There are many ways to harvest crops, from pick-up to straight-cut headers. But, have you ever considered a stripper header?
Designed largely for cereals, grass seed and rice farming, a stripper header has rotating teeth that lift the grain into the combine, essentially leaving everything else in the field. This has multiple potential benefits:
- The plant mass left unharvested maximizes snow and moisture retention;
- The plant matter helps minimize soil erosion;
- Only taking what’s needed increases combine capacity;
- There’s a reduction in combine fuel costs;
- A reduction in certain pest pressures (e.g. sawfly); and
- It works well in lodged crop.
RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney took a closer look at a stripper header manufactured by Shelbourne Reynolds with Neil Smith, sales and marketing director, at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany:
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