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There is no driver in the tractor attached to the bagger. It just provides PTO power. The tractor is shoved forward by the bagger by the pressure of the grain shoved into the bag. The brakes on the bagger are carefully adjusted to provide the correct pressure to stretch the bag by the proper amount. The following video provides details as to how the bag is set up. It also offers you a You Tube rabbit hole of grain bag videos if you open up the video in its own browser window.
But storage space may not be a problem in the Fall of 2017. A lot of wheat will probably be killed in western Kansas because we had some very mild early months that caused the winter wheat's development to be about 3 weeks early when an 18 to 20 inch snow storm fell on it. Much of the wheat was "in boot stage or just beginning to head out." I think of that as budding or flowering. In any case, winter wheat can't survive a frost if it is in that sensitive stage of development. And 18-20 inches of snow is quite frosty. "Wheat growers had already planted the smallest winter wheat acreage since 1919 and were on pace to produce the smallest crop since the 1.546 billion-bushel crop in 1972, Newsom added." [dtnPF]
We had a good Spring for planting. So the record rains we have been having is destroying a lot of the seedlings. And the fields are so wet, it will be a long time before they dry out enough for planting. Of course the fields have to be dry enough that the tires don't sink in and the equipment gets stuck. But it turns out, the fields need to be a lot dryer than that to avoid compaction. There is not only the compaction of the tires pressing on the soil, there is an issue of "side compaction" caused by the disks "smearing" walls on both sides of the roots when they create the trough for the seed. (Maybe I should invent a hollow shank planter that could bury the seed with less soil disturbance.) If the farmers replant, do they need to buy just more seed, or do they need to add more fertilizer, herbicide, and/or pesticide? "With final corn planting dates for federal crop insurance at late May in Missouri and June 5 for most of Illinois, it seems likely that some corn acres will be lost in 2017. Final soybean planting dates for most of those two states extend to June 20 so there is a chance of soybean acres yet being planted, but keep in mind that there is more rain in the forecast so the next planting opportunity is still weeks away, at best." [dtnPF]
Fields are being flooded even though the big river is five miles away.
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Love this pic from Facebook friend Chad Steendam....time for things to dry out #plant17
Ryan Banning Wow, my original picture is still working the web
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The RICHIGER maquinarias R950MX is a roller mill bagger that will crimp AND bag your grain! http://bagyourgrain.com/grain-baggers.html
[We have learned that wet corn stores better if it is cracked.]
Joel Kingen Had all the corn done April 26th. A little over half done with beans.
Joel Kingen Done with corn the first time. Looks like that was a practice run
Kingen Farms Mccordsville Indiana just east of Indy
Craig Nielsen Western Iowa has been really wet too. We are behind and it rains about every other day.
Yvan Hudon Here in the Montréal region Québec, Canada, It is the worst spring since 30 years. Three weeks late and farmers are getting nervous. St-Laurence river is flooding everywhere and thousands of houses will probably have to be demolish. Still forecasting one inch next weekend! It doesn't look good.
Maarty van Egmond Looks similar to Aussie crops in 2016 which ended up being record product year....