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This really is not as directly related to the combine itself, but I strongly recommend area farmers changing from oil sunflowers to canola. Canola not only produces more oil per pound, bushel or ton, but is far easier to harvest as well as a greatly reduced fire hazard, as oposed to sunflowers.
 

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OMG, Kinzepower, you are really on to something! The DEALERS as well as the corporation have an URGENT obligation to their customers!

Yes, those combines are extremely expensive and if a new one is either severely damaged or even completely lost to a fire, either the corporation OR some insurance company must take full responsibility! The add-on kits would, indeed, save both deere and any insurance provider much grief, not to mention the customers!
 

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Greentech, thanks for your input into this.
I had never heard anything negative about canola as far as harvest goes, so had figured it to be about as combine-friendly as anything could be. I do know the two things it stil has going for it are the reduced fire hazards and greater oil yield.
Other than that, can sunflower oil be as readily used in some hydraulics and engines as canola oil? Just curious. I'm still researching "green" alternatives to petroleum.
 

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May not be as "easy" as flowers, but if you are doing that much damage to your machine, you had better check your settings and even ground speed.

Canola is still by far, less of a fire hazard, which IS indeed, more combine friendly, too.


Still, there's no way flowers can compete with canola on oil per bu. Canola oil, more than sunflower oil, is more acceptible to use as lubricants as well as food. In essence, canola is simply a green product.
 

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This thread is getting off topic, but I just want to add that canola isn't as well adapted to much of the country as sunflowers. Also, while winter canola works well downstate to break up the continuous wheat cycle, it isn't as good of a fit here out west. We don't have a lot of continuous wheat and, as far as I know, winter hardiness is still an issue.

Sunflower gives us another option in the spring, especially in dryland conditions. It works well in our typical wheat-milo-fallow rotation and gives us a way to clean up grass problems that might plague a milo crop. A few local elevators will take 'flowers, whereas the closest delivery point for canola to me is Mooreland. We don't have a lot of on-farm storage and recently we've been storing wheat in our bins during the summer for future marketing.

As for canola being more acceptable than sunflower, well, Frito-Lay is using NuSun oil exclusively for frying potato chips. I've also seen sunflower-based drip oil (irrigation pump lubricant), but I've yet to see anything based on canola oil.

I've only had one fire scare with 'flowers (dust sitting on the PTO housing started smoldering). I keep the machine clean and pay attention to what my nose is telling me. I like 'flowers and I'll keep planting them. I wish I could help these guys with the JDs catching fire, but my lack of knowledge of Deere machines has me stumped. Only thing I can do is parrot everybody else's advice.
 
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