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Grain Reel Saves Down Corn
Last year when a hurricane blew down corn on the Arthur Dietrich farm near Graceville, Ma., he had to do some fast thinking to find a way to pick it up. After looking at several add-on devices available on the market, he decided to mount a grain reel just above the snouts on his cornhead to help pull lodged stalks into the head.
Dietrich first tried using the grain table alone, running the entire plant, stalk and all, through the combine. But he says his 1440 IH Axial Flow combine had trouble handling all that material. So, with the help of his son and hired man, he took the regular head brackets and hydraulic driven grain reel off an 810 grain table and positioned the reel above and toward the front of the 6-row, 30-in. cornhead. The idea was to pull in the stalks as they bunched up on the snouts. He says the idea worked fine but that they still missed a lot of ears on the ground. The brackets remain in place on the cornhead, however, in case they ever have another disaster.

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5