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MartinM 409293 132 Swathers in Alberta, Canada either
Swathers in Alberta, Canada
This thread shows some of the swathers I saw while in Canada.
First Pic is "our" New Holland swather with a 16 ft Discbine. For some reason I like this shot very much, though it doesn't really show the machine very much. But others will follow....
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This one shows you some more of the unit. I'm cutting some natural grass for hay here. Usually all hay field are sown with alfalfa every couple of years. But this really only was a few acres and a wet spot anyway. So whenever a summer was dry enough you just cut your hay and that's it. The barley in the backround will be swathed in the near future.
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Lovely shot of the hay. As you can see not much there. This is the first (and only) cutting! Alfalfa will do a lot better. These swaths will be left like this for 2-3 days. Then you take a wheel rake and turn two together and leave them for another day or so. After that it is ready to bale. Pretty easy compared to the system I was used to in Germany.
Where we cut, ted several times, rake for the night and spread out again and rake again. After 4 days and at least 7 passes we had dry also. I know about leave shatter. But in our region there is hardly a time frame to cure hay without much turning. :-( But we're switching to more and more silage.
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Here you can see some beautiful oats. We cut them for greenfeed. Which is basically hay. Just like wholecropsilage some do over here, only left out to dry some more. And boy does it take time to dry down. And after the sun sets you better hurry out of the field. No baling this stuff at night. It takes at least a week to dry but the cattle love it. It's great feed. With this it is even more important not to shatter the hay as the kernels might fall out. That's why we baled the windrows from the swather. But because it is such a huge crop it works alright.
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Any idea what this might be?
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No worries I show you. :-)

BUGS and lots of them. Sometimes it seems like the discbine was covered in a moving sheet of them. Most were green ones. Also lots of dragonflys (?)
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A close up of a dragon fly. At least I hope that's what they're called. This one got wet (I was cutting in a light rain) and couldn't fly away.
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This one is in a dealer's lot. It was a rainy day so took the time for a drive around. It is loaded on to one of them swather movers. Only the front wheel sit on the trailer. The back ones just turn around and run on the road. Nice way to transport a swather. Not all that easy to load it onto there but beats taking of the header. Unhooking is not easy like on a combine at all. We mostly used it to pass bridges which were "only" 25' wide. While the header was 30' like this one here. The swather couldn't lift it high enough to clear the bridges.
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This is the swather mover on the farm. Back the Swather onto it. Chain it down, and away you go.
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A MacDon Prarie Star swather. My camera doesn't like cloudy wheather, so the pic is not high quality. But you can see the hook ups for the header. Those arms need to go into some tubes on the header, not an easy task. That's why you try to leave it on as long as possible.
In the backround lots of machinery. Which I might post some later date.
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Last one. Not very nice because of the rain.

This roller will be pulled behind the swather in canola. The crop is branched very much. So the swath is big but very fluffy. In order to save it from being blown away by the wind, you push it down into the stubble. The roller is just a very light sheet of metal.

Ours got sprayed on by a skunk. Oh boy. We had to move it some weeks later and still the smell was on there. Luckily the skunk wasn't cut into the swath. Makes a mess out of a combine.

Feel free to ask and comment.
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in wich town is this?
what year where you there Martin?
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Interesting pictures Martin ;-)
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Very intresting posts. Did you swath all crops on this farm?
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@jdeere:

I think the dealer was in Vegreville. That's east of Edmonton. There was JD and a New Holland dealer there. The farm was located somewhat between Vegreville and Edmonton. I was there for the summer harvest in 2005, which turned out to be a late harvest right into october.

@Lennart:
All the barley, canola and oats were swathed. Most of the wheat was straight cut. Some farmers however didn't even own a straight cut header for their combine. They swathed everything.
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I figured I just add these here.

A nice side shot from the side. Also shows the way the crop is cut at a 90° angle to the direction to the rows. This is done to prevent it from falling into the stubble.

You have to have nice big fields for all this, though
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This one of the few pics I have with the honeybee header on the New Holland. I like the blue sky in this one. The header is 30'. 9m.
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Last one (again)

Shows the hook up of the Honeybee. Looks kind of messy, but isn't all that bad. The header is hydraulicly driven.

Martin
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