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Been running hard all week. We are three weeks ahead of last year. Going smooth, but the corn isn't the best. We are happy to take what the Lord has blessed us with though. Life on the farm is good!

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Been running hard all week. We are three weeks ahead of last year. Going smooth, but the corn isn't the best. We are happy to take what the Lord has blessed us with though. Life on the farm is good!

We started this past weekend. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the next 3 weeks

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Wow, Love the flags! Both of em!!  Great looking equipment!  Growing up our farm was across the road from my uncle who milked. Of course, I was always around and really miss the smells of silage and filling the bunker. Good memories!

 

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24 minutes ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

Only taking 6 rows? We were  doing 8 here! 

Well in E WA, Id and California they have 12 with 35t/ac silage so....😁🐄

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2 hours ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

Only taking 6 rows? We were  doing 8 here! 

Yeah well the neighbors on both sides are taking 14 rows, but they don't have John Deeres! We get it done with what we run.

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Nice looking equipment there. Prayers for a safe harvest for everyone. We are in a 16 ton area in a good year and this is why I prefer an 8 row mainly because you are able to run the chopper at full capacity at a lower ground speed to save the spout in rough areas 

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There are a lot of big dairies North of Sisseton, SD.

Last year we counted seven Klaas cutters going at the same time.

You could easily get run over by all the trucks.

 

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16 hours ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

Only taking 6 rows? We were  doing 8 here! 

.....aaaand soon I'll be opening fields with my 3 row Fox and chopping with my 2 row NH900, for chopped corn to sell to a neighbor. We are about 3 weeks earlier than normal here. Pictures from last year.

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Lookin good!

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Pour it on ! All I can think of , pour it on !

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We're thinking about getting started end of the week or early next. We didn't get a chopper this year like i hoped so we're using the neighbor's chopper like we have been. God help us if it's like it was last year. We couldn't keep that thing running to save our lives last year.

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Around 11 ton per acre. It's drrrrrryyyyyy out. Hoping to get one of the kids to take some pictures and videos

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It isnt red but I like chopping enough to run most anything I'm given! Trucks are red here though. If the weather cooperates gonna hit it pretty hard this week.

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@Gearclash it's a 492 , earlier one I think 111X serial number . 6,788.8 engine and 4,635.1 cutterhead currently . We put both heads new on it in 2012 and we got auto-contour on the head and love that for cutting whatever height consistently on rolling ground

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2 hours ago, bitty said:

@Gearclash it's a 492 , earlier one I think 111X serial number . 6,788.8 engine and 4,635.1 cutterhead currently . We put both heads new on it in 2012 and we got auto-contour on the head and love that for cutting whatever height consistently on rolling ground

Thumbs up.  My brother has an 491 880.  RU600 Contour head.  5,000 some engine hours I believe.  Been pretty trouble free for a high hours machine.  Huge improvement over a 7140 and pull type.  What head do you have?  Orbis?

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Yes we are running an orbis 600 head. It originally had a hd 380 hay and ru600 corn when we got it. I can't complain about it. 90+% is having a good dealer and we have an excellent one , M M Weaver in Leola. 

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George is going to be in the dog house. His mother got the tractor stuck and he used her phone to send this ....

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We started this past weekend. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the next 3 weeks

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Last two pictures show the cutterhead hours and acreage so far

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13 hours ago, Reichow7120 said:

We're thinking about getting started end of the week or early next. We didn't get a chopper this year like i hoped so we're using the neighbor's chopper like we have been. God help us if it's like it was last year. We couldn't keep that thing running to save our lives last year.

No custom option?

We are a month away...pray for low rain...or even no rain in NW WA

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6 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

No custom option?

We are a month away...pray for low rain...or even no rain in NW WA

Not really, 

Around here livestock aren't very prolific anymore. We're getting to be the Last of the Mohicans cattle wise in our neighborhood. The chopper guy has beef cows as well as a few others and that's about it. No dairies in our township since 2011. Anyone to do it is a ways away. Plus we're filling a 18×50 ft upright silo. Most these choppers you guys have would have us bottlenecked at the blower. Plus the 2 that i can think of that chop are booked up. They also would be coming from a ways. Huffs in Coldwater is 30 miles away and Staffords in Richland is 40 miles.

Self propelled choppers around here are like finding combine harvesters in your area probably. 

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