Chop, Cut, Steer

Corn Head is Convertible

Jim Patrico
By  Jim Patrico , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
The new corn head fits Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger combines. (Progressive Farmer photo provided by the manufacturer)

Efficiency comes down to the details. AGCO's 3300 Command Series Corn Head is one good example. It now is a "convertible."

The 3300 Command Series can be a standard head. But when high-production corn needs residue management, it can be converted to a chopping head with the turn of a lever in each row. As a chopping head, it can slice both stalks and residue to encourage faster degradation, which leads to easier fall or spring tillage, or faster soil warming in no-till environments.

The 3300 Command Corn Heads have new roto-mounted, smooth snouts, which have no sharp edges to catch trash. They also reduce butt shelling and ear loss in the field.

The headers have an innovative fore/aft tilt feature -- 6 degrees up, 6 degrees down -- to better accommodate field conditions.

"This new corn head is completely redesigned to deliver more capacity and faster harvesting rates with reduced header loss relative to both cobs and overall corn loss at the header itself," AGCO brand marketing manager Kevin Bien said.

The 3300 Command Series Corn Heads are available in 8- and 12-row configurations, and fit Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger combines.


The Hesston 2200 Series large square baler also has some improved details. An adjustable drop-down knife drawer makes adjusting, sharpening and maintaining knives easier. The knives themselves -- from 17 to 26, depending on baler model -- have a new serrated design. They can be moved in the drawer to rotate wear and preserve sharpness, and they can be spaced to cut a 1.5-inch length.

A new V-shaped pattern feed rotor design in the baler now has a 25.2-inch diameter and 10% faster speed to increase crop feeding and baling capability.


Hesston's WR9800 Series Windrower is not new to the market, but engineers improved it when they added the detail of a rear-steer option. Think combine steering. Tight turns. Good speeds.

RearSteer, as AGCO calls it, makes it easier for an operator to tow a head from one field to the next without a trailer. Top suggested speed is 20 mph without a draper head in tow; top suggested speed with nothing in tow is 24.5 mph.


Jim Patrico