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Wagon-Mounted Bin Fan Dries Wildflower Seed
Andrew Swanson grows native wildflowers on his Nevada, Iowa farm. To reduce shatter losses, he often has to harvest when the plants are still immature and with a high moisture content. To dry the seeds fast, he installed a perforated metal false floor in a wagon and mounted an ordinary bin fan on back.
The fan installs in the wagon's endgate. Swanson built a metal housing that directs air flow under the false floor.
"I use this idea on several of my wagons. It works a lot better than laying the seeds on the ground and turning them in the sun, which I had been doing," says Swanson. "Sometimes I harvest just the seed heads, and other times the entire plant. Often there will be a lot of trash mixed in with the seeds. I use a pitchfork to turn the material over occasionally. Depending on the weather, it can take anywhere from one or two days to a week to dry the entire wagon. Then I run the seeds through a cleaner and bag it. Some of the fans I use are 3-phase, and some are single phase."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andrew Swanson, 64905 190th St., Nevada, Iowa 50201 (ph 515 382-6120).

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #4