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Re: whats in my sample?

Plowmaster, Your cornhead wouldn't be pulling in cornroots by chance would it? Only other possibility is ifyou have some down corn that is dragging mud in with it. Have see both happen when trying to shell down corn that has tough stalks.

You poated the other day about problems with the stalk rolls not breaking the stalk off like you thought they should. Wide or dull stalk roll knives would only compound the problem
 

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We replaced our knives this past year and it was a great improvement...

i couldn't believe the difference and yes it will help even in down corn when your picking them up

(keeping mudd out of the rotor
 

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Re: whats in my sample?

Quote:I imagine its some tip of ear mold or smut. Look at the tips of the ears.

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Smut or damaged kernals can be the only other thing it could be if you are positive that you are not getting dirt in thru the head. Have you looked at some ears before you picked them? If ground is frozen I would doubt if it was dirt as well.

One last wild thought from left field, by chance is there any oil leaks that could be dripping into the threshing area of the machine. Chaff mixed with oil could possibly be getting rolled into the balls you described. However, I would think that they would have an oily smell to them. Like I said, that ones from left field, way out in left field
 

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Quote:if it is smut, witch it very well may be, i take it theres no way for the combine to seperate it, correct?

None that I know of. Are you bining the corn or hauling it to an elevator? If binning it I would think it would dry up after having air on it.

If hauling to an elevator, are they docking you for it? If not I wouldn't worry to much about it. If you are like us you take pride in delivering a clean load of grain. Over the years I have had to deliver loads that I was not proud of but there was nothing I could do about it. Then I would look around at what some of the others were delivering & didn't feel so bad.

Several years ago we had a real rainy, warm September. I started shelling one field of corn & noticed the corn didn't look right in the grain tank. Got to looking closer & the kernals had sprouts on them. Then I got to looking at the standing corn which, was an upright eared corn, and it had sprouts coming out of the top of the shucks.
Pulled back the shucks on several ears & water would come flying out
This field was to go into a bin but I was concerned about what the corn would be like after it dried. Itook a sample to the local elevator & showed it to the manager and explained what I had. he said there would be no problem drying & storing it especially since my bin had a stirrator in it which would knock off any sprouts, so I went ahead & put the corn in a bin. I hauled that bin out in late March and never got the 1st dockage on it.
 
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