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Mini Combines Built To Harvest Small Plots
To help harvest small research plots for universities, agribusinesses, and government researchers, Austrian company Wintersteiger produces mini combines suitable for rice, corn, wheat, barley, soybeans, sunflowers, canola, plus many other crops.
    “If there are trials and research with crops, we have a plot combine for the job,” says Cory Pearson, Sales and Service Manager for the Wintersteiger, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, office. “We sell them worldwide to foodstuff and biofuel companies for their research.”
    Some of Wintersteiger’s repeat customers include Coors, Orville Redenbacher, BASF, and Monsanto.
    Pearson explains what makes the downsized combines so popular is they fit small-scale trial plots, typically around 15 ft. in length and 5 ft. in width. Additionally, full-size combines need to be run full of material to be efficient, while the small combines run full on smaller amounts of product.
    Wintersteiger produces two different models of combine, both with technological options including GPS, crop identification, weights, and moisture contents. Units come equipped with straight-cut headers for platform, corn, soybean, or sunflowers.
    The plot combines are manufactured in Austria and distributed through North American offices to the U.S. and Canada.
    “The combines are constantly changing due to advances in technology,” Pearson says. “Our biggest challenge is trying to bring people up to the current level of technology. Of course, technology is often changing faster than our brains can decipher it.”
    Wintersteiger sells or leases their plot combines, which range in cost from $250,000 to $425,000 (USD) depending on headers, technology included, model, and size.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cory Pearson, Wintersteiger Seedmech, 851-57 Street East, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada S7K 5Z2 (ph 855-216-6537; cory.pearson@wintersteiger.com; www.wintersteiger.com).

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