Re: Seed Corn Picking
They don't use regular combines due to the fact the a regular combine might damage the kernal as it's being threshed. With these pickers all they do is run the ear through the head and then pretty much straight through the machine on a conveyor to a wagon, still intact on the cob. This way the seed corn company can do the threshing themselves at the plant and can control it a lot closer so there is much less of a chance of cracking kernals. Or a lot less will be damaged that way vs a regular combine anyway.
Around our area nobody uses the factory Byron heads anymore. Guys got smart and realized that they could use their corn head off their combine (usually JD's) and save money byusing the same head for commercial and seed corn. Most guys run 10 and 12 row heads on seed corn around here, nobody really worries about leaving a row unfed. That was another drawback to the Byron heads since they had a dummy row/s for the male rows that wouldn't pick anything and sometimes guys would try to splice in point rows along roads, around wells, fencellines, etc... and that would throw your head off big time if maybe you had a few extra rows crowding in there where the blank units were at. And growers are warned time and time again not to do that for these reasons.