Ohio farmer and Farm Industry News product tester gives a crop report and details on his new horizontal grain dryer.
Team FIN product tester Daryl Bridenbaugh of Pandora, OH, sent us this report for the week of June 22, 2011:
Our late-planted crops in Ohio are mostly emerged. In some cases it took only 4 days for the crops to come up because of the warm sunny weather. Everything I planted came up except one field has uneven emergence. Hopefully I'll get some rain so all the soybeans in it will come up. Some farm families worked around the clock to finish their planting. I worked from 5:30 am to dark. I like to be able to see if there are any problems with my planters.
I ordered a corn dryer a couple weeks ago. I had been talking to my salesman about one for a couple years. He called me a couple weeks ago and said that the price was going up 6% so that is what helped me make up my mind. I wanted a tower dryer because I have been reading about how efficient they are and have been seeing several new ones being put in at local elevators and at large farms. My salesman told me that the tower dryer would be too expensive for my acreage and said that he had a smaller horizontal dryer that was just as efficient, so I ordered a Superb SQ 16 A Super B dryer. This is the same dryer that was on display at the Louisville Farm Show in February of this year. It recycles the heat from the cooling section of the dryer. I have been using full heat dryeration with my existing dryer which was a Farm Fans AB-CF 270. I was tired of just guessing the final moisture. With my new dryer, I ordered the full computerized controls which will continually check moisture at the discharge and will adjust the speed of discharge and dryer temperature on the go.
- Daryl Bridenbaugh