The five Ws of combine prep

(Kara Oosterhuis/RealAgriculture)

It’s never too early to start thinking about harvest prep, especially as fall-seeded crops race towards the finish line in mid-summer.

Jim Franceschetti, product marketing manager, crop harvesting, hay & forage for CASE IH, says that starting combine prep early means avoiding too-busy service bays and techs and avoids waits for parts, too.

Franceschetti says that prepping the combine for harvest starts at the end of last season, thinking back to what parts may have needed replacing or wear parts that may need to be checked over. It’s also a great habit to get in to a post-harvest inspection routine so that the combine goes in to storage in the best shape possible. (Story continues after the interview.)

Thinking about the 5 Ws of combine prep — who, what, when, where, why — Fraceschetti says the who can include your local dealer, who may offer a combine inspection package. Many dealers also host combine clinics in the summer, so keep in touch on potential events in the area.

The what includes inspecting wear points, grease points, belts, and more, and includes topping up all fluids and checking batteries.

The why is the real driver, he adds, as a well-prepped combine reduces the potential for downtime and gets farmers on the road to maximum efficiency.

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