I have cousins back in Ohio. They have about 4500 acres of crop out. A few years ago they where running two JD 9870s with 12 row heads on them. In 200 bushel plus corn they where running a 1000 bushels with the two in under five minutes. They filled one 100k bushel grain bin in under nine hours. So Lexion/Claas is not the only machine with a big appetite. I would bet that a CIH 8120 would also be in that class. There are very large machines out here now.
I remember when a neighbor got a JD 55 combine. He was bragging about how they shelled a thousand bushels one afternoon. At the time most of us where still picking ear corn. 500-700 bushels was a good day.
Here is another thought on this subject. Forty years ago that 500 acre plus corn field was more than likely two farms. Are we better off as a nation with it now being just a little piece of some private farm corporation???? The same men now would just be hired hands not owners of anything.
I like to look at the large equipment but I often think the Amish have a better long term outlook on this issue. They look at all machinery from the angle of how it will effect the community not just how it affects the farmer's pocket book. I don't really want to live that simply but I also don't think one or two guys farming whole counties is good either.
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