Name: John Deere 4995 Discbine with 14'6" cutting head

2010-10-22 Harvest Baled corn stover from all reps of G1 and G3 in the GLBRC. Plots were first cut and windrowed with John Deere 4995 Discbine. Windrowed stover material was collected and baled with the JD 7420a tractor and JD 385 round baler. Bales were loaded onto a trailer and taken to the KBS Dairy to be weighed. Each bale had three moisture readings taken using a hand-held Farmex® DHT-1 Digital Hay Tester with 32” Probe.

2012-05-15 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2012-06-12 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2012-07-30 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2012-11-08 Harvest November 7, 2012: Dennis Pennington mowed the native prairie (M2) and switchgrass (M3) fields at Marshall Farm. November 8, 20012: Jack Pennington baled the native prairie (M2) and switchgrass (M3) fields at Marshall Farm. Jack used his JD 4630 tractor and Hesston baler. Before baling they raked the windrows together i.e. they raked two windrows into one windrow. Pennington's used their tractor for raking. Penn-Dale Farm used their tractor to bring all the square bales to one location in the field. Penn-Dale Farm used their Bob-cat skid-steers to load the bales out of the field onto semi-trucks. Areas:

2012-11-08 Harvest November 8, 2012: Dennis Pennington mowed the switchgrass (L2) and native prairie (L3) fields at Lux Arbor. November 9, 20012: Jack Pennington baled the switchgrass (L2) and native prairie )L3) fields at Lux Arbor. Jack used his JD 4630 tractor and Hesston baler. Before baling they raked the windrows together i.e. they raked two windrows into one windrow. Pennington's used their tractor for raking. Penn-Dale Farm used their tractor to bring all the square bales to one location in the field. Penn-Dale Farm used their Bob-cat skid-steers to load the bales out of the field onto semi-trucks.

2013-06-04 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2013-07-11 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 4, 3, 5, 6, and 2. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2013-08-16 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications, reps: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2013-10-09 Harvest Dennis Pennington cut the switchgrass and prairie fields at Marshall Farm.

2013-10-10 Harvest Dennis Pennington cut the switchgrass and prairie fields at Lux Arbor. Finished cutting the prairie on Friday October 11, 2013 (around 20% of the field).

2014-05-29 Harvest Harvested Rye/Winter Pea cover crop in GLBRC Main Site G2,G3,G4 all replications. Used John Deere 7350 forage harvester pulling a GNUSE forage wagon that has load cells. Replication 5 was direct cut right into the wagon. Reps 1-4 were first mowed with John Deere 4995 discbine and then picked up using John Deere 7350 forage harvester with pick up head.

2014-05-30 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6 in that order. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2014-07-02 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, and 6 in that order. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2014-08-06 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6 all replications: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 in that order. Plots were mowed north to south using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2014-10-22 Harvest Dennis Pennington cut the prairie (2) and switchgrass (M3) fields at Marshall Farm. Start time 11:30 a.m. End time: 6:00 p.m. (no break downs or down time while harvesting these two fields this year).

2014-10-23 Harvest Dennis Pennington cut the prairie (L3) and switchgrass (L2) fields at Lux Arbor. Start time 11:30 a.m. End time: ? p.m. (no break downs or down time while harvesting these two fields this year).

2015-05-21 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6, all replications: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2015-06-23 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6, all replications: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Reps 1-4 were mowed on 6-23/15 and reps 5 and 6 were mowed on 6-24-15. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2015-08-27 Harvest We needed an area to demo a large square baler so we mowed some of the switchgrass and prairie fields Marshall Farm. M3 (switchgrass): Harvest Date: August 27, 2015 60 feet (4 passes/windrows) was harvested from the east fence row (along the road) towards the west and 60 feet from the north fence row towards the south. We harvested in an 'L' shape to make sure to stay out of the 200m diameter buffer area of the Flux Tower. The switchgrass area mowed on August 27, 2015 was baled with a New Holland 340 big square baler. We tried the JD 6170 and JD 7520 tractors on the baler. Harvest Date: September 1, 2015 120 feet (8 passes/windrows) was harvested from the east fence row (along the road) towards the west and 90 feet (6 passes/windrows) from the north fence row towards the south. We harvested in an 'L' shape to make sure to stay out of the 200m diameter buffer area of the Flux Tower. The switchgrass area mowed on September 1, 2015 was baled with a JD L340 big square baler. We tried the JD 6170 and JD 7520 tractors on the baler. M2 (prairie field): Harvest Date: August 27, 2015 60 feet (4 passes/windrows) was harvested from the south fence row (along the road) towards the north. We harvested to make sure to stay out of the 200m diameter buffer area of the Flux Tower. The prairie area mowed on August 27, 2015 was baled with a New Holland 340 big square baler. We tried the JD 6170 and JD 7520 tractors on the baler. Harvest Date: September 1, 2015 105 feet (7 passes/windrows) was harvested from the south fence row (along the road) towards the north. The switchgrass area mowed on September 1, 2015 was baled with a JD L340 big square baler. We tried the JD 6170 and JD 7520 tractors on the baler. We harvested to make sure to stay out of the 200m diameter buffer area of the Flux Tower.

2015-11-19 Harvest cut the prairie (M2) and switchgrass (M3) fields at Marshall Farm. Start time 11:30 a.m. End time: 6:00 p.m. (no break downs or down time while harvesting these two fields this year).

2016-11-15 Harvest Harvested (mowed) the prairie field at Marshall Farm. Mowed from 12:00 - 5:00 this does not include drive time, set up time, or clean-up time. Joe mowed the first half of the field and Ryan finished mowing the field. Mowed with the JD 4995 Discbine (wind-rower).

2016-11-16 Harvest Harvested (mowed) the switchgrass field at Marshall Farm. Started mowing the field on Tuesday November 15, 2016 late afternoon, opened the field up and made a few passes. Mowed over 1/2 the field on Wednesday November 16, 2016. Mowed from 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Finished mowing the switchgrass field on Thursday November 17, 2016.

2016-11-11 Harvest Harvested (mowed) the prairie at Lux Arbor.

2016-11-14 Harvest Harvested (mowed) the switchgrass field at Lux Arbor. Started mowing the field on Friday November 11, 2016 afternoon, opened the field up and made a few passes. Mowed 1/2 the field on Saturday November 12, 2016. Finished mowing the switchgrass field on Monday November 14, 2016. Justin Mezo and Ryan Anthony took turns mowing and stacking bales on Monday.

2017-06-12 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6, all replications: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2017-07-17 Harvest Cut alfalfa in LTER Main Site treatment T6, all replications: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Plots were mowed using the JD 4995 discbine with 14' 6” cutting head.

2017-09-08 Harvest Friday September 8, 2017 Justin Mezo cut the alfalfa in the LTER T6 plots. Equipment used: JD Monday September 11, 2017 the MSU KBS Dairy Farm staff raked and baled the T6 plots.

2017-11-29 Harvest Mowed all the prairie in L1 on Wednesday November 29, 2017. Baled all the prairie in L1 on Wednesday November 29, 2017. (105 total bales, total weight = 42.1 tons, average weight per bale = 802 lbs/bale). Started to move the bales from L1 on Wednesday November 29, 2017. Finished moving the bales from L1 on Thursday November 30, 2017.

2017-11-27 Harvest Harvested (mowed) M2 prairie on Monday November 27, 2017. Started Baling M2 prairie on Monday November 27, 2017. Finished baling M2 on Tuesday November 28, 2017. (59 total bales, total weight = 25.0 tons, average weight per bale = 851 lbs/bale). Moved bales from M2 on Tuesday November 28, 2017.

2017-11-28 Harvest Started harvesting (mowing) M3 switchgrass on Monday November 27, 2017. Finished mowing the switchgrass on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Baled M3 switchgrass on Tuesday November 28, 2017. (255 total bales, total weight = 104.0 tons, average weight per bale = 816 lbs/bale). Started to moved bales from M2 on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Finished removing bales from M2 on Wednesday November 29, 2017.

2017-12-01 Harvest Started harvesting (mowing) L2 switchgrass on Thursday November 30, 2017. Finished mowing the switchgrass on Friday December 1, 2017. Baled L2 switchgrass on Friday December 1, 2017. (215 total bales, total weight = 94.0 tons, average weight per bale = 875 lbs/bale). Started to move bales off the L2 field on Friday December 1, 2017. Finished moving bales off L2 on Saturday December 2, 2017.

2019-04-24 Harvest Harvested Prairie and Switchgrass at Lux Arbor. Because of a wet 2018 fall harvest was not completed until spring of 2019. Prairie Field: number of bales and weight: 1. 46 bales, gross wt 73,540 tare wt 37,160, 2. 46 bales, gross wt 72,920 tare wt 37,160, 3. 22 bales gross wt. 54,180 tare wt. 37,160. Switchgrass Field: number of bales and weight: 1. 46 bales, gross wt 72,020 tare wt 37,160, 2. 46 bales, gross wt 73,100 tare wt 37,160, 3. 23 bales gross wt. 55,120 tare wt. 37,160.

2019-04-25 Harvest Harvested Prairie and Switchgrass at Marshall Farm. Because of a wet 2018 fall harvest was not completed until spring of 2019. Harvested the Prairie field and about 25% (the east side) of the switchgrass field on Thursday April 25, 2019. Harvested the remaining switchgrass field on Friday April 26, 2019. All bales were removed from the prairie field on Friday April 26, 2019 all the prairie bales were taken the MSU KBS to be used by the KBS dairy center. All bales were removed from the switchgrass field on Friday April 26, 2019 all the switchgrass bales were taken to Prairie View Dairy Farm (on Parker Rd) or to MSU KBS to be used by the KBS dairy center.

2020-08-18 Harvest Mowed (harvested) T6 (Reps 1,2,3,4,5, and 6) switchgrass. Did not mow micro plots in the northwest corner of each rep. Mowed (harvested) in August to reduce the spread of marestail. Equipment used: JD 4995 Discbine.

2020-10-09 Harvest Harvested (mowed) the biodiversity plots on October 9, 2020, all trt's and all reps. Harvested (picked-up the windrows) on Thursday October 15, 2020. Grab samples from each plot were placed in paper bags weighed for wet weight and placed in plant dryer, each sample will be reweighed to determine percent moisture for each plot. Finished harvesting left over stand in biodiversity on December 10, 2020. Mowed with JD Discbine and picked up windrows with JD 7350 chopper and Gnuse harvest wagon. -Ryan Anthony

2020-11-06 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Marshall Farm. See attachment for yields

2020-11-05 Harvest Harvested switchgrass at Lux Arbor See attached for yields

2020-11-07 Harvest Harvested switchgrass at Marshall Farm. See attachment for yield

2019-12-06 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Lux Arbor. Prairie Field: Loads we recorded number of bales and weight: 1. 24 bales, gross wt. 42,860, tare wt. 19,440, net wt. 23,480 (lbs). 2. 12 bales, gross wt. 31,020, tare wt. 19,400, net wt. 11,620 (lbs). 3. 24 bales, gross wt. 41,720, tare wt. 19,420, net wt. 22,300 (lbs). 4. 20 bales, gross wt. 38,260, tare wt. 19,440, net wt. 18,820 (lbs). 5. 24 bales, gross wt. 41,760, tare wt. 19,440, net wt. 22,320 (lbs). Field Total: 104 bales, 98,480 (lbs), 49.24 (tons).

2019-12-06 Harvest Harvested Switchgrass at Marshall Farm. Switchgrass Field: Loads we recorded number of bales and weight (lbs): 1. 24 bales, gross wt 41,220, tare wt 19,340, net wt. 21,880 (lbs) 2. 29 bales, gross wt 45,740, tare wt 19,360, net wt. 26,380 (lbs) 3. 28 bales gross wt. 44,540 tare wt. 19,320, net wt. 25,220 (lbs). 4. 36 bales, gross wt 70,060, tare wt 36,840, net wt. 33,220 (lbs) 5. 46 bales, gross wt 77,920, tare wt 36,840, net wt. 41,080 (lbs) 6. 46 bales gross wt. 78,000 tare wt. 36,840, net wt. 41,160 (lbs). Field Totals: 209 bales 188,940 (lbs) 94.47 (tons).

2019-12-07 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Marshall Farm (M2). Prairie Field: Loads we recorded number of bales and weight (lbs): 1. 24 bales, gross wt. 41,040, tare wt. 19,020, net wt. 22,020 (lbs). 2. 46 bales, gross wt. 80,220, tare wt. 36,360, net wt. 43,860 (lbs). 3. 10 bales (wagon), gross wt. 15,600, tare wt. 6,340, net wt. 9,260 (lbs). Field Totals: 80 bales, 75,140 (lbs), 37.57 (tons).

2020-11-04 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Lux Arbor. See attachments for yield

2021-08-19 Harvest Mowed (harvested) switchgrass in T6, reps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Did not mow micro-plots in the northwest corner of each rep (we will harvest the micro-plots separately). Mowed (harvested) in August to reduce the spread of marestail seed to the T6 plots and other plots too. Equipment used: JD 4995 Discbine.

2021-08-02 Harvest Mow SUDEX

2021-12-13 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Lux Arbor. Prairie Field: Loads we recorded number of bales and weight:

2021-12-14 Harvest Harvested Prairie at Marshall Farm. For each load we recorded number of bales and weight: see attached.

2022-04-29 Harvest Harvested switchgrass at Marshall Farm. For each load we recorded number of bales and weight: see attached.

2022-04-28 Harvest Harvested Switchgrass at Lux Arbor. Number of bales and weight taken, see attached

2022-06-16 Harvest Mow hay at a height of 2-3". Moisture samples were taken on the 17th before bailing as haylage.

2022-07-28 Harvest Mow hay at a height of 1-2 inches.

2022-08-30 Harvest Mowed ASP5 forage plots for forage harvest. Cut approximately 2" high, which varied a bit based on some historic contour within the field.

2022-09-14 Harvest Mow sudex, millet, and sunhemp cover crop in preparation for making bailage. Cutting height was 2 inches.

2022-11-08 Harvest Mowed (harvested) switchgrass in T6, reps: 6, 5, 3, 1, 2, and 4. Micro-plots in the Northwest corner of each rep were not harvested, these micro-plots will be harvested separately. Equipment used: JD 4995 Discbine. Reps 6, 5, and 3 were harvested and bailed on 11/7/22.

2022-11-10 Harvest Mowed and baled switchgrass at Marshall farm. see attached for yields.

2022-11-11 Harvest Mowed and baled switchgrass at Lux Arbor. See attached for yields.

2022-11-11 Harvest Mowed and baled prairie at Lux Arbor. See attached for yields

2022-12-06 Harvest Mowed and baled prairie at Marshall. See attached for yields

2023-05-15 Harvest Mowed forage in LTAR ASP4 Plots at about 4" in height

2023-05-30 Harvest Mowed alfalfa/grass plots in field C1 - Kim Cassida's Project. Joe Paling and crew first came down and mowed the plot strips with the Carter forage harvester. Then the whole plot was mowed with the discbine, and raked and baled on 5/31

2023-06-19 Harvest Mowed forage for harvest in ASP4 plots. Mowed approximately 2-3 inches from soil surface.

2023-07-31 Harvest Mow forage at a height of 1.5 inches.

2023-08-25 Mowing Mow hay at a height of 1.5".

2023-09-01 Harvest Mow cover crop/forage at a height of 1.5"

2023-11-14 Harvest Harvested biomass in G4, G5, G7, G9, and G10 plots, all reps. Harvested the main-plot area. Wet grab samples were collected and placed in the Grieve plant drier to determine percent moisture in the biomass. 2023 was the first year that all the biomass was mowed with the JD discbine and chopped with the JD self-propelled chopper equipped with a 'hay (biomass) pick-up head'. In past years the biomass was 'direct' cut with the JD selp-propelled chopper equipped with 'kemper' direct harvesting head. See notes relating to the harvesting equipment heads under the JD 7350 sel-propelled harvester 'chopper'. The 7350 self-propelled forage harvester/chopper is equipped with a JD 676 Rotary Rowless Header, (Kemper Harvesting Head), 15 ft (4.57 meter) wide, or a JD 630B Windrow Pickup Head with Finger Auger, 3.0 Meter (9.8 ft) Wide.

2023-12-14 Harvest Mowed and baled switchgrass at Lux Arbor (field L2). Removed bales from field on December 15, 2023.

2023-12-15 Harvest Mowed and baled switchgrass at Marshall Farm (field M3). Removed bales from field on December 16, 2023.

2024-04-10 Harvest Mowed (harvested) switchgrass in T6, reps: 6, 5, 4 and 3. Micro-plots in the Northwest corner of each rep were already harvested in fall of 2023. Equipment used: JD 4995 Discbine. These four reps were harvested and bailed same day. T6 plots were not harvest in fall of 2023 due to prolonged wet weather. Locations where the bales dropped from the baler were marked with JD GPS on the LTER Gator. T6R1 and T6R2 were harvested on 4/15/24, due to weather.

2024-04-08 Harvest harvested Marshall farm prairie, mowed on the 8th, baled on the 9th. Picked them up and took to Tim Osborne. 19 bales, 13,780 lbs

2024-04-09 Harvest mowed and baled Lux Arbor Prairie. 15 bales, 11,400 lbs. took bales to Tim Osborne

2024-05-17 Harvest Mow first cutting of hay at a height of 2".

2024-05-20 Harvest Mow bait crop hay at a height of 2".

2024-05-29 Harvest After cleaning the mower with scraper/ blowing off, mow hay. B2W SRW wheat, B2E red clover, A3W small grain blend.