Suitable for Hemp
Shelbourne stripper headers have been used globally for harvesting hemp leaves, flowers & buds for a number of years. The action of the stripping rotor combs through the fibrous stalk removing the seeds, buds & leaves with little damage to the fragile crop and therefore maximizing the CBD oil content available.
- A Traditional combine would not be suitable for harvesting hemp for oil production without considerable modification because of the fibrous nature of the crop where it has a tendency to wrap on exposed shafts etc. Also the harvested crop is delicate once harvested and the oil content will be effected by excessive handling.
- A Forage harvester has been successful method to both power the header and transfer the harvested crop into trailers. However the size of the header is restricted by the lift capacity and limited lifting height of the harvester.
- An alternative method is to mount the header with a tractor front end loader and operate the header hydraulically. Again the header size needs to be matched to the tractor along with the hydraulic flow rate. Customers have then fabricated a discharge conveyors to carry the harvested material to a trailer.
The CVS and RSD range of headers have been commonly used to harvest hemp, the most popular sizes have been the CVS16 & CVS20. Both models are available with Shelbourne hemp stripping fingers and are available in either centre feed versions (combine or forage harvester) or right side feed versions for tractor mounting.