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RyanMcLeanfarms
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19/11/2019 1:46 pm  
I am thinking raising corn for cattle feed
And was thinking of buying a corn picker but I was also
Thinking a combine would be better for more efficient

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maplegrovefarms
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19/11/2019 3:30 pm  

How much corn what kind of budget, what kind of Labor support, current storage situation? Hundreds of Acres I would probably get a small combine.

Where did John Deere 300 with a 3 row corn head and you can pick pretty good Pace with that but you get less acres in a wagon then a combine. And less acres in a bin versus grain. But if you're going to store it for the year picking and having a hammer Mill blower to fill a silo is very economical because you're not drying the corn.

Or you can combine the corn wet and make a pile like Ted does. 

Combine would be faster but more expensive to own and operate compared to a picker


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RyanMcLeanfarms
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19/11/2019 4:22 pm  

I am going plant about 7 acres  and my budget is about 9,000 I'm going to put in a old concrete silo


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maplegrovefarms
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22/11/2019 8:11 am  
  • 7 acres you should be able to get a nice picker. 9 grand can go quick even with a 5k dollar combine. You have another engine and powertrain to take care of. 
  • A nice hammer mill blower will be the expensive part. But ground ear corn like that made food feed around here for many years.

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Kneedeep
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04/01/2020 6:30 pm  

I shelled 2- 175 Bu Gravity wagons on 4 acres first year Notill. Can plant up to 20 acres if market is ok.

NewIdea 2R sheller & wagon behind 85 HP tractor. Lot to do for 1 man to get crop in. Combine would still need wagons as trucks are busy during harvest so I still have to store. Another motor and tires to maintain is not good r.o.i. Sheller cost $3k in great shape, parts are available. 

In my younger years, I had a ear corn crib and a hammer/mix mill. I feed as many stockers out as I had feed. Paid for first farm.


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