Post-harvest is an excellent time for farmers to inspect fields, identify harvest problems and adjust equipment, says Gary Huitink, ag engineer at the University of Arkansas.

“This is a good time of year to assess how good a job you did with your combine during harvest. If you take a closer look at your fields, you may be able to diagnose a problem,” he says.

Farmers need to get as much crop out of the field as quickly as possible, Huitink says. But if they're experiencing excessive grain loss, adjusting equipment or slowing combine speed may be profitable.

“Your old equipment may still put money in your pocket if you determine whether doing some maintenance, fine-tuning field adjustments or slowing the combine down at critical areas of the field will correct a problem,” he says.