Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: central manitoba
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Not sure there is any good answer. Frozen ground helps some with less mud maybe. We swathed a 1/4 of flat barley one time on frozen ground with Dutch half moon and it was the only thing that got low enough to get under it but when you hit a frozen in rock it will bend the guard and or the lifter. With short days and about 2 mph took 5 days to swath a 1/4!! But we got it off. I think lifters of some kind do help and it is a trial and error kind of thing. I had these Dutch ones, Claas spring steel variety, and a knock off of the Claas style. Sometimes one style would work better than the other. Flexfinger has a fairly new one with a spring loaded tip that I have heard good things about and have thought they might work on frozen ground while following right on the ground. They are the most expensive one too!!
Sounds like the wheat I swathed this fall, 6 acres an hour. Still was able to haul grain from the combine at the same time! Brother was straight cutting canola, doing probably less acres an hour than I was, and he had to quit when it got dark, just too hilly of ground to try do after dark.
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