Keith Dalgleish of Grandview, Man., bought a 30-foot Biso VX Crop Ranger header for his New Holland CX8070 combine. He used it for the first time in 2008, and straight combined all his wheat and all his canola.
It was the first time he had straight combined canola. “It worked very well,” he says. He didn’t notice any shattering losses to speak off, and he estimates that his yields were higher than they would have been had he swathed. Of course without a direct comparison, you can’t know that for sure.
Dalgleish grew InVigor and Cargill v1035 canola hybrids. The thick crop held together, and “even with a few windy days, there was hardly any shelling.”
You adjust the position of Crop Ranger’s cutterbar automatically from the cab. It has a stepless adjustable reach of 70 cm (27 inches), which you can change on the move to respond to crop stands. You can also automatically adjust the position of the reel and the angle of the reel tines. In sunflowers, for example, you can fold the tines inwards and out of the way. In that position, only the steel tubing of the reel hits the sunflowers and knocks them onto the platform.
A Biso brochure says the cut material is always brought in heads first, for “much softer and more efficient threshing.” The brochure also says “this increases combine performance 15 to 20 per cent” and reduces energy consumption and wear for all threshing components.
Crop Ranger is designed for all field crops except corn. It comes in widths up to 32.5 feet. Suggested price for the 30-foot model is $65,000, says Robert Breckner, the Biso dealer for Western Canada. Breckner farms about five miles from Dalgleish.
In canola, Dalgleish moved the cutter out in front of the reel, as recommended. In wheat, he had the cutterbar out about half way. “The crop flowed just as well as with a draper header,” he says. “It fed as fast as the combine could take it.”
Dalgleish bought the full header because he didn’t already have a straight cut header for his new combine. If he already had a rigid header, he would have bought the Biso header extension with movable cutterbar.
The header connected to Dalgleish’s combine easily. That was a surprise for him. “We lifted in on and within half an hour, we were gone to the field.” It comes with its own joystick, which mounts inside the cab.
When asked if there was anything else about the header that farmers should know, Dalgleish says, “It’s heavy.” He said the 30-foot header is around 10,000 pounds. “If it was a wet fall, we may have had trouble.”
For more information, contact Robert Breckner at [email protected]or 204-648-7129. The Biso website is www.biso. at. (Biso is an Austrian company, hence the “.at”) Click on the U. K. flag to get English.
Jay Whetter is editor of Grainews