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Grant chaff handler
The new Grant Chaff Handler attachment allows chaff to be salvaged and dispensed with the straw.
The key advantage, says inventor Grant Gulleson, of Rutland, N. Dak., is that the chaff is mixed with the straw in the windrow, increasing the straw's feed value to livestock. Plus, if you spread straw, the chaff is spread along with it.
Another advantage of the attachment, says Gulleson, is that it eliminates the narrow band of chaff that can retard plant growth in no-till cropping conditions.
The Chaff Handler, manufactured by Lee Way Mfg., Foreman, N. Dak., features two, 2-ft. long augers that carry chaff to the center of the device and to a 16-in. dia., fan. The fan blows chaff into straw as it comes off the straw walker and moves into the straw chopper. Gulleson notes that running the chaff through the straw chopper cracks weed seeds in the chaff so they don't sprout.
The Chaff Handler is powered off the straw chopper. Gulleson says that he hasn't had any problems with the straw chopper being able to handle the chaff. He adds that the unit can also handle residue from sunflowers and corn allowing it to be left on the combine for all crops.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lee Way Mfg., Foreman, N. Dak. 58032 (ph 701 724-6216).

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #5