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So how has everyone's year went so far???

Did anyone get a different combine...head......or platform this year and how did it work out for you?

So far we cut 2,000 acres with those drapers and we are very happy with them....
 

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Will if you dont include all the mud and the fact that its 21 degree's right now and snowing, its been going good. Yields have been above average.
 

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To sum it up in one word...RAIN.

I have 400 acres of kidney beans, of which 120 are harvested. Normally all these would have, and could have been off by the 10th of Sep. but it has rained here since the beginning of sep to now with only about 4-5 days of sunshine the whole time.
Suprisingly the quality is holding up and the yields are good, but it is getting late to follow with wheat.

I am going to try to find rain records for sep for here to post.
 

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Eastern Iowa - We've been pretty dry. A little snow this morning, but it won't last long. Yields are pretty much in line with average. We still have some soybeans standing, which is making us a little nervous. They were still too green to thrash earlier this week. Last night's hard frost will clear that up though. We've still got a lot of corn to get through before this year is over.

-Lance
 

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Well I found some data.
We got approx. 176 mm (7") of rain in sep.
The problem was not so much with the total, but the fact it rained 15 out of 30 days giving us NO break at all. The longest stretch was 4 days with no rain, unfortunately that was after a 3" rain.
The number between the M's is the rainfall total for the day in mm's. One inch is 25mm for our metrically challenged friends to the south.

Daily Data Report for September 2006
01† 22.8 12.8 17.8 0.2 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
02† 17.6 12.4 15.0 3.0 0.0 M M 8.5 M M
03† 19.4 11.7 15.6 2.4 0.0 M M 0.6 M M
04† 22.5 10.3 16.4 1.6 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
05† 22.7 10.0 16.4 1.6 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
06† 23.7 11.5 17.6 0.4 0.0 M M 17.9 M M
07† 23.1 8.2 15.7 2.3 0.0 M M 0.6 M M
08† 26.1 12.4 19.3 0.0 1.3 M M 0.0 M M
09† 20.2 11.6 15.9 2.1 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
10† 17.7 8.5 13.1 4.9 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
11† 18.7 9.0 13.9 4.1 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
12† 17.7 13.2 15.5 2.5 0.0 M M 25.1 M M
13† 23.4 16.1 19.8 0.0 1.8 M M 53.1 M M
14† 18.9 14.7 16.8 1.2 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
15† 21.0 13.1 17.1 0.9 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
16† 22.1 11.5 16.8 1.2 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
17† 23.0 12.4 17.7 0.3 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
18† 22.0 12.6 17.3 0.7 0.0 M M 25.1 M M
19† 17.0 10.7 13.9 4.1 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
20† 13.3 7.2 10.3 7.7 0.0 M M 0.8 M M
21† 16.7 5.3 11.0 7.0 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
22† 16.6 6.5 11.6 6.4 0.0 M M 10.8 M M
23† 23.2 16.5 19.9 0.0 1.9 M M 1.7 M M
24† 19.6 10.4 15.0 3.0 0.0 M M 2.3 M M
25† 17.8 6.3 12.1 5.9 0.0 M M 4.0 M M
26† 17.7 7.7 12.7 5.3 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
27† 21.0 9.3 15.2 2.8 0.0 M M 12.6 M M
28† 12.6 4.2 8.4 9.6 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
29† 13.6 3.7 8.7 9.3 0.0 M M 0.7 M M
30† 11.7 8.2 10.0 8.0 0.0 M M 12.2 M M
Sum 98.5 5.0 M M 176.0
Avg 19.4 10.3 14.9

Daily Data Report for October 2006
01† 16.5 4.9 10.7 7.3 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
02† 19.9 4.0 12.0 6.0 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
03† 22.8 14.6 18.7 0.0 0.7 M M 3.7 M M
04† 18.6 6.6 12.6 5.4 0.0 M M 44.6 M M
05† 12.8 3.2 8.0 10.0 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
06† 14.4 2.8 8.6 9.4 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
07† 18.0 2.7 10.4 7.6 0.0 M M 0.7 M M
08† 20.7 4.0 12.4 5.6 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
09† 20.6 5.7 13.2 4.8 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
10† 17.8 7.9 12.9 5.1 0.0 M M 0.0 M M
11† 17.4 7.4 12.4 5.6 0.0 M M 18.9 M M
Sum 66.8* 0.7* M M 67.9*
 

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Generally things have been going pretty good for us this year except for a bunch of dryer problems we had at first. Our only machinery repairs have been a leaking feederhouse reverser cylinder on the combine which I was able to weld, a blown rotor belt on the combine and an alternator on a tractor. Corn yields have been pretty good but bean yields have been pretty disapointing at 40-42 bpa.
 

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Our year has been so-so.
Too wet to start...mudded some crop in,then got major hail June 23 but "thought" the crop recovered,then got hail 3 more times but not as bad,then turned too hot too dry for too long before late season rains came,then got an early frost(coulda used an extra 10 days growing time)And fuel and other expenses were and are still too high.
Now it feels like wintertime way too soon.We finished beans Sunday night and ended up with a 45 bpa whole farm average...less than last year's 52 bpa but the beans really went thru ---- this year.
.We just did the corn test plot... went from 173 to 195 bpa and from 15.2% to 19.9% moisture so we think the corn will be a better "deal" this year.Crop prices are still low but moving in the right direction
(in my opinion)The highlight of harvest season so far has been to demo a new Lexion 585R with 40ft. flexhead in soybeans.
It's time to win the Powerball lottery!
I'm sure I could find a way to blow it all away!
 

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WELL I Hope you have a good dealer for that combine..

some neighbors tested a class 8 deere combine and wasn't really impressed

small engine compartment and the head shakes alot

i guess a 30fter shakes some..and the 36 ft shakes alot

screw that ..if your going to buy a new head get a draper


so i think theyve leaned towards sticking with some 2388's


good luck this season...
 

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We have an excellent dealer 39 miles away(same distance as our Green or Red dealers)--Ziegler at Marshall Mn. 40ft header didn't shake noticeably bad but too large for us.Would like to try a 30-36ft. flexdraper sometime.Good luck to you too.
 

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yes you need to get a 36ft draper...

id never tell anyone you need to get something..especially with the cost thats involved but well.....id be tempted to....
 

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Casefarmer,

By the way you talk about the drapers it is obvious that you are really impressed with them. I am curious as to where you feel they beat the 1020 flex heads. We are running a 30 foot flex draper and feel that it is just as good as a 1020 with air reel though we are not sure if it is better than that set up. Can definetly cover more acres in a day with the draper but as far as being able to cut closer we are not sure. We have not had a mechanic out to set up the head in the field but are debating if we can get it working even better if we do. Just curious about your experiences so far
 

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My year is going pretty good, we have alot of beans to go yet, but the beans have been averaging about 58 bpa so far, so I am fairly happy with that. Not even close to corn yet.
 

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Well ours is the 2062 and yeah it cuts pretty close to the ground..

i actually thought about going out and takeing pic's to be honest

ive heard some guys saying they won't shave the ground right..

i could actually compare it to a 1020 thats probably a 95 model or so

and my uncles deer head (fairly new)

i was happy with the way if flex's yet its different than the 1020

Never have ran a 1020 with the air reel.....that just never intressed us to be honest

plus we had a hard time putting alot of money into those two 30ft ers honestly


that extra 6 ft and the ground speed is nice...

i should have carried the digital with me...to show the short beans i cut and how it did...

i'll do that next year

it is well worth the money

Also when i didn't want it to shave the ground..i adjusted the pitch of the entire head and that was a handy thing to have on the border of the field..
 

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Quote:To sum it up in one word...RAIN.

I have 400 acres of kidney beans, of which 120 are harvested. Normally all these would have, and could have been off by the 10th of Sep. but it has rained here since the beginning of sep to now with only about 4-5 days of sunshine the whole time.
Suprisingly the quality is holding up and the yields are good, but it is getting late to follow with wheat.

I am going to try to find rain records for sep for here to post.

Sounds very similar to us here in ny... We started getting wet labor day weekend, from the leftovers of the hurricane, from then on its been rain every few days basically...7-8" for the month i think. Weve already gotten 2.5 this month, then thrus night into fri morning, we picked up abit more than a ft of heavy wet snow. Thats melted down to about another 2"... And of course to go w/that is the fact that theres no power...
We had about 6 days for beens, and managed to get about 900 acres down, too bad theres still about 1400 to go. Havent barely touched the corn yet, still 2400 acres of that out...
Just about every farm in the area has bought sometype of track setup for their machines. We got one on tracks and their in two different worlds in the slop...
 

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what setup is your tires combine on

has anyone stayed with just the tall and skinny duels?

(sorry on not giveing u numbers

and i hate whenever someone has to put trax on so sorry to hear about your situation
 

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The combine that has tires does have tall skinny duals, and floaters in the back. As for tire size i dont have a clue, prolly whatever the jd standard is, its a brand new 9660sts. The tracked (also 9660) one was new last yr and has rice/cane floaters on the back. Like i said the tracks are incredible, but they just killed road speed. Went from 21-22 down the rd to 9.8.
My dad has kept big r-1 semi-floats on the front and skinny back tires on his 2188 adn 1480 and im afraid he's going to have some trouble once we can get back out there
 

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good luck with everything....we will never go with tracks...if the 2388 can't make it with those duals on it..we will just wait for a better day lol
 

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Quote:good luck with everything....we will never go with tracks...if the 2388 can't make it with those duals on it..we will just wait for a better day lol


That would be the logic is this area too. Heck, nobody around here even has 4wd on the combines. I bet these guys running tracks this year were thinking the same thing in early September. Once they figured out the next day was never any better, it's time to just give it up and order some tracks.

To those of you fighting mud this year, I offer my condolences. It makes for a long season.

-Lance
 

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I'm with casefarmer them drapers are the best thing since sliced bread. we got a 2388 and are looking at a deere but we would keep the 2062. Our neighbours tried a 974 on a 9760 and picked up 2 rows and a half mile an hour compared to their 630f. they sure beat the nuts out of our old 1020 that we had. now if we can just keep our rotor gear boxes to hold together it would be fun cutt'n bean's.
 

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Our neighbors gearbox just went out

that would be in the combines 4th year....

thats a first for us...so i was thinking maybe its not a popular problem

im guessing you guys have had some issues for some reason?
 
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