Posts Tagged ‘seed cleaner’

Colin’s mobile seed cleaner at the Renfrew County Plowing Match 2012

Colin took his cleaner to the show so that Farmers who have not seen it first hand could see how much space is needed when set up. Unfortunately some storage bins on farms have been built with no thoughts on how to get a truck or in this case, Colin’s cleaner anywhere  near them.

The thing that caught most farmers attention were the soybean plants that Colin had pulled from one of his fields and took along.( in front of sign) They are grown from seed (non-GMO) that Colin has been saving for 6 years, and have done very well, even with the drought. Colin was getting tired of people telling him that keeping your own seed doesn’t work, so he took along proof that it does and told anyone who’s interested they can come and see the field!

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The first of the fall wheat was combined the other day.  It’s about 3 weeks early.  Our neighbour came by with a wagon load to get cleaned.

Here’s the wheat straight from the field.

Colin carefully adjusts the cleaner so only the bad stuff gets blown out.

Clean wheat kernels ready for planting .

Trash from the wheat starting to pile up on the ground.  Mostly chaff and light kernels, but if you look closely you can see some seed contamination too.

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Joining the Farm Girls for another week.  We’ve had some beautiful weather the last week or so but now I think autumn is really here.  It’s only 15C outside today.  It’s dull and windy too.

I don’t know where our beautiful bright fall colours have gone this year.  It seems all yellow and brown.  Colin says it’s because of the dryness.  The leaves are going from green to dried up brown.   I hope we get lots of snow this winter to replenish the ground water.

Soy bean season is upon us.  Colin and Dad are hard at it to get them combined before the wet weather arrives.  Here is Colin cleaning the beans that we are keeping for next year’s seed.

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Colin and I used to be on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op.  You would not believe the hours wasted at each and every board meeting while discussing ‘organics’.   Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in true organics and am all for educating people (most Board members weren’t farmers).  But these conversations never had anything to do with the agenda and only made the meetings drag on for 5+ hours -you can tell the others weren’t farmers, farmers don’t have that kind of time to waste ‘talking’.  But I digress…

At these board meetings there was a ‘farmer’ that the others considered the be all and end all when it came to ‘organics’.  He was always fear mongering and telling them that it was nearly impossible to find crop seeds that weren’t Genetically Modified.  This drove me crazy.  There are plenty of seed options out there if you bother to look.   Which is what brings me to the point of this post.

You will likely recall that Colin started another business last year in attempts to actually make a living farming.  He built a mobile seed cleaner and has been going around cleaning seeds for farmers.  This way they can keep their own seeds.  We’ve been doing this personally for years.  You can only do this with non-GMO seeds!

Well, here is Colin cleaning his 1 millionth pound of seeds!!  That means there are a lot of farmers out there growing non-GMO crops.  There are even more out there that do it without cleaning their seeds first.  Not bad when you consider the relatively small number of farmers there are in Renfrew County!

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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.


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It has been another busy season so far cleaning seed for  local farmers.

In this picture, I am at the local feed and seed dealer cleaning a 20 tonne trailer load of oats. They were very good quality oats and cleaned well in just over 10 hours.

I’m looking forward to cleaning a trailer load of soybeans for another customer soon. Beans clean much fast than oats. It should take me only 6 hours to clean 30 tonne of beans.


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