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Jenna: A different cutting technique

<Stripper header

Stripper header
A field near Deerfield, Kan., that was cut using a stripper header.





I noticed there were a lot of fields around here (Deerfield, Kan.) that were cut using a stripper header, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to show what such a field looks like. As you can see, when a stripper header is used, it basically acts like a fine-tooth comb and “strips” the heads of wheat from the straw. This leaves the majority of the straw remaining.

This is different from the more commonly used auger and draper headers, which cut both the heads and a significant amount of straw.

A benefit of using a stripper header is that the standing straw can trap snow and other moisture, which helps later crops. Standing straw is also useful in no-till farming (farming without tilling or plowing the soil).

For more information (and probably a better description :] ), visit this link:

Jenna Zeorian can be reached All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

  • Mark Loch
    Posted at 01:02h, 11 July

    Interesting! Thanks!

  • Charles Gore
    Posted at 18:47h, 12 July

    Stripper headers have been around for a while. They are very good, Rice mainly. There are only two problems cost and the need to tie up another truck to move two headers around. For a custom operator if they are in an area which has Wheat & Canoloa, they would need both the stripper and the drapper header. Soybeans no tilled into wheat stubble and flail chopped after the drill turn out real good. If the stubble is left, it is going to go through the combine when the beans are cut.

    If the price for straw to produce energy reaches a leval to pay for the extra time, fuel, Potash and other nutrents the wheat or other grain stubble will be cut and windrowed for bailing.