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Fine Tune Your Combine for Less Yield Loss

January 31, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete
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Take a closer look at combine settings in episode 12 of Corn College TV. Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer helps you set the combine for maximum yields in the grain tank.

“To help solve header loss, run the combine, stop and back up,” she says. “Then in the area the header just ran, look at how many kernels are on the ground. Use a square foot, count the kernels and remember every two kernels equals one bushel per acre.”
She recommends if you count several kernels, adjust the header to dial in the stripper plates.
Then turn your attention to the back of combine.
“Stop in the field, go into adjacent, unharvested rows, and look at kernels thrown off to the side. Those kernels didn’t come from the head, so fine tune the settings for the back end to reduce loss,” she says.
To learn more, watch episode 12 of Corn College TV.  

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