"New hybrid stalks simply do not decompose like stalks used to. We tried stomper-style attachments and were completely disappointed—there was no measurable success at all. Then about seven years ago, we switched to the Yetter 5000 Stalk Devastator and saw complete tire protection for all equipment entering the field, as well as much better stalk decomposition.
“When the time came to upgrade corn heads, we knew no matter what corn head we ended up with, it would definitely be equipped with Devastators!”
Nate Young - Illinois
Today’s hybrid cornstalks cut into rubber tires and tracks on combines, tractors, and grain carts during harvest. With combine tire replacements costing up to $7,200 for the fronts and $3,000 for the rears, it's easy to see how the damage impacts your profitability.
The Yetter 5000 Stalk Devastator protects your investment. Its spring-loaded rollers attach to the bottom of the corn head. These rollers knock down and crimp stalks ahead of combine tires, preventing damage to equipment running both during and after harvest.
On top of saving tracks and tires from stalk damage, the Devastator is a residue management tool that improves field conditions for the next planting season.
Not only does the Devastator roll down cornstalks, it also crimps them—something stomper-style attachments don’t do. This allows air and water to enter stalks. Nutrients from the broken stalks are released into the ground, jump-starting faster microbial activity.
Growers with conventional corn heads who harvest with the Devastator installed get the benefits of faster residue breakdown without switching to more expensive, higher-horsepower chopping corn heads. And stalk breakdown saves you from making vertical tillage and stalk-chopping passes, increasing your profitability and ROI.
Beck’s Practical Farm Research provides unbiased, farmer-focused research through studies conducted across the Midwest. After a three-year study, the Yetter 5000 Stalk Devastator earned the designation of PFR Proven. A Beck's PFR Proven product or practice provides a positive yield increase during three or more years of testing. Products must average a positive return on investment during that time.
The study compared the Yetter Stalk Devastator with other stalk stomping and harvest residue management products on the market. The average yield improvement for the Stalk Devastator was +3.3 bu./acre in no-till systems and +9.3 bu./acre in conventional till systems.* With fewer passes through fields, tire protection, and increased yields, the Devastator consistently delivers ROI.
*Please remember yield results vary based on many factors each year. Always consider your unique operation when deciding what equipment to invest in. Data found here is only a starting point.
AGCO | Gleaner | Challenger | Massey Ferguson
Case IH | Claas | Drago | Fantini | Geringhoff
Lexion | Capello | John Deere | New Holland
Chopping corn heads | Non-chopping corn heads
Narrow row spacing | Wide row spacing