Transverse rotor on Gleaner provides harvest options for hemp growers

The Gleaner S9 series includes three models: the S96, S97, and S98.

The all-crop combine means operators don’t have to change concaves for different crops, and is especially useful for plants that tend to wrap — such as hemp and milo.

Gleaner specialist with AGCO, Todd Davis, was on hand at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky, to highlight the transverse rotor and why this is important to hemp growers.

“Hemp is a fibrous material, so it tends to wrap. Like an axial combine, it will feed into that cone and start wrapping, where a Gleaner is natural flow. It feeds in 39 inches and threshes 39 inches, so it’s a natural flow process around the rotor,” explains Davis in the video below. “Hemp is a lot like milo. Milo is a 56-pound test, and hemp is about that 42-pound test. We set that machine to milo, and we can separate the flower and bud, collect that, [and] collect the seed for the ones that want to collect the seed as well.”

2020 also brought some changes to the S97 model, which includes software updates and changes, including improved mapping and guidance.

The current list price for the combine is around $420,000 and can be found worldwide.

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