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Down Corn Harvester Picks Up Loose Ears
"Preliminary tests this fall tell us this may be the best down corn harvester ever developed," says Gary Resch about a revolutionary "down corn" harvesting reel his company began field-testing late in October.
Long-time FARM SHOW readers may remember another down corn harvesting machine built by Resch 12 years ago and used successfully for several years to retrieve as much as 90 percent of down corn in any given field. The problem with the original machine was that it was too big and cumbersome to be hauled around the country.
Resch calls his new machine the "Corn Gleener". It consists of a large reel fitted with rubber fingers that rake the ground. It's mounted on a rebuilt grain platform de-signed to handle the mix of ears, stalks, dirt, and rocks that the reel pulls off the field.
The Corn Gleener reel mounts on a Case/ IH 2166 combine, which has a beefed up feederhouse. The reel was built from a 30-ft. Case/IH 1020 grain header.
Flighting on the cross auger has been down-sized so it reduces the amount of rocks fed into the combine and also to better handle the increased flow of material.
Rocks that are picked up are augered to the center of the header and dumped by a rock dump.
Stalks are pulled out of the header be-fore entering the combine by corn husking rollers mounted behind the cross auger.
The Corn Gleener operates at field speeds of at least 4 to 5 mph.
"We had one unit operating this fall, no problems," Resch says. "We want to build several more in time for next season."
The company picks up corn on a crop-share basis, keeping 2/3 of the corn recovered.
"All the farmer has to do is line up the semi's to haul his share of the corn," Resch says. "The farmer and our company each pay for their share of the hauling. Also, the farmer has to supply an auger or elevator to load the trucks.
"Most farmers are tickled pink to recover a third of their corn and not have to hassle with anything other than that. Plus, they like the idea of not having to fight a lot of volunteer corn the following year."
Contact: Corn Gleener Inc., 21952 Rausch Lake Road, St. Cloud, Minn. 55320 (ph 320 654-1658).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6