What is combining?
Modern methods of combining require the use of a combine or a combine harvester. These combining machines have been designed to efficiently harvest a range of grain crops. The name is derived from the way in which the process combines three individual harvest operations. Reaping, threshing, and winnowing are all combined into the one process, in order to simplify the overall operation.
What is swathing?
Swathing is the name given to the process of cutting crops and placing the produce in neat rows that are then held together using interlaced straws. The structure is supported above the ground by the stubble effect created. This method is often used when crops are either uneven in maturity, or the climate is prone to damp weather, which would not allow the grain to dry naturally. It can also be sued when a crop is at risk of losing mass due to lodging or shed
Our combining and grain transport
At AWSM farming, our agricultural service offering currently boasts three 25 ft Cut Combines, which are all fitted with GPS auto-steering. This assists with ensuring that the combines always make field breaks, leaving a full headers width. Our agricultural services include yield mapping that offers our customers the ability to analyse areas of a field that are not reaching their full potential.
Our harvest smart feed rate controls are fitted to ensure that our combine machinery automatically manages and adjusts speeds according to the loss monitors and variations in crop yield. This system aims to reassure our customers that our combined capabilities will always run at an optimum level and ensure that there is no loss in yield, preventing valuable grains falling from the back of the machinery.
Our agricultural services include the use of several grain trailers, available to transport your crops and grain from field to store. We offer the capability to supply our customers with a full tow and tractor or a tow to use in combinator with our customers own farming machinery, with full operative availability from our team.
AWSM Farming operates a 16-tonne chaser bin towed by one of our tractors, on floatation tires, offering the capability to lead off from the combines to a wagon nearby, ready to transport the grain to a silo or store. This agricultural service is considered to be the most cost-efficient method of transportation, with the wagon capable of transporting around three times more grain per trip, compared to a standard tractor. Furthermore, where longer distances need to be covered, the wagon is considerably quicker on the road than the tractor method.
Our additional agricultural service offering includes increasing combine capability, which ensures a crop is harvested in the correct conditions and can ensure that combining is efficiently and swiftly collected, during periods of bad weather.
Our swathing agricultural services
Our unique agricultural service offering for swathing sets us aside from other farming service providers. Our Shelbourne Reynolds Mentor with 16 ft cut allows us to effectively provide a unique agricultural service to our customers, which can be incorporated into all farming service packages. Our machinery can be used to swatch oilseed rape and borage, however, we are also available to provide a wheat swathing service, which readies the yield for collection by a forager.
Our customers appreciate the ability to rely on our agricultural services, to ensure that their swathing needs are met in a professional and timely manner;
“AWSM Farming tends to swath our Oilseed Rape, as it brings the crop ready for the combine sooner, spreading the workload of the combines out. It also spreads the risk of not all our OSR crop being exposed to high winds or rainstorms, which can knock the seeds out when they are at the brittle stage, following desiccation.”
Economical agricultural services
We price individual jobs to ensure that they are the most economically sound option for the individual customer. We can offer fixed prices per acre when it comes to combining and swathing agricultural services. Our pre-priced methods ensure that our customers do not end up faced with a surprisingly high bill, once the agricultural service has been completed.
The inner workings of a combine harvester are complex, but the basic process involves gathering the cereal crops in the front and separating the grains from their stalks through a threshing drum. The grains are then collected into a tank (or a trailer that’s pulled alongside the combine harvester), and the unwanted stalks are dispensed out the back of the machine.
Combine harvesters come in various sizes, with the largest ones available today running headers up to 60 feet, or 18m, though widths of 11-13 feet, or 3-4m, are much more common. The height of a combine harvester is rarely under 11 feet, reflecting the need and operating function of the harvester.
Once a combine harvester separates the grain from the stalks or chaff, the grain is collected into a trailer and then transported to a store. Typically the trailer will be pulled by a tractor and often pulled alongside the combine harvester when collecting the grain to reduce the need for additional collection.