When the subject of seed treatment equipment comes up, something that often gets overlooked is the crucial role played by ancillary equipment — that is, equipment that complements treating systems to help the process go more smoothly. Ancillary equipment performs a number of important and beneficial tasks, some examples being:
Dust Extraction — Even though most seed has gone through the cleaning process, there is still some dust that is generated when you are transferring seed through multiple pieces of equipment. This creates a dirty work environment, especially in buildings or areas that are not well ventilated. This is hard on people operating such equipment. A dust extractions system can remove a lot of this dust and turn a dusty/dirty environment into a much cleaner, safer and more enjoyable place to work. Your customers will notice this cleaner environment as well, and it impresses them when you can exude a professional image by having a clean environment.
Dry Additive Feeders — The standard seed treating process involves applying liquid treatment onto a seed. There are many products on the market that are designed to be applied to the seed in powder form, which requires an additional piece of equipment.
These dry products could include talc/graphite, shiny powders, drying agents, and inoculants. It is important that the dry additive feeder be flexible in both rate and location, as sometimes the operator will need to adjust either the rate or where the product is being applied.
Box Gate Opener — Employee safety should continuously be a priority. One of the most common and dangerous activities for those who treat and deliver seed is climbing up on a semi or tender and opening up a box. A remote-controlled box gate opener allows this process to be completed not only safely, but also much more quickly. A remote control allows the operator to open or close a box from the safety of a forklift seat. Investing in one or even two remote box gate openers is one of the best minor investments someone can make.
When mulling over your bulk seed treatment setup, don’t forget the role that ancillary equipment can play. It can make an important contribution to an operation.