John Shepherd is no stranger to integrated weed management. The Virginia farmer already uses cover crops and herbicides to battle weeds on his farm in Nottoway County. So adding chaff lining – the process of funneling chaff (and the weed seeds it contains) into a narrow row behind a combine – was a no-brainer.
Last fall, Shepherd and his combine operator and head mechanic, Grant Coffee, worked with Virginia Cooperative Extension weed specialist Dr. Michael Flessner to build a homemade chaff chute. All they needed was some scrap metal, old conveyor belts, nuts, bolts – and a dash of creativity. After running into some blockage issues, they discovered that the baffle needed a steeper starting angle and by this fall, the chaff lining system was running smoothly.
Recently, GROW joined Coffee in the farm’s Case IH 8010 combine, to see how the system worked. Watch the video to see how the chaff chute was developed and how it’s functioning on Shepherd Grain Farms this year:
Video by Claudio Rubione, GROW; text by Emily Unglesbee, GROW