months[5]="May"; I’m sure it would work very well. If you're growing a crop like vegetables or grass seed and find a particular plant that's different from all the rest, and you'd like to harvest the seed just from that one plant or small colony, the harvester works great for that, too, he says. When we ordered our machine, we told Ned we were hoping to harvest large amounts of seed from plants with tough-to-remove seedheads and we weren’t sure a brush would be able to handle those. months[3]="March"; Our harvesters are extraordinarily efficient in use. Lakeville, MN 55044 Mobile: 801-803-0412 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. Request a free copy of Johnny’s latest catalog. We don’t worry about separating seed species from each other too much, but more about trying to estimate what is in the mix. Regards seton. It looks like the hopper would fill up fast with unwanted stems and leaves. After exploring a number of options, we decided to buy a seed stripper from Ned Groelz at Graywind Industries, Inc.  Our friends at Prairie Plains Resource Institute bought a pull-behind stripper built by Ned many years ago, and we liked a lot of its features – especially the ability to remotely control the harvester’s brush on the fly (turning it off and on and adjusting its height while driving through the prairie). 836 grass seed harvester products are offered for sale by suppliers on, of which feed processing machines accounts for 1%, vegetable seeds accounts for 1%, and harvesters accounts for 1%. 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. 120 Volt AC power converter for the Vibro Hand Seeder. Ned and Nelson evaluate the performance of the new machine and talk about ideas for further improvements. How to do handle all the bulk. If you're picking large areas, this seed harvester will pay for itself within the first day of use." Some of the seeds he collects include Indian Grass, big bluestem, little bluestem, switch grass, dropseed, liatris, New England aster, goldenrods, and golden aster. months[9]="September"; Sign up for growing tips, exclusive offers, and new product info. If the seed isn't ripe, in most cases it will stay on the stalk. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 1-800-834-9665, FARM SHOW Magazine var year=time.getYear(); Nelson Winkel harvests Maximilian sunflower seeds by hand. Seed harvest is a big part of our work here at the Platte River Prairies. For mine Rehab and have been trying different things to increase efficiency with the brush harvester. We don’t have hard and fast rules, but try not to take more than 1/2 of a population from any species. Native Grass Seed Harvester The rotary brush seed harvester has virtually become the norm in technology when harvesting the floret seed of native grasses. When Ned delivered the machine to us, he had a big grin on his face – a sure sign that he’d come up with something for our tough-to-harvest seed problem. 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 new mechanical stripper is one more addition to a long list of those innovations. However, the combines we’ve used aren’t very flexible about where they can go (hills and wet areas are tough) and the seed strippers’ brushes haven’t been aggressive enough to remove seed heads of some of the species we really wanted big quantities of – especially for our overseeding work. I’d love to see it in process. Box 1029 The machine is in heavy use right now, and we love it. Sorry, maybe someone else will reply here and have a better idea. months[8]="August"; long teeth at one end, with a recessed opening above it to allow the seed stalks to clear the box. Hand-harvesting will still be an important component of our prairie restoration work. long, 18 in. var lmonth=months[time.getMonth() + 1]; ( Log Out /  Instead we've shifted most of our seed work toward overseeding degraded remnant prairies that… 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. Seed harvest is a big part of our work here at the Platte River Prairies. Or, you can just put the butt end of the box up against your belt as you walk through the grass. months[11]="November"; Learn how your comment data is processed. Here, Nelson is harvesting grass seed with a mechanical seed stripper borrowed from Prairie Plains Resource Institute. HI , it s good for harvester seeds of sunn hump please ? deep. This site uses cookies to personalize your experience, measure site performance, and show you relevant offers and advertisements. 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Keep ’em coming, folks! Good morning. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Instead we’ve shifted most of our seed work toward overseeding degraded remnant prairies that are missing many prominent wildflower species. Change ). Sells for $40 plus $15 S&H. Bruno. Your browser's Javascript functionality is turned off. This helps to keep the seed pure. His solution was to replace the harvester’s brush with a more aggressive tool that included “stripping elements” – metal fingers, essentially –  made by the Shelbourne Reynolds company. Often, we’ll just screen what comes out of the hammermill to remove a lot of the big pieces of inert matter. We offer a solid lineup of handheld seeders for small seeds, such as vibrating seeders and wand seeders. Ned adapted their design for use in his pull-behind seed stripper and he was dying to know whether it would actually work. Johnny's Selected Seeds 955 Benton Ave. Winslow, Maine 04901 * 1-877-564-6697, OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) Listed. 120 Volt AC power converter for the #9845 Vibro Hand Seeder. Without going into a lot of details, let me just say – it works great! 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. Hand seeding doesn't have to end in seed loss and frustration. All our hand seeder planters produce quick and accurate results, no matter the seed size. All the opinions about this equipment and how it worked are just my opinions. For more information and pricing of Ned’s mechanical seed harvesters, contact him at: 2927 W 700 S months[12]="December"; The box is equipped with a nonbreakable plastic comb with 2-in. document.write("" + lmonth + " "); Ned was so interested in testing his new design, he came out a couple weeks ago to watch it in action. The machine is offset from the UTV so the UTV doesn’t smash the vegetation down before it is harvested. Fast, accurate, individual dispensing of even the smallest seeds. months[7]="July"; 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. It has a plastic handle on top. Best seeder for handling extremely small seeds. You could sure ask them. Ray, Hi Chris, I was wondering if you have harvested common milkweed pod with the seed stripper Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. "I've been using the first box I made for the last nine years. (Shelbourne Reynolds sells an attachment for combines that strips, rather than cuts, the grain from crops such as wheat and rice.) var time=new Date();