A lot of attention is turning to the use of biomass these days with at least three commercial-level programs going that can turn biomass into ethanol; but there's always been some value to corn stalks if you could bale them efficiently as cow fodder or bedding. Glenvar has a new Bale Direct System which provides single-pass harvest and baling of biomass using a large square baler linked directly to the combine.
As shown, the company has a 3-ft. by 4-ft. Massey Ferguson baler linked to the combine, material moves from the combine to the baler without touching the ground. In a single pass you get grain in the combine and material other than grain in the bale. A hydraulic pump is mounted on the combine and drives a hydraulic motor on the baler. The system is suitable for Class 8 and larger combines with four-wheel drive. The baled MOG provides an added income stream for farmers while harvesting grain without interruption.
The combine/baler system offers a range of benefits according to Glenvar:
* harvest grain and bale biomass in a single pass.
* produce clean, solid bales easy to transport and store.
* The Bale Direct System saves fuel, labor and time.
* Reduces field traffic and compaction versus conventional systems.
* Baler can be converted back to pull-type operation for work with a tractor.
* Kits are available for popular combines and no permanent modifications are needed.