Down corn hurts, but it hurts more if you’re not mindful at harvest. Avoid losing kernels as much as possible with these steps.
- Slow the combine travel speed. The faster you go the less likely you are picking up stalks and getting the grain through the combine, slow down to save more.
- Harvest against the grain. This may mean you only harvest one way and carry a dead head across the field, but if you can save yield it can be worth the time, effort and fuel.
- Get corn head snout tips under stalks. Position your corn head as low as possible or adjust the angle to get under stalks.
- If you frequently deal with down corn or have larger areas with problems, you might consider buying a tool or add on to help. Consider corn reels, rotating cones or a crop divider to help save grain from falling to the ground and increase efficiency.
Harvest brings challenges each year. If you face a situation with down corn use these tips to try to save as many precious kernels as you can.
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