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I am running a 883 corn head on a 1990 1680. The corn is dry-land and is only making about 70 bushel per acre. It had a bad hail storm in early June.

The problem is I am losing ears of corn out the front of the header. The header has the ear corn deflectors installed on it. The corn is very dry, around 11.5 to 12.5. Any suggestions on reducing the corn I am losing?
 

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Are you losing whole ears? I've seen them just bounce out of our 1083 and old 1063 before, and I don't know how to fix that. New ear savers would help, ours are getting pretty wore, but sometimes the ear will fall on the snout and sit there until something comes by and knocks it onto the ground.

Also, in dryland or drought-stressed corn where there is a lot of small ears they'll get past the deck plates and hit the knife. If they hit just right they'll break and half the ear will go flying out the front of the header. Moving the deck plates in closer will help that.
 
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