Rope in risk by preparing for a wet harvest
If this harvest is anything like the wet harvest of 2008, extra wide terra-tyres, dual wheels or even track options may need to be considered.
If the worst does happen, it's out with the tow chain or sling. The latter is safer and far cheaper, but there is a third option.
Having worked in the USA and Canada on the combine circuit, I can provide some wet harvest advice and a 'bungee' rescue technique.
As much as any operator will try to avoid the wetter areas of the field they are harvesting, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes, against your best efforts, you can find yourself with a stuck combine, and your usual hop from the bottom step of the machine's ladder becomes a mystery jump into unknown territory.
This is not a great situation at any time, but with a few simple pre-harvest changes, this problem can be solved, saving hours of downtime.
The first and most simple thing that I learned on my American custom harvest is that if you're looking like you are going to have to harvest through or around a wet area, always try to have your auger on the side away from the crop.
This allows you easily to dump on to a trailer or grain cart. Often, simply by emptying your hopper, you can lose enough weight to allow the combine to reverse out of a wet spot under its own steam.
Sometimes, though, a bit of extra grunt is necessary to relieve the centrepiece of every harvest from a distinctly boggy situation. A combine, in its design, is actually a very delicate machine for its size.