Re: Twelve Row VS Eight Row Head Dilemma
SOMETHING has to be the limiting factor in ANY harvesting operation. It is up to the operation/individual to decide what that is. It can be the corn head, the combine, the trucks, the grain carts, the drier, the leg, etc.
Sounds like you have a pretty balanced harvesting set up today, going to a 12 row head on a 97 will difinately change that...your combine will be ahead of something...most likely everything. Going to a 12 row head most likely will not increase your combine capacity by 50%, but it could.... (takes more time between fields if you have to take it on/off, can increase field efficiency by less turning, but can reduce it if you can't 'break through' if your grain tank will not hold 12 rows of corn all the way through one pass.
Decision really depends upon if you need to grow your capacity or not, if you do, then 12 row is a good step as the 97 is not getting to full capacity in 160 bu corn without it. Just be prepared to add to all of the operation to take advantage of it...trucks, grain carts, drier, leg, etc.