And farmers now seeing production losses due to water logged crops has bought on-property drainage into sharp focus. Improved farm drainage systems can also assist in retaining soil moisture in drier years by controlling runoff flows, the company said. Corporate grower, Lawson Grains bought an O’Bryan farmer carry scraper in 2015 to use on its “Uah” property near Forbes to improve the on-farm drainage and water use efficiency. This will help to ensure seasonal water flows do not cause a loss of highly productive cropping areas and also assist in increasing long-term water use efficiency. It is also anticipated to allow for more efficient water penetration in drier years as the speed of excess water runoff is expected to slow. The O’Bryan farmer scraper will be used to create shallow drainage channels measuring about five metres wide with a bottom width equal to the 3. 9m cut of the leading edge.
Brand new from John Deere is an option for an 8-row folding corn head. The 608FC corn head can be used with group 6 and 7 S-Series combines, offering an easier solution for transporting on narrow roads. “Harvesting with a new John Deere 8 row folding corn head can lower operating costs and allow customers to harvest addition acres per move by not having to transport the head separately,” explains Roger Maes, senior marketing representative fore... The new head is offered in 30-inch row spacing with or without the stalk chopping option. Like all heads in the 600 series it also has improved row unit slip clutch and drive shaft interface to help it hold up against today’s robust hybrids. “The 608FC is the ideal green-on-green header solution for customers that need to drive down narrow roads to access fields they need to harvest, without having to transport the head separately,” Maes says. “It’s much more durable, productive and economical option than other folding 8-row headers currently available, plus it’s fully supported by the extensive John.