Corn header that picks corn and chops stalks
I'd like to compliment FARM SHOW for its fine, well-researched articles. It was through one of your past issues that I first came across an article about a corn header that picks corn and chops stalks at the same time with very little or no more horsepower than standard North American cornheads. I immediately phoned the manufacturer, Geringhoff, in West Germany using the phone number provided with your story. After talking to a company representative who spoke fluent English, I accepted an invitation to visit the Geringhoff manufacturing plant in West Germany and also to visit some farmers who had been using the Geringhoff header. The company says its header is now used to harvest 70% of the corn in that country. After viewing the header in operation, I decided to purchase a 4-row head for our operation. We grow 500 to 700 acres of corn a year. We mounted the head on our 1988 Deere 6620 Titan II, and corn-pared it with a Deere 4-row head in the same fields on the same day. I could not visibly or physically detect more horsepower requirements with the Geringhoff header even though it thoroughly chopped stalks as it picked them. The chopper-header saves trips over the field, reduces soil compaction, and eliminates the need for a chopper or tillage equipment to break up stalks. Maintenance on a separate tractor and chopper would be much more than on this header. I am now the importer of Geringhoff headers to North America. This year we had heads on New Holland, Deere, Gleaner, Case/IH, and White combines. We plan to begin selling to the U.S. this year. The header sells for $25,650. (Joseph B. Christi Sr., Geringhoff Co., Rt. 2, Bowmanville, Ontario Canada LIC 3K3 (ph 416 436-2306)
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