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Revolutionary combine shrouded in secrecy
Researchers at Britain's National Institute of Agricultural Engineering are working on a grain stripping header (pictured working in a barley field) that may well be the start of the demise of the combine as we know it, according to Power Farming magazine.
Technical details remain shrouded in secrecy, pending the securing of patents. Meanwhile, trial work to date indicates that, when compared to a conventional combine, grain output at a given loss level can be increased by 60% or more, and that under most normal crop and harvesting conditions there is only minimal straw detachment. In difficult or over-mature crops, straw intake can still be less than half, reports Power Farming.
Wilf Klinner, NIAE design team leader, cautions that further development is needed to improve the header's performance in specific conditions and to extend the range of crops that can be harvested.


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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3