Chopping Corn Silage near Burkettsville Ohio - September 2017

by: Mike Less - Farmhand Mike

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it's my class and here's some video from September 2017 I am in Burkittsville Ohio and I am going just north of town to keller dairy farms to take some video of them chopping their 2017 corn silage crop Burkittsville ohio is in western Ohio and it is on a dark Mercer County line and this town was founded in 1876 by a blind sawmill owner Issac Berkut Berkut Civello hi-oh is home of st. Bernard's Catholic Church and has a population of around 240 people Keller dairy farms is a family-run operation and this is one of the cleanest dairy farms you'll ever see nobody takes offense to that because there is a lot of very nice dairy operations in this area of Ohio but this one always stands out is the premier showplace farm in my mind but with that said I was pretty excited to get out here and do a video of this farm farm is pretty easy to spot from Saint Henry Ohio because of the two tall silos you see there are 120 foot tall and you're going down state route 118 they really stand out I don't know the Keller family real well I met them many years ago we had a field day out here when I worked for Gale company we did a demonstration for the dealers and some customers when Gale come out with the first pull type forage harvester with a crop processor in it the dairy farm has expanded since them days and it would be hard to chop the amount of corn silage they need now with a pull type forage harvester so what you're gonna see in this video is a cost 930 jagwire doing the corn silage chopping to the 120 foot silos the gale 15 80 forage blower was about the only blower on the market that would fill these silos without any trouble so in April of 2006 when Gale company announced they was no longer making forage products this farm went out and bought three brand new ones and backed them into barns so they would always have a blower to fill these silos on time they had seven fifteen eighty gale blowers here I believe they still use these silos some but as you will see in the video the bulk of the corn silage now will be going on a silage pile Plus 9:30 forage harvester is powered by a mercedes-benz inline six-cylinder diesel engine and putting out around four hundred and sixty two horsepower in this video you're gonna see all kinds of different tractors and wagons hauling a silage from the field over to the farm dumping it on a silage pile where you're gonna see a bunch more tractors pushing and packing the silage pile down once this farm gets started chopping the corn silage they say it takes them about a week to get everything finished up and that's with everything going good other farms in the area were already done chopping corn silage and these guys are chopping a little bit later but the reason for that is we had the wet spring here where a lot of the corn got planted and got rained on and got beat down and did not have a good stand so these guys looked at their crop they didn't like what they seen they went ahead and replanted everything and that turned out to be the right thing to do so they got a real good corn crop here and about the third week of September so it's not terrible but they're getting this crop in on the silage pile is a John Deere 93-60 are with a Leon silage blade pushing him packing silage and also on the packing duty is a Ford Newhall 189 70 I believe with weight on it packing in a MX Case IH Magnum tractor quick rundown of everything that's going on here there's about 24 more minutes of video so please enjoy


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Video of Corn Silage Harvest at Keller Farms just north of Burkettsville Ohio. This is a family dairy operation and the video shows the entire process of the corn being chopped in the field with their Class Jaguar 930 forage harvester and the crop being hauled back to the farm and pushed and packed on a silage pile
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