Maize Harvesting – Sandstone Estates – June 2014

Moisture levels have remained a little high this year so we are struggling to find lands where the moisture has dropped below 15% which is the cut-off point. However, so far by moving around we have been able to maintain production.

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We started at Sekonyela, which had some of the short growing varieties. We have two John Deere STS combine harvesters and one Case Axial Flow harvesting maize. This brings in an average of about 350-tons per day.

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Close-up pictures of the John Deere STS Combines.

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Our Axial Flow with a John Deere header working in tricky terrain

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Always under the shadow of a big 200 million year old mountain. The top of that mountain was the bottom of a seabed so our combines are working below pre-historic sea levels.

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The axial flow in the thick of it

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One of our two big trucks standing patiently in the lands

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The John Deere and Case working together.

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We have a fleet of 6 Richard Western 15-ton grain trailers which are quick and efficient

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Despite its bulk carrying capacity our big Fruehauf grain trailer can easily be filled in half an hour by the combines

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The front end of the rig

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Our STS filling a Richard Western. The combine harvester holds about 7-tons before it has to discharge.

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The Richard Westerns are drop and go trailers. They can be left as is and picked up mechanically without direct involved by the operator from the cab. This means one tractor can operate multiple trailers.

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The grain mountain grows daily

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A Richard Western offloading in the special discharge unit at the big Kommandonek bunker at Sandstone Estates

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As always the men and machines continue through the twilight into the dark and only stop when the dew causes the moisture level to rise too high.