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Re: Best forage wagon for green chop

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10-24-2013 17:16:24

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The biggest problem with that is not the forage wagon, it"s the chopper in front, shredding stuff that simply doesn"t feed out evenly without plugging. Get a uniform chop and any wagon should feed it.

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10-24-2013 17:26:32

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 Re: Best forage wagon for green chop in reply to JMS/.MN, 10-24-2013 17:16:24  
There really aren't a whole lot of adjustments on the chopper. I am in creeper range on teh tractor at very high throttle, flails are in very good shape. I'm shredding sorghum-sudangrasss and its comes out in 2 to 4 inch pieces, best I can get.

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10-25-2013 08:01:43

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 Re: Best forage wagon for green chop in reply to booch, 10-24-2013 17:26:32  
If you"re green chopping, are you feeding it right away, like in daily chopping? Here green chop was chopped directly into a feeder wagon, which was parked in the feeding area.

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10-26-2013 18:54:55

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 Re: Best forage wagon for green chop in reply to JMS/.MN, 10-25-2013 08:01:43  
Guess I should have divulged my whole crazy scheme. We work a 22 acre vegetable farm and make a lot of compost. There are few farms left in our area so manure is scarce, and even if we could get it the phosphourus levels in our soil were crazy high when we got here, so adding 'hot' manures (cow, chicken) not a good idea anyway. We get heavily bedded horse manure but it takes forever to compost with no nitrogen source. I have a Brady flail I bought to flail cover crops, so I thought hey lets just chop into a wagon and feed the compost piles. Then the plugging I solved it by cutting the back off the wagon and running the apron in reverse and just dumping the chop on teh ground. Then I can go super fast chopping, and dumping takes no time. We have several 200 foot X 10 foot high by 10 foot wide piles. We make windrows by feeding into a manure spreader so we need a lot of green chop to make this work. Made some progress today by just skipping the conveyor. Thanks to everyone who posted ideas. Best, Paul

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10-25-2013 07:00:48

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 Re: Best forage wagon for green chop in reply to booch, 10-24-2013 17:26:32  
That's as good as you'll get from any flail chopper. There is no wagon that will feed that stuff real well...but any with a real slow main apron speed should work. We've run green chopped grass and shredded corn stalk bedding through both Badger and Forage King chopper boxes. Generally works OK, as long as the low speed on the apron works. Sometimes wraps on the beaters. (The Forage King boxes I have are the ones made in Ridgeland, WI... that company closed years ago. I understand there is another company 'out east' using the Forage King name now.)

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