August 2007
Field Crops 28.47-50

Equipment for Harvesting Lodged "Down" Corn

Joe Lauer, Corn Agronomist

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Lodging - "Down corn"

  1. Safety first
  2. Reduce ground speed. Slow down and adjust gathering chain and snapping roll speed to match combine speed
  3. Go against the grain. Combine corn the opposite direction from which it leans.
  4. Catch the corn. Adjust gathering chains and snapping plate as close as possible to the stalks.
  5. Reach down low. Run the head as close to the ground as possible. Be wary of rocks and uneven terrain.
  6. Be ready. Scout fields to anticipate harvest problems.

Specialized Equipment

The Kelderman Reel
Kelderman Manufacturing, Inc.
2686 Highway 92 East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(800) 334-6150
The Roll-A-Cone
Roll-A-Cone Manufacturing
7655 Roll-A-Cone Road
Tulia, TX 79088
(806) 668-4722
Heritage Machine & Welding
1001 W. Locust
Bloomington, IL 61701
(800) 274-0440
Corn Reel by Minden Machine Shop Inc.
1302 K Road
Minden, NE 68959
(800) 264-6587
Corn Saver
5200 N. Columbia St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(800) 536-1022
The Meteer Corn Reel
Meteer Manufacturing
RR1 Box 221
Athens, IL 62613
(217) 636-8109
St. John Welding and Manufacturing, Inc.
P.O. Box 175
St. John, KS 67576
(800) 549-3289

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