Soybean harvest equipment field day

Techniques and equipment that reduces harvest losses will be discussed and demonstrated at the upcoming Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day on October 4.

Michigan soybean producers may lose more than $30 per acre through harvest losses this fall. With proper equipment maintenance and operation, these losses can be significantly reduced. To demonstrate how to reduce such problems, MSU Extension is cooperating with Zmitko Farms, Aldermans Incorporated,D & G Equipment, Inc., Advanced Wind-Reel Systems, Crary Industries, Inc., and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff to conduct a Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day on Tuesday, October 4. The field day will be held at Zmitko Farms near Owosso, Mich., and will begin with a complimentary lunch at 12:30 p.m. The field day site is located on the south side of Mason Road, about 1/8 of a mile east of Baldwin Road. Mason Road is one mile north of M-21 (view map).

Participants will learn new information about reducing soybean harvest losses and have an opportunity to see the latest harvest equipment demonstrated in the field. Equipment company representatives will be on-hand to discuss specific recommendations for fine-tuning their combines. The following topics and equipment will be demonstrated:

  • Draper heads
  • Air-assisted reels
  • Field roller effects on harvest
  • Harvest loss measurements
  • John Deere and Case IH combines equipped with conventional flex heads

There is no charge for the field day. However, pre-registration is requested by calling 269-673-0370 ext. 27 before noon on Friday, September 30, as a complimentary lunch will be provided. The event will be rescheduled for Monday, October 10, if the October 4 date is cancelled due to rain.

For cancellation information regarding the original date (Tuesday, October 4) or the rain date (Monday, October 10), please call 269-673-0370, ext. 27 on the day of the event.

Download a printable flier of the Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day.

This article was produced by the SMaRT project (Soybean Management and Research Technology). The SMaRT project was developed to help Michigan producers increase soybean yields and farm profitability. Funding for the SMaRT project is provided by MSU Extension and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff program.

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