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Re: corn pickers

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oliver fan

11-11-2013 14:01:22
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In the 1950's and early 1960's most mid-west states had corn picking contests. The winner would go to the national contest.

I'm not going to look up the winners, but I remember the New Idea one row winning the most contests. The Moline Uni-Harvester won a lot of the two row contests. There were several Moline two row pull type, Oliver one row pull type and two row mounted, and Ford mounted one and two row pickers that were winners.

Never see any John Deere, Case, Allis Chalmers, or Massey Harris pickers that were winners in the 50's. I don't remember any Internationals being a national winner, but they may have won a state title or two. In the 1960's Allis Chalmers came out with new mounted pickers and they won several contests,

Shelled corn was becoming popular in the 60's and Gleaner self propelled combines and the Moline Uni-Shellers were about the only winners. I don't know when they stopped the contests. I am guessing in about 1966.

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casecollectorsc

11-11-2013 19:11:13
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 Re: corn pickers in reply to oliver fan, 11-11-2013 14:01:22  
Corn picking contests around here were hand picking contests, not machine.



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dboll

11-12-2013 05:31:00
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 Re: corn pickers in reply to casecollectorsc, 11-11-2013 19:11:13  
neighbor of mine picked in SD mechanical contests and went to the national contest at least once as an alternate, IH pickers were notorious corn butchers whereas a Case would save the smaller ears but Case never improved their design from the 30's on, many including my dad considered the MM to be the best until they came out with the bronze snooted 250, the 6A New Idea was also good except when the key ways got worn, the 324 NI became the king of the hill and stayed there,jd never did make much of a picker except maybe the 300,the older ac's picked dirty, I used an Oliver 83 once and wasn't impressed much, it also was hard on the corn.

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Mike Aylward

11-12-2013 11:05:12
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 Re: corn pickers in reply to dboll, 11-12-2013 05:31:00  
Interesting. In my area there were hundreds of 227 corn pickers mounted on other brand tractors. New Idea pickers were mounted on many tractors as well. Hardly any other brands of pickers around. Many people that didn't have any other Deere machinery had a Deere corn planter and a Deere corn picker. Mike



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dboll

11-15-2013 05:52:53
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 Re: corn pickers in reply to Mike Aylward, 11-12-2013 11:05:12  
maybe a regional thing around here the die hard jd guys had a jd picker otherwise most ran something else, jd never seemed to get all of the good traits combined into one model



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