Department of Agricultural Engineering
Damaging winds before and during grain sorghum harvest in South Dakota frequently result in high crop loss due to lodging. One way to avoid lodging is to harvest soon after maturity when grain is at high moisture content. This is acceptable in many areas. But in some areas, such as central South Dakota, many farmers believe they cannot justify the expense of drying equipment and. so they wait for the sorghum to mature naturally which increases possibilities of lodging.
An investigation by the Agricultural Engineeering Department at South Dakota State University compared different header attachments on a conventional combine to determine if any could materially reduce crop losses due to lodging.
Field losses of various header attachments were evaluated from tests in the fall of 1965 and 1966 at the Agricultural Engineering Experiment Station Research Farm near Brookings. The attachment which resulted in the lowest grain loss was then evaluated economically to determine if ownership could be justified under South Dakota conditions.
combine header attachments, harvesting grain sorghum efficiencies
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Turnquist, P. K. and Matter, V. E., "Header Attachments Help Save Grain Sorghum at Harvest" (1967). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 542.