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Case IH combine expert Terry Snack provides the following tips and tricks to minimize harvest losses. He also details the "Agronomic Design" of the Case IH Axial Flow combines and 4000 Series corn heads.
He says that 60% of harvest losses come from the corn head. A key is reduce ear drop—1 or 2 fallen ears translates to 2 to 3 bu./acre losses. And dropped loose kernels are not only lost income potential but also can lead to volunteer issues.
When machine losses are being identified, it can be easy to identify where those losses occur: kernels left on the cob are threshing losses and kernels on the ground are separating losses.
University and industry experts have established that acceptable levels of harvest loss are 1% of total yield.
Learn more from Case IH’s Snack in this video.
And you can learn more about Case IH Agronomic Design here.