Combine Settings for Soybeans for Harvesting

Soybean harvest doesn’t have the best grain quality or doesn’t bring many benefits, and it is considered a challenge to harvest during the fall. Especially because of the size of the crop, along with the presence of weed make it harder for harvesting soybeans.


But the John Deere combine comes as a rescue with special settings for the soybeans, and help the farmers have lesser or no grain loss at all.


Things You Need to Know About Setting a Combine For Soybeans



  • The grain stage consists of a normal header that is assembled with a blade shaper bar at the top. The revolving teeth are constructed of plastic and are the star of the show; they reduce yield and fall immediately into the twist drill when they rotate. A shaper bar from a comparable flex stage may flex across forms and edges, and it can be used to cut soybeans, among other things.


  • During harvesting, controlling the floating and flexible cutter bar and the header height will improve your control over maintaining the header low and level to the ground.


  • It is recommended o keep the cutter bar low for short crops or those that are dry. This is mostly need for the crops where pods are on the lower portion on the plant body, as in those that are lower to the ground.


  • If you are working in risky areas, where there is the risk of harvest loss, it is recommended to slow down the combine somewhere from 0.5 to 10 mph.


  • Check whether all parts are alright and available – ledge, knives, guards, wear plates, etc. Also, don’t forget to keep spares handy.


  • A sharp sickle is always needed, otherwise instead of cutting the stems over cleanly, you would have pushed over stems.


  • Don’t ignore the operator’s manual. You will need them to adjust the guards and header properly – which are quite important also.


  • If your stems are not cut cleanly, it might be a dull blade, but is not restricted to that only. Sometimes it is also about improperly set header angle, improper or incorrect header settings, etc.



  • Ground speed and reel speed must match soybean conditions as well. If you are looking for a number, you can consider keeping the reel speed ~25% faster than the ground speed.



  • It is also important to keep the chains and bearings on perfect conditions by lubricating them. You can also keep them serviced, and checked at regular intervals.





Estes Performance Concaves delivers advanced concaves systems that are suitable for threshing all kinds of crops, including soybeans. By using Estes Performance Concaves combine, you can reduce rotor loss, enhances the grain quality by giving clean samples.

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