Farmers work too hard all season to do an inefficient job of harvesting and lose profit in the process. Paying attention to little things with a combine can go a long way in helping to maximize the potential of a crop.
- Make sure to set up the combine properly. Sickles should be sharp, concaves and shoe sickles set right, and fans set properly.
- The front should be sharp, the center dull and the back end, sharp again, advises Travis Bach, a combine service technician at Martin County Implement in Truman, Minnesota
- Observing grain loss at the sickles, between the header and combine and at the tailings elevator will help farmers determine if the combine is properly set
Setting a combine correctly will increase efficiency and preserve grain quality. Of course, fewer broken beans and fewer pods in the grain will help farmers will capture more value. Read more about setting your combine to maximize your harvest potential HERE.