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I watch the reel and run it about a little faster than I drive. It really depends on conditions and type of crop. I like to be as gentle as possible in soybeans and I want the reel to come around and start pulling the beans in as it cuts, so as the beans are towards you slightly when it hits the sickle. In short beans I have to speed up the reel to help "flip them in". In tall beans I run the reel slow and it seems to work good. To fast a reel speed will tend to thrash the crops and cause header loss. I can't remember if my auto reel speed shows any relationship, but to answer your question, I watch the reel turn in realitionship to ground speed and how it is cutting and feeding. Hope that helps a little. Greg
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