Posted 2/20/2021 14:41 (#8846916 - in reply to #8846535) Subject: RE: Shelbourne header
striptiller1 - 2/20/2021 11:01
I’ve been running a stripper header since 2019 and absolutely love it. The taller stubble makes a huge difference. You’ll be amazed how long the soil surface will stay black after a rain with tall stubble. I got .85” of rain last May and I had to wait a week to plant because it was too wet. A neighbor next to me planted several days before I did where he chopped triticale silage the year before and he had a skippy stand because it dried out too fast. My dryland milo made 3,700 lbs last year with very little rain. Last year the wheat only made 25 bushel, but I have stubble that’s knee high. People that cut with a platform header have stubble that’s only a few inches high.
How much wheat residue is left in between the milo stalks at harvest with a shelbourne vs and regular platform header. A lot of times there hardly any residue left and has to be plowed to keep from blowing. Maybe the shelbourne would leave a little more stubble and keep from having to plow it as soon.
Also, 3,700 lbs is impressive as dry as we were last year. That’s about what we hope for on a normal year on dryland.