Present status of farm mechanization
Introduction and history
- Most grain and seed crops are now harvested
with combined harvester-threshers, commonly known as combines.
- Except for the differences in the feeding
arrangement and the addition of a straw stacker, stationary threshers
employ the same principles and include the same basic components
- Although the greatest application of combines
is in harvesting the small grains, corn and soybeans, these machines
are also used for a wide variety of small-acreage or specialty
- Thus, although most emphasis in the following
discussion will be placed upon grain harvesting, occasionally
consideration will be given to other seed crops.