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Veteran Advisor

Combine To Corn Planter?

Just curious to know if anyone has heard of anyone putting a corn planter on the front of a combine.  

With auto steer and all the hydraulics on the combine, it seems like a natural fit.  Plenty of power, fuel, traction.  Fairly low compaction if it's light and runs low-pressure tires.

Dump the tote in the hopper and figure out a way to feed the units.

 

And of course make it robotic.

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Veteran Contributor

Re: Combine To Corn Planter?

One of the attachments for the New Idea Uni system back in the 1970's was a toolbar that planter units could be mounted on.  Of course, each row unit had its own hopper, but a central fill system could probably have been devised.  There would have been plenty of space on the side of the power unit where the crop processing components mounted.  For a modern combine some kind of hopper could be made to set in the grain tank with a pneumatic delivery system to the row units.  Seems like an awful lot of weight to be running on freshly tilled ground for planting, though.  It might not be so bad on established no-till ground. 

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Combine To Corn Planter?

We had a NI Uni system but didn't have the toolbar and I did not know about it till you mentioned it.  Interesting.

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Re: Combine To Corn Planter?

There was a guy in our area who stripped an n5 gleaner and mounted a corn planter. 12 row. Used it for a couple of years and got rid of it. Don't know if it was front mounted or belly mounted. Never did see it, just heard the talk.

 

Maybe you have already seen this.

 

https://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=19467

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