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Cob saver turns your combine into a picker
Harvesting corn cobs along with high-moisture corn is good economics, according to the manufacturer of a new cob-saving sieve for combines that reportedly saves 95% of all cobs, boosting yields 16-20%, compared to harvesting only the grain.
"It gives you the benefits of a corn picker without the drawbacks," says Richard McFaul, representative of Lightfoot, Inc., the manufacturer, who says that research has shown that cobs are an excellent ruminant feed that provide excellent roughage when mixed at up to 20% rates with high-moisture corn.
The new cob saver uses the same mountings as the chaffer it replaces. You simply slide out the top and bottom sieves and replace the top sieve with the new cob saver. Built from galvanized steel with rows of perforations and steel baffles designed to channel all of the crop material over its surface, the cob saver can be quickly removed to replace the sieves for conventional harvesting. There's no permanent modification involved.
The company makes Cob Savers to fit any combine, ranging in price from $250 to $400, depending on the size of the machine. "That's less than the cost of a replacement top sieve on most combines," points out McFaul.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lightfoot, Inc., 3810 McIntyre Ave., Eau Claire, Wis. 54703 (ph 715 834-2361).


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