Northstar division of geringhoff (Minot, ND) has just built and shipped this 12 row 38" folding monster to southern Texas. Should be harvesting next week. will post pics when it gets to the field. Check out www.cornheader.com
They grow corn in wide rows down in Texas where they still use ditch irrigation. I think it also works well with traditional cotton row width though I hear that is changing. They list or middlebust the fields to create ditches for waterflow or collect moisture in some areas. These areas generally don't use circle irrigation. Some neighboring areas in neighboring states like OK, KS, or CO may still have some wide rows were the irrigation systems are older (not sure). Remember seeing 36"inch rows in Nebraska. One of the local mechanics said it originated to correspond with the 36" potato rows of many years ago. Interesting at that time there were 5 row corn heads in some of those rolling areas or E. Nebraska, which at times can be fairly steep for the midwest. Some of those may have been row crop heads for sorghums etc.
Does anyone know what color the finished header was? A friend told me on Saturday he saw a corn header headed south on Highway 77. Highway 77 goes from central Texas all the way to Mexico. He said it looked different than all the other corn headers he has seen. It was black and I believe he said it had orange plastic. Could this have been the "monster"?
And yes, 38" rows are common around here. There is probably equal amounts of crops planted in 38" and 30" rows. In the Brazos bottom almost everything is bedded or "middlebusted". They plant alot of cotton along with corn and irrigate almost everything.
Is that a folding version or a rigid. I have seen a 12 row folding version and it is impressive to see a combine come off the road and start to harvest in about a minute and a half with a 12x30" head and the operator never leaves the seat.