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Earlage is chopped using a self propelled chopper and a snapper head.  The earlage is chopped directly into an end dump tractor trailer for transport to the storage location.  The snapper header is used to collect the cobs and husks with a minimal amount of other material.  The viewer will notice that there is snow on the ground in this picture.  This particular operation was salvaging corn which did not mature during a very cool growing season.  Ideally, earlage would be harvested earlier in the season when moisture conditions in the plant and plant maturity are better for facilitating fermentation.

Chopping earlage

Credit: Gregory Lardy

Digital Credit: Gregory Lardy

Publisher: North Dakota State University

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Description: Earlage is chopped using a self propelled chopper and a snapper head. The earlage is chopped directly into an end dump tractor trailer for transport to the storage location. The snapper header is used to collect the cobs and husks with a minimal amount of other material. The viewer will notice that there is snow on the ground in this picture. This particular operation was salvaging corn which did not mature during a very cool growing season. Ideally, earlage would be harvested earlier in the season when moisture conditions in the plant and plant maturity are better for facilitating fermentation.

Resolution: 2848x2136

File Size: 1.8 MB