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|Since I am growing corn on corn on some of my fields I need to do something to handle the old stalks better, ie cut them up smaller next year. |
Do corn head chopper rolls get the job done? What brand?
Does shredding? Don't really like the extra field trip but will if that is what is needed.
Currently using a soil saver type chisel plow to mix the dirt and trash.
These Bt hybrids along with high populations sure leave a lot of trash to deal with!
By head chopper rolls, do you mean "knife rolls" like Pixall or JD knife rolls?
Yes, that has helped us. There's a shop near Gilman IL that will rebuild rolls & make you some very aggressive ones if wanted. He does good work.
Stalk chopping is OK-but sometimes a slow process. Also, there's the possibility of getting high winds between chopping time & chisel. Your stalks could all end up in road ditches & fencerows.
I agree, stalks have been harder to manage in recent years. Higher plant populations & longer stalk life probably cause some of the problem, as well as the Bt trait.
|Jim in MN|
|Up here more people are going back to chopping stalks versus the knife rolls. About two thirds still use the knife rolls. Either way should work fine. Jim J|
Merrick County, Ne
|Try running one of these rolling stalk cutters over your fields. We use the model 7000 and love it. Here's a link to Beslerhttp://www.beslerindustries.com/products.htm|
|I have,hate, got to ask, Ron...Do you really plant M corn?..I resisted until 60 acres this year, never even considered it until curiousity got the best of me. |
I appologize in advance...didn't mean to strike a nerve...honest.
|.........the shop that you refer to, are they making knife rolls very aggressive or the standard rolls? Thanks|
|We run an IH corn head with knife rolls and on our corn on corn ground we have been shredding our heaviest stocks which works good but it takes time. We are also running a Soil Saver over our corn on corn ground and I am thinking about moving the hitch on it forward about 30" so I could mount a spiral chopper or a rolling stock chopper to the front of it so I could eliminate a seperate pass to shred.|
They do about whatever you want. They've been doing this for quite a few yrs. They advertise in IL FB paper, but they don't seem to have a website to link.
But, I know they do the following:
deck plates & guide blocks rebuild
Prices all seem fair to us.
The gentleman is well-known in this area. I'd call Brent Schoolman @ 815-265-7747
Edited by Ron..NE ILL..10/48 11/23/2006 15:44
No problem w/question.
M traited (RW-RR) has really allowed some flexibility for us. It was unbelievable to feel what much of the rest of the world lives like this past spring when we only had to use insecticide on our NON-Rw corn. We felt guilty after loading the planter, feeling that we had forgotten to do a LOT of somethings (load insecticide).
There is certainly more competition coming into the traited corn seed market now also. If you have no problems, there's probably not much sense in traited corn though. Perhaps the Herculex & AgriSure stuff will gain market also.
|we found the M infested corn to stand better and yield was good considering it was the first field this year and not the best soil. |
Thanks for your take on the subject and
|Ron and others, |
Ron Schoolman passed away 4-5 years ago. Brent, his son, still does the same work and Rod Honeycutt is also a partner, I think, and is also very knowledgable.
We knew Ron well. My mistake & apologies to the Schoolman family. I just typed in Ron out of habit, I guess. I have since edited my previous post.
Brent & his people are doing a great job with an "on-farm" shop. Lots of nice equipment & expertise. Brent farms also.
|He was the first in this area to offer a better roller than new JD for less money. |
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