Kelly Garrett saved the worst for last this harvest season but now he is about to face the devastation caused by the derecho in August as he prepares to combine the acres of corn that were flattened by the high winds and hail that came with the freak storm.
Chad Henderson farms a lot of land in north Alabama and Georgia. So if he can run at the same speeds with a 16 row head that he can with his 12-row, then that means he will get back home a lot faster. Chad ran some tests on the XPR2 concaves and he shares the results.
Kelly has been focusing on driving higher corn yields every year and it has paid off in both ROI and 4 straight NCGA Iowa yield titles. But, unforeseen was the effect his higher yields and no-till operation would have on soybean emergence the following spring.
In sports they tell you to leave it all on the field. In farming the goal is to leave nothing on the field. Kelly's field was hit hard by the derecho earlier this summer and final yield totals suffered greatly as a result.
Dan shows us a simple way to free wheel the elevator chain on his John Deere 9770 combine without needing to turn the entire machine. He also uses the opportunity to show how he sets his return elevator chain drive to prevent bearing burnout by reducing torque on the drive.
As a no-till operation, one of the challenges Kelly has always had is getting his early beans to emerge through the thick layer of residue left behind from the previous year’s corn crop. This year, he thinks he may have found a fix for that issue.
Grain loss can add up to money lost for farmers. There are a number of different areas on a combine where grain loss can occur. In This member video, Kevin performs a power-stop Loss check in his S680. He talks combine settings and shows us all of the different places he checks for grain loss starting with the area right under the head and moving back. Find the problem areas and keep that money in your pocket, not in your field.
On the first day of 2020 corn harvest, Kelly is combining some 26% moisture corn When you are combining higher moisture corn it helps to have a concave that is gentle on the crop. The XPR2 Concaves keep delivering as advertised with reduced loss, and nice clean corn in the grain tank.
Soybean desiccation can improve soybean harvest efficiency, but applying desiccants at the appropriate growth stage is key to success. Matt Miles, Robb Dedman and Kevin Matthews discuss their method for determining the right time to apply desiccants. In this member video, they discuss the importance of monitoring seed development and membrane detachment as a guide for maturity and desiccant application.