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Stover-Collecting Header Chops, Windrows Stalks
Geringhoff introduced a new stover collecting cornhead at the recent Farmfest show near Redwood Falls, Minn.
  The company says its Horizon Stover Collection (SC) header allows you to harvest corn while creating a clean windrow of stover at the same time.
  The chain-driven system is contained inside a separate steel trough with an auger mounted underneath the header. Chopper blades cut the stalks into small pieces and send them flying into the auger, which drops them into a 5-ft. wide opening in the middle of the header.
   “It eliminates the need to make separate trips through the field to chop and rake stalks. Also, it produces clean stover without a lot of dirt and trash,” says Brian Papka, territory manager. “This header has been available for a couple of years in Europe, where they have an extensive network of biofuel production factories. Some biofuel production factories are now being built in the U.S., which is part of the reason we’re bringing it here.
  “Clean stover is also important to cattle feeders. And the cobs and husks that come out the back of the combine drop right on top of the windrow, producing stover with a higher feed value.”
  Papka says the windrow is about the same width as the pickup on a round baler, “so you can make a nice bale without having to do a lot of weaving back and forth. The wide windrow dries out nicely, but if you want you can run the auger a little faster and make a narrower, taller windrow.”
  He says the stover collecting header leaves about 30 percent residue in the field, “which is enough to help reduce soil erosion. You can adjust the amount of residue by raising or lowering the header,” notes Papka.
  The Horizon SC header is available in 6, 8, and 12-row models and in either 22 or 30-in. rows. The 8-row model has a list price of about $123,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Geringhoff, 3405 Energy Dr., St. Cloud, Minn. 56304 (ph 320 252-4633; bpapka@geringhoff.com; www.Geringhoff.com).

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