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Crop Lifters for Flat Spring Cereals

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I am considering getting some crop lifters to help with spring combining flat wheat and barley. Will they work to get pasted flat grain? Or am I setting myself up for disappointment.

One consideration is that I seed with an 1870 conservapak which leaves some furrows - will lifters snag on the dirt furrows or more likely the furrows are pretty much flattened now that they are one year old?

Just looking for any tips on spring harvesting which is a new experience for me.


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Good morning

I am considering getting some crop lifters to help with spring combining flat wheat and barley. Will they work to get pasted flat grain? Or am I setting myself up for disappointment.

One consideration is that I seed with an 1870 conservapak which leaves some furrows - will lifters snag on the dirt furrows or more likely the furrows are pretty much flattened now that they are one year old?

Just looking for any tips on spring harvesting which is a new experience for me.
This is a question I have been working on since last fall, when winter hit. I have used a few different styles of lifters for different problems. Dutch halfmoon for peas that were so flat you needed a lifter that actually cut up to 1" grooves in the dirt to be sure you were under all the crop mat or the mat would plug the knife. Probably no good where it is this wet though. The lifters I have used for years are the Claas spring steel style that floats pretty well but the points ride an inch or two above the ground. Will they get under the crop mat or if the crop is that low to the ground do we care? If you have header tilt you can get the points much lower easily. I have wondered about the spring loaded Flexfinger lifter for this spring. They are/were $150 each but a neighbor used them on red Macdon headers and was quite impressed with the job they did. Does anyone have experience with these Flexfinger lifters and will they float in mud or just push into the ground and break? Then is the question of what part goes through the combine? Plastic or steel.

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Same situation here. 750 acres of wheat to harvest. By luck though we rolled all of wheat last spring so ground is smooth. Might luck out . We also use the class lifters on our Vario header. Never usde them for spring harvest so not sure how these will work but they worked very well last fall.

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We tried the 6 inch flexfingers last fall and they just bent over or bent sidewise on our land,,,, the half moon Dutch
lifters worked better..
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I know time is very important, but would swathing be an option ?? Maybe help dry the ground also ??? We have tried flexi finger lifters on lentils with macdon heads and were not very impressed.

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Not sure the words "good" and "Crop Lifters for Flat Spring Cereals" belong in the same post!

I hate ALL lifters and will do anything to avoid them!

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I know time is very important, but would swathing be an option?
Problem is a 40' FD75 will cut overall lower than a 35' rigid header on a swather, did a side by side in peas the last time I swathed peas!

Thinking Macdon here, if full steep (D) is not steep enough tilt faceplate ahead, also hydraulic on a Claas.
Fine line though, getting MOST of it and eating dirt, ugly if rock and rolly!

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I use the pro flex by Schumacher. They work very well and make poor rock pickers. Work on flax even.

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Holy crap that's awesome. The original SCH are our favourite lifters but we sure were sick last fall how many went through the combine.

Bending up and catching the pickup reel is the other bastage of the original ones.
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You'll pick more flat grain up with lifters than you will without.
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Got the flexi fingers on the swather right now ready to go.
We have had good luck with them.
In tough wheat last fall they where bending a little but that was 20% moisture. Running them with a head sight and hardly left anything on the ground.
Seen a picture today of the back of a combine with 100+ mice stuck in the sieves. Hopefully not to much of that this spring.

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