Winter Barley 2021

Bog Man

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I would often get the trailer operators to check for losses or leaks . I would also drive the combine hard at the end of a long run and stop it and let it blow all the chaff and straw into heaps . I would then check the heaps for losses . Teagasc were using a video where the guy checks for losses at the beginning of a swarth . which is a pure waste of time .
 

TAFKAT

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I would often get the trailer operators to check for losses or leaks . I would also drive the combine hard at the end of a long run and stop it and let it blow all the chaff and straw into heaps . I would then check the heaps for losses . Teagasc were using a video where the guy checks for losses at the beginning of a swarth . which is a pure waste of time .
Leaks fine, I would consider it the responsibility of the driver to get out regularly and check for losses.
 

gone

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I'm intrigued, expand.
Combine losses can be for many reasons, the easiest and quickest way to figure out where the losses are from is to watch the combine in work.
You can stop the combine dead while thrashing and learn the same, but a few seconds walking beside a combine will tell me the same thing and way easier to repeat my way many times as you fine tune the settings.
 

TAFKAT

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Combine losses can be for many reasons, the easiest and quickest way to figure out where the losses are from is to watch the combine in work.
You can stop the combine dead while thrashing and learn the same, but a few seconds walking beside a combine will tell me the same thing and way easier to repeat my way many times as you fine tune the settings.
For example, too much air will look the same as the sives being closed too much, when looking at a stopped combine, but very different when walking beside a working combine.
I'm not having a go or anything, I just think it's unusual that the customer would be as familiar or more familiar with the settings of a combine than the owner/driver. It certainly wouldn't be the norm in my experience.
 

gone

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I'm not having a go or anything, I just think it's unusual that the customer would be as familiar or more familiar with the settings of a combine than the owner/driver. It certainly wouldn't be the norm in my experience.
I don’t think you are having a go and understand where you are coming from, but I would view checking combine settings the same way as crop walking and crop management, as @Ugo Schtiglitz said about advise he received from C.R. Wynne, "If you are not making 90% of these decisions yourself you have no business calling yourself a farmer".
Each 1% grain lost out the back of the combines here is a €1,000+ lose to my margin, not to mention getting the best possible sample for sale.
 

13spanner

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Stick you hand under the back of the combine while it’s driving along to see whats blowing out at different speeds.
 

gone

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Belfry is doing about 9t/ha @ 15%, I thought it looked a little bit better, but the cold spring and then the drought seems to have affected it more than it looked, you see every drain before it was cut which is never a good sign looking back.
 

Blackwater boy

Moderator
Belfry is doing about 9t/ha @ 15%, I thought it looked a little bit better, but the cold spring and then the drought seems to have affected it more than it looked, you see every drain before it was cut which is never a good sign looking back.
How’s your KPH g, they are quite low down around this side, plenty 58-63 at low moisture
 

jay gatsby

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Belfry is doing about 9t/ha @ 15%, I thought it looked a little bit better, but the cold spring and then the drought seems to have affected it more than it looked, you see every drain before it was cut which is never a good sign looking back.
Its been a very uneven growing year. Id be happy enough with that but I work off the premise that no matter what I hear there are more sub 4 ton crops in any given year than above it
 

Blackwater boy

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Started at 62 and went up to 64/5 after adjusting the combine, a run through a drier would up them again, dry but not ripe, a lot died rather than ripened.
My pixel was 61-63 at low moisture and the castings we cut today was 66-68. 6 rows in general are busheling very poor across this area, not fully sure why but long narrow pinched grains.
 

KTM 450

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Cut my bit today the cassia did 4 ton 13.6 moisture kph 68-71.5
Valerie did 4.2 at 68 kph average at 15% moisture
I’d consider that to be a brilliant result the year that’s in it.
My average was 3.7 ton to the acre moisture 13 to 15 and bushel 62 to 63. Very little difference between pixel and infinity. Might change varieties next year.
 
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