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10-19-2012 18:00:10

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Not quite 1/2 done with beans, been too wet all week and supposed to rain off and on next week, so I'm switching over to corn. I have a 6600 with a 444 high tin cornhead. The ears are really small this year. The stripper plates are set at about 1 1/4" front and 1 1/2" rear. I got 1 row moved in tonite, will move the rest tomorrow, set it at 1" bottom and 1 1/4" top. Not sure how narrow to go, but I walked out in the cornfield in the drizzle and measured some stalks. They run from 3/4" up to 1" diameter. Trying to keep it from shelling too bad. Any thoughts? Chris

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10-21-2012 06:03:46

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to super99, 10-19-2012 18:00:10  
I set the front at 1" and the rear just a tad wider. Started combining just before dark yesterday. Whole cobs coming out the back, once in a while you see a piece of cob in the grain tank, testing 17%, corn feeding through the head real well with very little shelling. It's yielding better than I thought it would, small ears but lots of them. Thanks for the advise, Chris

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10-20-2012 05:16:48

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to super99, 10-19-2012 18:00:10  
Wasn't looking forward to corn this year with the small ears and short stalks. Started last week with the 443 lo-tin oil bath with everything as it was before. The small cobs seem to snap off the stalks very easily and the stalk flow through the head is very good even with all the small kernal-less cobs. Yields range from one half to one ton per acre. One ten acre piece sheltered by bush on the south and west yielded two tons but the critters ate about an acre or so. Sold all of it for high moisture to my neighbour who milks. I really feel for all the livestock people where ever they are.....Ron

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Mike Aylward

10-19-2012 20:28:03

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to super99, 10-19-2012 18:00:10  
The deck plates don't have to have that wide of a differential between the bottom and the top. You always want the top wider than the bottom but 1/8" wider is just fine. And a little extra stalk going through is ok to help fill the cylinder and cushion the blow of the small ears hitting the deck plates. Just don't get carried away with taking too much in. Mike

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Mike neia

10-19-2012 18:49:26

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to super99, 10-19-2012 18:00:10  
I put new deck plates on before starting and thats where I set them. Not shelling any and not plugging with stalks.

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10-19-2012 18:14:22

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to super99, 10-19-2012 18:00:10  
If you have not already tried the current settings I would suggest you give that a try before moving them. I left them alone 1- 1/4" front and 1-1/2" rear and got along great on my 643 with very small stalks and ears. I to had planned on moving them in but was suprised of the results with current settings. I focus more on ear size than I do stalk size when adjusting stripper plates.

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10-19-2012 18:39:35

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 Re: 444 cornhead in reply to jm42, 10-19-2012 18:14:22  
Thanks, I have picked several ears by hand,and they are very small and short( 1/2 to 2/3 of normal size ears). From past experience, I know the small ears shell real bad or just go right thru the stripper plates, that's why I am closing the gap on them. Chris

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