Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central Alberta
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I may need to learn some lessons from you as to how you have so far managed to avoid flat crops in west central AB, since we are apparently neighbours. Where at NW of Red Deer are you, I'm more straight west, about as far as you would want to try grain farming. I was looking forward to combining standing crops for the first time since I can't remember when, until it snowed, now back to the usual.
Assuming you have the same sticky clay as we do, regardless of header, UHMW plastic under the entire header is vital to keep the clay from sticking. Not sure that any rigid header would have much advantage over any other rigid header? On the old Claas headers we run, the flotation is in the header lift cylinders, and auto contour works very well to keep the header just floating. A good pickup reel, running fast, set agressively, and far forward( with fore aft for feeding when necessary), will pickup everything that is pasted flat, along with all the rocks and a decent amount of dirt. The Claas auger headers do have a trough to catch the rocks, and it is amazing how well it works, I would imagine a draper header would feed the rocks immediately?
BrianTee amongst other sources claim that a stripper header will get the down crops quite effectively, depending on if you want the straw.
I refuse to swath with the weather we typically get in the fall. stuff laying spread out on the ground has a snowballs chance in a warm place of at least drying enough to go through the combine, anything in a swath doesn't even have nearly that good of odds of drying after a heavy snow or rain event.
Justin Trudeau, accomplishing miracles since 2015, making Pierre Elliot look smart, competent and western friendly.