clean and intact, particularly in many of today’s larger combines.
With attention to detail and a few simple combine adjustments, growers can maintain kernel integrity, produce a clean grain sample and minimize grain harvest loss. John Keller, product performance manager for Gleaner® combines, located in Hesston, Kan., explains what farmers are up against and offers some recommendations for modifying combine settings to offset the unusual conditions growers are facing in 2012.
“Drought stress means corn stalks and ears will both be smaller than normal and small ears are especially difficult to feed,” says Keller.… Continue readingRead More »