Combine Reminders - September 2010
[Title Slide - Combine Reminders. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Roger Eason, Director of Pine Tree Experiment Station standing next to a combine] These machines are designed to efficiently harvest a crop, but there are things that need to be noticed and maintained. Important things like height of the cutter bar [Slide - Combine Reminders. Height of cutter bar. Picture of a cutter bar.], the adjustment of the reel, especially the speed [Slide - Combine Reminders. Adjust reel speed. Video showing reel bar spinning.], ground speed of the machine [Slide - Combine Reminders. Ground speed. Video showing combine working a a field.]; being careful not to overload the machine because you’re traveling too fast through the field, keeping the cylinder speed adjusted to the right RPM.
And making sure that the rasp bars or spike teeth, whatever the cylinder is equipped with, are maintained and are replaced when they are worn.[Slide - Combine Reminders. Cylinder speed - rasp bar spike teeth. Pictures of rasp bar spike teeth on a combine and separate pieces of rasp bars and spike teeth.] Properly adjusting the screens, so that you don’t lose too much crop out the back, or you don’t place too much trash in with the clean grain. [Slide - Combine Reminders. Adjust screens. Picture of screen on a combine.]
[Roger Eason] And of course the normal maintenance and keeping the machine in good operating order is important too for efficiency of harvest.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]