I had better get this posted before I get even farther behind! The combine was rolling all ready so I had better post about chopping corn!
Particularly when we are doing corn silage, I REALLY wish we had a self-propelled chopper. With our pull type, we can only chop 3 rows at a time, and it is pretty slow going. Hopefully soon we will have the self-propelled! 🙂 Even with our chopper, we were still averaging 11-12 minutes per load, so that isn’t to bad.
Close up of corn silage:
With corn silage, we go for a long length of cut (we actually remove every other knife on the chopper, so that it cuts the product longer) then we put a roller mill (called a kernel processor) behind the knives of the chopper when we are doing corn silage. With this we are hopping to fracture every kernel of corn. This makes it easier for the cow to digest.
I am working on uploading some videos I took of chopping, so look for those soon!