Harvested yields of soy in many Arkansas fields can be increased by 5-10 percent by leaving less soy in the field when combining. Combine operation requires an expert, and a skilled operator may add more than US$150 profit per hour of harvest. However, surveys indicate that only 10 percent of all combine operators check their combine adjustments regularly and match forward speed to field conditions. Operators need to evaluate their operations and decide where to make improvements.
Field losses are commonly around 10 percent of yield. However, North Carolina State University estimated that sometimes 15-20 percent losses are possible due to careless harvest operations.
There are several types of losses:
Article made possible through the contribution of University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.