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Here is a picture of the oats traveling over the top screen. This screen removes larger pieces of chaff and straw. These screenings slide down the chute to the right which I collect in a pail than discarded.

The grain falls through the openings in the screen down into the cleaner where the grain passes over 2 smaller screens separating the grain seed from weed seed.

This picture shows just how much weed seed and chaff the cleaner can remove. This day I cleaned 14 tonne consisting of  wheat, barley, oats, and soybeans. The pails and bags are full of chaff,weed seeds and light immature kernels of grain.

The chaff and light seeds on the ground are what the fan blows out. Fortunately cleanup is the responsibility of the customer. I try my best not to make too big  of a mess.

Colin

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Garden

Our gardens are doing well.  We finally got some much-needed rain.  The river is still really low, but the crops got enough for now.  We have some nice sized tomatoes growing.  Good thing too, since I need to can tomatoes and make fruit relish this year.

This is the first year Colin has ever had giant pumpkin blossoms this early in the year.  Unfortunately, it’s only female blossoms.  We’re still waiting for a male blossom.  If we can get some pollinated soon, Colin will have a chance at a really giant pumpkin.

Daddy and Ella are out checking the barley field.  It’s a little thin and a little short.  It didn’t get enough rain soon enough.  But it’s growing.

And here’s a family portrait taken by Ella.  We’re sitting on the new front steps.  I’m glad Colin’s Dad got them replaced.  It’s nice not to have to worry about people falling through when they come to the door.

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Here’s some pictures of Colin’s new mobile seed cleaner, that he built this winter, in action.  He’s down the highway at the local feed mill cleaning oats for the farmers to plant.

The oats, or other grains, come out of the large bin (on right) and are augured up into the cleaner.  The grains are then shook through three screens which  clean out all the weeds and chaff and bits.  The clean grain is then augured into a wagon (in this case) or a bin or 1/2-1 tonne tote bags for storage.

Colin’s been very busy this spring with hopes of even more in the fall.   He also hopes to clean grain corn for burning in grain stoves this winter.  Saving grain for seed seems to be a new idea around here.  We’ve been doing it for a few years now.  It certainly helps with the bottom line, since even with the cost of cleaning it is still cheaper than buying new seed.

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Colin was very busy this winter.  Being a pork producer he can’t take the winter’s off, unlike a crop farmer.  But usually it is fairly quiet.  This year he bought and assembled a mobile grain cleaner.  The actual cleaner unit came from the States.  All the augers and trailer and stuff Colin built/assembled.  It took much longer than anticipated, but I guess it kept him out of trouble  🙂

Even though Colin was kind of late in the year to start advertising, we have received a lot of calls about the cleaner.  Most of March has been booked for cleaning.  We are very pleased, it’s very good for a first year.  Hopefully this fall guys will remember us and keep their grains for seed next year and will want it cleaned.

I was finally able to get a picture of Colin in action.  A guy wanted a small amount cleaned and since his farm is basically downtown Hull, Colin had him come to us.   The set up looks a little awkward but that’s because they are going from tote bag to tote bag.   Going from bin to bin or bin to wagon is much easier and definitely less work.

Main thing is, the guys usually pay Colin at the end of the day.  Colin sure could get used to actually making money for a day’s work – sure is different from pork farming these days.

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