On average, soybean producers lose 1 to 2 bushels per acre during soybean harvest. Given the projected soybean market price for the 2021-22 marketing year, this translates to $13.85 to $27.70 per acre of lost income. Adverse conditions such as short plants, lodged plants, and repeated wetting and drying cycles can significantly increase harvest losses beyond these levels.
To assist growers in being the most profitable, the Michigan Soybean Committee is cooperating with Michigan State University Extension, Kendall English Farms, AWS Airbar Systems, Burnips Equipment, Ellens Equipment, Humm Farms, Hutson Inc., and Janson Equipment Co. to host the 10th annual Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day.
The field day is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in a field located directly across the road from 6870 E. Tyler Road in Breckenridge, Mich. The field and parking are located on the north side of the road about three-quarters of a mile east of Wisner Road.
Equipment company representatives will discuss specific recommendations for fine-tuning their combines, and the following topics and equipment will be demonstrated or presented: draper heads, auger heads, air-assisted reels, harvest loss measurements, harvest recommendations and common harvest errors.
In addition to learning new information and watching the newest equipment run in the field, participants will receive educational materials related to measuring and minimizing soybean harvest losses and enjoy a complimentary barbeque lunch.
There is no charge for the field day. However, registration is requested by calling 269-673-0370, ext. 2562, before noon Sept. 24 to ensure an accurate count for lunch and educational materials. Call this same number and extension for cancellation and rescheduling information, as this is not a rain-or-shine event.
Staton is an MSU Extension educator.