months[4]="April"; I also harvest native seed in Australia var lmonth=months[time.getMonth() + 1]; "I keep a canvas tote tied to my belt which I use to dump the seed into," says Alwill. The machine is offset from the UTV so the UTV doesn’t smash the vegetation down before it is harvested. Gotta love a sweet new machine, right? Here, Nelson is harvesting grass seed with a mechanical seed stripper borrowed from Prairie Plains Resource Institute. long, 18 in. I like the metal stripper plates better than a brush – it does a much better job of removing pods and seed from some of the tougher plants, but doesn’t seem to have any real disadvantages. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. // document.write("" + lmonth + " "); var months=new Array(13); To harvest seed, you hold the box with one hand and use your other hand to hold the stalks in place while pulling the box across the plant material. We’ll need to do a little more seed processing (using hammermills and screens to separate seeds from the pods, stems, and leaves picked up by the stripper) than with hand-harvested seed, but that should go pretty quickly. When you use the machine, it looks like you would be picking more of a variety of seeds than if you picked by hand. Good morning. For mine Rehab and have been trying different things to increase efficiency with the brush harvester. One of my favorite aspects of prairie restoration is the innovation displayed by people trying to come up with new effective ways to harvest seeds. Thanks for your time! Also, how effective the brush is versus the metal seed stripper? Ned was so interested in testing his new design, he came out a couple weeks ago to watch it in action. months[3]="March"; Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The harvester is made from lightweight plywood and measures 18 in. Contact | Terms. Sign up for growing tips, exclusive offers, and new product info. ( Log Out /  Post was not sent - check your email addresses! If you're picking large areas, this seed harvester will pay for itself within the first day of use." Please Note:  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, orders may take 2 business days to process. if (year < 2000) So far, we’ve tested it on wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus), and Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoiensis), as well as a few others. var year=time.getYear(); months[9]="September"; How has the seed harvester been working for your organization? How to do handle all the bulk. We don’t have hard and fast rules, but try not to take more than 1/2 of a population from any species. "Usually I carry a separate box for each seed species that I'm gathering. long teeth at one end, with a recessed opening above it to allow the seed stalks to clear the box. P.O. months[2]="February"; SITEMAP, ©2020 FARM SHOW Magazine - All Rights Reserved. var date=time.getDate(); HI , it s good for harvester seeds of sunn hump please ? thanks Change ). Hand seeding doesn't have to end in seed loss and frustration. I want to be perfectly clear -this post was not sponsored by Graywind Enterprises, and we paid full price for the seed stripper and its components. Ray, Hi Chris, I was wondering if you have harvested common milkweed pod with the seed stripper Without going into a lot of details, let me just say – it works great! It looks like the hopper would fill up fast with unwanted stems and leaves. The machine is in heavy use right now, and we love it. Seed harvest is a big part of our work here at the Platte River Prairies. Thanks, Fred. I’m not sure if the Tallgrass National Preserve is doing any mechanical harvesting. Bruno. By clicking ALLOW or clicking on any other content, you agree that cookies can be placed. For more information and pricing of Ned’s mechanical seed harvesters, contact him at: 2927 W 700 S I can pick 5 lbs. Lakeville, MN 55044 All the opinions about this equipment and how it worked are just my opinions. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sorry, maybe someone else will reply here and have a better idea. Most of our seed harvest is by hand, and when needed, we’ve been able to get adequate seed for up to 200 acres of cropland conversion work per year that way. He says his harvester works great for small seed producers such as prairie seed producers, university seed production facilities, grass seed farms, etc., as well as teachers and native plant nurseries. This site uses cookies to personalize your experience, measure site performance, and show you relevant offers and advertisements. Just to be safe, he designed the machine so that we could easily remove his experimental portion and replace it with a tried-and-true brush if we wanted to. months[10]="October"; We offer a solid lineup of handheld seeders for small seeds, such as vibrating seeders and wand seeders. Ned and Nelson evaluate the performance of the new machine and talk about ideas for further improvements. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. To learn more about our use of cookies, as well as the categories of personal information we collect and your choices, please read our Privacy Policy. Hi Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Alwill, Prairie Earth Nursery, RR 1, Box 151, Bradford, Ill. 61421 (ph 309 645-1109 or 309 897-9911; email: You could sure ask them. SHOP our STORE One of the best seeders for handling extremely small seeds. All our hand seeder planters produce quick and accurate results, no matter the seed size. Order by Phone 800-834-9665, SUBSCRIBE Ned adapted their design for use in his pull-behind seed stripper and he was dying to know whether it would actually work. Regards seton. months[12]="December"; Hi. of Indian grass in less than 30 minutes." Please turn it on so that you can experience the full capabilities of this site. Often, we’ll just screen what comes out of the hammermill to remove a lot of the big pieces of inert matter.