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Well, Hurricane Gustav blew through here the last 3 days and I am left with some downed corn. I have a lot of experience with down rice, but not corn. Will a reel make a big difference or not? I've heard people talk both ways, but I would like someone with more experience to give me a little guidance. thanks
 

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For the price of a reel verus how much you will use it, it is not worth it. Maybe if you could rent one or go in on halves with someone it would help. Last year in south west Wisconsin, we had a lot of down corn. The reels helped a little, but if you are expecting to pick up all the corn and run as fast as you are when it is standing, you will be disappointed.
 

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call saint john's welding at 800-549-3289 -- they make them for most folks in kansas. hope this is some help
 

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Keldermann Manufacturing makes them also. They are located in Osklaloosa Iowa. Not an ideal way to combine corn but better than stopping every 100 feet to shove it up to the auger. If had 100 acres of the down corn the reel would be worth to me just my opinion though. They aren't perfect but better than nothing, though sometimes roll-a- cones help too. Seen the neighbors have the cones on the ends and a reel in the middle.
 

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We had a few hundred acres of down corn last year. Best recommendation is to harvest it as early as possible. If the stalks are still a bit green, they will stay attached to the ground. This means that as you push into it, the stalks will come back into the rolls. Once the stalks dry out, they will break off when you pull on them a bit. This is what gets bunched up on the header, which is where the reel helps out.

I've seen guys pick corn at about 90 degrees from what every way it was laying down, regardless of which way the rows were planted. If it's bad, you just forget about rows.

If you are trying to run with the rows, you'll probably find is very difficult to see where the rows are. I've found that you can sometimes see the stalk butts right behind the header, which will help with staying on the row. We were using 8 row heads, and I also found that taking in only 7 rows worked well because it allowed me to use that 8th row to keep lined up with the rows.

It sucks, it's not fun, but there is still corn out there.

-Lance
 

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If you have down corn, you need a reel of some sort. You won't set any speed records but it will do the job. Lots of good idea's on the other post, go slow, take your time and it will be worth it
 

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Katrina got alot of our corn here in mississippi in 2005. We were on 38in rows. The snoots were to wide to cut it cross was of the rows. We borrowed a 20in head form a neighbor it worked real well cutting cross ways, just a little slower than normal.
 

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We did try a reel but it did not work. We had alot of morningglory vines and the reel wrapped up and threw stuff on top of the cab. It may have worked if i would have sprayed the vines with gramoxone. I think the reel was a bish i cant remember its been a while.
 

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can I take a draper and pick up the down corn? I know Ill shove more material through the machine. Gustav got mine too. The only rice I've got down is a few spots the size of a pickup truck but I've got about 30 acres of corn down
 

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The reel will work, run it at a 2 :1 reel speed to ground speed. If it is throwing on the cab it is spinning waaayyyyy to fast. It just needs to push the crop into the auger and feeder house.
 

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A bean head will pick the corn good. you will have to slow down but it will get it all...We double cropped 90 day corn with wheat two years ago and a hurricane flattened it therefore we had to pick it with a bean head...you dont have to buy bo reel or anything...much cheaper and does just as good a job as a corn head
 
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