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Angle Driving Makes Beans Easier To Combine
Illinois farmer Butch Uhnken, of Jacksonville, combines all of his soybeans at an angle to the rows. The unorthodox approach provides several key advantages, says Uhnken.
He plants soybeans in 36-in. rows and cultivates twice with a tine cultivator, which creates a slight ridge in the bean rows. "By driving at an angle, loose plumage along the header tends to drop between the rows so that clogging is virtually eliminated," Uhnken notes. "Another advantage with angle-driving is that the entire sickle bar is always cutting not just the few sections where the rows are.
"I think angle cutting would work well for all row widths. Because of the angle, the rocking motion of the combine as it moves over the rows doesn't create any problems."

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