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Discussion Board - Re: picking corn

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10-04-2012 11:23:12

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NI's are known for some butt shelling. And with the #7 and 10 pickers, you might want to look at your husking bed. The husking rolls should have a bunch of little nubs that grab the husk and pull it thru the rolls. They usually break or fall out with age. You may find them at an older dealer, but chances are slim to none. I had one, and solved some of the husking problem by welding some bead on the husking rolls in the area where the nubs had been. If the rolls are not pulling stalks through, again roughen them with aome welding beads to make them grab the stalks better. Hope this helps.

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10-04-2012 11:36:20

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 Re: picking corn in reply to donjr, 10-04-2012 11:23:12  
I think the husking rollers are fairly smooth, so that might be part of the problem. Maybe I'll try welding some beads on them today before I try it again. The picker is missing one of the top presser rolls, so that probably doesn't help much either.

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10-06-2012 04:26:37

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 Re: picking corn in reply to LorenMN, 10-04-2012 11:36:20  
I removed the top pressers on mine and it didn' make much difference. Try putting some weld beads on your snapping rolls. It will help pull the trash through. Just short low heat beads on the high spots of the rolls; it'll help the rolls to grab the stalk better.

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10-06-2012 06:35:44

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 Re: picking corn in reply to donjr, 10-06-2012 04:26:37  
Some varieties of corn just husk easier than others too though. I had some a few years ago that made the biggest mess I'd ever seen. I had a different variety on one side of one field. I could pick down on that and it was clean as a whistle. The rest of it,I couldn't get a husk off any of it. I thought I'd have to dynamite that junk out of the cribs. Tore all the rubber fingers off the wheels in the husking bed trying to run it through.

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10-05-2012 08:19:04

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 Re: picking corn in reply to LorenMN, 10-04-2012 11:36:20  
Looked at the picker yesterday and I see what you mean about the nubs on the rollers. Looks like about 3/4 of them are still there. Looks like the extensions I made to tighten the first elevator helped, picked a load and a half last night without a breakdown. Been seeing quite a few ears getting knocked off the stocks before going into the snapping rollers. Might have to take a walk through the field to see what we can pick up before plowing. Too bad I don't have the field fenced yet, so I could let the cows out there to clean it up.

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10-06-2012 20:30:24

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 Re: picking corn in reply to LorenMN, 10-05-2012 08:19:04  
Neighbor offered FFA clas $1 a bag a few years ago to pick over a couple of fields like that. He filled a crib, paid some $700 to the FFA class, of course tax deductable, made money on the corn that could have been lost, and made a bunch of kids real happy. Just a thought----

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