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Hey all,

A guy called needing a pickup header due to super wet conditions out of his control involving weeds, and he is going to have to have his field peas windrowed prior to harvesting.

My question is, what style of pickup unit will work best for this? will he need a belt type (such as a 388 Melroe) , or will a Sund spring finger tooth unit work fine? what about a Renn plastic finger drum type pickup unit?

Any input on harvesting windrowed peas and its equipment requirements would be appreciated,
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There likely a bunch of info missing here - location, type of peas, etc. However, out here if you ever had to windrow peas they would still get desiccated - in this case depending on weeds probably with roundup. Only after peas would be ready to straight combine would you windrow such that you picking up windrows pretty much right behind swather - whole bunch of reasons for this. Think that any of the newer combine pickups work fine for picking up pea swaths. Can actually be a way to extend combining time for these things out here.
 

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Swathed peas can blow all over **** or if it happens to turn really wet after swathing the swathes can turn to slime.
I have had both happen, hate swathing peas.
 

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I've only swathed peas a couple times when we've had kochia patches and whatever belt pickup we had at the time worked fine.
 

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There likely a bunch of info missing here - location, type of peas, etc. However, out here if you ever had to windrow peas they would still get desiccated - in this case depending on weeds probably with roundup. Only after peas would be ready to straight combine would you windrow such that you picking up windrows pretty much right behind swather - whole bunch of reasons for this. Think that any of the newer combine pickups work fine for picking up pea swaths. Can actually be a way to extend combining time for these things out here.

Agree as you will have to burn the mess down or swather will not cut it. We have been using HEAT prior to straight cutting. Swather will have increased losses prior to reaching the Combine due to shatter etc.
 

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Gleaner L2, South Central KS No idea on variety. I assume no rocks to contend with. (slight chance of small limestone, but unlikely)

Available pickup options:
Melroe 388
Sund SB series belt type
Sund rake tooth/open bar type
Renn plastic tooth in drum type

Of the 4, which is best?

How brittle are peas? I assume shatter while picking up is the main concern?
 

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Hey all,

A guy called needing a pickup header due to super wet conditions out of his control involving weeds, and he is going to have to have his field peas windrowed prior to harvesting.

My question is, what style of pickup unit will work best for this? will he need a belt type (such as a 388 Melroe) , or will a Sund spring finger tooth unit work fine? what about a Renn plastic finger drum type pickup unit?

Any input on harvesting windrowed peas and its equipment requirements would be appreciated,
Thanks!
I am a bit confused by your post but am going with the fact you are asking about "windrowed" peas. Once peas are cut off they pick up really easy because the whole swath hangs together. Any pickup will work on a windrow. The biggest suggestion would be to use any belt pickup that carries shelled peas up to the header to get those peas into the grain tank. The only way you should be talking about a Sund spring tooth or a Renn drum type would be if you are picking the peas directly out of the field without swathing. These pickups have been used around here if the pea crop gets rained or snowed down flat to the point that nothing can cut low enough to get under the mat. Several guys mounted 2 old 10' Sund spring finger pickups on a 20' straight header and mounted about 24" coulters on the ends of the header to divide the mat and it worked fairly well. The shelling losses were very high but options were limited. I tried swathing one year after rains took the peas down right on the ground. The pea vines even settled into sprayer tracks which made the mat so low that the knife was then plugging as it tried to divide on each side of the tracks. The only thing that got low enough was Dutch half moon lifters set to run 3/4" in the ground which then got under the mat in the tracks. And under the rocks! It was a mess and so hard on the swather knife. I had to stop every 1/2 mile and clean all the little rocks off the cutter bar. Of the options you give the Melroe 388 would be my choice but it still has holes in the belts. A Swathmaster or any solid rubber belt will save more peas. It is likely too late for this year but all the pea ground gets rolled here to push down any rocks and make the surface of the field smooth for harvest. A flex header might even have a chance after rolling.
 

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Any belt pickup will work fine. We cut the peas quite green 1/3 green but solid seed, 1/3 yellow, and 1/3 rattling, and combine them around 18-20% moisture to reduce damage and run air through the bin. Usually quite warm and dry when combining peas so timing is critical. If you wait too long to swath they will blow away and you might as well straight cut. Good luck
 
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