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Combines & Harvesters Discussion Forum

Re: 51000 bushels in one day

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10-13-2012 08:35:53

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I have cousins back in Ohio. They have about 4500 acres of crop out. A few years ago they where running two JD 9870s with 12 row heads on them. In 200 bushel plus corn they where running a 1000 bushels with the two in under five minutes. They filled one 100k bushel grain bin in under nine hours. So Lexion/Claas is not the only machine with a big appetite. I would bet that a CIH 8120 would also be in that class. There are very large machines out here now.

I remember when a neighbor got a JD 55 combine. He was bragging about how they shelled a thousand bushels one afternoon. At the time most of us where still picking ear corn. 500-700 bushels was a good day.

Here is another thought on this subject. Forty years ago that 500 acre plus corn field was more than likely two farms. Are we better off as a nation with it now being just a little piece of some private farm corporation???? The same men now would just be hired hands not owners of anything.

I like to look at the large equipment but I often think the Amish have a better long term outlook on this issue. They look at all machinery from the angle of how it will effect the community not just how it affects the farmer's pocket book. I don't really want to live that simply but I also don't think one or two guys farming whole counties is good either.

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10-13-2012 11:13:42

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 Re: 51000 bushels in one day in reply to JDseller, 10-13-2012 08:35:53  
JD, you & I butt heads on a few issues, but we can agree on this one. :)

I'm not in the way of progress, stuff will always head towards bigger & better, but sometimes it's not always progress.

Yields have probably doubled in the past 40 years, and that's good. Farm sizes getting bigger and bigger is natural, but wish it weren't hastened along so much so big.

I'm impressed with myself when I can get 2000 bu out in a day, but I'm all alone, when I haul grain away, the combine sits....


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10-13-2012 08:45:36

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 Re: 51000 bushels in one day in reply to JDseller, 10-13-2012 08:35:53  
I do think the red and green companies have combines that will almostt match this one in corn. Don't know about soy or small grains. I just thought this was outlandishly impressive compared to the old combines I grew up with, and still like, for that matter. If you ask me what brand preference I have it would be red or green for several reasons with the biggest reason being parts and service availability. The biggest combine in the world can't compete if it's sitting still for a couple of days waiting for parts. BTDT!!!!. Jim

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10-13-2012 22:31:08

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 Re: 51000 bushels in one day in reply to Fixerupper, 10-13-2012 08:45:36  
Actually I've had tremendous parts and service running old silver conventional combines, hyd blocks, cleaning fans, in stock and dealer sitting there at 8:30 at night for me to pick them up.... One dealer has a great bone yard, can pick off hunks of iron for 1/3 the cost of new. I couldn't get any better from the red or green dealers.

Not arguing a color war with you, just saying, good service is out there in other colors as well.

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10-14-2012 18:44:01

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 Re: 51000 bushels in one day in reply to paul, 10-13-2012 22:31:08  
Shoulda mentioned AGCO too. For us the nearest Claas/cat dealer is 65 miles. The next one is 75, then 90, then 150 miles. In Cat's favor, they have great overnight drop-shipping at different locations. For us it's 30 miles away in a town with an airport. We call in the part number to the nearest dealer and if he doesn't have it, it will be in that unlocked drop box usually the next morning. We just sort through the Cat parts that were dropped off for other people and pick our parts out. It'll only work in small town Iowa. Name another brand that does that! Jim

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