Farmers can use the new Windrow Draper 30 from Loftness to harvest corn stover that can be baled to use in livestock feed, bedding and other applications such as biofuel. Those applications remain relevant as drought conditions persist in parts of the U.S.
The equipment comes in working widths of 15’, 20’ and 30’, says Jerry Sechler, vice president of sales for the Hector, MN-based manufacturer. A display showcased the windrower during the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
Unlike other windrowers that operate with an auger, the Loftness windrower moves cuttings to the right using a belt. That prevents vegetation from becoming trapped inside the machine. The manufacturer has built windrowers for 25 years.
The windrowers travel between 4 and 5 mph through the field, cut 4" off the ground and are equipped with a gearbox rated up to 150 hp. The 20’ model is priced at $43,663.
Other equipment on display from Loftness included the GBL 10 Grain Bag Loader, a flexible alternative to grain bins whose bags can store grain at 15% moisture content or less, Sechler says. Bags come in diameters of 10’ (holding between 13,000 bu. and 14,000 bu.) or 12’ (holding up to 33,000 bu.). That results in storage costs of between 5 cents and 7 cents per bushel, Sechler says, allowing growers to wait out low Mississippi River levels and other market challenges until it makes sense to sell. The loader is priced at $27,443.
The manufacturer’s GBU 10 Grain Bag Unloader is priced at $38,613 and can unload 1,000 bu. of grain into a truck in between 5 and 7 minutes. The GBL 10 Truck Auger is priced at $23,423.
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