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Custom Seed Cleaning Right On Your Farm
If you're looking for a new sideline to keep yourself busy during the off-season for farming, maybe you should take a look at custom seed cleaning.
FARM SHOW has tracked down several firms who've had a year or more experience going farm to farm with portable seed cleaning rigs. For farmer-customers, a job that used to take a day or two and several trips to town is reduced to a phone call for making an appointment. The custom rig comes out and does the job with-out even needing your help. You just show them where the grain bin is and give them your cleaning instructions.
South Dakota
"We've really been busy and plan to have a third truck in service later this spring to keep up with growing farmer demand," reports Mark Adams, manager of the South Dakota Seed Cleaning Service, headquartered in Sioux Falls.
In addition to cleaning, the firm also offers custom seed bagging, treating and sizing. "Seed sizing is catching on fast with soybean growers," Mark points out. "We not only clean the seed a soybean farmer plans to plant, but are able to size it so the entire lot is of one uniform size or grade. This allows him to get uniform spacing of the seeds when he plants and assures getting the desired plant population."
Mark, together with his father Gerald who launched and owns the business, will be running three custom rigs in South Dakota from Dec. to June, and in Oklahoma from June to early fall to custom clean winter wheat on farms. Their largest machine will clean and size soybeans at the rate of 250 bu./hr. (180 bu. if the seed is being bagged). It's equipped with a four-screen Clipper mill, mounted on a 27 ft. gooseneck trailer, and pulled farm to farm with a pickup.
"We designed and equipped the units ourselves. A key feature is that all augers are brush type to minimize seed damage," says Mark.
The going rate for custom cleaning is 1 per lb. for soybeans and oats, and 50 per bu. for wheat.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, South Dakota Seed Cleaning Service, 401 Glendale, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. 57104.

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