How should I use a forage harvester?

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How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Krd1749 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:24 pm

I really like using a forage harvester, but I've only ever used them for poplars in the past.

To be honest, I've never really known whether I should be using a forage harvester vs. just mowing and using a loading wagon or making bales.

Are they really only meant to be used for really large fields? I was thinking about getting one on my mini-brunn save, but maybe that's not appropriate.

Let me know how you guys use your forage harvesters. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Noraf » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:30 pm

Well, you have the E 281-C on the modhub that'll probably fit just fine there :)
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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by chedly_farms » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:32 pm

Get one. For Real. If this game was about realism, we should be using 3m seeders on most of our fields. I like using a forage harvester just because it gives me a different machine to have fun with. I do use a pickup trailer for a lot of grasswork, but on Marwell I use the John Deere for corn silage. And I use the Fliegl Bull trailer from TopAce888 when I need to pull a wagon on Corn end rows and doing grass. If anything, just lease one if your on the fence.
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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by this_is_gav » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:48 pm

In reality they're used on all sorts of fields, big and small.

In game you'll only be able to use the hired helper with corn or whole crop (regular grains for example).

In the UK the more popular use for forage harvesters is similar to bales. Mow > windrow > pick up with forage harvester and have a few trailers carting back and forward to a silage pit. Headlands are done first as you would with grass bales and combine harvesters.

On console the only way to this is to hook up a trailer to the back of a forage harvester, and you're limited to only a few trailers (those with a high hitch, namely the Straumann SEK 802, the Fortschritt HW 80, the Farmtech TDK1600 and the Agroliner HKD 302 in the base game), and either drive the forage harvester back and forward to the silage pit or disconnect it and use a tractor, which quickly gets annoying.

On PC you could use Follow Me, where you drive the harvester and you set the tractor to follow, offset to either the left of the right side of the forage harvester and just in front of it. It's a little bit of a faff, but it works well.

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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Mwal » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:20 pm

Corn silage would be the thing they can do vs. the pickup trailer They are faster for bigger fields irl with one head they can mow and load the grass in one pass as well.

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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Crazof » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:34 pm

I usually use one for corn chaff. running two trailers, a tractor and the forage harvester, put a worker with the harvester towing one of the trailers, while I run the other trailer to the unload point. then switch trailers once full.

in FS17 I had a large popular stand near the sawmill, for that I let a worker run the harvester and I towed two trailers with a tractor and would just stop the worker when I had to go unload the trailers. ( did the same with with sugarcane)

I think the new front attacher gives a few more options now for towing trailers with the harvesters, might want to check into that.

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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Dairydeere » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:58 pm

We use a SPFH IRL for alfalfa windrows and corn silage. Never heard of poplars with it til FS17
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Re: How should I use a forage harvester?

Post by Illinois Farmer » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:14 pm

Irl a forage harvester would cut up the grass/hay to make it easier to digest for the cattle. Whereas as balers or forage wagons do not. We use bales as a starter to get the cattle chewing and eating more. Also chop hay creates less waste by the cattle, which I mean they don't drop as many pieces on the ground and leave it there. Also, they will gain weight faster off chop hay.
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