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Performance Results

We learned the hard (and expensive) way that it is a slow, frustrating process to clean seed with a conventional grain cleaner using screens. In 2015, we spent more than $16,000 to purchase a well known brand of grain cleaner that featured four large 42” X 36” screens along with a top aspirator that removed preliminary trash before the seed fell onto the screens. A large fan provided a separation of the light material from the good grain. It also featured a ball and rack system plus a knocker system to help keep the screens clean longer. All these features offered very little benefit because the screens had to be cleaned frequently anyway. Even after just a few minutes, the cleaning action was lost. The cracks, the fines, the thins and other foreign material still plugged the holes quickly. “Cleaned” wheat from this screen machine is shown in the picture marked with a “1”.   

If you examine the picture closely you can see cracked, thin and diseased seeds along with some chaff still in the grain. For farmers who grow the type of seed that requires cleaning, this is no small problem. It takes time to clean seed by hand, and if screens get clogged it can be a continuous arduous task to clean them so cleaning consistency is maintained.

Cleaned Wheat Before Being Cleaned With A WS Machine
Bag of additional winnowings
Pile of additional winnowings.

One ton of this “cleaned” wheat was put through a WS grain cleaner. A hard separation was done. A 100 lb used feed bag was attached to the exhaust to collect the winnowings. The bag was full when the job was finished and can be seen in the picture marked with an “F”.  

The winnowings were dumped on a pile (2a). A close-up of the winnowings on the pile is shown in the picture marked with a “2b”.   

There were very few if any cracks, thin, or light diseased seeds to be found in the cleaned grain after this process. The re-cleaned seed is shown in the picture marked with an “S”.

Cleaned Wheat Berries
Closeup of wheat winnowings

​Grain Cleaning  Success​

 

Seed                          WS              GS

​Alfalfa........................High.............High

Bahia Grass..............Fair ..............

Barley........................High.............High

Barley (sprouted)......High.............High

Buckwheat................High.............High

Canary......................Fair...............

Canola (rape)...........Good.............

Corn..........................High ............High

Cottonseed...............Good............High

Foxtail Millet..............High ............High

Hemp........................Good............High

Oats..........................High ............High

Oats (hull less)..........High.............High

Peas..........................High ............High

Popcorn.....................Fair .............High

Radish ......................High.............High

Rye............................High ............High

Senna........................Good ...........

Soybeans...................Fair..............High

Spelt...........................High............High

Sunflower ..................High............High

Wheat.........................High............High

Separations difficult with light and fluffy seeds.

Asters................................None 

Camelina...........................None 

Crested Wheat Grass........None 

Fescue...............................Poor

Mandara............................None

Lavender ..........................None 

​As with all grain cleaners using just air to obtain separations, a scalper may be needed to finish removing the densest (largest, heaviest) trash pieces.

Grain Sample 

If you send us a sample of your grain, we will run it through a grain cleaning machine and return the results to you. This service is free if you follow these directions:   

 

1. Send us about a 2-3 gallon sample.   

 

2. Put it into a garbage bag and then into a box.

 

3. Include a note and tell us how you want it separated. Provide your address and phone number so we know who to talk to if we have questions.

 

4. Include a prepaid return shipping label (that means you pay postage both ways). If you cannot include a prepaid label, include a check equal to the amount of the postage you paid to send it to us. 

 

Ship to: 

​   Dutch Boy Enterprises

   6523 Township Road 346 

   Millersburg, OH 44654

   330-390-1618

One of our WS Grain Cleaner Set-ups
WS 1500 Grain Cleaner Setup
Cleaned Wheat Berries
AGS Grain Separator Installation

Beat The Rush

If you want a grain cleaner, don’t wait to make a purchase until you need it. Purchase yours before the rush so you have time to set it up and learn to operate it before you actually need it.  

Award Winning Performance

Cleaned Wheat Berries

Food & Seed Quality

Wheat Germination Comparison

Wheat was cleaned using a AGS Separator and planted into the above field. Seed from chutes 2 & 3 was used to plant on the left side of the red dotted line. Notice the better germination, more vigor, healthier, more uniform stand on the left.

Increase Yield, Add Profit

Cleaning wheat for seed with a AGS Grain Separator will sort out the highest quality seed with the heaviest test weight. This results in the following benefits:

• Germination is uniform and is viable up to 96%

• Uniform crop maturity up to a week earlier
• Healthier crop with better disease resistance
• Yields increase up to 40% or better

Get your germination right by using only the best seed. A bad germination rate can result in an inefficient crop growing cycle, with seed that is too expensive to use, poor germination, and reduced yields. Thorough cleaning and separating before seeding will improve the germination rate. Every year, farmers produce billions of pounds of grain, but only one pound out of 20 will be good enough quality grain to use for seed. Cleaning their own grain with a grain separator proven to accomplish the task will increase yield and add profit! That’s why every farmer should have their own grain separating machine. 

So how can farmers boost the germination rate? It's simple. Get the best seed you can, clean it to separate out the highest test weight kernels, and sort the grain again before planting. This results in higher yields, faster maturity, better resistance to diseases, and maximum profit.

Our grain cleaning machines will separate both the light and heavy impurities as well as grade the thin, light inferior seeds from the plump, high quality seeds all in one single pass. This is important because planting the most viable seeds will improve yields up to 40% and has an improved germination rate of up to 96% and harvesting costs can be decreased by up to 20%.

Increase Efficiency In Production

Cleaning wheat for seed with just a gravity table may still leave 10% of splits and light or damaged kernels in the seed which will not germinate. That translates to 100 acres wasted for every 1,000 acres planted or 1,000 bushels of trash seed for every 10,000 bushels of viable seed. It is a waste of money, labor, and other resources to treat seeds, fertilize and farm 10% of your acres unless these non-viable seeds are removed.

• Cleaning foreign matter out of a crop will reduce dockage.

• Grading a grain crop and selling the best quality seed will bring a premium price.

• Removing disease from a crop will add value to the crop. For example: A wheat crop with 7 ppm vomitoxin = $3.25/bu

       10,000 bu X 3.25 = $32,500

 

When cleaning a 10,000 bushel wheat crop with an AGS Grain Separator would yield 9,000 to 9,500 bushels of good clean grain with 5% to 10% exhaust material.

     

A wheat crop with <2 ppm vomitoxin = $6.50/bu

       9,000 bu X 6.50 = $58,500

 

The value added to the 10,000 bushel wheat crop is $26,000. Return On Investment (ROI) for purchasing an AGS Grain Separator is short and can sometimes be reached after only a few hours of use!

Adding Value To Grain
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