1988 - Volume #12, Issue #2, Page #01[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Seed Box Speeds Spring SeedingStrongly constructed plywood seed boxes speed spring seeding for Iowa farmer John P. Vermeer. He uses the 2,000-lb. boxes to fill the central hopper on his International 900 Cyclo air planter.
"They totally eliminate handling sacks or buckets. Our local elevator cleans our beans in the fall so we store them over winter in these boxes," says Vermeer, noting that his seed boxes can be used for any crop or granular fertilizer.
Each 3 by 4-ft. box is 4 ft. high, constructed with 5/8-in. plywood. Corners are reinforced with metal. Chains inside each box support the sides with four chains running crosswise (they must be crossed to prevent twisting) and two chains running lengthwise. Both front corners on each box are closed off with plywood for better cleanout. Seed pours out through an up-front metal spout with a sliding door. Each box mounts on a wood pallet that allows it to be picked up with a front-end loader forklift attachment fitted with a tilt cylinder.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John P. Vermeer, Rt. 1, Box 119, Sheldon, Iowa 51201 (ph 712 725-2593).
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