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Re: My 6 acres of Wheat

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Dave H (MI)

07-25-2014 06:50:30
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Wow...nice pics and you have a beautiful place! My only question would be how can you have such flawless taste in tractors but not in combines? (sorry, that's me being bad again)

But seriously, I like the extension on the gravity box. Mine are all wood and I don't think I have seen galvanized metal like that. Looks like you had a nice day to get her done and it also looks like you are going to bale the straw. I don't have a chopper on the 1660 and was wondering about doing that myself. Not a huge market for it but it has it has uses. If I could get enough for it to cover the gas and twine plus pay for a cover crop I wouldn't complain.

And about that bad joke above...I have two JD balers that work great behind the red tractors. I love the things. Very nice balers.

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Fordfarmer

07-26-2014 08:14:12
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 Re: My 6 acres of Wheat in reply to Dave H (MI), 07-25-2014 06:50:30  
Straw typically brings $3-$4 per small square bale here in WI. Dairy farms, landscapers, road construction (mulch), horse owners.... Neighbor was glad to get some from me last fall for $1/bale, with him doing the baling.



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Dave H (MI)

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 Re: My 6 acres of Wheat in reply to Fordfarmer, 07-26-2014 08:14:12  
Funny you should post this now. I was just out looking at the rear of the 1660. The manual says you can remove the two rotors on the back that disperse the chaff and I was curious as to how easy it would be to reach them. Took off the two access panels and found the gearing absolutely jammed with dry dusty chaff that was wet and moldy toward the bottom...thankfully no maggots but it sure looked like they should be there (I HATE maggots). This looked like a fire waiting to happen to me so I am cleaning it all out. Just took a break to come in and find a dust mask. ANYWAY, the reason I was back there is that I saw a 1660 combining wheat and it was just dropping the straw in a row behind itself. So I was thinking how easy it would be to get the JD baler out and bale this. Was thinking I could use the cash toward a cover crop more specific to my needs than wheat straw for organic matter. Pleased to hear it has value other than organic addition to the soil.

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