Harvest Has Started!

Chopping of Silage is in Full Swing

As summer winds down, farmers are gearing up for harvest. It has been an unusual summer with somewhat cooler temperatures and a lot more moisture.

Mark Vonheeder and crew started silage cutting this past week. Using a JD 8800i Self-Propelled Forage Harvester, currently John Deere’s biggest machine sporting 860 horse power, Vonheeder says they can cut approximately 350 tons of silage per hour.

With a 30 foot rotary head, the machine is capable of taking 12 - 30” rows of corn at a time. Voheeder said they cut 3,000 to 3,500 tons of silage per day. “Most of our silage cutting is within three miles of the silage pits the silage is hauled to. We normally use nine to ten trucks to haul the silage to the pits and the trucks don’t keep up with the cutter.”

 

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