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Loss Evaluation of Soybean Harvesting on Four Types of Headers

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2005 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference Sponsored by ASAE The Seelbach Hilton Louisville, Kentucky 13 - 15 February 2005  AETC05020.(doi:10.13031/2013.18437)
Authors:   Yasumaru Hirai, Mark Schrock, Devanand Maski, Randal Taylor
Keywords:   Soybean harvesting, Header loss, Rigid header, Flexible header, Row crop header, Milo guards

Soybean header losses were evaluated on four header configurations: rigid header, flexible header, row crop header, and rigid header with milo guards. The former three headers have commonly been used for soybean harvesting. The results of field tests showed the lowest loss in the rigid header followed by flexible header, row crop header, and rigid header with milo guards. The evaluation results were different from those previously reported, which typically found the least loss with a row crop header followed by flexible header and rigid header. The difference of header losses among four headers was not statistically significant. For the effect of the milo guard on header losses, the advantage on all kinds of losses, which include stalk, stubble, lodged, and shatter losses, was not shown.

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