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Dry Edible Bean Direct Harvest Field Demonstration

9/26/14 – Having looked at the Harvest Demonstration Site on Sept 24th we are still planning the equipment demonstration during the first full week in October.  We need a few more days to finalize the date but should be announcing the location and date the very first of next week. Stay tuned and we will see you there!

THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF THE DEMONSTRATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE WHEN AVAILABLE.
DATE:
LOCATION:
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Purpose
Provide an opportunity for dry bean growers and combine operators to learn more about the latest header models designed for direct harvest of dry edible beans including options, adjustments, and operating practices to minimize header loss.  Some growers who use direct harvest have excessive harvest loss.  Some of this excess loss is caused by field and crop conditions, but some excess is caused by the header and could be reduced.   If this header loss can be reduced by even 2 bu/A, crop income can be improved and direct harvest will be more sustainable.

When
Harvest season of 2014.  Exact date will be determined and announced when the selected fields are within about 10 days of prime harvest time.   It is expected that the demo date will be within the time period of Sept. 16 to Sept. 30.  The exact demo date will be available through the media options described below.  The demo will run from about 1 pm to 6 pm to allow growers to visit with header reps when most convenient for them.

Where
At least 4 potential demo fields will be located by mid-August in the vicinity of Alliance, NE.  When the demo date is determined, the exact field location and directions will also be provided via the contact methods listed below.

Combine Headers Expected
The following header manufacturers have been invited to demonstrate headers:

     -CaseIH    -Deere     -Gleaner     -MacDon     -New Holland

Demonstration Format
This demo will not be a contest, or a side-by-side comparison.  Instead, based on grower recommendations, each combine and header will be assigned a separate area of the field.  Attendees can visit with manufacturers' reps individually to learn about header features, adjustments, and operating practices to minimize header loss.  Attendees can follow behind the headers, or as time allows, ride in the combine cab to observe header performance and adjustments.  The objective is to provide an opportunity for one-on-one visit with manufacturer's header representatives, and for each attendee to observe header operation.

How To Obtain Updated Information About Date and Location of Demonstration
- Visit this website: boxbutte.unl.edu
-    Email us your email address and we will email the date and location to you.  Send your email address to us at:  jthomas2@unl.edu
- Call the Box Butte County Extension office at 308-762-5616
  - Provide us with your cell phone number and we will text the exact time and location to you about a week before the demo.  (Call and leave cell phone no. at 308-762-5616)

Refreshments Provided By
Kelley Bean Company, New Alliance Bean and Grain, Stateline Producers Cooperative, and Trinidad Benham Corporation

Demonstration Organized By
John Thomas, Extension Educator, Box Butte County, NE and John Smith, retired UNL Agricultural Engineer.  Please contact John Thomas at 308-762-5616 for more information.

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