Reduce Shatter Loss with Operation Harvest Sweep

Since the corn header was invented in 1954, shatter loss has been an issue during harvest. In the best of conditions, the loss may be minimal. But in stressed corn, it can result in a 7- to 8-bushel-per-acre loss. Shawn Gengerke, CEO and founder of Leading Edge Industries, decided this loss was no longer acceptable.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, I know that corn shatter loss can be significant in some years,” he says. “Between losing the commodity and fighting volunteer corn issues the following year in soybeans, I knew the problem needed to be fixed.”

Gengerke’s solution is called Operation Harvest Sweep. This aftermarket kit replaces stock components in your corn and can save 80% to 85% of all corn shatter loss.

“The kit comprises three different components,” explains Gengerke. “There is a custom set of deck plates with a lipped retaining edge, a custom set of gathering chains, and a set of impact pads/sweeps that collects kernels and reduces the impact around the paddle area.”

Operation Harvest Sweep is priced at $1,450 per row and is available for 11 different combine models, including most John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, and Geringhoff headers. The kit takes 15 to 20 minutes to install per row.

Leading Edge Industries was started in 2014 with the launch of Load Judge. The company is based in Groton, South Dakota, where Gengerke still farms today.

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