We are getting close to the end of the growing season for this year’s cotton crop, which means local cotton farmers are beginning to gear up for the harvest.
Get Your Cotton Stripper Inspected Today
Just because your John Deere cotton stripper was working when you parked it in your barn following last year’s harvest, don’t assume that it’s still ready to go today. Sometimes equipment breaks down while it’s in storage. Rather than delay your harvest because your cotton stripper doesn’t work, contact us. We have an 81-point John Deere cotton stripper inspection program you’ll love.
Our certification process involves:
- Verification that the cotton stripper is in great working order. To do this, we inspect the: engine, stripper air system, cleaner, powertrain, lights, header, basket, activation switches and controls, and all machine operation warning lights
- We check all the fluid levels
- Verification that all safety features are in working order
- If adjustments are needed, they’re done by one of the certified JD technicians that we have on staff
- And more!
Avoid Aggressive Cotton Harvesting by Setting the Brush Rolls for your Plants
The best way to keep your cotton clean and free of foreign material is making sure your stripper row units are properly adjusted so that you’re not aggressively harvesting.
The key to getting the maximum yield for your efforts is considering the various conditions such as the average height/width of your cotton plants, the moisture content, and how much defoliation has occurred. Once you have the necessary information about the plants, it’s time to adjust the stripper rows. This process involves:
- Setting the brush roll timing
- Adjusting the cotton brush roll spacing for field and plant conditions. Remember that the ideal spacing of the brush rolls will be determined by the size of your cotton plants.
If you use computer equipment to help you monitor field conditions, the plants, moisture content, and terrain while you harvest your cotton, use the days leading up to the harvest to make sure all of the software is updated.
Make a Test Run
A few days before you dive into the harvest, make a test run or two with your cotton stripper, not only does this allow you to double check the field adjustment, but it also provides you with an opportunity to observe how the equipment currently functions and assess whether or not it needs any work done on it before the harvest swings into full speed.
If your pre-harvest inspection leaves you wondering about the overall condition of your cotton stripper and you're worried the equipment might not make it through the current harvest, contact Hurst Farm Supply today. We have several excellent new and reconditioned John Deere cotton strippers in our inventory right now. All have been thoroughly inspected by our certified John Deere technicians and will provide you with hassle free, efficient harvesting experiences.
Harvest will be here before we know it. Are you ready?
Monitor Your Bats and Brushes
Every time you stop to take a break, take a look at the cotton stripper’s bats and brushes. When you’re in full harvest mode, it’s easy to forget how quickly they wear out. Worn out bats and brushes often break apart, creating foreign debris in the baled cotton lint.
The best way to keep your cotton clean is replacing any bats, brushes, and saws that show signs of wear. You’ll find the parts you need right here at Hurst Farm Supply. Not only do we have a wide assortment of certified parts for all John Deere cotton strippers, but we can also deliver to all producers located within a 150-mile radius of our store for a small service charge. All you have to do is let us know what you require!
Now is the time to prepare for harvest season. This month we are offering 7% off all stripper and combine parts. Come get yours while they are on sale! (Note: special ends September 15,2016)
If you have any questions at all about our John Deere parts, cotton stripper inventory, or 81-point John Deere cotton stripper inspection program, contact us today.