Wednesday, September 18, 2013
When we went outside this morning, we could see the evidence of a few sprinkles of rain overnight. Not raining now, so we are not delayed on corn harvesting.
Yesterday evening finished better than Monday evening. When we stopped for the night, nothing on the combine was broken! I did require a service call on the JD 9770 yesterday afternoon, for the hydrostatic charge pump had low pressure… that makes the combine lock the parking brake until it’s fixed. Brad, the service man, replaced two pressure sensors, and the combine was going again. The good news is that there was nothing that was wrong with the hydrostatic (ground propulsion) system. The faulty sensors gave a false low-pressure reading. Sensors are much less expensive than a hydrostat or charge pump.
The best news after two days of harvesting corn is the yield. No, it’s not a record like 2004, but it’s pretty darn good! With the moisture running 24-28%, the dryer is really busy!
There should be a YouTube video posted later today of a bit of yesterday afternoon’s field work, and in that video you can see the combine in action, unloading on-the-go.