$100 Ideas: September 2015

F15322 The Ultimate Corn Ear Saver
Kenneth Korsmeyer
Highland, Ill.

$200 Double Your Money Winner: The Ultimate Corn Ear Saver

In order to minimize corn ear loss, I fabricated a cage that mounts on my header above the auger. I cut a cattle panel down to 56"x21", made a 56"x24" frame using 3⁄4" conduit and attached the frame along with a flexible 8"-wide round baler belt to the header with U clamps. For extra support, I welded a triangle angle brace on each side of the frame. Finally, I made 2"x2½" metal U brackets, drilled holes and inserted cotter pins to attach the unit to the header. 


Exhaust Fan Cover Up


In windy conditions, my exhaust fan louvers flap and heat escapes my shop. I hung a 31⁄4" rubber horse mat using a strip of angle iron at the top of the mat and small utility hinges. I attached a second piece of angle iron at the bottom, welded a chain to it and attached the chain to a cable and pulley system from the ceiling. Two wall magnets hold down the mat when the fan isn’t on. 

Cheney Vander Top
Edgerton, Minn.


Reflective Tape Helps With Night Work


Operating a combine at night and trying to find a truck on the other side of the field can be challenging without a strong visual compass. In order to make my grain trucks more visible at night, I applied highly reflective red and white highway stripe markers along both the vertical and horizontal edges of the truck beds. 
It helps me keep an eye on the truck and the combine in line when journeying across the field. 

Lou Wright Jr.
Chesterfield, Va.



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another old farmer
Holloway, MN
9/2/2015 12:05 AM

  The idea of putting red and white reflective tape on the truck also is nothing new. All semi grain hoppers come with this tape. Farm Journal was scammed again.

old Farmer
Worthington, MN
9/1/2015 09:59 PM

  Some one at Farm Journal was scammed by a clever farmer.i.e. $200 for ear corn saver on corn head,whoever awarded that needs to get out of the office,I own a 1990 9500 combine and it has a factory built ,after market corn saver on it and you guys are rewarding some one for a 30 plus yr. old idea, I can gurantee you that farmer knew it was a very old idea, but he sure pulled the fleece over some ones eyes, he's got to be laughing all the way to the bank,as for me?? Im shaking my head in disbelief !!!


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