Reducing harvest losses is always a simple and effective way to increase soybean yield and profitability every year. However, reducing harvest losses in 2019 becomes even more important and challenging, given the significant planting delays this past planting season.
The plants may be shorter than normal increasing gathering losses. Reducing harvest losses by just one bushel per acre will produce more than $8.25 per acre of additional income in 2019.
Michigan State University Extension is cooperating with Ed Groholski Farms, AWS Airbar Systems, Burnips Equipment Company, Crary Industries, GreenMark Equipment, Spartan Crop Insurance, Stine Seeds, Wells Equipment, Williams Farm Machinery, and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff to conduct a Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day.
The event will be held in Calhoun County at 1350 12 Mile Road, Burlington, MI 49029 on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a complimentary barbeque lunch. (The field is on the east side of the road, about three-quarters of a mile south of M-60. Follow the signs for parking.)
The field day will begin with a presentation from Michigan Farm Bureau Ag Labor/Safety Services specialist, Craig Anderson, on what soybean producers need to know to be in compliance with farm truck regulations and safety at 10:45 a.m.
Equipment company representatives will also be on-hand to discuss specific recommendations for fine-tuning their combines. Participants will learn how harvest losses occur and how to measure and reduce them.
Additionally, other topics and equipment will be demonstrated, including draper heads, auger heads, air-assisted reels, harvest loss measurements, and how ground speed and reel settings affect harvest losses. There is no charge for the field day. However, pre-registration is requested by calling (269) 673-0370 ext. 2562 before noon Friday, Sept. 13, as a complimentary lunch and educational materials will be provided. Call the same number and extension for cancellation or rescheduling updates.