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Poor Man's Harvestore
"The only place a conventional silo isn't sealed is on the surface of the silage. Our new unloader cover turns most any silo into a sealed structure that'll do the job of a Harvestore for a lot less money," says Tom Elliott who, along with Todd Knecht, has patented a sealed silo unloader that keeps the surface of stored silage covered as it's unloaded.
"The unloader has a one-piece cover made out of foamed rubber with a heavier rubber on the outside perimeter where it contacts the silo wall.
"With this cover, silage doesn't freeze in winter except for what touches the wall. Haylage can be put up drier than is now possible with current unloaders but wetter than in a bottom unloading structure. We think high-moisture shelled corn, and perhaps even stalkage could be stored in conventional silos with this unloader.
"It allows farmers more flexibility in feeding programs for a reasonable cost. You can feed differing levels of feed from different silos at the same time with no regard to spoilage or deterioration in feed quality. Likewise, when animals are out on pasture in the summer you don't have to keep feeding to keep ahead of spoilage."
The two inventors are looking for a company to manufacture their invention. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Elliott and Todd Knecht, Rt. 5, Box 215, Towanda, Penn. 18848 (ph 717 358-3368).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6