A RITUAL CLEANSING

” It’s time to clean Seed Wheat.”

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Oh, those words can sometimes bring dread to young hearts.  But it’s something that has to be done on the farm every year around this time.  During wheat harvest, we save a certain amount of each variety of wheat and store it in our bins.   This has to be taken out and cleaned — the shriveled kernels, the joint grass and ect. taken out so we can have good seed to plant this coming fall.     Here is a brief summery of what we do:

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Get set up!  This seed cleaner was bought at a farm auction some years back.  After a few modifications it works just fine for us.   The blower was also bought at an auction-what would we do without them- for $2.   Although it was origanally intended for leaf collecting, it seems quite happy blowing the chaff out.

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Gather the necessities.  A buddy to talk to and some snacks are a good start.

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Flip the breakers and start!   It’s not the fanciest set up, but it saves the farm quite a lot of money year to year by doing this ourselves rather than hiring done.

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Dont forget to eat.  They keep it running nonstop, so lunch is a “fancy” pick nick.  Fancy meaning there are chairs involved.

Chicken bones.....
Chicken bones…..

This is hot dusty work.  And maybe a bit tedious.

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Thank you Men for just Getting It Done!

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4 thoughts on “A RITUAL CLEANSING

  1. dayphoto July 25, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Pretty interesting. We don’t raise wheat here, but some of the farmers around us do. Nothing on the scale of your operation, just a few hundred acres or so. I don’t know how they clean their seed wheat.

    We save pinto beans for the next year seed, but have it done at the beanery. It does cost though.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    • Donkey Driver July 25, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      I really enjoy seeing how other farms work and the different ideas people have. No right or wrong, we all just do what works best for us. 😄

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      • dayphoto July 25, 2015 / 10:18 pm

        Me too! Your a huge operation.

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      • Donkey Driver July 25, 2015 / 10:41 pm

        In this area, the farms are pretty good sized. Being all dryland and having to summer fallow to conserve moisture for the next crop takes more ground. Most farms have at least two if not more families trying to make a living off them. Bigger farms,but still Family farms. It’s pretty neat here. (There too I know, I grew up in Colorado. 😊 )

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