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A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun

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haley

11-03-2012 15:40:01
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I have been back and forth between beans and sorghum for about two weeks now and snapping a couple of pictures when I can.I took the video camera with me the other day to try my luck at making a video to post but it turned out to be a day not made for making videos!I will try again soon.Also more pics to come soon.

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Huskers86

11-04-2012 19:35:25
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to Kell, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  

jon f mn said: (quoted from post at 10:23:51 11/04/12) The farmer I worked for in SC. grew it as a substitute for corn. They say that acre for acre it was simmilar tho it had a lower feed value/bu. but yielded more tons/acre so it was a wash as far as value. I does grow better than corn in dry climates and has a shorter season. At least that's the way it was explained to me back then.
It's a good dry weather crop or for dryland, more tolerable to drought. I raised some for a couple years but not enough money in it. We use our flex heads around here to combine it. Some use a row crop head. Pretty easy to set up the combine for it. Shut the sieve down and crank the concaves tight and let her rip. Ours always had dry stems when we harvested it, it was easier threshing than beans but harder than corn. Itchy stuff too!
This post was edited by Huskers86 at 19:36:47 11/04/12.

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paul Em

11-04-2012 03:54:20
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
Whats the difference between a 443 JD head and that 454 other than the high tin?



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Fixerupper

11-04-2012 19:18:43
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to paul Em, 11-04-2012 03:54:20  
The 454 cuts off the whole plant right at the ground and feeds it into the combine. There used to be a few around here in NWIA cutting soybeans. One neighbor still uses a 4 row wide 454. Jim



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haley

11-04-2012 06:28:05
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to paul Em, 11-04-2012 03:54:20  
A 443 is a corn head isnt it?If it is there is a LOT of difference in the two.The 454 uses two wavy belts to hold the crop while a rotating star shaped knife cuts it against a stationary knife.



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Down Under Farmer

11-04-2012 03:18:42
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
Here in Australia most milo is sprayed out with round up o kill it before harvest usually 2 weeks before that fixes the problem with the green stalks and helps dry the grain down quicker to



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oj

11-03-2012 20:45:24
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
Haley, great to see another pic of your old girl, interesting to see a JD head on it too... i looked for a grain header for my Claas 106 for the last couple of years, this year i made a massey fit... 2381 flex head (22ft), surprisingly easy... like you say, jackshaft was the hardest part, and that wasn"t exactly hard.



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1206SWMO

11-03-2012 18:33:52
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
Nice looking sample in the bin...I'm already starting to itch just looking at it..For those that dont know,milo dust itches about like poison ivy..Lets just say that I've combined far too much milo in my lifetime..Milo used to be a huge crop in SWMO but its pretty much been crowded out by corn..



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Fixerupper

11-03-2012 17:16:23
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
I've never seen sorghum but by the looks of what's in the tank I'd say you're doing a good job of cleaning it up. Thanks for the pics. Jim



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Bob Bancroft

11-03-2012 16:39:04
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
Some years ago, at the end of corn harvest, a neighbor asked if I would combine his few acres of buckwheat, and sorghum! I had never done either. And didn't want to get my grain head back out from storage. But I did. I didn't do a very good job. The first bin full of buckwheat was dirty, but I got the second one cleaned up. I don't recall the sorghum in the bin, but recall that it threshed hard, unlike the buckwheat, which appeared to be shelled off about when it got into the head! The miserable old neighbor made sure I knew his old combine could do a better job! Looks like you're doing a beautiful job. Those row crop heads used to be very popular here for red kidney beans. Now it's all soybeans.

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haley

11-03-2012 17:21:37
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to Bob Bancroft, 11-03-2012 16:39:04  
If you really want to see what your combine is made of then drive off in some of this thinking you are just going to mow it down like wheat and you will get a rude awakening!This time of year for us the grain has barely dried down but the stalk is still very much alive and growing new chutes for another head,At this stage it is some of the wettest,greenest,stickiest stuff you will ever run through a combine.I've had the cyl stopped up in sorghum than any other crop I cut.You honestly wouldnt believe the amount of green that we are sending through the machine when it is in this stage,Wierd thing is that after a frost it combines like a totally different crop.

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Bob Bancroft

11-03-2012 17:30:07
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 17:21:37  
That does sound familiar. I just clipped the tops to get the heads in. (It looked like corn but with a dark head where the tassel would be). And they were VERY tough. I don't know if it would ever really grow and mature correctly here.



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Case Nutty 1660

11-03-2012 16:23:11
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 15:40:01  
thanks for posting I have never seen this crop what is it mainly used for? great pics looks like the machine is doing a great job too thanks to a good operator setup I am sure cnt



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jon f mn

11-04-2012 09:23:51
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 11-03-2012 16:23:11  
The farmer I worked for in SC. grew it as a substitute for corn. They say that acre for acre it was simmilar tho it had a lower feed value/bu. but yielded more tons/acre so it was a wash as far as value. I does grow better than corn in dry climates and has a shorter season. At least that's the way it was explained to me back then.



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haley

11-03-2012 17:12:26
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 11-03-2012 16:23:11  
I think the northern guys call it Milo.Around here most of it goes to Pennington seed in Madison Ga to be used in bird feed.It has really caught on around here in the last couple of years because it is extremely drought tolerant and is priced pretty much with corn sometimes higher.I hear that it is also catching on for use in making ethanol.Makes great hog feed too!



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Tommy Railsback

11-03-2012 18:09:38
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 17:12:26  
You can also pop it like popcorn; it's good.



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casecollectorsc

11-03-2012 17:19:49
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to haley, 11-03-2012 17:12:26  
Do you have to do much to make the JD heads work on the Ford??



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haley

11-03-2012 17:33:43
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 Re: A couple of sorghum harvest pics just for fun in reply to casecollectorsc, 11-03-2012 17:19:49  
Very little had to be done.The jackshaft to drive it takes the most time.i will try to take some pics in the next few days of the shaft and feederhouse adapter.



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