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Vermeer Corn Picker
"We think it's one of the best new corn harvesting ideas to come along in years," says Al Dolezal, sales manager, of Vermeer Manufacturing's new tractor-mounted corn picker.
"It's designed for farmers who already own a 100 hp or larger tractor and don't want to make the large investment in a self-propelled combine," Dolezal points out.
Six prototypes operating in the field this fall are equipped with 4 and 6 row International Harvester corn heads. A special frame mounts the corn head onto the front of the tractor. In back, the tractor's 3 pt. hitch carries a Vermeer-built shelling or husking unit. An attachment for grinding ear corn in the field is in the "research hopper".
Also being field tested this fall is a revolutionary Vermeer-designed and built soybean header-harvester. It takes six-rows at a crack and is equipped with a self-contained threshing mechanism built right into the header. Threshed beans are cleaned as they're elevated to the back of the tractor.
"We plan to have both machinesthe tractor-mounted corn picker and our first-of-its kind soybean headerharvester - in production and available for use for the 1978 harvesting season," Dolezal told FARM SHOW. "We'll have standard brackets for mounting the machines on 100 hp or larger Deere, International and Massey Ferguson tractors, and should be able to fit most other tractors on special order."
Plans for manufacturing the new style Vermeer corn picker are already underway. In a matter of minutes, it can be switched from harvesting shelled corn to ear corn, or vice versa. The husking and shelling attachments are self-standing, allowing the operator to simply disconnect the pto shaft and 3 pt. hitch in switching from one to the other.
"In these days of energy shortages, it's a real advantage to be able to husk corn for crib drying without sacrificing the ability to also pick and shell," Dolezal points out. "For example, the farmer who normally picks and shells can use the shelling attachment. Then, if he runs short on storage or drying facilities, or if he wants to put up some ground ear corn silage, he can go to the field with the husking bed and bring home ear corn. When he gets ready to shell the cribbed corn, he simply rolls out the Vermeer shelling attachment and runs his stored ear corn through it."
Dolezal notes that the farmer who raises both corn and soybeans wouldn't use the same Vermeer-built machines interchangeably. The corn picker is strictly for corn, and the prototype soybean header-harvester for soybeans.
The tractor-mounted Vermeer corn picker, complete with a 6-row header and the rear-mounted shelling attachment, will retail for approximately $16,000.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vermeer Manufacturing, Box 200, Pella, Iowa 50219 (ph 515 628-3141).

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