10 Jul Jenna: A different cutting technique
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: http://www.shelbourne.com/harvesting/stripper-header/cvs.
Jenna Zeorian can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.