First Commercially Available Corn Cob Harvesters

August 9, 2009 07:00 PM Editors

Vermeer Corporation is offering a limited number of CCX770 Cob Harvesters to North American farmers for the 2009 harvest season. The CCX770 Cob Harvester is designed to tow directly behind select corn harvesting combines to collect and unload cobs. 
It is a wagon-style cob collection system manufactured at Vermeer headquarters in Pella, Iowa. The Vermeer CCX770 is a self-contained unit. Farmers use a bolt-on hitch that is added to the combine to connect the CCX770. As a result, it makes switching from crop to crop easy. Because the CCX770 has its own engine, it minimizes undue stress on qualified combines.
The Vermeer CCX770 cob harvester includes the patented separation system which redistributes leaves and husks back to the soil for a sustainable approach to harvest agricultural biomass. The CCX770 offers flexible unloading capabilities from 9'7" to 15'6" maximum dump height to unload cobs into high-box semi trailers or wagons. The CCX770 holds up to 8,000 pounds of material per load and unloads in approximately 90 seconds.

There are many opportunities for the use of corn cobs including:
  • Cellulosic ethanol production
  • Livestock feed supplement for mixed rations
  • Livestock and pet animal bedding
  • Blending cobs with coal to co-generate electricity
  • Gasification to create several types of energy for industrial processes
  • Industrial applications including construction materials, abrasives and absorbents


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