BOONE, Iowa -- An Indiana farmer had an idea which he hopes will change the way corn is harvested.
He invented something called the Tribine, a huge combine, which is hinged in the middle with a 1000 bushel grain cart attached on the back side. The idea is to eliminate the need for a tractor and operator and grain cart to drive beside the combine.
The Tribine will pull beside a semi-truck, and unload a full 1,000 bushels into the semi trailer in two minutes. The combine also has a 500-gallon fuel tank, and can run for 24 hours without stopping for gas.
The big unit was on display and harvesting corn near Boone during the Farm Progress show.
“Its also improving productivity and profitability for the farmers because of the size of the Tribine,” said Greg Terjesen of the Tribine Company. “It does have a 1,000-bushel grain cart, you don’t need to run a tractor or a grain cart next to it."
"It’s just amazing how they can build that and the engineers can come up with this concept, and it really works and it’s really interesting to see,” said Howard Denklau of Vincent.